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Bachelor

Bachelor of Biomedicine

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

Where will this take me?

Overview

This degree lays the foundation for new generations of biomedical experts to lead the revolution in medicine.

With the School of Biomedical Sciences receiving more than $56 million in research funding annually, your postgraduate opportunities to help advance human health across the globe are extensive.

No matter what your career aspirations are, the University of Melbourne remains No.6 in the world and No.1 in Australia for graduate employability*.

*QS World University Rankings 2019

Laying the foundations

The Biomedicine degree includes extensive core subjects covering a broad range of professional health pathways.

For example, in second year, the prerequisite content for the Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Physiotherapy and Doctor of Dental Surgery in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology is built into two unique subjects and taught alongside a wide range of other biomedical science disciplines.

This integration emphasises the relationships between different biomedical disciplines and enhances your understanding of the human body in its full complexity.

Core third-year subjects, available only to you as a Biomedicine student, take on a more clinical (Biomedicine: Molecules to Malady) or population (Frontiers in Biomedicine) focus, tying together the elements of your biomedicine journey.

Hear from our graduates who value the broad-ranging, integrated curriculum.

What do our students do after graduating?

The Bachelor of Biomedicine prepares you for a range of health-related postgraduate programs, specialised graduate research and a career contributing to the advancement of human health.

A CAREER IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES

Many Biomedicine graduates undertake graduate study leading to professional careers in medicine and the health sciences.

A CAREER IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

You can also pursue a career in biomedical research by undertaking a research higher degree (masters or PhD).

A CAREER IN THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Depending on your major you could pursue the following career opportunities:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Medical research, biotechnology, agricultural and medical support industries, education

Bioengineering Systems

Clinical engineering, research and development in medical technology

Biotechnology

Food technician roles, forensic science, human technology, agribusiness

Cell and Developmental Biology

Diagnostic laboratories, government agencies, medico-legal industry

Genetics

Conservation, genetic counselling, teaching, forensic science, publishing

Human Nutrition

Nutrition, public health, food policy and regulation

Human Structure and Function

Hospital and university research, scientific journalism, pharmaceutical consultancy, teaching

Immunology

Infectious diseases, diagnostics, molecular biology, biotechnology, vaccinology, biosafety and regulation

Medicine

General medical practice, surgery, research, internal medicine, radiology, pathology and policy

Microbiology and Immunology

Infectious diseases, diagnostics, molecular biology, biotechnology, vaccinology, antimicrobial chemotherapeutics, biosafety and regulation

Neuroscience

Drug development, neuropsychology, audiology, neurochemistry, brain imaging

Pathology

Pharmaceuticals, military, biomedical and biotechnology consulting, research

Pharmacology

Drug research and development, clinical trials management, pharmaceutical marketing and sales, drug safety and evaluation

Physiology

CSIRO research, sports science, biomedical technician, medico-scientific communication, cardiac rehabilitation

Psychology

Clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, community psychology, counselling psychology, educational psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, organisational/industrial psychology, sports psychology, academic psychology.

A CAREER IN A RELATED AREA

With further study, the Bachelor of Biomedicine can also lead to a career in:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Business and management
  • Commercialisation of inventions
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Public service
  • Science communication
  • Teaching

Honours in Biomedicine

Honours is an optional fourth year of study that gives you the opportunity to draw together your previous studies and focus on an exciting piece of original research. Honours can prepare you for employment or graduate research.

Interested in Honours? Find out more

The benefit of breadth

The opportunity to study up to a quarter of your degree in areas other than the sciences through ‘breadth’ exposes you to different ways of thinking, interests and a wider range of career paths.

Breadth is about shaping your interests and opportunities with subjects that can foster existing passions such as music, creative arts or law, as well as enhance your prospects in professional health. Popular subjects among our Bachelor of Biomedicine students include:

  • Our Planet, Our Health
  • Drugs That Shape Society
  • Drawing With Anatomy
  • Positive Leadership and Careers
  • Foundations of Information Systems
  • Privacy Law and Social Networks
  • AUSLAN and Visual Communication
  • Health From a Different Perspective

With some additional study you can build to a concurrent diploma alongside your Biomedicine degree.

Graduate pathways

Once you've completed your undergraduate degree, you can go on to gain employment or begin a graduate degree and work towards a professional qualification such as law, engineering or medicine. Or you could join our graduate research community and contribute to our world-changing research.

Your graduate degree will be internationally recognised, and set you apart from those who study a traditional Australian single or double degree.

Explore the graduate pathways available once you complete your undergraduate degree here.