Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Choose Biomedical Science at La Trobe

  • Explore the molecular basis of illnesses like Alzheimer's, malaria and cancer.
  • Access the state-of-the-art La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) and Hulett Cancer Lab.
  • Get hands-on experience with advanced biochemistry and medical science internships.
  • Learn from experts who are working to fight cancer and inflammatory disease.
  • Take advantage of our industry cadetship program.

Career opportunities in biomedical science

When you graduate, you will be prepared to work in biomedical research, administration and education, and in hospital labs, universities and pharmaceutical companies.

Recent graduates have worked at:

  • CSL Biotherapies
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  • Holbrook Breelers Australia
  • SMEC.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • understand diseases like Alzheimer's, malaria and cancer
  • analyse scientific and medical data
  • test potential new drug treatments.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

2017 indicative: AUD$9,050 per 120 credit points (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

2017 indicative: AUD$35,000 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

Additional costs

Additional costs include field trips and lab equipment.

International living expenses

Other than tuition fees, you should consider living and accommodation costs when planning your budget.

Course structure

In your first year, you'll study foundation subjects that introduce you to principles of chemistry, biology and genetics. You will also choose two electives in first year from a range of recommended subject options including:

  • infectious diseases
  • public health
  • physics
  • mathematics
  • psychological science.

During your second and third years, you'll have the option of specialist subjects in areas including:

  • molecular biology
  • human genetics
  • anatomy
  • animal physiology
  • advanced biochemistry.

Electives are normally selected from the list of recommended subjects provided for each year level, but other subjects may be taken with the approval of the course adviser.

You'll also participate in our industry cadetship program, which gives you the opportunity to do work experience, building your skills and industry connections.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

First year subjects

Semester 1Semester 2
Molecules, Genes and CellsApplications of Chemistry
General Principles of ChemistryEcology, Evolution and Biodiversity
Chemistry FoundationsAnimal, Plant and Microbial Life
First-year level electiveFirst-year level elective

For full details, see the handbook entry for Melbourne. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

Keep in touch

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Inside look

Hulett cancer lab developing new avenues of drugs and therapeutic intevention.

Dr Mark Hulett is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Hulett Cancer Lab. His research into molecular cell invasion is working towards combatting cancer and inflammatory disease. The lab assesses the molecular basis of tumour progression and disease to further develop novel anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory drugs, creating new avenues of therapeutic intervention.

Dr Hulett is the biomedical science course coordinator, so many students in this course will have the opportunity to work alongside Dr Hulett. Some students may be invited to join his study lab in postgraduate years.