What will I study?
In this major you’ll study elements of engineering, science and medicine, and learn to use all three to develop new and improved medical treatments, processes and instruments.
More specifically gain skills in: mathematical modelling of biological and engineering systems, analytical and abstract thinking, problem-solving and design skills, ability to carry out laboratory experiments to confirm possible solutions to complex problems.
You will focus on human systems, the design and operation of devices and processes, and the application of engineering skills to new medical treatments, instruments and machines. Our biomedical engineers and students are working on groundbreaking innovations such as the bionic eye, devices to control epilepsy and more efficient drug delivery systems.
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 subjects leading to your major 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 bioengineering 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 bioengineering and you can also complete breadth studies. This major is made up of core and core selective subjects.
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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