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Biomedical Science

Bachelor Honours Degree


Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) (Honours)
1 year full-time
Curtin Perth


Bachelor honours degrees prepare students to develop advanced knowledge and skills for professional work, research and further learning. Project topics are developed in conjunction with a potential supervisor, and cover a large array of potential fields of research.

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Global education

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

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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.


Why study

  • 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.

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

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.

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
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) N/A
India (CBSE) N/A
India (HSC) N/A
Sri Lanka N/A

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.

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: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $100*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,000*
Total indicative course fee $36,000*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,000*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $100*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,400*
Total indicative course fee $36,800*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,800*

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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