Start date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 35,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Science and Mathematics.1
  • Get ahead of the crowd with a highly regarded honours degree.
  • Advance your research skills in biomedical, pharmaceutical, biological and chemical sciences.
  • Gain valuable practical experience when you work one-on-one with an active researcher or within a research group.
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research.
  • Benefit from our state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, including purpose-built laboratories.
  • Benefit from our strong links and affiliation with several internationally-renowned research groups, the UniSA Cancer Research Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including Masters by Research and doctoral studies.

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


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

You will develop and extend your research skills and specialist knowledge in the areas of biomedical, pharmaceutical, biological and chemical sciences.

As part of this degree you will complete an advanced research project, which you will present at the end of your studies. This project will demonstrate your ability to collate data, prepare a thesis, reference, publish and present.

This practical experience will expand your knowledge and prepare you for a career in research or further studies, such as a PhD.

Our Honours Research Book contains more information on potential supervisors and their research interests and activities.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will have the opportunity to work closely with researchers and will contribute to the development of knowledge in your area of specialisation. You will gain 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 will explore research methodologies and develop the skills required to prepare research hypotheses and proposals. You will also gain an awareness of ethical research.

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

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Honours Biomedical Research A BIOL 4015 18 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
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 and 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 will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

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

You will also graduate with industry experience and connections, and well-prepared for future leadership roles.

Why Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours)

Biomedical research student using campus research facilities

An honours degree will help you expand on the knowledge you attained throughout your undergraduate studies, develop your research skills and gain a greater depth of knowledge in a specialisation of your choice.

This advanced, highly regarded qualification will set you apart from the crowd. It will provide you with advanced knowledge of, and skills in, research methodology and research practice.

You will also benefit from our industry connections, experienced staff and strong links with several internationally-renowned research groups, as well as the UniSA Cancer Research Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology (an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology).

Health research at UniSA brings together internationally recognised researchers in 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. 

Real-world connections

Our strong links with several internationally-renowned research groups, as well as the UniSA Cancer Research Institute and Centre for Cancer Biology means you will have the opportunity 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, which may be vital to your career progression after graduation.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates are highly qualified to embark on a career in research.

You may gain employment 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 Masters by 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

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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 lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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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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