University of South Australia

Biomedical Science

Interested in Biomedical Science?

Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in maths and science.1

Explore the complex world of human health and disease with UniSA's Bachelor of Biomedical Science, which will prepare you with the skills and knowledge in the areas of bioinformatics, genomics and clinical trials. Get further ahead of the crowd with the highly regarded Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours), where you'll extend your research skills and specialist knowledge for a career in research or further studies.

You'll study in state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories on-campus; and learn from world-leading biomedical and clinical researches from SAMHRI, UniSA’s Centre for Cancer Biology, and the Future Industries Institute.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science will be offered for the first time in 2022 and is a redefinition of the Bachelor of Medical Science. The program was designed with industry advice to meet new needs in the growing areas of biotechnology, toxicology, and science.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Key features

  • Play a key role in the health system, using scientific knowledge and lab skills to help improve the lives of others.
  • Gain a broad education in biomedical sciences; and learn advanced skills in biochemistry, immunology, genetics, pharmacology, cancer biology and specialist training in clinical trials research.
  • Be trained by internationally recognised researchers in cancer biology, vaccine development, genetics and neuroscience.
  • Study at a university with above world-class research in health and medical sciences.1
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories on-campus.
  • Complete an industry research project for 13 weeks in an active research laboratory during your final year.
  • Graduate with practical skills to work in the growing biomedical science industry in areas like biotechnology, toxicology, and science.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, we never rest on our laurels to find you the industry-relevant experience your future profession demands.

Our enterprising spirit has made UniSA a renowned centre of innovation in the sectors driving Australia's future forward, including health and biomedicine. This is your chance to position yourself with advanced scientific knowledge in an era of rapid change.

You'll gain research experience from your first year and complete an industry research project for 13 weeks in an active research laboratory during your final year.

Health research at UniSA brings together internationally recognised researchers in the areas of cancer, pharmaceuticals, clinical neuroscience and mental health, nutrition and food science, population health, and Aboriginal health. You'll have the opportunity to work closely with industry professionals in these areas and gain valuable practical experience. 

1Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

UniSA offers the following Biomedical Science degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science provides a platform that, together with further study, can open doors to employment in allied health, public health and may even lead to driving health policy. You could find yourself working in a variety of areas, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Medical informatics
  • Medical and scientific laboratories
  • Biomedical research
  • Toxicology.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) are highly qualified to embark on a career in research. You could see yourself working in:

  • University laboratories, hospital laboratories or research institutes as a Laboratory Research Assistant or Technician
  • Quality control and production for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies
  • Specialised roles in the pharmaceutical and laboratory supplies sector.

You can then take your unstoppable research career further with a PhD or Masters by Research degree.

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Industry facts

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Employment for medical laboratory scientists is projected to increase by 2.9% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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What others are saying

A curiosity for human health and science led me to explore the field of medical science. I'm interested in the relationship between human health and impact, and environmental sustainability and plan to pursue a career in research.

Hamish Morelli

Bachelor of Medical Science

Hamish Morelli

Hamish Morelli

Bachelor of Medical Science

I chose UniSA because it has one of the best allied health programs in Australia, and great honours and PhD projects that I can pursue in my prospective field. I’m also a recipient of the International Undergraduate Scholarship offered by the University, which is a great privilege.

Kay Khine Myo Min

Bachelor of Medical Science

Kay Khine Myo Min

Kay Khine Myo Min

Bachelor of Medical Science

The highlight of my studies was the hands-on laboratory skills and practical work, which sparked a passion for biomedical research. My degree helped me find my niche interests in cancer research. Who would have thought 50 years ago that we’d be able to 3D print organs or genetically modify an immune system to fight cancer? Every week in research brings something new but much of my time is spent growing human cell lines, working with patient tissue samples and collaborating on projects. It’s a rewarding feeling to work on something which can positively impact patients.

Courtney Moore

Biomedical Science
Research Assistant

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Courtney Moore

Biomedical Science
Research Assistant

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017