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1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

4BH008 (Internal)

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Degree overview

  • Advance your research skills and specialist knowledge in biomedical, pharmaceutical, biological and chemical sciences.
  • Graduate ahead of the crowd with a highly regarded honours degree.
  • Contribute to the development of industry knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation.
  • Gain valuable practical one-on-one experience with world-class researchers or within a research group.
  • Study at a university with above world-class research in health and medical sciences.1
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities and laboratories.
  • Benefit from UniSA’s strong links with internationally-renowned research groups, such as the Centre for Cancer Biology.
  • Use this honours degree as a pathway to a Master of Research and doctoral studies.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,2 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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.


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This honours degree is for students who have successfully completed a relevant bachelor degree in biomedical science, pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, nutrition and food sciences, natural sciences or laboratory medicine.

Over one year, you'll develop and extend your research skills and specialist knowledge, focusing on your area of interest. Working in collaboration with your supervisor, your intensive research experience will confidently prepare you for a career in research or further studies such as a PhD.

Read the Honours Research Guide for information on our supervisors' research interests and activities.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with researchers and contribute to the development of knowledge in your area of specialisation. You’ll learn transferable skills such as research training, reporting, communication and presentation skills, data analysis and high-level project management skills.

During the first six months you’ll explore research methodologies, research hypotheses and proposals. You’ll also gain an awareness of ethical research practice.

During the final six months you’ll be required to analyse, understand and contextualise your research results. You’ll then prepare a written thesis and present your findings during a research seminar.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester
Honours Biomedical Research A BIOL 4015 18 Note(s): 2
Second Semester
Honours Biomedical Research B BIOL 4014 18

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • research proposals
  • presentations
  • thesis

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


This honours degree ensures you graduate with advanced knowledge of research and professional practice. You’ll receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

During the honours preparation, you’ll undertake training courses in research methods and ethics. Within the honours thesis course, you’ll undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher and report on this project through a thesis and oral presentation.

Why Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours)

Biomedical research student using campus research facilities

This advanced qualification will build on your undergraduate studies with a greater depth of knowledge of research methodology and research practice in a specialisation of your choice.

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

You’ll benefit from UniSA’s many decades of experience working with industry across scientific fields. Our strong links with internationally-renowned research groups, such as the Centre for Cancer Biology (an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology) will help you grow your specialist knowledge in the areas of biomedical, pharmaceutical, biological and chemical sciences.

Real-world connections

Our strong links with several internationally-renowned research groups mean you’ll get to work alongside experienced industry professionals and award-winning researchers and academics. This is a great opportunity for you to build important relationships and networks to support your career progression after graduation.

We also host regular University-wide alumni eventsemployee master classes and employment expos in Australia and overseas. 

Career outcomes

Your career

Honours graduates are highly qualified to embark on a career in research. You could find work 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 may also decide to continue your education with a Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Research degree.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Check you meet the full entry requirements for this program.
  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply.
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You will have access to:

  • on-campus laboratories
  • facilities used by our affiliated research groups
Your study spaces

Your program director

I am privileged to lead a degree focused on developing independent research skills for students to graduate ready to meet the challenges and diverse roles of their profession or for further postgraduate study. This is achieved within a supportive learning environment where students work with world-class researchers and facilities in their chosen area of discovery and innovation.

Dr Kristen Bremmell

Program Director

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Dr Kristen Bremmell

Program Director


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