Bachelor of Biomedical Science
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP231
2013 Clearly-in ATAR:
- Campus: Bundoora campus
This flexible program allows you to select specialist electives in your final year on topics like cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology and anatomy, pathology and microbiology.
Our program emphasises vocational skills, and we use the latest technology in modern, well-equipped laboratories. You'll have access to excellent online and support facilities.
3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Learning and teaching
Classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online reading, workshop, practical and laboratory sessions. These are primarily in English.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
You'll be able to choose electives to suit your interests. All areas provide a strong foundation for progression into research and other health-related careers.
You'll cover chemistry, human biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, and statistics.
You'll study biochemistry, human physiology, cell biology and anatomy. Depending on your area of specialisation, you may choose electives in microbiology or histology.
You have a choice of studying molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, advanced physiology, pathology or microbiology. You'll also undertake a short research project or work experience placement.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
During third year you'll gain experience in a university research laboratory or a professional organisation. With associated coursework, this runs for 120 hours. You'll work in research and analytical laboratories in universities, hospitals and industry.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Graduates can work in:
- research in universities, hospitals and biomedical research institutes
- medical and pharmaceutical research
- public and private diagnostic centres
- therapeutic research laboratories
- applied health areas like health promotion and administration.
You're also eligible for postgraduate entry into medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, dentistry and other health sciences.
You can also go on to postgraduate studies in biomedical science in universities and research institutes.
Professional recognition and accreditation
Depending on courses chosen in your final year and meeting specific criteria, you will be eligible for membership to the following societies:
- Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB)
- Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB)
- Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB)
- Australian Physiological Society (AuPS)
- Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)
- Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
- Genetics Society of Australia (GSA)
- Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA)
- Mutagenesis and Experimental Pathology Society of Australia (MEPSA).
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4-a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English and a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry and a study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any) or Physics.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section)
- Choose your application method and apply
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section)
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.
Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.
In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.
As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:
- pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
- defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.
You'll need to buy protective clothing and safety glasses for use in laboratory classes, textbooks, notes and manuals.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
Depending on the stream, graduates of the Associate Degree in Applied Science with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater are guaranteed entry into the second year (equivalent to 120 credit points) of this program. Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 can still apply and may be eligible for exemptions if successful in gaining a place.
Graduates of the following programs may also be eligible for exemptions of up to 1 year:
- Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)
- Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing).
An Honours year in Biomedical Science is available.
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.