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Biomedical Sciences

Bachelor Degree

B-BIOMED

Course
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 70
Duration
3 years full-time
Credit
600
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Combine biology with medicine for a career at the cutting-edge of health science and innovation

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

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

The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences is a highly flexible degree that gives you the freedom to explore different areas of biology related to human health and disease. 

Whether you aspire to pursue a career as a clinical physiologist, develop vaccines for infectious diseases, advance cancer or Alzheimer’s research, explore gene sequencing or formulate new pharmaceuticals, this degree lets you tailor your studies to suit your preferred career path.

In the first year of this degree, you will complete foundation studies in areas of biomedical science such as human biology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, and immunology, alongside complementary learning in chemistry, scientific communication and biostatistics.

In the second and third years, you will branch out into the areas of biomedical science that interest you most.  Options open to you include majors in Human Biomedicine, Molecular Genetics, or Pharmacology; as well as specialisations and optional units.

All options combine theory with intensive hands-on, practical sessions in high-quality laboratory facilities; where you will work on real-world scenarios that prepare you for your future career. 

You may also undertake industry site visits to provide you with insight into your chosen career path when you graduate. 

Majors and specialisations

You can major in one or two of the following areas: Human Biomedicine, Molecular Genetics or Pharmacology.

If you select one major, you can combine your study with a specialisation in Human Pathology, Immunology and Cell Biology, Microbiology, Human Genetics or Pharmacology. You are also able to complete specialisations from other disciplines such as Corporate Governance or Digital and Social Media. The choice is yours!

Human Biomedicine

Biomedicine is the application of biological and physiological principles to clinical practice.
You will learn applied human anatomy, physiology and neuroscience, and gain valuable hands-on laboratory experience using cadaveric specimens and physiology equipment.
If you take the Human Pathology specialisation, you can extend your studies into clinical pathophysiology and neurophysiology, which will broadly prepare you for a career as a clinical physiologist.

Molecular Genetics

Molecular genetics is a rapidly advancing and exciting discipline for the 21st century.
In this major, you will learn about genetics and genomics, and how universal principles and new advances in this area can be applied to improve health outcomes.
You will study molecular biology, human genetic disease, bioinformatics and genetic engineering, learning theory alongside practical laboratory training.
You will also be introduced to cutting-edge technology for molecular and genetic analyses and will develop your skills in critical thinking and scientific communication.

Pharmacology

Pharmacology explores the effects of drugs on living organisms and is the cornerstone for a career in drug discovery and development. It is particularly relevant with the increasing global challenge to develop new drugs against infectious agents.
This major gives you a good understanding of drug action against microorganisms through computer-based simulations and laboratory work covering molecular, cellular and physiological responses, and modern drug analysis techniques.
You will learn how drugs target specific receptors in tissues and explore the major biochemical pathways that are activated.
You’ll also learn about dose-response relationship, toxicity, drug metabolism and elimination, drug design and development, and how genetic variation between populations influences drug response.

Additional units

These are optional areas of study that give you room to further explore your career interests in areas such as reproductive technologies, bioinformatics, forensics and psychology.

Why study

  • You can choose from different areas of biomedical science to suit your career aspirations
  • You will combine theory with extensive practical laboratory experience
  • You have access to high-quality laboratory facilities
  • Your learning is applied to real scenarios, preparing you for your future career.

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

Careers

  • Clinical, research, or life scientist
  • Clinical, research, or laboratory technician / assistant
  • Physiologist
  • Anatomist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Molecular geneticist
  • Sales representative
  • Scientific communicator

Industries

  • Clinical Health Services
  • Basic and Clinical Research
  • Genetic testing
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Forensics

What you'll learn

  • apply skills, concepts, and principles of scientific investigation in the biomedical sciences
  • propose innovative, evidence-based solutions to contemporary problems in the biomedical sciences
  • effectively access and communicate biomedical science concepts using a variety of media
  • maintain intellectual curiosity and knowledge to contribute to the global scientific community
  • demonstrate cultural competency through scientific practice that considers cultural diversity and ways of working that are respectful and responsible
  • demonstrate initiative, leadership, and ethical practice when working independently and collaboratively, to a standard expected by industry and the community

Admission criteria

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.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR.

  • STAT entry : WE and either V or Q Applicants with relevant TAFE qualifications are encouraged to contact the School to discuss entry qualification and any Credit for Recognised Learning.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR.

  • STAT entry : WE and either V or Q Applicants with relevant TAFE qualifications are encouraged to contact the School to discuss entry qualification and any Credit for Recognised Learning.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR.

  • STAT entry : WE and either V or Q Applicants with relevant TAFE qualifications are encouraged to contact the School to discuss entry qualification and any Credit for Recognised Learning.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course you need to have completed at least 100 credits with a Course Weighted Average (CWA) of 50% or higher, have an academic status of Good Standing, and have met the pre-requisite. Students who have not completed Mathematics Applications ATAR must complete Introductory Mathematics (MATH1013). 

Students in the UniReady enabling program must complete the program with a course weighted average (CWA) of 50% or higher, including the units BIOL0001 Introduction to Health Science and MATH0014 Mathematics for Science

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry applies to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $8,000*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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 – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2021

Semester 1
  • On Campus

2022

Semester 1
  • On Campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On Campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: B-BIOMED
  • CRICOS code: 102738J
  • Last updated on: January 27, 2021