• 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. Apply and evaluate the research techniques and methodological approaches that underpin biomedical science.

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

  5. Recognise and explain the role of biomedical science in addressing health and medical issues in society.

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

Other Information

This specialisation may only be undertaken in conjunction with either the Biochemistry Major, the Cell and Molecular Biology Major or the Human Biology Major.

Advice for first year students: You should enrol in CHEM1101, BIOL1003 and BIOL1004. 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:


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)

MEDN2001 Medical Physiology and Pharmacology (6 units)

MEDN2222 Exquisite Corpse - Insight Into The Human Body (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)

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 Molecules to Ecosystems (6 units)

MEDN3186 Human Anatomy (6 units)

MEDN3820 Biomedical Imaging: Principles, Technologies and Applications in Health Sciences (6 units)

NEUR3101 Cellular Neuroscience (6 units)

NEUR3112 Systems Neuroscience (6 units)

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