Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
084789G
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

2018 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/63)
  • Melbourne (59.80)
  • North Sydney (58.50)

Description

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science aims to prepare ethical graduates with a concern for the common good, to apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge to undertake professional work in a range of biomedical science contexts, for example in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. The course also aims to provide a pathway for postgraduate studies in health disciplines such as physiotherapy, medicine, dentistry and public health for students who wish to pursue a clinical career. Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study.

A degree in biomedical science will train students in the core areas of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology and microbiology. Students will be introduced to each of these disciplines via core units and expected to undertake detailed study in at least one discipline, through utilization of elective units. Students will learn how the human body functions, what causes disease and how disease is treated.

A sound theoretical base encompassing the core biomedical science areas will be complemented by lab experience and industry practice. Students will utilise ACU’s cutting-edge wet and dry laboratories on all campuses, and the anatomy laboratories in Brisbane and Sydney.

ACU’s Biomedical Science graduates should be able to demonstrate competence in three main ways: firstly, by having a competent knowledge of the human body’s systems and structure with in-depth knowledge of one system; secondly, by having the generalised ability to retrieve and process large data sets in order to extract meaningful patterns or relationships from these data; and thirdly, by being able to succinctly and clearly explain these data and their knowledge to health consumers and professional audiences.

A number of streams are proposed, and students can undertake either the core biomedical stream, or one of the specialist streams. See More Course Information for further details.

Course duration

Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 CHEM105
Foundations of chemistry
BIOL123
Cells and tissues: the fabric of life

BIOL128
Human body

BMSC102
Numerical reasoning
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Elective BIOL124
Human body in health and disease 1
(Pre: BIOL123)
BMSC103
Research and experimental design
Year 2 - Semester 1 PHIL201
Issues in bioethics, or HLSC220
Health Care Ethics
BIOL204
Human body in health and disease 2
(Pre: BIOL123)
BMSC203
Introductory biostatistics
CHEM204
Biochemistry
(Pre: CHEM105 or CHEM103)
Year 2 - Semester 2 BIOL205
Pharmacology 1
(Pre: BIOL124)
BMSC207
Microbiology and immunology
(Pre: BIOL123)
BMSC201
Communicating ideas in science
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
BMSC301
Industry immersion 1 (Pre: Completion all level 200 units)
Elective Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 HLSC301
Community engagement
BMSC302
Industry immersion 2 (Pre: Completion all level 200 units)
Elective Elective

Note: Electives can be chosen from the offerings of any faculty in the University, and should be discussed with the course coordinator.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9003 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

New South Wales

  • Prerequisite: Any two units of English (Standard) (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4), any 2 units of mathematics (Band 2)

Queensland

  • Prerequisite: English (4, SA) and Mathematics (any).

Victoria

  • Prerequisite: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematics (any).

This requirement will be the same as for “Health Sciences Other Courses” which includes the Exercise Science and Public Health courses.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2018

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 8 4
Median OP to receive an offer 15 12
Lowest OP to receive an offer 19 17
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 85 94
Median Rank to receive an offer 67 75
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 60 63
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 89.90 92.75
Median ATAR to receive an offer 66.00 70.60
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 53.65 59.60
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.95 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 63.20 69.35
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.55 58.85

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
9 12.68%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 12 16.90%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 48 67.61%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) 0 0.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students 71 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
14 16.87%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 56 67.47%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 83 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
13 10.08%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 92 71.32%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 12 9.30%
International students 5 3.88%
All students 129 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

Melbourne

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Examples include entry level roles in pharmaceutical and medical technology industries; with further workplace training and experience this degree may lead to roles in marketing, medical, legal, research and quality assurance. Graduates might work in research roles in Universities, hospitals or the public health sector. Graduates could pursue careers in science communication, or may undertake further study in post graduate health programs or research.

Professional experience

Students will complete two units of workplace learning with an external organisation of their choice. The unit will require students to address an issue or problem of a biomedical or related nature over the course of their immersion experience. The problem will be defined in consultation with the Course Coordinator and the industry contact, and the student will undertake exploratory work to find a solution or answer to address the issue.

Students will complete one unit of community engagement, providing an opportunity to engage with the community in order to enhance the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. Students will volunteer at a selected public sector or non-profit organisations supporting disadvantaged individuals and families experiencing socially-determined health issues. This involvement will provide a vehicle for the student to develop and reflect upon the values of partnership, equality, mutual respect and commitment as well as the degree of transformation that community engagement engenders in the student.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website  to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

Pathways to further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours).

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, eg Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.

More course information

Specialty Streams

Students have the option of specialising in one of the following streams from year two of the course. Further information, including campus availability of streams, will be made available to students during their first year of study.

Pharmaceutical Industry Stream

This stream would suit students who wish to work in regulation, sales, marketing, or education about drugs. It is not a pharmacy degree, nor a precursor for a pharmacy degree. The pharmaceutical industry develops, produces, markets and supplies medicines and vaccines.

