Biomedical science

Why study Biomedical science?

Biomedical science is the study of the human body, its structure and function in health and disease. Biomedical scientists rquire an understanding of medical biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, infectious diseases and neuroscience.

You'll have the opportunity to learn:

  • how diseases manifest in the human body, and the molecular basis of human disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, malaria, cancer and infectious diseases
  • the ability to understand, critically analyse and interpret scientific and biomedical data
  • how to undertake and apply biomedical research and be able to read scientific publications
  • professional writing skills to convey scientific and biomedical science information in a meaningful way.

Students have access to some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world with the new $100 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) building.

Career opportunities

Biomedical science graduates often find work in medical research institutes or government and private sector laboratories in hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies.

Other areas you could choose include administration or education that requires biomedical science knowledge.

Alternatively, a biomedical science degree is a prerequisite for postgraduate medicine and dentistry, and can be a stepping-stone to these courses.

Courses

Local students

2015

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Duration :
3 years full-time or equivalent part time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 75
Year
2015
Course description
La Trobe's Bachelor of Biomedical Science explores human health and disease along with the underlying molecular basis of illnesses like Alzheimer's, malaria and cancer.

First year foundational science subjects focus on biology and chemistry. Second year subjects - biosciences, medical science, biochemistry, genetics, anatomy, physiology and microbiology - will lead you towards your third year specialisation and postgraduate studies.

You'll learn about the human body in health and sickness, and gain knowledge of medical biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, infectious diseases and neuroscience.

You'll discover the symptoms of disease, learn how to analyse scientific and medical data, and do practical lab work. Third year advanced biochemistry and medical sciences internships and lab courses give you more hands-on experience. We'll also show you how to read, research and interpret scientific publications and teach you to meaningfully convey scientific and biomedical science information in writing.

Through this degree, you'll have access to the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science - our $100 million teaching and research facility. With our industry cadetship program, you can also gain workplace experience, building on your skills and industry connections.

First year students may be eligible for the Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence or other undergraduate scholarships. We also offer overseas study opportunities, including clinical placements and volunteering.
Career opportunities
After graduation, you can work internationally in biomedical-related research, administration and education in medical research institutes, or government or private sector labs in hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies. You can also go on to postgraduate studies in medicine and dentistry.
Prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 30 in Chemistry equals 4 aggregate points. A study score of 25 in Biology, Maths: Mathematical Methods ( CAS ), Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Physics equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - and a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can buy these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.
How to apply
Apply now to start in 2015. Please note that you can only apply now if you've not already applied through VTAC for any course. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Biomedical Science Melbourne

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Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2015

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (062549E)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 350
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
La Trobe's Bachelor of Biomedical Science explores human health and disease along with the underlying molecular basis of illnesses like Alzheimer's, malaria and cancer.

First year foundational science subjects focus on biology and chemistry. Second year subjects - biosciences, medical science, biochemistry, genetics, anatomy, physiology and microbiology - will lead you towards your third year specialisation and postgraduate studies.

You'll learn about the human body in health and sickness, and gain knowledge of medical biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, infectious diseases and neuroscience.

You'll discover the symptoms of disease, learn how to analyse scientific and medical data, and do practical lab work. Third year advanced biochemistry and medical sciences internships and lab courses give you more hands-on experience. We'll also show you how to read, research and interpret scientific publications and teach you to meaningfully convey scientific and biomedical science information in writing.

Through this degree, you'll have access to the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science - our $100 million teaching and research facility. With our industry cadetship program, you can also gain workplace experience, building on your skills and industry connections.

First year students may be eligible for the Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence or other undergraduate scholarships. We also offer overseas study opportunities, including clinical placements and volunteering.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 80
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2014 (indicative only) - 75
International Baccalaureate - 26
GCE A Levels - 8
HKDSE - 2x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBC
STPM - 8.67
MICSS (UEC) - 5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 75
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 75
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8
WASSCE - 4
Mayatom (Thailand) - 2.7
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website.

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry.
Additional costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - and a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can buy these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.
Career opportunities
Graduates find work in medical research institutes or government and private sector laboratories in hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies. Other areas you could choose include careers in administration or education that require biomedical science knowledge. Alternatively, a biomedical science degree is a prerequisite for postgraduate medicine and dentistry, and can be your stepping-stone to these courses.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
Biomedical Science Melbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Stephen Zanon,
Bachelor of Biomedical Science

"My degree opened up a range of diverse opportunities for me."

Biomedical science placements

The industry cadetship program allows you to gain paid workplace experience between semesters, giving you the chance to build on your skills and build your career. See cadetship program.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academic staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. You can view staff in Biomedical science or search all staff in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering.