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Biomedical Science

Bachelor Honours Degree

BH-BIOMED

Course
Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) (Honours)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR N/A
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

This course is a continuation from the undergraduate Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) course

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

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

 

Bachelor Honours Degrees prepare students to develop advanced knowledge and skills for professional work, research and further learning corresponding to AQF level 8 qualifications.

This course develops originality and independence of thought and trains students in research. It is the preferred route for students proceeding to a higher degree. Additionally, this course broadens knowledge and provides exposure to the latest developments in biomedical research, thereby enhancing employment prospects.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

 

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.

How this course will make you industry ready

Graduates from honours have a more fully developed and more complex set of research skills that make them more attractive to employers. Graduates with first or upper-second-class honours are also eligible for direct entry into PhD programs.

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.

Professional recognition

This course is a continuation from the undergraduate Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) course, which is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, and graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Membership.

What you'll learn

  • apply biomedical science knowledge to extend the boundary of knowledge through a research project (and/or); demonstrate knowledge of bioscience research methodologies in bioscience and how they are applied to answer research questions
  • critically analyse the biomedical science literature to design, implement and evaluate a research project
  • determine the type and variety of biomedical science information required using appropriate technologies; synthesise and evaluate scientific and experimental information
  • communicate the research process and outcomes through a proposal, dissertation and oral presentations appropriate for a scientific audience; keep accurate records of experimental work and planning
  • use appropriate instrumentation to undertake biomedical science experiments
  • demonstrate intellectual curiosity throughout the planning, conduct and evaluation of the research process
  • consider biomedical science problems from a global perspective; apply international biomedical standards for experimental procedures
  • recognise the significance of their project in a broader biological, social and cultural context
  • demonstrate an application of the ethical requirements for research in a bioscience research field; work independently to plan and implement a research project

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)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

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

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.

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.

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 may include 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 may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • Students with an outstanding performance and appropriate Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) course will be considered for entry to the honours program.

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 an Australian Bachelor of Science or equivalent, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or above in highest level units.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian Bachelor of Science or equivalent, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or above in highest level units.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Students with an outstanding performance and appropriate Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) course will be considered for entry to the honours program.


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, 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 typeCost
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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2022

Semester 1
  • On campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus

2024

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.

How to apply

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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: BH-BIOMED
  • CRICOS code: 073667G
  • Last updated on: November 27, 2021