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Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Biomedical Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 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 contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Tel 03 9244 6699
Email sebe@deakin.edu.au


Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 76.40
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 73.30
VTAC Codes1400314111 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code058793E
Deakin course code S323

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, 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.

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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.

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).

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Course rules

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 Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.


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Major sequences

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:

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Course structure

You must complete all units below:


Level 1

Trimester 1

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.


Trimester 2

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.

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE211 Principles of Physiology  

SLE212 Biochemistry  

SLE234 Microbiology  

plus one elective unit


Trimester 2

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE221 Systems Physiology  

SLE222 Biochemical Metabolism  

plus one elective unit


Level 3

Trimester 1

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+


Trimester 2

SLE334 Medical Microbiology and Immunology  

HMM304 Therapeutic Development  

plus one/two elective units+


Choose one level 3 unit from below (optional core):

SLE346 Molecular Basis of Disease  +

SLE339 Human Genetics  

HMM305 Cell and Tissue Engineering  


Professional Practice (please choose one Professional Practice unit from below):

SLE390 Professional Practice in Bioscience  ^

SLE314 Research Project  

HMM306 Professional Practice in Medical Biotechnology  


+ SLE346 is offered T1 at Burwood (Melbourne) and T2 at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), hence the number of electives per period varies for each campus

^ 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  

HMM103 Cell Technology  

HMM104 Immunology and Haematology  

SEP101 Engineering Physics  

SEP122 Physics for the Life Sciences  

HSE102 Functional Human Anatomy  #

HBS107 Understanding Health  

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

HBS109 Human Structure and Function  

HBS110 Health Behaviour  

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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