Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Biomedical science provides diverse career opportunities in areas including biotechnology, medical research and the pharmaceutical industry, while also providing a pathway into graduate entry allied health courses, such as physiotherapy and speech pathology, medicine or dentistry.
In this course you will combine the fields of biology, pharmacology and medicine, as well as aspects of anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, immunology, cell and molecular biology, physiology and neuroscience.
A biomedical science degree will teach you about the human body, its structure and its functions. This includes understanding how diseases manifest and how drug strategies are used to treat these diseases. You will learn the practical skills needed to explore the underlying molecular basis of acute and chronic illnesses, understand how to apply biomedical research and learn how to convey scientific and biomedical science information.
Course electives allow you to design your course to specialise in a number of areas, providing the opportunity to broaden your career prospects.
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 575 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English)
La Trobe Melbourne ELICOS: Completion of level 6B with minimum 60% overall and 60% in final exam
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: Completion of Foundation studies with 70% in English (Academic Communication)
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): Overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 with no less than 169 in any component
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 with no less than 169 in any component
or approved international equivalent.
Once you graduate you'll be well prepared for diverse roles around the world in areas including education, medical sales, administration and media and communications, in biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in hospitals and government departments. If you choose to pursue further study, you may find employment in fields including data science, dietetics, orthoptics, physiotherapy and speech pathology. This degree can also lead you into postgraduate research and postgraduate studies in dentistry and medicine. High achieving students will be offered the opportunity to undertake Vacation Scholarships in relevant research laboratories.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
CRICOS code: 062549E