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 to in the areas of bioinformatics, genomics and clinical trials. A set structure of courses and some elective options encourage students to graduate with a deep understanding of biomedical science topics.

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

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

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

Key features

  • 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.
  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for Graduate Careers in Maths and Science.1
  • Gain practical experience in on-campus, purpose-built laboratories.
  • Develop research experience from your first year and 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.
  • Study at a university with above world-class research in health and medical sciences.2

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,1 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

Develop 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, healthy lifestyles, population health, and Aboriginal health. You will have the opportunity to be involved in these areas of research, work closely with industry professionals and gain valuable practical experience. 

We are No.1 in Australia for research impact and engagement,2 and this excellence shines through our teaching, where you’ll learn from world-class researchers, industry professionals and experienced clinicians.

1Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings; Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50
22018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed Fields. 
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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 was designed so students study specific courses identified by industry as most relevant for their future careers. This means that while you will be able to gain a broad understanding of biomedical science and choose from different career pathways, you will graduate with the deeper knowledge needed to be successful in industry.

Biomedical science professionals can work in a variety of areas, including:

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


If you finish your undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above, you may also be eligible for our one-year Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) degree and, depending on results, may also be eligible to proceed to further postgraduate study. You could take your career to the next level with postgraduate research study including a Masters by Research or a PhD.

Completing this degree will also allow students to apply for higher degrees by research, or go on to postgraduate study in other health disciplines.

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 6.3 per cent by May 2023.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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To May 2023, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 250,300 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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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

Biology and chemistry were my favourite subjects. I was always fascinated with how the human body works, so when I was deciding what to study at university, Medical Science was the perfect fit.

Courtney Moore

Bachelor of Medical Science

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Courtney Moore

Bachelor of Medical Science

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