Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Studying for a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at JCU is a wise choice. That's because you'll study with highly-awarded lecturers who care about your success, and who aim to ensure that you're job-ready when you graduate.

You'll study in laboratories where modern equipment mimics the technologies you'll find in the real world - and you'll learn techniques and skills that are valued by today's employers.

You will have the option to major in your study interests giving you a high degree of flexibility and career choice.

Start dates
3 years full-time
Study mode
On campus
English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA), Chemistry (4,SA). Recommended: one of Biology, Health Education, Physical Education or Physics

Career opportunities

Your JCU degree will equip you for a rewarding and interesting career.

There is a demand for Biomedical Scientists to:

  • Conduct research
  • Provide technical expertise with equipment or general laboratory support
  • Sell equipment and supplies to laboratories
  • Help determine health policies
  • Help prepare future scientists by encouraging and developing a love of science in current students

Biomedical Scientists work in a wide range of areas, including:

Laboratories, research

Working as a research assistant in university and hospital laboratories, biomedical research centres, the CSIRO, Department of Primary Industries, medical and pharmaceutical development companies, conducting research into cancer, stem cells, or viral diseases, such as HIV-AIDS; the control of parasites; drug research and development


Honours and postgraduate studies in universities or research institutes

Laboratories, general

For example, working as a laboratory technician

Laboratories, specialised

For example, IVF laboratories, forensics, veterinary laboratories (disease-monitoring)

Public health

For example, with water or foodstuffs, investigating areas such as, the health impact of various foods

Health promotion or administration

For example, helping to develop health policies


For example, as a scientific journalist


Scientific, biotechnology, diagnostic and pharmaceutical sales and marketing


Secondary or tertiary teaching (with further study)

Legal issues

For example, as a patent lawyer writing and developing patent applications (with further study)

Postgraduate entry into

Medicine, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, and other health sciences

Course highlights

JCU offers you valuable opportunities to gain practical work skills and build networks during work experience in local hospitals and private laboratories. You'll also learn from visiting expert guest lecturers who share their industry knowledge and career experiences.

Once you graduate, if you would like to continue your studies, you can explore opportunities for entry into Medicine, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Dentistry or a range of other health science courses.

We understand that you also need time for fun and to get to know other students. Check out the JCU Student Association – it is run by students for students and helps in all aspects of uni life from entertainment and socialising to academic support and welfare. They are here to bring your campus to life!

Graduates majoring in microbiology can also apply for membership of the Australian Society of Microbiology.

Course overview

This JCU course provides you with the dynamic range of skills, encompassing many specialities, that today's employers are looking for. You'll gain a thorough grounding in such diverse subjects as:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pharmacology and biochemistry
  • Microbiology and parasitology
  • Immunology and epidemiology
  • Pathology and pathobiology

You can select from these single Majors, all of which are studied at JCU's Townsville campus:

  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours) [End-on]


An Honours degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees.

What you need to know before applying

You will need to supply the following with your application

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)

If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.

Certified copies and original documents

Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:

International Admissions,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.

How to apply

Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course. You may wish to include a second course preference.

  1. Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
  2. Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
  3. Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
  4. Submit your application.
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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Division of 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 credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

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 credit of 9 credit points 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.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Entry requirements

As well as having studied the subjects listed in the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet necessary minimum academic entry scores and requirements.

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

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.

Fees and costs

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$33,280 (Estimate only.)

For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Undergraduate Guide (PDF, 8589 KB).

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

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions:

Phone +61 7 4781 5601

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