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COURSE

Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) (Honours)

BH-BIOMED

TAUGHT BY: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

200

About offering

This course develops originality and independence of thought and trains students in research.

The course aims to broaden your knowledge and expose you to the latest developments in biomedical research.

Project topics are developed in conjunction with a potential supervisor, and cover a large array of potential fields of research.

Project work covers areas such as (but is not limited to):

  • cancer
  • regenerative medicine
  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • medical microbiology
  • environmental and industrial microbiology
  • bioinformatics
  • immunology
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • genetics and molecular genetics.

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

Why study Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) (Honours)

  • We provide training in a wide range of generic and discipline specific research-oriented skills, as well as training in inter-professional skills such as critical thinking, time management, scientific writing and problem solving.  
  • You will operate in modern research facilities that house multi-million-dollar equipment.
  • You will be supervised by academics that are themselves active researchers.
  • Our graduates have been sought after for PhD positions in institutions all over the world.

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.

Career information

Graduates may be suited to careers in research relating to most biological sciences, they could seek work in industry (product or platform specialists, specialist sales), in the health-care system (diagnostics, counselling) or enter the education or journalism sector.

In addition to the discipline specific skills, generic skills such as scientific writing, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking, make our graduates suitable for many non-science careers.

Graduates may qualify for entry to graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master by coursework and research degrees and doctorates.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

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

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

Applicants with higher education study

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.

  • 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.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

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.

Applicants with 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.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) N/A
HKDSE N/A
IB N/A
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) N/A
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) N/A
WAUFP (CPS) N/A
India (CBSE) N/A
India (HSC) N/A
Sri Lanka N/A

Minimum academic entry requirements

Please select a country above.

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.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$10,760*

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

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] 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 do 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.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,200*
Total indicative course fee $35,200*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $100 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

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Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: BH-BIOMED
  • CRICOS code: 073667G
  • This offering was last updated on: September 24, 2018