• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Biology, Biomedical Science
  • Specialisation code BMSC-SPEC

The biomedical sciences encompass study areas relevant to the understanding of health and disease. The biomedical sciences help us understand disease, how it occurs, what happens and how we can control, cure and prevent it. These studies build on a broad foundation in the biological sciences. Basic biological principles will be applied to areas of specialisation such as physiology, anatomy, human genetics, neuroscience, immunology and infectious diseases. This specialisation provides preparation for further study in biomedical science, including medicine and allied health areas. It is also of value to a range of careers including global health and disease, laboratory research and support, pharmaceutical industry and sales, and biotechnology.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply their conceptual knowledge of biological principles and processes to the study of human health and disease.

  2. Solve problems and critically analyse issues using interdisciplinary approaches to the study of human structure and function at molecular, cellular, and systems levels.

  3. Explain the co-evolution of microorganisms and the mammalian immune system. Use this knowledge to understand how to control human pathogens.

  4. Develop laboratory skills in microbiology and immunology. Understand how knowledge in the field is derived. Begin to understand the boundaries and uncertainties of cutting-edge knowledge in the field.

  5. Critically evaluate experimental data and analysis based on disciplinary research and published literature.

  6. Communicate data and information in clear and effective ways to disciplinary and to non-disciplinary audiences.

Other Information

Students should complete BIOL1003, BIOL1004 and CHEM1101. Some later year courses in biomedical science also require CHEM1201 in first year. Students should choose appropriate second year courses to ensure they meet prerequisite requirements for third year electives.

For students taking BIOL3208 or BIOL3209 as part of this specialisation, the research project must be in the field of Biomedical Science.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this specialisation.

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This specialisation may only be undertaken in conjunction with one of the following majors:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Human Biology


This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

6 units from the completion of a course from the following list:

BIOL2117 - Cell Biology (6 units)

BIOL2142 - General Microbiology (6 units)

BIOL2151 - Genetics (6 units)

BIOL2171 - Biochemistry and Nutrition (6 units)

BIOL2174 - Cell Physiology in Health and Disease (6 units)

MEDN2222 - Exquisite Corpse - Insight Into The Human Body (6 units)

MEDN2001 - Medical Physiology and Pharmacology (6 units)

18 units from the completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL3108 - Hallmarks of Cancer (6 units)

BIOL3141 - Infection and Immunity (6 units)

BIOL3142 - Biomedical Parasitology (6 units)

BIOL3144 - Advanced and Applied Immunology (6 units)

MEDN3186 - Human Anatomy (6 units)

BIOL3203 - Advanced Microscopy in Biosciences (6 units)

BIOL3204 - Genetics of Human Disease 1 (6 units)

BIOL3205 - Genetics of Human Disease 2 (6 units)

BIOL3208 - Biology Research Project (6 units)

BIOL3209 - Biology Research Project (12 units)

BIOL3210 - Appreciating Parasites: from Molecular to Ecosystems (6 units)

NEUR3101 - Cellular Neuroscience (6 units)

NEUR3112 - Systems Neuroscience (6 units)

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