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University of South Australia

Biomedical Science

Interested in Biomedical Science?

Explore the complex world of human health and disease with South Australia’s No.1 university for graduate careers in health, maths and science.1,2

Biomedical science is an interdisciplinary field that explores human disease from its cause and diagnosis to treatment and cure. With knowledge underpinning the breadth of medical science fields and a strong technical skill base in biology and chemistry, biomedical science professionals help cure disease and improve health outcomes. Graduates are well-equipped to join career paths ranging from research, biotechnology, clinical trials, data analytics, management, education, and more.

Our Bachelor of Biomedical Science will prepare you to join the rewarding biomedical science industry and contribute to Australian health. In just three years, you will graduate with skills to follow pathways into growing industry areas such as bioinformatics, genomics and clinical trials. You will also get real-life experience with 13 weeks in a research lab.

For aspiring researchers in biomedical, pharmaceutical, biological and chemical sciences, the Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) will expand your research capacity and specialist knowledge in a subject area of your choice. It is the perfect place to begin a rewarding career in research, or continuing onto further studies such as a PhD.

Our biomedical science degrees are designed in collaboration with industry experts, ensuring you’re prepared to join a fast-paced and innovative area of health. You'll study in state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories on campus, and learn from world-leading biomedical and clinical researchers from the Health and Biomedical Innovation (HBI), Future Industries Institute, Centre for Cancer Biology, and SAHMRI.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Health Services and Support – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities.

Key features

  • Play a key role in the health system, using scientific knowledge and lab skills to better understand and respond to issues concerning human health and disease.
  • Gain a broad education in biomedical sciences, and learn advanced skills in biochemistry, immunology, genetics, pharmacology and cancer biology.
  • Learn from internationally recognised researchers in cancer biology, vaccine development, genetics and neuroscience, and network with industry professionals throughout your studies.
  • Complete an industry research project for 13 weeks in an active research laboratory during your final year.
  • Study at a university with above world-class research in health and medical sciences.1
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities and on-campus laboratories.
  • Graduate with practical skills to step into a variety of industries and follow exciting pathways, including the growing biomedical science industry, clinical trials, research, management, education, and more.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Learn more about biomedical science at UniSA

Explore the complex world of human health and disease and be at the forefront of making new discoveries to help solve significant health problems facing society. Hear how a degree in biomedical science can lead to careers in bioinformatics, genomics and clinical trials.

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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.

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.

As an industry-connected university, you will benefit from valuable practical work experience opportunities matched to your career goals. You'll gain research experience from your first year, and will 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 learn from and work closely with industry professionals in these areas.

1Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.

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 strong platform to step into a variety of health settings, or continue into a rewarding career in research. With further study, it can open doors to employment in allied health, public health and may even lead to driving health policy.

Biomedical science professionals can work in a variety of areas and different career pathways, including:

  • biotechnology
  • medical and bioinformatics
  • medical and scientific laboratories
  • biomedical research
  • health management and education
  • healthy policy and communications
  • clinical trials and toxicology

Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) are highly qualified to embark on a career in research and increase knowledge in your study area of choice. 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 Master of 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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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 National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

 

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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 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation*
*2022 QS Stars Ratings