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Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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 titleBBiomedSc
CRICOS code028805K
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Biomedical Sciences: telephone +61 3 9902 9400; email or visit


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course provides a non-specialised degree in biomedical sciences leading to an honours program, or an in-depth specialised program in one area of biomedical science through the selection of relevant elective units.

The course is designed as a series of interlinked and consecutive sequences of units. This allows students to readily acquire fluency and proficiency in the concepts, language and fundamentals of the biomedical sciences. The distinctive feature of this educational approach is that students are allowed some flexibility in their choice of units so that they are able to construct a sequence of studies suitable to their own requirements and career aspirations.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad knowledge in the area of biomedical science spanning the molecular, cellular, organ and body systems levels
  • demonstrate an in depth knowledge in one or more discipline areas of biomedical science
  • demonstrate technical skills relevant to one or more discipline areas of biomedical science
  • develop, apply, integrate and generate biomedical science knowledge in professional contexts to analyse challenges and to develop effective solutions
  • collect, organise, analyse and interpret biomedical science data meaningfully using experimental and computational approaches
  • communicate ideas and results effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of formats
  • work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives
  • exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen


This course consists of core and elective units.


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 electives from any faculty*

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 electives from any faculty*

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 electives from any faculty*

* Up to six units may be taken from outside the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, Engineering, Information Technology and Science offer units suitable as electives in various years of the program.

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

Progression to further studies

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


Bachelor of Biomedical Science