Course summary

Are you fascinated by how our bodies function, what keeps us healthy and what causes disease? Or maybe why are humans so different, yet also so much the same? The Bachelor of Biomedical Science embraces these questions as you explore the human body all the way to the cellular level.

You'll learn the structure and function of the body, understand the factors that help characterise disease, and develop analytical skills that may one day arm your fight against it.

This course is taught in laboratories equipped with cutting edge analytical equipment and provides a solid base in biomedical science from anatomy, immunology, neuroscience and microbiology to haematology and more. A substantial professional placement builds invaluable on-the-job experience.

Graduate opportunities include roles across scientific and health care environments. Graduates may also qualify for postgraduate degrees such as pharmacy and physiotherapy, or choose to pursue medicine or other careers.

This course enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of human health and the connection between disease processes and scientific laboratory investigations. Core units cover biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, immunology, neuroscience, microbiology, haematology, genetics and research.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in the biomedical sciences.

Exercise critical reasoning and problem solving skills in a biomedical context.

Demonstrate the ability to accurately and critically evaluate scientific work.


Demonstrate innovative responses and solutions to challenges in the biomedical sciences.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate the highest standards of ethics in research and in interactions with colleagues and the public.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate professional standard knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes in all disciplines of the biomedical sciences appropriate for safe and effective contemporary practice.

Lifelong learning

Acknowledge responsibility for independent and self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Demonstrate the ability, and acknowledge responsibility, for maintaining and advancing knowledge in the biomedical sciences.

Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely and appropriately in a biomedical science setting.

Demonstrate the ability to work with efficiency and precision as part of a team of biomedical scientists.

Cultural competence

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, Indigenous and cultural diversity and respect for the identity of all people.

The course structure includes 420 hours of professional placement for students to gain workplace experience in health and research facilities, such as pathology labs or medical research labs.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Prior to applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 086341A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, students must complete 288 credit points, comprising:

  • all core units; and
  • one elective unit from University-wide offerings.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing 192 credit points, comprising any 16 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing 96 credit points, comprising any 8 core units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement.   All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy OR BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO71002 - Human Physiology I Introductory
PHY71030 - Introductory Physics and Maths for Health Sciences Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
BIO71003 - Human Physiology II Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
CHE10700 - Chemistry for Health Sciences Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
SCI10473 - Histology and Embryology Intermediate
CHE71010 - Organic Chemistry Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
CHE00002 - Biochemistry Intermediate
SCI10475 - Neuroscience Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
BIO72050 - Microbiology Intermediate
BIO72025 - Molecular Genetics Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
BIO72130 - Human Pathophysiology Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
MDC72010 - Immunology Intermediate
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 5, Session 1
BIO73020 - Bioinformatics Advanced
BIO73050 - Clinical Biochemistry Advanced
Year 5, Session 2
CMM73010 - Epidemiology Advanced
Year 6, Session 1
BIO72100 - Clinical Microbiology Intermediate
SCI73015 - Haematology Advanced
Year 6, Session 2
SCI73020 - Professional Experience in the Biomedical Setting Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
BIO71002 - Human Physiology I Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy OR BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory Introductory
BIO71003 - Human Physiology II Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
Follow the full-time or part-time progression from Year 1 excluding the completed units

Title Level of learning Note
Complete the unit under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit.
Session 3
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy OR BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory Introductory


Note 1: Double-weighted unit