Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours)

  • CRICOS Code: 073113J

Where will this take me?


Honours in Biomedical and Health Sciences provides you with opportunities to engage in significant research and work closely with international recognised leaders in their field of research as you pursue your own novel research, which can prepare you for graduate research and employment and improve your chance to enter into other graduate courses.

Graduate Pathways

Once you've completed your Honours degree, you can go on to begin a graduate degree and work towards a professional qualification such as medicine. Or you could join our graduate research community and contribute to our world-changing research. Almost half of our graduates choose to continue their graduate studies with the University of Melbourne.

Graduate Pathways

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Employment Prospects

The Honours year will also help you develop a variety of transferable skills that go beyond those learnt earlier in your university studies to enhance your employment prospects.

  • Time- and project-management skills
  • Negotiation and communication skills
  • Advanced problem-solving
  • Critical reasoning

In particular, if you are interested in becoming a professional scientist then it is a general expectation that you will have undertaken the additional year. The greater exposure to the research process, additional knowledge and wider experiences of Honours graduates are all attractive to employers.

What do our students do after graduating?

Anatomy and Neuroscience

A large proportion of our honours graduates proceed to further study, either in one of the Health-related professional degrees, or pursue a career as a research scientist via Higher Degrees by Research (M.Phil. and Ph.D.).

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Medical and biotechnology research, agricultural and medical support industries, education

Clinical Pathology

The program is an ideal steppingstone for careers in biomedical and medical academic research, in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, in clinical pathology laboratories, and in a variety of positions situated at the interface between medical science and clinical practice. It also provides invaluable skills and experience for students aiming to work in a broad range of medical disciplines.

Medicine (Austin Health)

Medical Research, biotechnology, medical education, government, industry

Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital)

The program provides a solid platform for medical and other health related postgraduate studies, PhD programs and numerous research related careers in universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical industries.

Medicine (St Vincent's Hospital)

This program provides a real world, off campus research experience and lays the foundation for students to enter careers in medical research, research commercialisation, clinical research, biotechnology and education.

Medicine (Western Health)

Medical research scientist/ microscopy, medical imaging, molecular biology, epidemiology, medical statistics, exercise physiology

Microbiology and Immunology

Medical research, public health and diagnostics, industry and biotechnology, medical support industries, education, government and the regulatory sector

Oral Heath Science

Biomedical research, vaccine and drug development industries, medical materials and engineering industries, public health policy, education


Medical research, public health, bioinformatics, biostatistics, medicine, allied health, clinical sciences, clinical trials

Pharmacology and Therapeutics

This program will provide the springboard for students entering careers in many areas of biomedical research and associated industries and regulatory authorities. Careers may include medical research in Big Pharma or Biotech companies, safety pharmacology jobs associated with regulatory authorities such as the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and other federal government agencies, patent attorney, clinical trials associate or manager positions, education jobs in universities and other institutions, and roles in senior management.

Population and Global Health

Health research, data analysis, health policy, project management, health evaluation, consultancy, education

Primary Care (General Practice)

Primary care sector, public health, government or community based organisations, medical research, education



PhD student, Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) graduate (2018)

I decided to study an Honours year because I had an interest in cancer research and wanted to develop some research skills before pursuing graduate research and potentially medicine in the future. The course offered a level of autonomy and independence, but also guidance and mentorship from supervisors and research team.

The best thing about my Honours year was the student cohort and unique research opportunities to work alongside respected experts within the primary care and cancer research fields Recruiting participants for my own study and analysing the data that I had collected myself was particularly exciting.

Throughout the Honours program, I was able to further develop my communication and presentation skills, critical thinking and analytical skills, problem solving, working well independently and as a team, and time management.