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Monash University Handbook 2011 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
School of Science
Campus(es)Gippsland, Sunway
Course coordinatorMs Jenny Mosse (Gippsland); Dr Ton So Ha (Sunway)


The medical bioscience sequence explores the scientific basis of human health and disease. Students undertake core studies in biochemistry and cell biology and select from a range of topic areas including anatomy, cell metabolism, immunology, medical microbiology, molecular biology physiology and pharmacology This area of study will be of interest to students seeking a broad understanding of normal cellular and body functions, changes in normal function that are associated with disease, and diagnostic techniques.


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
  • further developed, in the context of the discipline, the graduate attributes of effective communication, quantitative literacy, information and communication literacy, inquiry and critical thinking, and ethical, social and international understanding
  • 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
  • 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

Requirements for honours in medical bioscience

  • 24 points of relevant level-three units from the list above

Additional information

The medical bioscience sequence combines well with the microbiology sequence for those seeking employment in medical diagnostics or research. Students seeking employment in the education sector will find that a combination of the medical bioscience sequence with the ecology and environmental sequence provides an excellent background for primary educators, while a combination of the medical bioscience sequence with chemistry or mathematics sequences is especially useful for secondary educators.

Students with a strong interest in this area should also consider course 3522 Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience).


In addition to the requirements listed above, students must meet the entry requirements for the Science honours program relevant to their course of enrolment. See the entry for 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science for full details regarding the course structure for honours in medical bioscience.

Relevant Courses

Single degrees

  • 0050 Bachelor of Science
  • 3522 Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience)

Double degrees

  • 3523 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) and Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience)

Honours degrees

  • 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science