Medical Technology Industry Stream

This stream would suit students who wish to work in the industry in an education, sales, marketing, advocacy, regulatory role or similar. Medical technology improves and even saves lives by detecting diseases early and so enabling the provision of effective treatment options for patients and the healthcare system. The medical technology industry includes medical devices, diagnostics and medical imaging equipment.

Communication Stream

This stream would suit students wanting to work in medical/science journalism, patient advocacy, consumer health forum work, or developing consumer programs with a health focus.

Contacts for future students

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Description

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science aims to prepare ethical graduates with a concern for the common good, to apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge to undertake professional work in a range of biomedical science contexts, for example in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. The course also aims to provide a pathway for postgraduate studies in health disciplines such as physiotherapy, medicine, dentistry and public health for students who wish to pursue a clinical career. Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study.

A degree in biomedical science will train students in the core areas of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology and microbiology. Students will be introduced to each of these disciplines via core units and expected to undertake detailed study in at least one discipline, through utilization of elective units. Students will learn how the human body functions, what causes disease and how disease is treated.

A sound theoretical base encompassing the core biomedical science areas will be complemented by lab experience and industry practice. Students will utilise ACU’s cutting-edge wet and dry laboratories on all campuses, and the anatomy laboratories in Brisbane and Sydney.

ACU’s Biomedical Science graduates should be able to demonstrate competence in three main ways: firstly, by having a competent knowledge of the human body’s systems and structure with in-depth knowledge of one system; secondly, by having the generalised ability to retrieve and process large data sets in order to extract meaningful patterns or relationships from these data; and thirdly, by being able to succinctly and clearly explain these data and their knowledge to health consumers and professional audiences.

A number of streams are proposed, and students can undertake either the core biomedical stream, or one of the specialist streams. See More Course Information for further details.

Course duration

Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020
Melbourne
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020
North Sydney
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 25% of the program online.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 CHEM105
Foundations of chemistry
BIOL123
Cells and tissues: the fabric of life

BIOL128
Human body

BMSC102
Numerical reasoning
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Elective BIOL124
Human body in health and disease 1
(Pre: BIOL123)
BMSC103
Research and experimental design
Year 2 - Semester 1 PHIL201
Issues in bioethics, or HLSC220
Health Care Ethics
BIOL204
Human body in health and disease 2
(Pre: BIOL123)
BMSC203
Introductory biostatistics
CHEM204
Biochemistry
(Pre: CHEM105 or CHEM103)
Year 2 - Semester 2 BIOL205
Pharmacology 1
(Pre: BIOL124)
BMSC207
Microbiology and immunology
(Pre: BIOL123)
BMSC201
Communicating ideas in science
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
BMSC301
Industry immersion 1 (Pre: Completion all level 200 units)
Elective Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 HLSC301
Community engagement
BMSC302
Industry immersion 2 (Pre: Completion all level 200 units)
Elective Elective

Note: Electives can be chosen from the offerings of any faculty in the University, and should be discussed with the course coordinator.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2867.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $22936.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $68808.00 (2019)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian High School completion including studies in Math, plus an overall academic IELTS score of 6.5 with an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Career paths

Examples include entry level roles in pharmaceutical and medical technology industries; with further workplace training and experience this degree may lead to roles in marketing, medical, legal, research and quality assurance. Graduates might work in research roles in Universities, hospitals or the public health sector. Graduates could pursue careers in science communication, or may undertake further study in post graduate health programs or research.

Professional experience

Students will complete two units of workplace learning with an external organisation of their choice. The unit will require students to address an issue or problem of a biomedical or related nature over the course of their immersion experience. The problem will be defined in consultation with the Course Coordinator and the industry contact, and the student will undertake exploratory work to find a solution or answer to address the issue.

Students will complete one unit of community engagement, providing an opportunity to engage with the community in order to enhance the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. Students will volunteer at a selected public sector or non-profit organisations supporting disadvantaged individuals and families experiencing socially-determined health issues. This involvement will provide a vehicle for the student to develop and reflect upon the values of partnership, equality, mutual respect and commitment as well as the degree of transformation that community engagement engenders in the student.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website  to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

Pathways to further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours).

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, eg Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.

More course information

Specialty Streams

Students have the option of specialising in one of the following streams from year two of the course. Further information, including campus availability of streams, will be made available to students during their first year of study.

Pharmaceutical Industry Stream

This stream would suit students who wish to work in regulation, sales, marketing, or education about drugs. It is not a pharmacy degree, nor a precursor for a pharmacy degree. The pharmaceutical industry develops, produces, markets and supplies medicines and vaccines.

Medical Technology Industry Stream

This stream would suit students who wish to work in the industry in an education, sales, marketing, advocacy, regulatory role or similar. Medical technology improves and even saves lives by detecting diseases early and so enabling the provision of effective treatment options for patients and the healthcare system. The medical technology industry includes medical devices, diagnostics and medical imaging equipment.

Communication Stream

This stream would suit students wanting to work in medical/science journalism, patient advocacy, consumer health forum work, or developing consumer programs with a health focus.

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