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Advanced Biomedical Sciences (Honours)

Bachelor Honours Degree


Bachelor of Advanced Biomedical Sciences (Honours)
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Combine an honours degree in science with biomedical research

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

The Bachelor of Advanced Biomedical Science (Hons) is a research-focused first degree, designed for high-ATAR students with an interest in biomedical science research. 

In your first year, you’ll study interprofessional course units with students from other disciplines, alongside units specific to this course. 

From your second year, you’ll study your chosen major – either in Discovery Bioscience or Clinical Medical Science – and will progress your research skills in experimental design, ethics, statistical analysis, scientific writing, data management and critical interpretation.

You’ll undertake project units with strong industry and research collaborations that give you guided practical experience in biomedical research. You’ll also participate in a research roadshow in a variety of operational research settings, such as laboratories and clinical trial sites.

There are opportunities to undertake extracurricular activities to further develop your research skills.

In your final year, you’ll complete a full-year research program within the laboratory of an approved university, research institute or industry research site.

The two majors are detailed below: 

Discovery Bioscience

In Discovery Bioscience, you’ll look at ways we’re advancing our knowledge of the biological processes that underpin a person’s health, including studies in genomics, bioinformatics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and lipidomics, and the application of new technologies. 

Clinical Medical Science

If you choose Clinical Medical Science, you’ll study clinical biosciences and emerging therapies, including population and personalised medicine, and clinical trials. You’ll also receive a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, immunology and regenerative medicine.

Why study

  • This is a research-focused bachelor degree
  • You’ll complete a full-year research program within the laboratory of an approved university, research institute or industry research site.
  • There are opportunities to develop your research skills through project units with industry collaborations
  • You can undertake extracurricular activities
  • You’ll participate in a research roadshow.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information


  • Biotechnologist
  • Graduate medicine
  • Media and science communications officer
  • Researcher


  • Biotechnology
  • Education
  • Government
  • Hospital and medical sector (medical diagnostic laboratories, reproductive technologies)

What you'll learn

  • integrate advanced skills, concepts and principles into the investigation of research questions in the biomedical sciences.
  • demonstrate autonomy, adaptability and initiative in the generation of novel evidence-based solutions in the biomedical sciences.
  • effectively disseminate research outcomes to a variety of audiences using communication technologies.
  • apply national and international research standards to biomedical problems of local and global significance.
  • demonstrate cultural competency through research practice that considers cultural diversity and a willingness to learn from, engage with, and be empathetic towards, people from diverse backgrounds.
  • demonstrate leadership and ethical practice when engaging with, and learning from, the community, research colleagues and industry.

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

Other requirements and notes for this course

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

Applicants for this course should refer to Clinical Health Sciences and Police Clearances.

Students enrolling in this course as part of the Optometry stream will do so on the proviso that they are prepared to move to South Australia for four years to continue their course at Flinders.

Students enrolled within this course must maintain a CWA of >=70, otherwise they will be required to switch into the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (B-BIOMED) course (or another relevant Health Sciences course) for the remainder of their studies. 

Students must also complete a set of core units, a major course of study in Discovery Bioscience or Clinical Medical Science and a research project in the final year, to qualify for graduation.

At the end of their first year, Optometry students meeting the required standard can transfer to the Flinders program. Students who have not attained the standard can remain in the Bachelor of Advanced Biomedical Sciences (Honours) (BH-ADVBSC) program or course-switch to another health science discipline as available, although they will need to either select the Clinical Medical Science Major (MJRH-CLNMS), or pick up Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology (GENE1000) as their option in Year 2.

Should there be insufficient numbers in the course who meet the standard or who wish to continue into the Flinders program, students from higher years of the Bachelor of Advanced Biomedical Sciences (Honours) (BH-ADVBSC) course could apply for selection. Students considering this may choose the physics unit as their Year 2 option.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,400*
Total indicative course fee $144,900*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,050*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Curtin course code: BH-ADVBSC
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  • Last updated on: October 26, 2020