Health Sciences

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Science encompasses anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, physiology and microbiology. Knowledge in these areas contributes to decision making in medicine, healthcare, nutrition, preventative and environmental health. Biomedical Science graduates have a role to play in each of these areas.

Career opportunities

Biomedical Scientists will pursue exciting and rewarding roles in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries, with responsibilities that vary from research and quality assurance to regulation and marketing. Biomedical Scientists might work in dedicated research roles, working to find new ways of curing or treating disease, in university or hospital laboratories, biomedical research centres, government departments, or in medical and pharmaceutical development companies.

Graduates might work in the health sector in roles where they have contact with patients, for example in sleep and respiratory study laboratories. Graduates could choose to pursue careers in science communication, medical writing or health journalism producing information resources for consumers and health professionals.

A degree in Biomedical Science is a stepping stone to further study, from entry to health professional training programs to higher degrees in research.

How can I become a Biomedical Scientist?

A degree in Biomedical Science includes subjects in the core areas - anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, physiology and microbiology. Graduates must demonstrate well-developed knowledge in at least one disciplinary area, and integration of knowledge across the disciplines. At ACU we believe graduates who have the ability to make sense of large data-sets, to find and present patterns to others in an intelligible way will be highly sought-after in a range of industries. The ACU degree will give you some entry-level skills in data management and analysis.

ACU's Bachelor of Biomedical Science

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science aims to prepare ethical graduates with a concern for the common good, to apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge to undertake professional work in a range of biomedical science contexts, for example in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. The course may provide a pathway for postgraduate studies in health disciplines.

A degree in Biomedical science will train students in biology, specifically in the context of medicine. Students will learn how the human body functions, what causes disease and how disease is treated. A sound theoretical base encompassing the study of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, and pharmacology will be complemented by extensive lab experience and industry practice. Students will utilise ACU’s cutting edge wet and dry laboratories on all campuses, and the anatomy laboratories in Brisbane and Sydney.

Students will study units in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Healthcare ethics
  • Microbiology and infectious disease
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Research design, data analysis and statistics
  • Scientific writing/literacy

A number of streams are proposed, and students will choose to undertake either the core biomedical stream, or they may be able to choose the pharmaceutical industry stream, the medical technology stream, or the science education stream.


(Subject to confirmation)
NSW: English (Standard), mathematics
QLD: English (4, SA) and mathematics (4, SA)
Victoria: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of at least 25 in mathematics

Campus location

Ballarat*, Brisbane, Melbourne, North Sydney

*To be confirmed

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