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  • Study cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, chemistry and physics, before advancing to anatomical sciences, advanced cell and molecular biology, human biochemistry, human physiology and studies in infectious diseases.
  • Develop industry-relevant practical skills in laboratory classes embedded in the first, second and third years of your degree.
  • Prepare for transition into the workplace or postgraduate study with a capstone unit that brings together the knowledge you have acquired.
  • Prepares you for a career in biomedical research, medical biotechnology, clinical physiology and postgraduate studies in medicine and allied health.
  • Prepare yourself for entry into postgraduate medicine studies by studying a solid foundation of the areas tested in GAMSAT.
QTAC course code418401
QUT course code LS40
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2014 February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code052768K
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  • Biomedical Science Researcher
  • Biotechnology Scientist
  • Cardiac and Vascular Scientist
  • Health Researcher
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Equipment Sales
  • Medicine (after further study)
  • Neurophysiologist
  • Reproductive Technician
  • Respiratory Scientist
  • Scientist
  • Sleep Scientist


Why choose this course?

Biomedical science is an exciting, rapidly evolving area, with many career opportunities in a diverse range of fields related to human health and disease. To prepare you for the multidisciplinary nature of the biomedical science industry, the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at QUT provides a distinctive opportunity to choose one major and two minors that align with your graduate career goals.

Your theoretical studies will be complemented with extensive practical experience in our laboratories, and as a graduate you will have the relevant skills to pursue career pathways in science, including medical research, clinical science and/or continue with further studies in allied health and medicine.

Course summary

In this course you will develop a strong foundation for understanding the human body and the application of this knowledge to models of health and disease.

Foundation studies in anatomy, pathology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical physics and cell biology provide a solid knowledge base for topics covered later in the course.

In Years 2 and 3 you'll choose to major in one of the following study areas: anatomical sciences, human biochemistry, human physiology, infectious diseases and cell and molecular biology. More information on each major study area is below. You also have the opportunity to undertake two minor areas of study that align with your career goals. You may choose to complement your scientific studies with units in exercise physiology, Indigenous issues, psychology, public health, or ethical issues related to gene technology.

You'll also be given the opportunity to gain real-world experience as a part of your course, with up to 300 hours of work integrated learning in a laboratory, clinical, or research-oriented workplace. You'll be taught by specialists in the field, including researchers at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, who are world experts in addressing current global health problems in areas that include cancer biology, tissue engineering, infectious diseases and vaccine development.

Throughout the course your studies will be embedded with research design and implementation, scientific writing, and communication and practical laboratory skills. The degree culminates in a capstone unit that will prepare you for transition into the workplace or postgraduate studies by bringing together the knowledge you have acquired in a practical setting.

Study areas

Anatomical sciences - Anatomy is a means of biological description and as such forms a foundational language for careers in the health sector. You will build practical skills in histology, medical image interpretation, and organ identification. Real examples of anatomical variability and pathology will be examined using QUT's extensive skeletal collection, film library, human cadavers and pathology museum. Furthermore, the capstone unit will provide you with the opportunity to perform a dissection on a human cadaver.

Cell and molecular biotechnology - Understanding the structure and function of cells and how cells are regulated and can be manipulated at the genetic and molecular levels is centrally important in biomedical science. Furthermore, understanding the interactions between DNA and ribonucleic acid (RNA) and the resulting protein biosynthesis, as well as learning how these interactions are regulated, are essential prerequisites to understanding the basis of human health and disease. In the capstone you will critically design and undertake a laboratory-based research project that applies cellular and molecular techniques to the investigation of a real-world human health problem.

Human biochemistry - Biochemistry studies in the structure, function and properties of biomolecules (proteins, lipids, sugars, and DNA) and the molecular machinery that fundamentally regulates the everyday workings of health cells and tissues in the human body, the molecular basis of human diseases, and how diagnostic tehnologies and treatment strategies impact on biochemical processes in the cellular context. In the capstone you will undertake a research project in a mentored problem-based learning environment that mirrors a real-world research team.

