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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

3 years full-time
Part-time available
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Entry Requirements
OP 16 | English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA), Chemistry (4,SA)
ATAR 59.4 | English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (3/4,C)
Rank 66
Recommended: one of Biology, Health Education, Physical Education or Physics (Units 3/4,C)
TSV: 316071
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Gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between science and medicine, with an emphasis on biomedical science in the tropics. Use your degree as the foundation to a career in laboratory research, as a pathway to other health professions or continue to higher research studies.

Study human biology, from molecular to whole-body systems, and understand how the body responds to disease. Choose from one of four specialised majors and learn leading research techniques and skills from world-class medical professionals.

Be equipped with practical work skills learning in state-of-the-art laboratories, hospitals, and medical centres, both on- and off-campus.

JCU Biomedical Sciences graduates have the knowledge, skills, and competitive edge needed to succeed in their chosen fields.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Do you have a passion to advance human health, develop vaccines, or create strategies for better public health measures? Do you want to make a positive difference, not just in the life of one or two people, but for a whole community or even the world? The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree at JCU will prepare you to go straight to work and build a fulfilling and successful career.

Study Biomedical Science and Open Opportunities

Both a degree and a job are important, and as you study biomedical science at JCU you will be opening up diverse avenues of opportunities for your future career.

You could conduct research, working in labs or educational institutions. Your research could involve exploring diseases and innovating cures, developing new drugs, or finding better ways to combat parasites.

In the public health sector, you could work in health promotion or government administration, helping to develop policies that improve health outcomes for all.

In comparison to a biomedical science major, this degree allows you to gain a thorough and comprehensive understanding of biomedical sciences. JCU Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences graduates have the breadth of knowledge to begin a career in varying industries.

A Bachelor of Biomedicine with World-Class Education

The biomedical sciences are the foundation to clinical practice and underpin everything from veterinary medicine to pharmacology and neuroscience. Graduates of this biomedical science degree have developed their skills to follow their passions.

Come to one of the best universities for biomedical science* and learn from world-class researchers and health professionals. Build your network of connections with JCU’s industry partners and take part in research that matters. Like a Bachelor of Biomedicine, studying for our Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree will prepare you to apply research to a variety of contemporary problems in the field.

Follow your passion and choose your specialisation from Physiology and Pharmacology, Microbiology and Immunology, Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Sciences, or Molecular and Cell Biology. Throughout the degree, develop a wide background in general biomedicine and clinical science which will complement your specialisation. When you graduate, you will be eligible for membership in the Australian Society of Microbiology.

Study Biomedical Science and Build Practical Skills

Be prepared for your career with this biomedical degree that combines theoretical knowledge and teaches you the practical skills you need to succeed. At JCU, your Bachelor of Biomedical Science studies will give you a well-rounded experience so you are ready today, for tomorrow.

In addition to foundational knowledge, develop your critical analysis skills so you can synthesise data and apply it to a range of situations and problems. Understand how to apply all the tools of biomedicine to make new discoveries and use them successfully.

Your growth as a communicator will enable you to clearly express your ideas and arguments, adapting the information to fit a variety of audiences. Similar to a biomedical science major, you will interact with people of various cultures and understand the power of collaboration in research.

Develop as an Individual with JCU's Biomedical Science Major

Lecturers committed to student success will help you succeed in your biomedical degree. Enjoy the vibrant student life on campus and JCU’s academic services which can help your studies develop.

Join the JCU Student Association or take part in Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). Meet new people, develop your professional network, and work with other students to develop a deeper understanding of the material.

Understand the needs of some of Australia’s most remote regional communities through your work placements. Your study experience will equip you to work wherever your passion takes you: a bustling urban environment, a remote rural clinic, or even to a non-profit organisation on the other side of the world.

You want to play a pivotal role in making the world a better place. Get the training and support you need to change the future, for yourself and others, at JCU.

*ERA 2018/2019 well above world standard for biological sciences
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View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

You can choose from four different Biomedical Sciences majors. All majors are studied at JCU's Townsville campus.

