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Units in second semester 2020 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

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Human Biology Preclinical

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Human Biology Preclinical)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Become a highly-skilled scientist at the threshold of many different health careers.

Specialist pathways

 Optometry pathway for high ATAR applicants.

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Get the Curtin edge

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

If you’re seeking a career in allied health, but are not yet ready to commit to a particular profession, this course is an ideal stepping- stone to other courses and careers such as optometry, occupational therapy, medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and paramedicine.

This course delivers integrated studies in human biology, emphasising applied human structure and function. Your first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students.

Your second year is designed to give you in- depth knowledge in selected subject areas, particularly in anatomy and physiology, and is combined with extensive laboratory-based learning. In your third year you can apply your learning to explore areas of current research in human biology and the life sciences.

Optometry pathway

The first-year optometry stream offers study units that enable you to seek admission into the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry double-degree at Flinders University. This stream has a higher minimum ATAR of 90. Find out more.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Hands-on.
  • High-quality laboratory facilities.
  • Encompasses a wide range of disciplines.
  • Has a strong foundation for further studies in health.`
  • Great starting place if you're not ready to choose a particular profession.
  • Ideal degree for graduate-entry programs in clinical disciplines such as audiology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy and speech pathology. 

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


  • Anatomist
  • Clinical technician
  • Human biologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Life scientist
  • Physiologist
  • Research scientist.


  • Education
  • Health technology
  • Research centres and laboratories.
  • Anatomist
  • Life Scientist (General)

What you'll learn

  • apply skills, concepts and principles in scientific investigation and professional practice in the context of the life sciences
  • apply critical thinking skills in problem solving and generate innovative evidence-based solutions
  • access, critically evaluate, synthesise and integrate information from a variety of sources relevant to the life sciences
  • communicate effectively through framework of ethical scientific practice
  • select, access and apply appropriate technologies to generate, retrieve, analyse and present data according to scientific principles
  • sustain intellectual curiosity by updating knowledge and expertise in the life sciences through a range of learning activities
  • recognise the international nature of scientific knowledge and the development of international standards of scientific practice
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in the practice of the life sciences
  • demonstrate initiative, leadership and ethical practice when working independently and collaboratively

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.

Other requirements and notes for this course

The Optometry first year stream is only available in semester one.

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.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

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 for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $400*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,000*
Total indicative course fee $109,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,600*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $400*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,700*
Total indicative course fee $111,700*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,100*

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: B-HUMBPC
  • CRICOS code: 064457D
  • Last updated on: September 9, 2020