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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Science
Offered bySchool of Applied Sciences and Engineering
Course coordinatorMs Jenny Mosse (Gippsland)


The sequence provides specialist training in medical bioscience. Students choose from a range of topics including anatomy, immunology, medical microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology and pathology.


Upon completion of a major sequence in medical bioscience, students will have:

  • a knowledge of scientific principles, concepts and skills in areas of science relevant to medical bioscience, such as anatomy, human physiology, immunology, medical microbiology, pathology and pharmacology
  • a knowledge of relevant quantitative and qualitative biomedical research techniques
  • a knowledge of analytical techniques which would be applicable in a medical laboratory and hospital setting
  • an understanding of the basic vocabulary and practices of medical bioscience, in order to approach the problems arising in the workplace
  • an understanding of the importance of an ethical base for scientific research and development in the context of medical bioscience
  • the skills to effectively communicate, liaise and cooperate with others in a multidisciplinary setting and to participate effectively in patient care as part of a team
  • an ability to gather and to critically analyse and evaluate information related to medical bioscience from a variety of sources
  • an awareness of occupational health and safety issues related to medical bioscience
  • an appreciation of the role medical bioscience has in science and society.


Level two

  • ANT2331 Introduction to anatomy and medical terminology
  • BTH2732 Recombinant DNA technology
  • BTH2741 Biochemistry
  • BTH2752 Cellular metabolism
  • MIC2011 Introduction to microbiology and microbial biotechnology
  • PHY2021 Body systems physiology
  • PHY2032 Physiology of human health

Level three

  • BTH3722 Medical microbiology or MIC3802 Principles of medical microbiology
  • BTH3741 Medical cell biology
  • BTH3752 Molecular biology and biotechnology
  • IMM3802 Essentials of applied immunology
  • MBS3010 Population health and healthcare
  • MBS3990 Medical bioscience research project
  • PHA3801 Principles of pharmacology
  • SCI3716 Laboratory and workplace management

Sequence requirements

Major sequence in medical bioscience

Double major sequence in medical bioscience


Students with an appropriate level of performance in level-three units within the Medical bioscience sequence may be eligible to undertake a year of research training under the direct supervision of the leader of one of the research groups in the department.

Full details regarding entrance requirements and course structure for honours is described in the course entry in this Handbook for the course 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science.