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OP5

Rank91

Course information set

  • Select a biomedical science major study area and electives from law and other university disciplines
  • Gain a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Develop industry-relevant practical skills and use new technology in laboratory classes which start during first year.
  • Combines two highly-regarded disciplines to prepare you for a career in the evolving area of medical biotechnology.
QTAC course code419462
QUT course code IX88
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact
CRICOS code 085232C
Careers
  • Barrister
  • Biomedical Laboratory Officer
  • Biomedical Science Researcher
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biotechnology Scientist
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Lawyer

Details

Biomedical science is a rapidly evolving area, with many exciting career opportunities. Biomedical research and the development of new biomedical products contribute to improving health outcomes worldwide. Governments and organisations, pharmaceutical companies and investment banks continue to invest heavily in this global industry.

The process of introducing new biomedical products into the market for commercial use requires multidisciplinary teams that often include research scientists, engineers, business development specialists, intellectual property lawyers, clinical trials experts, marketing specialists, and legal experts with an understanding of compliance and regulations.

Demand for specialists who have knowledge and skills across a number of these disciplines, such as biomedical science and laws, is increasing across local and international markets. 

Why choose this course?

A double degree in biomedical science and laws provides students with the knowledge to work as part of multidisciplinary teams in biomedical research, development and commercialisation.

During this degree, you will complete core biomedical science units that develop knowledge and skills in foundational biomedical science disciplines. Comprehensive core studies in law will assist you in developing the capabilities necessary to be a successful learner and legal professional. You will not only gain knowledge of the law but also skills such as research, communication and dispute resolution.

This degree offers you the flexibility to choose one major study area or two minor study areas in biomedical science. These may include anatomical sciences, human biochemistry, human physiology, infectious diseases or cell and molecular biotechnology. In the law component, you will complete introductory, general and advanced electives that may include internet law, succession law, taxation law or health law. You will also complete four elective units which can include law units or from can be from another minor in the university, such as a language. For detailed information on study areas, please visit the single degree course page for biomedical science and the course page for law.

You will be taught by professionals with experience across disciplines and established partnerships with industry that is directly linked to research development and commercialisation. There are opportunities for hands-on learning that will develop your legal skills such as interviewing, negotiation, drafting and advocacy. Students may also choose to complete up to 400 hours of work integrated learning in a laboratory, clinical or research-oriented workplace.

Career outcomes

Graduates may work in legal environments as a solicitor, barrister, in-house counsel, government lawyer or mediator. Graduates may also work in consultancy through the innovation and commercialisation of infrastructure including, for example, regulation, compliance and clinical trials.

Outside the specialist biomedical science and legal environments, graduates will have skills and knowledge that are transferable to a wide range of areas including business, marketing, communication and policy advisors or officers.

Professional recognition

The law degree is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. If you want to become a lawyer at the end of your degree, you will need to complete further practical legal training (PLT) before you can apply for admission to practice. We offer PLT in the form of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Depending on the units selected in the biomedical science component, graduates may be eligible for membership of one or more professional organisations.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: you will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course. 

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Students are required to complete 528 credit points, comprised of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws program. You will study science and law units in your first four years and for the remainder of this course you will concentrate on law studies.

In the Biomedical Science component of this degree, you may choose to undertake:

  •  One Biomedical Science Study Area A units and two Biomedical Science elective units OR
  • Two Biomedical Science Study Area B

Under the Law component, students will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of Introductory, General and Advanced Electives. Students may select up to 48 credit points of non-law electives or 48 credit points of a University-wide minor in place of four of the General Electives. Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the Academic Record and / or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Total Law credit points: 336
Total credit points for core units: 240
Total credit points for elective units: 96

Honours Level Units
96 credit points of Honours units listed below will be used to determine the Honours Levels of the LLB (Hons):

LLH201 Legal Research,
LLH206 Administrative Law,
LLH302 Ethics and the Legal Profession,
LLH305 Corporate Law,
LLH401 Legal Research Capstone (24 cps) and
2 x 12 cp Advanced Law Electives.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 5

Rank 91

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Maths B
  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

2018: CSP $10,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (419462) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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