Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Course summary for local students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Biomedical Science|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$8,770* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
|VTAC Codes||1400314111 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|CRICOS course code||058793E|
|Deakin course code||S323|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Major sequences
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
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, and a number of electives at all levels, 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 the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
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).
The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:
- 12 credit points of core units (you must complete all units);
- 2 credit points of optional core units at level 3 (you must choose the relevant number of units from a prescribed list);
- 3 credit points of restricted electives at level 1 (you must choose the relevant number of elective units from a prescribed list);
- 1 credit point of professional practice at level 3;
- 6 credit points of free electives (you may choose any unit offered in the University, subject to meeting the unit prerequisites, which can be used to undertake a major study in a specialised area (refer to the list of relevant majors below);
- SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points);
- No more than 10 credit points at level 1;
- At least 6 level 3 units, of which 4 must be course grouped to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Students have the option of using their elective units to complete a major. Recommended major sequences for students in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science include:
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Environmental Health
- Infection and Immunity
- Medical Biotechnology
- Or any other approved major sequences, subject to meeting the course and unit set requirements.
You must complete all units below:
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *|
|SLE115||Essential Skills in Bioscience|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World ^|
plus one level 1 restricted elective unit#
* SLE010 is a compulsory 0-credit point unit.
|SLE155||Chemistry for the Professional Sciences|
plus two level 1 restricted elective units#
plus one elective
^Note: Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to replace SLE133 Chemistry in Our World with an elective unit.
|SLE211||Principles of Physiology|
plus one elective unit
plus one elective unit
|HMM301||Principles of Pharmacology|
Choose one level 3 unit from below (optional core):
|SLE323||Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science|
|HMM302||Innovations in Medical Biotechnology|
plus one/two elective units+
|SLE334||Medical Microbiology and Immunology|
plus one/two elective units+
Choose one level 3 unit from below (optional core):
|SLE346||Molecular Basis of Disease (+offered in Tri-2, 2015)|
|HMM305||Cell and Tissue Engineering|
Professional Practice (please choose one Professional Practice unit from below):
|SLE390||Professional Practice in Bioscience ^|
|HMM306||Professional Practice in Medical Biotechnology|
+ As of 2015, SLE346 will be offered T2 at Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
^ Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
# Level 1 restricted electives (please choose 3 level 1 restricted elective units from the list below):
|HMM101||Introduction to Medical Biotechnology|
|HMM102||Principles of Gene and Genomic Technology|
|HMM104||Immunology and Haematology|
|SEP122||Physics for the Life Sciences|
|HSE102||Functional Human Anatomy #|
|HBS108||Health Information and Data|
|HBS109||Human Structure and Function|
|HSN101||Food: Nutrition, Culture and Innovation|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
# Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSE010 - Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0 credit point unit)
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Credit for prior learning - specific
The Faculty may give credit towards the Bachelor of Biomedical Science for previous tertiary study and other approved forms of post-secondary study or experience. This previous study need not have led to a complete qualification; for example, a student may be given credit after completing the first year of a course at another institution. All applications for advanced standing must be made initially to the Selection/Enrolment Officer who will advise students of the necessary procedures at enrolment day.
All applications are considered on merit and usually no credit will be given for subjects/courses/units completed more than seven years prior to the request. For the Bachelor of Biomedical Science the maximum credit for prior learning that can be granted is 16 credit points. This may include up to 8 credits for non-science studies.
How to apply
Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.