Graduate Diploma of Biomedical Sciences

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in a biomedical science or cognate science discipline; or equivalent.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements


Post admission

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

24 credit points

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

Biomedical science examines how the body works and investigates ways to treat diseases using advanced tools and strategies. It covers the fields of biochemistry, microbiology, physiology and anatomy with the aim of improving health outcomes for humans and animals tropical, rural and remote and indigenous communities.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Biomedical Sciences will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt advanced and integrated knowledge, including an understanding of recent developments, in the area of biomedicine and related professional competencies, behaviours and ethical frameworks

  • Apply an integrated understanding of biomedical science and its application to improve human and animal health in rural, remote and indigenous community settings

  • Analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in new situations or contexts with creativity and independence

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development through reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes in the biomedical science arena

  • Interpret and justify scientific propositions, methodologies and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences through high level written and oral communication and numeracy skills.

Course Structure


BC5101:03 Genes, Genomes & Development

BC5201:03 Biotechnology

MI5021:03 Advanced Clinical Microbiology

MI5051:03 Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

PP5101:03 Advanced and Integrated Physiology

PP5151:03 General Pathobiology


Select 6 credit points (two subjects) from the list below. Variations may be approved after discussions with the Director of Research Training.

BC5102:03 Advanced Cell Biology

BC5202:03 Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

MI5000:03 Biomedical Epidemiology

MI5003:03 Advanced Marine Microbiology

MI5031:03 Advanced Aquatic Pathobiology

MI5061:03 Advanced Immunology

MI5071:03 Tropical Microbial Molecular Analysis and Epidemiology

PP5002:03 Literature Review

PP5005:03 Special Topics in Physiology

PP5055:03 Special Topics in Pharmacology

PP5201:03 Contemporary Research in Physiology

PP5251:03 Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


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


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Biomedical Sciences

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Biomedical Sciences, and may be granted advanced standing for relevant subjects completed under this course