Human physiology - Human physiology provides us with an understanding of how different body systems work to maintain our health. Learning how the human body works will provide you with an essential background for understanding the basis of health, disease, diagnostic technologies and treatments. You will have the opportunity to align your studies with a clinical physiology minor, which incorporates a professional internship in the third year of your course. In the capstone you will critically analyse and undertake a laboratory-based research project in human physiology.

Infectious diseases - Human infectious disease accounts for greater than 25 per cent of deaths and debilitating illnesses, representing a huge financial and social impact on our health and wellbeing in Australia and worldwide. Infectious disease agents include bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi, and parasites. You will develop an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of these agents by exploring their biology at the cellular and molecular levels, how they cause human disease, together with cutting-edge strategies of diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention. In the capstone you will diagnose, characterise the pathogens and develop appropriate responses to infectious diseases in Australian hospitals and the community in an authentic case project.

Career outcomes

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is designed for students seeking a science-based qualification that will lead to employment opportunities in biomedical research, clinical science and scientific laboratory fields. The course provides a solid grounding for students wishing to pursue postgraduate study in medicine and other allied health-related courses.

Professional recognition

Depending on the units selected in final year, graduates will be eligible for membership into one or more of the following organisations: Australian Society for Medical Research, Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Neuroscience Society, The Endocrine Society of Australia, Society of Reproductive Biology, Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists, Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, and Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

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


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Your Course

Year 1

You will undertake units covering chemistry, physics, anatomy, pathology and cell biology, providing a solid knowledge base for the topics covered later in the course. With QUT's practical approach to teaching, you will not only learn the theory, but gain a wealth of practical experience in state-of-the-art laboratories. You will also gain an introduction to the essential communication skills required for a career in the health and medical professions.

Year 2

You will have the option of choosing a major and two minors from five key biomedical scientific disciplines to align with your own career goals: anatomical sciences, cell and molecular biology, human biochemistry, human physiology and infectious diseases. You will have the opportunity to complement your studies by choosing a university wide set from a discipline outside of biomedical science, such as behavioural science, public health, human rights, entrepreneurship, mathematical sciences, international business or study a language. A minor is also available in Clinical Physiology which includes a 400 hour Clinical Physiology internship in which you will be placed in a hospital with professional clinical physiologists who will provide training in physiological instrumentation and measurement, recording, interpretation and reporting of clinical data. You will also have opportunities to gain real world experience as part of your course in Work Integrated Learning placements in biomedical research institutes and laboratories in the science industry.

Year 3

In the real world, the design and completion of successful research and/or business projects demand that individuals gather information, solve problems, work effectively as a part of a team and analyse and communicate results in a critical manner. Therefore each major in this course will culminate in a capstone unit which will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed through your course. Capstone projects include human anatomical dissection, contemporary laboratory based research projects in biochemistry, physiology and cell and molecular biology, and diagnosis, characterisation and development of appropriate responses to an infectious disease outbreak scenario.

Course Design

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science comprises first-year studies in chemistry, physics, anatomy, pathology and cell biology, providing a solid knowledge base for the topics covered later in the course.  Units in the second and third years combine advanced studies with theoretical, practical, and problem-solving skills. Several units in the area of humanities and applied health are an integral part of the course.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science provides the necessary knowledge and skills to enter a career in biomedical research, with integration of research design and implementation, scientific writing and communication and practical laboratory skills embedded through each year of the course.

Furthermore students will be well prepared to sit GAMSAT which is designed to evaluate mastery and use of concepts in basic science as well as the acquisition of more general skills in problem solving, critical thinking and writing. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science provides a solid grounding in GAMSAT testing areas: reasoning in humanities and social sciences, written communication, reasoning in biological and physical sciences (including chemistry, biology and physics).

Entry requirements

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Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 7

Rank 87

Subject pre-requisites

Chemistry, Maths and Biology You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

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Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. 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.

2014: $14,700 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

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