Molecular and Cell Biology

Study and apply the theories of modelling natural systems, quantitative methods in science, molecular genetics, and cell biology. Consolidate and extend your knowledge by studying the molecular basis of disease, bioengineering and bioinformatics.

Choose from specified elective subjects to further develop your interests, including the option of completing an advanced research project.

Microbiology and Immunology

Gain the skills and knowledge in the theories of epidemiology, molecular genetics, cell biology, and advanced immunobiology. Extend your knowledge by understanding and analysing the theories of infectious diseases and tropical microbes.

Choose from specified elective subjects to further develop your interests. Graduates majoring in microbiology can apply for membership of the Australian Society of Microbiology.

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Explore the general principles of drug action, molecular genetics, and cell biology. You will build a comprehensive knowledge of medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical analysis.

In your third year, you will consolidate and extend your knowledge and skills by completing a research project.  Graduate with an in-depth understanding of organic chemistry mechanisms and how to apply Biomedical Science principles.

Physiology and Pharmacology

Advance your understanding of the theories of epidemiology, molecular genetics, cell biology and pathobiology, and choose from specified elective subjects.

Gain the knowledge and skills to understand and apply pathophysiology and therapeutics theory. In your third year, you will consolidate and extend your knowledge and skills by designing and completing a research project.


If you're a high-achieving student you may be offered the opportunity to study for a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours) degree. This consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually required for entry to research higher degrees.

Refer to the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours) Handbook to learn more.

Career Opportunities

JCU Biomedical Sciences graduates are broadly-skilled scientists who have the flexibility to be employed in a variety of industries.

Graduates pursue careers in various areas including laboratory support in the medical or clinical sciences as pathology assistants, cardiac, respiratory, sleep or renal physiologists. Further study could take you into public health, health promotion, media, education, law, or research.

You could find employment as a research assistant, laboratory technician, scientific journalist, teacher, or patent lawyer. Additionally, go on to study the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours) to undertake a research career,  a Graduate Diploma in Medical Science (Clinical Science) to work as a Clinical Scientist or choose to apply for graduate entry into medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, dentistry, or other health sciences.

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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Recommended: one of Biology, Health Education, Physical Education or Physics

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.

Post-admission requirements

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate integrated theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles across the range of biomedical science disciplines
  • Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply scientific evidence and process to a range of social and economic contexts
  • Apply recognised methods and tools of biomedical science to the process of enquiry and discovery
  • Communicate scientific information and philosophies clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, to a range of   audiences for a range of purposes using a variety of modes
  • Demonstrate personal and social responsibility and accountability through an awareness of ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments
  • Critically reflect upon the socio-ecological impact of health issues in tropical, rural and remote and indigenous communities
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

Level 1

Teaching Period 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BM1001:03 Introduction to Biomedicine

BM1002:03 Anatomy: Principles and Systems

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

Teaching Period 2

BM1004:03 Anatomy: Structure and Movement

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Level 2

Teaching Period 1

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology I

Teaching Period 2

MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

PP2201:03 Medical Physiology 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1

BC3101:03 Genes, Genomes and Development

MI3021:03 Clinical Microbiology

PP3101:03 Advanced and Integrated Physiology


Select a major from Table A

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major


Credit points in major

30 credit points


Available at


Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Available only as a single major

Microbiology and Immunology


Available only as a single major

Molecular and Cell Biology


Available only as a single major

Physiology and Pharmacology


Available only as a single major





No mid-year entry


Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course

Other restrictions

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

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Any major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Available as a separate graduate entry course


Students must satisfy the College requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree

Annual Tuition Fee: $9,527. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

An OP or ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an OP or ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent rank score. Ranks are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.

Contact us to find about more.

Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates before undertaking a placement. These requirements need to be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period. Visit Professional Experience Placement for further information.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist you in your pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).

Discover the possibilities

Gain the skills and knowledge to make discoveries that can inform patient treatments. Explore the flexibility of a degree that can serve as foundation studies for Biomedical Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science and Clinical Sciences.