Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    What will I study?


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

    You will learn about broad biological processes as well as more specialised topics drawn from structural biology, molecular cell biology, molecular parasitology and cancer.

    Your major structure

    You can study this major through the Bachelor of Biomedicine or the Bachelor of Science.

    Bachelor of Biomedicine

    You will take 10 core subjects (150 points) across your degree that will 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 (6 in first year, 2 in second year and 2 in third year).

    In third year you will also complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. To complete this major you will also need to select a prerequisite subject (12.5 points) in your second year.

    Throughout your degree you will also take elective and breadth (non-science) subjects.

    Bachelor of Science

    In your first and second years you will complete the subjects that are prerequisites for your major, including chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology subjects.

    In your third year, you will complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in biochemistry and molecular biology.

    Throughout your degree you will also take science elective subjects and breadth (non-science) 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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