Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Cloud (online)No
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016No fees defined
CRICOS course code085577M
LevelUndergraduate
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code S323
VTAC Codes1400314113 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514113 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Biomedical Science covers the science underpinning medical applications, from basic biology to specific disease processes. Students gain the theoretical foundation and scientific skills to expand and apply their knowledge of human biology and health, with an emphasis on causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease at the molecular, cellular and system levels. The course gives students relevant and wide-ranging practical experience in the laboratory, ensuring students have both theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for a diverse range of careers or further study. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is a vibrant, relevant and topical program that provides a flexible, innovative and comprehensive course. Our multidisciplinary approach enable students to learn about their chosen fields of study from both scientific and health perspectives.

The course comprises core areas of study in a broad range of topics including physiology, biochemistry, biology, cell biology, medical microbiology and immunology, molecular and cell biology and molecular and human genetics.

Students will also complete a professional practice unit involving an experiential learning component and have the option to apply for an Industry Based Learning (IBL) placement, which will allow them to apply and consolidate knowledge gained in their course, experience workplace culture and workplaces practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of Deakin's Bachelor of Biomedical Science you will be able to enter a vast range of health-related industries including medical research, genetic engineering, the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical/medical sales and laboratory technology. You can also advance to honours or postgraduate studies, either in more specialised areas of biomedical science (which will enhance your professional development as a scientist), or in other disciplines (which will compliment your scientific training and broaden your career opportunities).

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 15 credit points of core units (which includes a compulsory professional practice unit at level 3);
  • At least one 6 credit point approved major sequence from the list below;
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points);
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit);
  • Level 1 – up to 10 credit points;
  • Level 3 - at least 6 credit points (at least 4 must be Science course grouped).

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Students must complete one of the following major sequences:

Course structure

You must complete all units below:

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

SLE115Essential Skills in Bioscience

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SEP122Physics for the Life Sciences

plus one elective unit

^Note: Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to replace SLE133 Chemistry in Our World with an elective unit.

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE212Biochemistry

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SLE234Microbiology

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

SLE254Genetics

SLE221Systems Physiology

SLE206Cell Biology +

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE323Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science

plus three elective units

Trimester 2

SLE334Medical Microbiology and Immunology

SLE346Molecular Basis of Disease

SLE390Professional Practice in Bioscience #

plus one elective unit

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units.

+ SLE206 is offered in Trimester 2 at Burwood (Melbourne) and Trimester 3 at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au