Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Undergraduate degree

From basic biology to disease processes, get an understanding of the causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease at a molecular, cellular and systems level.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Develop an in-depth understanding of human biology through the Bachelor of Biomedical Science and graduate with the skills and experience to play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases at molecular, cellular and systems levels. Expertise in biology and the science behind disease puts you in a position to make a real difference in people’s lives. Explore early diagnosis, disease progression and prognosis, and the role of pharmaceutical science in the treatment of disease and improved health.

You can customise your degree by choosing from a broad range of specialisations, allowing you to learn more about what you love and become an expert in your field of interest. Graduate ready for your future career through wide-ranging practical experiences. Get hands-on training in our world-class labs, test your findings in real-life biomedical settings and gain industry experience with 80 to 160 hours of work placement.

Want to make a real difference in people’s lives?

The flexibility of Deakin’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science provides you the freedom to pursue a rewarding career in either health, medicine or science. You’ll build your fundamental knowledge of human biology and health and focus on one of six specialisations:

  • environmental health
  • infection and immunity
  • medical biotechnology
  • medical genomics
  • molecular life sciences
  • pharmaceutical science.

Your chosen specialisation and additional three elective units allow you to tailor your degree to your unique passions and career aspirations. Through your specialisation and work placement experiences you will learn more about the biomedical science topics that matter to you, get more out of your qualification and enhance your employability once you graduate.

Everything you learn through this course is supported by practical and authentic experiences. Take the theory you learn in the classroom and apply it in our laboratory. Then take your observations from the lab and test them in real-life biomedicine settings through work placement opportunities.

You will obtain crucial industry experience through 80 to 160 hours of work placement. Not only will you be getting hands-on with the latest tools and facilities, you’ll develop valuable professional networks and get a glimpse into what it’s like to be a biomedical scientist.

The next generation of biomedical scientists need more than just technical prowess to adapt to an evolving industry. That’s why we’ve introduced career education to the curriculum. You’ll cover topics relating to career readiness and develop transferable soft skills – like communication, critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy and teamwork – that make you a more prepared graduate and valued employee.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

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 STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit);
  • Completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit);
  • Level 1 – up to 10 credit points;
  • Level 3 - at least 6 credit points.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

You must complete all units below:

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Essential Skills in Bioscience
  • Cells and Genes
  • Chemistry in Our World ^
  • plus one elective/major unit (one credit point)

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences
  • Biology: Form and Function
  • Physics for the Life Sciences
  • plus one elective/major unit (one credit point)

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

    Molecular science is integral to modern biomedical science. For this reason, knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and other fundamental sciences is important for all students in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course. Students who have a weak or no knowledge of VCE Chemistry Units 3 and 4, must study SLE133. Students, who have a strong knowledge of VCE Chemistry Units 3 and 4, may choose an elective instead of SLE133, and proceed directly to SLE155. Alternatively, students who have a strong knowledge of VCE Chemistry Units 3 and 4, may choose to study SLE133 in order to strengthen and consolidate their chemistry skills and understanding.


    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Biochemistry
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis #
  • Microbiology
  • plus one elective/major unit (one credit point)

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Systems Physiology
  • Cell Biology +
  • plus one elective/major unit (one credit point)

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


    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science
  • plus three elective/major units (three credit points)

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Professional Practice in Bioscience #
  • plus one elective/major unit (one credit point)

    # Must have successfully completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

    Electives

    Select from a range of electives offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

    It is important to note that some elective units may include compulsory placement, study tours, work-based training or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Recommended elective units:

  • Peoples of the World
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health Behaviour
  • Human Anatomy
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development
  • The Human Mind
  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour
  • Functional Human Anatomy
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Introduction to Functions, Relations and Graphs
  • Applied Algebra and Statistics
  • Ecology and the Environment
  • Science and Society
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Global Environmental Placement
  • Research Project
  • Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Students must complete one of the following major sequences:

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314111 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    S323
    CRICOS code?
    085577M
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    You may be required to complete units in Trimester 3 depending on your chosen major or campus. Please refer to the Handbook for unit offering patterns.

    Work experience

    You’ll gain practical experience by completing a minimum 80 hour (maximum of 160 hours) placement at a course-related host organisation to provide you with opportunities for workplace visits, field trips, industry learning and to establish valuable networks – giving you better insight into your possible career outcomes.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific industry placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

    Elective units may also provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in any English, any Mathematics or any Science equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in any English, any Mathematics or any Science equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Graduates can confidently enter a range of health-related areas including:

    • medical research
    • genetic engineering
    • the pharmaceutical industry
    • pharmaceutical/medical sales
    • 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 including medicine (which will complement your scientific training and broaden your career opportunities).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop foundational knowledge of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology to demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of molecular, cellular and physiological aspects of human biology and disease.  Use scientific process of experimentation from conception of an idea to testing of hypotheses and interpretation of scientific information, and apply procedures in order to explore, experiment and expand knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar situations.  Critically evaluate current and historical scientific literature, generate original ideas, and effectively apply theoretical knowledge to the conception of new ideas, interpretation of biomedical information and professional practice.

    Communication

    Apply well-developed communication skills to illustrate ideas and conceptions clearly and coherently using a variety of tools and techniques that engage scientific and non-scientific audiences.  Articulate scientific information in a structured form to describe scientific problems, formulate hypotheses, analyse evidence in order to support or oppose the interpretations of findings and conclusions, in light of the evidence from scientific studies.

    Digital literacy

    Locate, analyse and interpret information to differentiate established facts from new evidence using scientific tools in a digital world to formulate an opinion.  Evaluate information using evidence from a range of reliable sources to establish scientific knowledge, recognise ambiguity and disseminate information.

    Critical thinking

    Use abstract, analytical and logical reasoning to critically evaluate scientific arguments and approaches.  Apply critical reasoning in a variety of situations to scope, interpret and structure investigations to develop an in-depth knowledge for professional biomedical practice.

    Problem solving

    Identify scientific problems and use structured approaches and experimental strategies to formulate and propose solutions by taking into account relevant discipline and contextual factors.  Use judgement to convince scientific and non-scientific audience, in the use of strategies to generate solutions to real world problems.

    Self-management

    Evaluate own knowledge and skills using frameworks of reflection and take responsibility for learning and performance.  Work responsibly and safely in scientific and professional environments to enrich the ideas of others by sharing learning experiences.

    Teamwork

    Work effectively as a team member, assuming various roles and utilising effective teamwork skills in order to achieve goals.

    Global citizenship

    Apply ethical practice in professional situations to demonstrate responsibility as practitioners when working with people from diverse cultures and communities.  Identify and prioritise local, national and global issues and concerns and contribute towards solving real world problems from the context of biomedical science. 

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019