Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
58.50 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$8944 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2025
Applications open August 2024
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Not available


Find the human body fascinating? Study a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at ACU and you’ll learn about the cause, nature, progression, and consequences of diseases, understand how they are diagnosed, and explore research aimed at their prevention and treatment. You'll also gain laboratory experience in areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, genetics, microbiology and immunology. You will have the opportunity to complete a major in physiological pharmacology or a minor in pharmacology by enrolling in this degree.

Professional experience

You will be required to complete 60 hours of community engagement and up to 105 hours of industry immersion.

Work placement

In biomedical science there are opportunities throughout the third year of the program to undergo up to 105 hours of industry immersion to develop knowledge and skills related to biomedical science careers.

Your workplace learning will require you to address an issue or problem of a biomedical or related nature over the course of your immersion experience. The problem will be defined in consultation with your Unit Coordinator and the industry contact, and you will undertake exploratory work to find a solution or answer to address the issue.

Previously, students have experienced placements in medical research centres and labs, such as Tom Mandel Islet Transplant Program and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and pharmaceutical companies, such as Bayer.

During placements, students have been involved in a variety of tasks such as managing and operating sensitive scientific equipment (e.g. PET scanners and microtome), they have conducted histology techniques on various types of tissues, sample preparation and embedding. Students have honed their communication skills for the purpose of scientific writing and consumer medical information.

Visit the faculty’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) webpage to view opportunities in biomedical science.

Community engagement

Community engagement gives you the opportunity to work within society to enhance the dignity and wellbeing of people and the community. You will volunteer at a selected public sector or non-profit organisation supporting disadvantaged individuals and families experiencing socially determined health issues.


The course prepares graduates for work as:

  • research scientists
  • pharmaceutical scientists
  • clinical trial coordinators
  • clinical trials researchers
  • scientific journalists and writers
  • technical officers or laboratory assistants

 Graduates have pursued careers in:

  • pharmaceutical and medical technology industries
  • health regulation
  • health education
  • patient advocacy
  • consumer health program development
  • hospitals and public health
  • science communication
  • academic research
  • medical marketing and sales

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Please note: Course maps are subject to change.

No Major or Minor - Commencing Semester 1

  • Specified Units List ABIOL123Cells and Tissues - the Fabric of Life10 cp
  • Specified Units List ABIOL125Human Biology 110 cp
  • Specified Units List ACHEM105Foundations of Chemistry10 cp
  • Specified Units List ABMSC102Numerical Reasoning10 cp
  • Specified Units List ABMSC110Communicating Ideas in Science10 cp
  • Specified Units List ABIOL126Human Biology 2

    (Pre: BIOL125)

    10 cp
  • Specified Units List ACHEM106Physical and Organic Chemistry

    (Pre: CHEM125)

    10 cp
  • Specified Units List ABMSC100Introductory Biostatistics10 cp

All units are delivered in campus attendance mode, unless otherwise indicated in the map.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit. 

Physiological Pharmacology Major - Commencing Semester 1

All units are delivered in campus attendance mode, unless otherwise indicated in the map.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit. 

Pharmacology Minor - Commencing Semester 1

All units are delivered in campus attendance mode, unless otherwise indicated in the map.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit. 

Transition from Diploma in Biomedical Science - Commencing Semester 1

Year 1 shows the Course Map as completed as part of the Diploma in Biomedical Science.

All units are delivered in campus attendance mode, unless otherwise indicated in the map. 

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit. 

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Additional course information


Class sizes: Your class size will depend on the unit you are studying and if that unit is taught across different degrees. The tutorial, lab and workshop class sizes are normally capped at 24 students. When content delivered needs to be monitored more closely, a teaching assistant will be present in the classroom.

Contact hours: Most units will require you to attend three to five hours of classes in the form of a lecture, tutorial, lab or workshop on campus.

Some of these (e.g. lectures) may be online, and you will be required to watch, read and listen to materials provided as an alternative to attending face-to-face classes.

