Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBBM

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
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]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
105413F

Degree overview

  • Use your interest in medical biology and human health to help cure disease and improve health outcomes.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in health,1 maths and science.2
  • Learn in state-of-the-art, purpose-built tutorial spaces and fully equipped laboratories.
  • Practice your hands-on skills in real-world environments with 13 weeks of research laboratory experience.
  • 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 and confidence to work in the fast-growing biomedical science industry with pathways into growing areas like biotechnology, bioanalytics, and clinical trials.
  • Use this degree as a stepping stone into further studies and research careers.
  • Study at a university with above world-class research in health and medical sciences.3
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,4 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 2020-22, Health Services and Support – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 4Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.

Snapshot

Snapshot

In the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you’ll explore the complex world of human health and disease under the guidance of industry experts.

Biomedical science explores human disease from cause and diagnosis to treatment and cure. Professionals in this field have strong knowledge in science, healthcare and research methologies to contribute to a variety of health industries, with knowledge that underpins many areas of the health sector.

In this three-year program, you'll develop advanced knowledge in physiology, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics. You’ll get to learn alongside internationally recognised researchers and academics in cancer biology, vaccine development and genetics, as well as experts in the area of clinical trials throughout your degree.

You’ll graduate with the skills to join the fast-paced and innovative biomedical research industry, and gain skills to be used in clinical trials and growing areas of industry need.

What you'll need

While this program has no prerequisites for entry, you will benefit from background knowledge studying subjects such as Year 12 Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. We offer the ScienceReady Short Course to prepare you for your first year of 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
  • study core courses in chemistry, biology and anatomy
  • develop advanced knowledge in physiology, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics, biochemistry, immunology, genetics, pharmacology, and cancer biology
  • 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.

Throughout your studies, you’ll benefit from a flexible learning environment with face-to-face and online courses.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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
SECOND YEAR
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
THIRD YEAR
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
OR
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
OR
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 play 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.

Biomedical science explores human disease from cause and diagnosis to treatment and cure. Professionals in this field have strong knowledge in science, healthcare and research methologies to contribute to healthcare at large.

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 health settings including hospitals, universities and medical research institutes. Job roles can range from data management and lab management to policy, data, ethics, medical research and higher education. 

Along with the establishment of the Adelaide Biomed City in the West End 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

As a rapidly changing field, you’ll have opportunities to network with potential employers from your first year through guest lectures and networking sessions. You’ll have opportunity to meet representatives from companies such as Sementis, CMAX and AGILEX, as well as government agencies that specialise in biomedical research.

You’ll be taught by experienced academics and world-leading biomedical and clinical researchers from organisations like the Centre for Cancer Biology, the Future Industries Institute and SAHMRI, connecting you with leading researchers and industry leaders throughout your studies.

Career outcomes

Your career

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science has been designed to meet the needs of 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. Graduates can even apply their skills in unexpected careers such as business analytics or intelligence, science communications, policy and ethics, and more.

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 and biomedical informatics
  • medical and scientific laboratories
  • biomedical research
  • health management, education, and corporate

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. 

Through further study, the Bachelor of Biomedical Science can even open doors to employment in areas including allied health, public health and health policy.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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Scholarships

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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What others are saying

I've always enjoyed science and want to contribute to research that has a positive difference in peoples' health. Studying Biomedical Science is a great avenue into research and has a great mix of theory and practical, hands-on work to set me up for success. I'm particularly interested in molecular and cell biology, and plan to take my passion into further study, focusing on modern neuroscience.

Nekesha Chohan

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

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Nekesha Chohan

Bachelor of Biomedical 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