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Major

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    What will I study?

    Overview

    You will study the structure and function of components of living cells, to understand the biological processes that enable all living things to survive and thrive.

    The structure of complex biomolecules, particularly proteins, is closely linked to their role in the cell, so solving structures can provide valuable information about normal processes and how they change to cause disease. The understanding of how DNA and proteins interact has led to benefits ranging from more effective treatments for cancer to improved agricultural practices.

    You will study broad biological processes as well as more specialised topics drawn from structural biology, molecular cell biology, molecular parisitiology and cancer. You will learn how to uncover the molecular processes of life and how this knowledge can be applied in medical science and biotechnology

    Your major structure

    This major can be completed through the Bachelor of Biomedicine or the Bachelor of Science.

    Bachelor of Biomedicine

    In your first year you will study 75 points of core subjects (usually six subjects) that most Biomedicine students will take to build an understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences. You will also undertake breadth studies.

    In second year you will study 50 points of core subjects made up of two semester long subjects as well as elective subjects in biomedicine or science disciplines and breadth studies.

    In your third year you will study 25 points (usually two subjects) of Biomedicine core subjects and 50 points (usually four subjects) that is deep and specialised study in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as other elective or breadth studies.

    Bachelor of Science

    In your first and second year you will complete subjects that are prerequisites for your major as well as other science core and electives and breadth studies.

    In your third year, you will complete 50 points (usually four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in biochemistry and molecular biology and you can also complete breadth studies. This major is made up of core and core selective subjects.

    Breadth studies

    Breadth is a unique feature of the Melbourne Model. It gives you the chance to explore subjects outside of science, developing new perspectives and learning to collaborate with others who have different strengths and interests — just as you will in your future career.

    Some of our students use breadth to explore creative interests or topics they have always been curious about. Others used breadth to improve their career prospects by complementing their major with a language, communication skills or business expertise.

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