Biomedical science

Discipline

Biomedical science isn’t all about test tubes and microscopes. At Deakin, you’ll learn about basic biology, disease manifestation and detection while getting practical experience and hands-on skills in a range of real-life settings.

Integrated learning: gain practical and industry relevant experience as part of your degree
Learn from the experts: our teaching and research staff are experts in their fields

Career opportunities

Looking to make a real difference in the world? There are variety of career pathways as a biomedical science graduate, including:

  • honours or postgraduate studies (in more specialised areas of medicine that will enhance your professional development as a scientist)
  • genetic engineering
  • laboratory technology
  • medical research
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • pharmaceutical/medical sales.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

I am fascinated by the sciences behind life and how the human body works and how different diseases can affect it.

Letitia Roberts

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Learn more about Letitia's experiences

'When I walked around the Waurn Ponds Campus on Open Day and spoke to different people about the Biomedical Science course and their experiences at Deakin, I knew this was where I wanted to be. The feeling on campus was like no other and the course included everything I had hoped for and more.

I completed professional work placements at Healthscope Pathology and at Djerriwarrh Health Services, a regional health service. It showed me what it is like to work in these areas and what my future jobs could be when I completed my studies. Whether I was performing simple tasks or just observing, the whole experience proved to me that I am passionate about working in Healthcare and I was able to connect to people who are in the industry.

My experiences at Deakin have taught me to be open to anything and take any opportunity that comes your way, which has had a real impact on my life. I've met so many people and made some great friends in my course and through volunteering at Deakin.'

Develop skills that employers value

Our work-integrated learning program allows you to credit a full or part-time industry placement towards your degree. And our industry-based learning placement gives you two weeks professional practice, allowing you to develop your networks and occupational opportunities.

Find out more about professional experience opportunities

Pathways

Medicine pathway for international students

We offer three preferential places into Deakin's Doctor of Medicine for international students who successfully complete our Bachelor of Biomedical Science and meet the Doctor of Medicine admission criteria.

Research with us

Does the future of medical science interest you? We can expand your learning horizons beyond graduation. Our teaching and research staff are experts with broad international links and experience. Much of our biomedical science research is conducted in partnership with government departments, industry and leading international scientists.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

Allergy-free eggs to be produced by Deakin University and CSIRO

The days of nervous parents being concerned about their anaphylactic children consuming egg-white may soon be over, thanks to ground-breaking research being undertaken by Deakin in collaboration with CSIRO in Geelong and the Poultry Co-operative Research Centre.

The research aims to produce allergy-free eggs for use in food consumption and the production of common vaccines such as flu vaccines.

Industry connections

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences runs an annual careers evening for current students every April, in conjunction with student-led societies and guest industry speakers (who are often past students). 

The popular and successful Life and Environmental Sciences Careers Evening is held at our Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses. These events give our students and staff the opportunity to network with industry.

To become work-ready graduates, students also complete an 80-hour work placement within industry or a relevant company as part of our professional practice units. Students have the option of completing placements locally or internationally, in addition to the study abroad and international study tour options.

Biological and biomedical science at Deakin

Course director Peter Beech and student Lachie Hillman discuss biological and biomedical science at Deakin.

Vidya's story

Vidya talks about her wish to find a cure for cancer and how she has grown as a person through her Deakin education.

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