Study medical sciences

Learn from leading industry researchers and clinicians in state-of-the-art facilities for a great career in medical sciences.

Why study medical sciences at QUT?

  • Access the latest technology and specialist industry equipment in new facilities at our city campus.
  • Be taught by industry professionals and leading researchers who have made ground-breaking discoveries in cancer biology, infectious diseases, tissue engineering, and vaccine development.
  • Establish professional networks during your degree with internship opportunities in laboratory, clinical and research workplaces.
  • Research in the world-renowned Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and in external partner facilities at major Brisbane hospitals.

Get real experience

Hands-on experience in the lab environment begins during first semester of first year and is embedded throughout your studies. Learn fundamental skills and gain confidence using the equipment during your first year, before moving onto experiments and advanced techniques in later years.

All students in the medical laboratory science course complete an internship, and if you're studying biomedical science, you'll also have the option to complete one. It's an opportunity to explore career pathways and engage with clinicians and researchers in real workplace environments, including accredited pathology labs and research facilities.

Our Vacation Research Experience Scheme gives you the opportunity to work on a research project while you're an undergraduate student. It's your chance to contribute to a real project and work with active researchers in world-class research institutes.

Industry relevant courses

You'll be taught by discipline experts with active careers in research and professional practice. Our partnerships with research facilities nationwide mean we offer courses that incorporate current research outcomes, delivered at the highest industry standard.

Build your own biomedical sciences degree by selecting a major and two minor areas of study. It's a unique opportunity to explore your areas of interest and complete studies in complementary disciplines from across the university including law, business and psychology. Your final year encourages you to investigate research study or clinical career opportunities based on your preference.

Our medical laboratory science degree was the first of its kind in Queensland and is taught by registered industry professionals with established careers working in pathology laboratories. We are known for delivering graduates who are skilled across all areas of clinical pathology including haematology, transfusion science, and immunology. Professionals with knowledge and skills across the spectrum have extended career opportunities and our graduates are qualified for roles nationally and overseas.

Our honours program is available if you have a bachelor degree in any related discipline, for example, genetics, exercise, science, or nutrition. As an honours student you'll:

  • complete a research project which contributes to new knowledge
  • have opportunities to network with industry professionals
  • learn how to develop and pursue your own ideas
  • develop advanced levels of knowledge for critiquing scientific papers and critical analysis.

A career in research

Our biomedical sciences research focuses on how the human body works and on finding ways to prevent, cure, and treat disease through the development of diagnostic tools and new therapeutic strategies. Our areas of research include:

  • infectious disease
  • tissue repair and regeneration
  • cancer research.

Our researchers are drivers of change and have been recognised by industry bodies for their innovation. Recent research success includes:

Leading research facilities

The majority of our research is conducted through the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. An extensive network of research collaboration exists between our researchers, local and national hospitals, and medical research institutes.

Our researchers work in multidisciplinary teams across multiple sites, including the Translational Research Institute (TRI) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. TRI is Australia's newest and most comprehensive scientific and biopharmaceutical research facility.

Preparing you for medicine

If you're interested in becoming a doctor, the biomedical science degree will give you a solid foundation in the GAMSAT test areas for entry into postgrad medicine degree.

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