Bachelor of Biomedicine

  • CRICOS Code: 058838G
  • VTAC Code: 3800538051
  • International VTAC Code: 3800538053

The experience


The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is located within the Parkville Precinct, one of the world’s most highly concentrated precincts of biomedical research.

The Bachelor of Biomedicine provides a unique study experience, where you will be part of a close-knit community of inspiring, high-achieving students from all over the world. The Biomedicine Student Society collaborates with the faculty to run academic and social activities, designed to complement your studies and help you form friendships across all year levels.

Tom Bailey, Bachelor of Biomedicine, 2017

"Bachelor of Biomedicine has broadened my horizons. It has given me the opportunity to challenge my personal values and perspectives in our society. I have had exposure to important issues which influence my personal actions that affect the people closest to me and potentially the wider community. In turn, my study skills have improved and I have become much more independent and confident with the choices I make as an individual in all aspects of my life."

What do you like most about Biomedicine?

"The friendships I have forged have been incredible and the variety of people I have met has been eye-opening. It is great to communicate with people who are like-minded and take pride in their study. But just as much as I enjoy socialising, I enjoy my sport and study. These have been avenues to meet inspiring people with differing experiences, makes uni life such a diverse opportunity. There is such a freedom being at university to pursue my own choices."

What are your career aspirations?

"Biomedicine has allowed me to see what avenues of study are available and careers that can stem from these. I want to continue with the field of medicine because it’s an intersection of my interest in biological science and the ability to show compassion to others."

Getting invoved in university

While studying Biomedicine is the biggest part of my week, I have been able to be involved in a wide range of activities, some of which I would never have contemplated while I was in school. My hidden (or lack of) musical and theatrical talent was revealed when I undertook a role in St Hilda's College Musical. I have also completed African Music and Dance as a breadth subject in my first year. For the very first time, I participated in competitive cricket and rowing; and was so amazed by the teamwork involved. By second year, I had more of an idea of what was going on and I scored a job with Melbourne University Sustainability Services and was accepted as a volunteer at the Royal Children's Hospital.

I don't deny that participating in a diverse co-curricular isn't exhausting, but my university experience is so much richer because of it.

Kimberly Chian, Bachelor of Biomedicine, 2017

What inspires you?

"The development of technology, and the world in general, is constantly changing the landscape in which we can contribute to the society and improving the quality of our lives. I aspire to be part of a society which can overcome limitations to health, specifically conditions which are physically debilitating to humans."

What do you like most about the Bachelor of Biomedicine?

"Being a structured course in the first year, it definitely appealed to me because it ensured that I would have completed all my prerequisites to pursue any major. The ultimate thrill for me was the labs and practical sessions. It is simply satisfying to be able to apply what I’ve learnt in lectures in a practical setting, and being able to conduct experiments and dissections first-hand. To top that, the course has helped me appreciate the connectiveness of all majors and specialisations in health science."

Why did you choose to study at the University of Melbourne?

"It provided me with a pathway to a postgrad Physiotherapy program. The 2-part undergrad-postgrad structure was less daunting, knowing that I would not have to commit to all 6 years at once. It gave me some reassurance that I could pursue multiple postgrad courses as I was confident that it would be an extensive foundation in a wide area of health science."

What have been the highlights of your time at the University of Melbourne?

"Univeristy of Melbourne Student Union certainly added spice to my experience at UniMelb. I ran in my first ever student election and was elected in the Welfare Committee of 2016. The carnivals and free events throughout the semester brought a sense of inclusiveness and community spirit which is indescribable, especially being so far away from home."

Amanda Kindarie Sulthanagoda Manage, Bachelor of Biomedicine, (2017)

"The vast knowledge on areas including biomedicine, pharmacology, biotechnology, medicine and administration is taught to us in a very interactive way by excellent academics. The degree has succeeded in developing practical skills in us, building a strong research base along with theoretical knowledge."

Study Abroad and Exchange

As a Biomedicine student, you will be encouraged to complete some of your study abroad through the Exchange or Study Abroad programs. You could spend a full semester at a partner university, or choose do a single subject as a summer or winter intensive. The opportunities for academic, cultural and personal growth are invaluable and serve to increase your understanding of the global nature of health care and biomedical research.

Access to unprecedented resources

Additionally, as a Biomedicine student you will have access to the wealth of cultural collections that exist in our three Museums and which will directly input your teaching in Anatomy and Pathology as well as supplement your learning experience in relation to Dentistry and Medical History. Our three Museums are the Medical History Museum, The Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology and the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum.

Student Clubs and Societies

The Biomedicine Student’s Society (BSS) is amongst the most active and inclusive of university student groups. The strong cohort framework of the degree (remember, you do half of your subjects together) allows the BSS to provide academic and social programs that are tailored to the journey you will share with your peers.

Embedded between a residential ‘Welcome Camp’ and an Annual Biomedicine Ball (which raised $25,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Australia last year) are a series of programs from peer-group tutorials, and coal-face advice about subjects and majors from senior students. As you will want to do well with GAMSAT and graduate course interviews, study groups and practice sessions are available. Why don’t you ‘like’ Biomed Bear on Facebook to check out more information about the activities of BSS?