Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 7) Guidelines for Bachelor degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to Hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Bachelor degree Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 7).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BZ1001:03 Fundamentals of Biology

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

HS1000:03 Epidemiology

AT1210:03 Introductory Human Anatomy and Histology

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

PP1201:03 Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology

Level 2

AT2110:03 Comparative Mammalian Anatomy and Histology

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology I

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

BC2024:03 Cell Regulation

MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

PP2201:03 Medical Physiology 2

Level 3

BC3101:03 Genes, Genomes and Development

MI3021:03 Clinical Microbiology

PP3101:03 Advanced Physiology


Select 3 credit points of AN, CP, CU , HS, MB or PH level 1 subjects.


Select 3 credit points of specified PP level 3 subjects:

PP3150:03 Chemical Pharmacology

PP3151:03 General Pathobiology

PP3251:03 Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

PP3252:03 Neuropharmacology


Select 12 credit points of specified BC, PP or MI level 3 subjects:

BC3102:03 Advanced Cell Biology

BC3201:03 Biotechnology

BC3202:03 Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PP3103:03 Nutritional Physiology and Metabolism

PP3201:03 Applied Physiology

PP3203:03 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology

MI3041:03 Food Microbiology

MI3051:03 Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

MI3061:03 Advanced Immunobiology





No mid-year entry


Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Available as a separate graduate entry course


Candidates must satisfy the School requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.