Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBBiomedSci(SchProg)
CRICOS code069435C
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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Course coordinator

Dr Yvonne Hodgson


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • With faculty approval, students may accelerate their studies and complete the course in less than three years.


This degree is designed to provide a challenging course of study in biomedical science for high- achieving students. The program undertaken by each student will be planned according to student interest and with consideration of academic background.

Depending on prior experience and capabilities (such as previous tertiary study, including secondary school year 12 enhancement studies), students may be given exemptions from some core units, allowing them to accelerate their studies and compete the degree in less than three years. Students may also take additional units that enrich the study program while completing the degree in the three years (or four years if progressing to an additional honours degree).


On completion of this course, students will:

  • have completed an accelerated or enriched degree which will have been as broadly-based or as specifically focused as each individual student requires
  • have acquired a basic knowledge of the biomedical sciences in a range of important multidisciplinary areas
  • have mastered the essential analytic procedures and method of written and oral communication relevant to the field of biomedical sciences
  • be graduates who are well prepared for potential employment opportunities in most facets of the health care and related industries
  • be well prepared to embark on further vocational training or postgraduate studies in the biomedical sciences or other discipline areas
  • understand the relationship of biomedical science to other areas of learning
  • have acquired skills in modern information technologies, which will enhance their effectiveness in employment as modern biomedical scientists
  • have been exposed to the research frontier at which advances in biomedical science are occurring
  • have an appreciation of the ethical and social attitudes and responsibilities which arise as a professional, practising biomedical scientist.


With the assistance of an assigned mentor, an individual course of study will be devised for each student in this program. A sustained high level of achievement must be demonstrated throughout the course.


First year

  • BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
  • BMS1021 Cells, tissues and organisms
  • BMS1031 Medical biophysics
  • BMS1042 Biomedical sciences and society
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • 12 points of elective units

Second year

  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body: an evolutionary and functional perspective
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry in human function
  • BMS2031 Body systems
  • BMS2042 Human genetics
  • BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • 12 points of elective units

Third year

  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease II
  • 24 points of level three electives from the biomedical science area**
  • 12 points of elective units

** Generally these units begin with the prefixes BCH, BME, BMS, BND, BNS, CEL, DEV, GEN, HUP, IMM, MIC, MIS, PHA and PHY.


The electives must include at least one of the following 'research in action' units in the second or third year of the course:

  • BCH3990 Action in biochemistry research project
  • DEV3990 Action in developmental biology research project
  • MIC3990 Action in microbiology research project
  • MIS3990 Action in stem cells research project
  • PHA3990 Action in pharmacology research project
  • PHY3990 Action in physiology research project

Minimum grade for course completion

Students in this course are required to maintain at least a distinction average (70 per cent) across their best 48 points in each calendar year to remain in, and to graduate with, the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program). Students who do not meet this standard will be required to transfer to course 2230 Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

Progression to further studies

An additional honours year is available to eligible students by completing course 3418 Honours degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science


Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)