Therefore, if you are a full-time student taking four units in a semester, that will add up to 4 x units by 5 hours (maximum) = 20 hours required on campus or engaging in content. You will also need to set aside dedicated time each week for study and preparation of assessment tasks.

Sample Assessments

Each unit has three assessments per semester. Assessment tasks include video presentations, group work, hands-on practical tasks, online quizzes, and online or in-class written assignments.

If the unit has a final exam, it is counted as part of the three assessments. Assessments have different weighting percentages towards your overall mark. A single assessment cannot be worth more than 50 per cent of your assessment total. The format of assessments is different for every unit and will be explained by your lecturer prior to the due date.

Overseas study available

The Faculty of Health Sciences has partners all over the world and continues to grow the international experience offerings in biomedical science.

There are opportunities to study the Core Curriculum abroad in Rome, Beijing, New York, or Leeds.

Read more about these opportunities

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.


New South Wales

Any two units of English (Standard) (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4), any 2 units of mathematics (Band 2)


English (Units 3 & 4, C); any combination of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)


Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematics (any).

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.

Learn more about access schemes

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

For current year 12 students

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.

ACU has partnerships with TAFE and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners or with ACU College, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

 If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (see English Language Proficiency).

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be.

Understand your pathway options

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver?

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals.

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) , or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course.

Explore the pathways to your future

Further study

An honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours).

High-performing students will have the opportunity to gain a position on the facilitated interview pathway to the University of Notre Dame’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Sydney (T&Cs apply*).

*An ACU student must: (1) present a GPA greater than or equal to 6.0 over the entire program, (2) sit the GAMSAT test and achieve an overall GAMSAT score greater than or equal to 55, (3) complete the Casper situational judgement test, and (4) be ranked by Notre Dame in the top 5 of ACU's Biomedical Science applicants applying for the MD program who have not otherwise been offered an interview. An offer of interview does not guarantee an offer of entry into the program.

Further, this offer is exclusive to those students who have applied for the MD program through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS) and listed the Notre Dame School of Medicine, Sydney as their first preference.

Read about our postgraduate programs


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$8944 CSP

* indicative only. Subject to passage of legislation.

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

Search our scholarships

How to apply


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Associate Professor Pre de Silva

Associate Professor, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Associate Professor Pre De Silva lectures in chemistry at our North Sydney Campus. She obtained her PhD from the University of Aberdeen (UK). Before joining ACU, she worked as a lecturer at the University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka), as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Lancaster (UK), and then as a research scientist in the Manufacturing and Materials Division at CSIRO. Dr De Silva has extensive research experience in wider areas of chemistry, including novel biomaterials for bio-medical applications, utilisation of industrial wastes in the development of eco-friendly, low-carbon binders and carbon dioxide mineral sequestration.

Dr Santha James

Senior Lecturer, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Dr Santha James joined ACU with a rich multicultural experience of learning, teaching, curriculum development and research from institutions in India, Lesotho, South Africa and Australia. She is one of the founding members of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science programme and the combined degrees with Laws, Business and Applied Public Health. She led the course development and implementation as the National Course Coordinator for Biomedical Science from 2015 to 2019 and continues her contributions to teaching and curriculum development as Senior Lecturer in cell biology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and genetics. She believes in inspiring students through her continuing love of learning and research. Santha was awarded an ACU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for engaging students from diverse backgrounds in the science curriculum and inspiring them for critical thinking and lifelong learning through passionate and scholarly teaching. She continues to seek new knowledge regarding teaching and learning through her research into student learning styles and students’ acquisition of science concepts at ACU.



“I have always had an interest in science and medicine. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science at ACU allowed me to study the subjects I enjoy, and there’s a wide range of career options for graduates. The small class sizes at ACU meant I got individual feedback and support from my lecturers. I got the most out of my time spent in class.”

Biomedical science graduate

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