What will I study?


      This major lays the foundation for further study in medicine and paramedical disciplines. It provides a pathway to graduate research into infectious agents, their genes, the underlying mechanisms of infectious diseases and diseases associated with the immune system.

      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 immunology 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 immunology 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 or biomedicine, 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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