Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 40,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6]
  • IELTS writing [6]
  • IELTS speaking [6]
  • IELTS listening [6]
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Degree overview

  • Play a key role in the health system, using scientific knowledge and laboratory skills to help improve the lives of others.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in maths, science and health.1
  • Learn in state-of-the-art, purpose-built tutorial spaces and fully equipped laboratories.
  • Be trained by internationally recognised researchers in cancer biology, vaccine development and genetics, as well as experts in the area of clinical trials.
  • Graduate with practical skills to work in the fast-growing biomedical science industry in areas like biotechnology, bioanalytics, and science.
  • Study at a university with above world-class research in health and medical sciences.2
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people3. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, 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.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. 4Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



In the midst of a global pandemic, population health has never been more in focus. In the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you’ll explore the complex world of human health and disease under the guidance of industry experts.

In this three-year program, immerse yourself in biomedical research and gain skills to be used in clinical trials. Develop advanced knowledge in physiology, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics. You’ll get to learn alongside internationally recognised researchers in cancer biology, vaccine development and genetics, as well as experts in the area of clinical trials.

What you'll need

You'll be well placed to study the Bachelor of Biomedical Science if you have completed previous science study such as Year 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics. While this isn't a prerequisite for entry, it will provide you with background knowledge which will be advantageous to your undergraduate studies.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Along with fundamental knowledge in biomedical sciences, you can choose pathways into further study in biomedical research and other health professions. During your studies, you’ll:

  • explore the complex world of human health and disease
  • learn advanced skills in biochemistry, immunology, genetics, pharmacology, cancer biology
  • learn skills which can be applied to clinical trials research
  • study core courses in chemistry, biology and anatomy
  • develop advanced knowledge in physiology,  molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics

You’ll also benefit from a flexible learning environment with face-to-face and online courses, and gain research experience, which forms a great foundation for pathways in bioinformatics, genomics, and clinical trials.

During your final year, you'll complete an industry research project for 13 weeks in an active research laboratory.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Chemistry 100 CHEM 1006 4.5
Biology A BIOL 1007 4.5
Health and Society HLTH 1025 4.5
Biomedical Research Training BIOL 1056 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Chemistry 101 CHEM 1007 4.5
Biology B BIOL 1012 4.5
Quantitative Methods in Health MATH 1065 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Biochemistry BIOL 2014 4.5
Microbiology BIOL 2051 4.5
Physiology BIOL 2035 4.5
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Genetics BIOL 2016 4.5
Genes to Proteins BIOL 2057 4.5
Immunology BIOL 2037 4.5
Pharmacology C PHAR 2022 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Infection and Immunity MEDI 3015 4.5
Advanced Methods in Molecular Biology BIOL 3032 4.5
Current Topics in Medical Research MEDI 3014 4.5
AND choice of:
Clinical Trials for Drug Development PHAR 2024 4.5
Fetal and Maternal Pathophysiology BIOL 2056 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Genomics and Bioinformatics BIOL 3036 4.5
Cancer Biology BIOL 3033 4.5
Research Elective Project BIOL 3031 4.5
AND choice of:
Clinical Trials Toxicology MEDI 4016 4.5
Global Change and Human Health BIOL 3027 4.5

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.

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

Why Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Why this Degree

Biomedical scientists perform a key role in our health system by investigating the causes and effect of disease on the normal structure and functions of the human body.

Designed to align with the needs of industry, this degree prepares you for an exciting career in growing fields of medical research, clinical trials, or the broader disciplines of biomedical and life sciences.

You’ll learn from internationally recognised researchers in cancer biology, vaccine development, genetics and bioinformatics using the latest techniques, at a university with above world-class research in health and medical sciences.1

Graduates can work across a variety of settings including hospitals, universities and medical research institutes. Along with the establishment of the Adelaide Biomed City and projected job growth in biotechnology, toxicology and science, graduates can benefit from South Australia’s position at the forefront of translational health research. As Australia’s University of Enterprise, UniSA has become 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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

You'll have opportunities to network with potential employers from your first year through guest lectures and networking sessions, including representatives from companies such as Sementis, and government agencies that specialise in biomedical research.

You’ll also be taught by experienced academics and world-leading biomedical and clinical researchers from organisations like the Centre for Cancer Biology and the Future Industries Institute and SAMHRI.

Career outcomes

Your career

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science has been designed to align with the ever-changing biomedical sciences industry.

Graduates can be employed in research and laboratories with varied roles, such as laboratory technicians, research assistants or scientists. With a solid foundation, graduates can even apply their analytical skills in unexpected careers such as business analytics or intelligence.

The work of a biomedical scientist underpins much of modern medicine, with biomedical research a critical step in the development and discovery of the knowledge, interventions and technologies used to fight disease.

You could find yourself working in a variety of areas, including:

  • biotechnology
  • medical informatics
  • medical and scientific laboratories
  • biomedical research

Completing this degree will enable you to pursue a career in research by studying UniSA’s Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours). You can also apply for higher degrees by research or go on to postgraduate study in other health disciplines. Together with further study, the Bachelor of Biomedical Science can even open doors to employment in allied health, public health and health policy.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • 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.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


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 UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 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 international 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:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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 program director

Along with being Program Director for this degree, I am a senior scientist in the Mechanisms in Cell Biology and Disease research group at UniSA. I have had the privilege to attend and present our research findings at several international conferences, interacting with many amazing patients and their families, clinicians and scientists. This truly reinforces to me why I continue to do what I do. I bring this passion through to my teaching, both with research degree supervision and courses in Human Physiology.

Dr Emma Parkinson-Lawrence

Program Director

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Dr Emma Parkinson-Lawrence

Program Director


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What others are saying

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