Monash University

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 titleBBiomedSciAdvHons
CRICOS code069436B
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
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

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.
  • Full-time study only.


This is a high-profile course designed for high- achieving students who expect to pursue honours studies and a career in biomedical research. It provides opportunities for students to develop research, communication and team-work skills during their undergraduate studies.


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
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and technical skills in a focussed area of biomedical science
  • develop, apply, integrate and generate biomedical science knowledge in professional contexts to analyse challenges and to develop effective solutions
  • demonstrate understanding of the importance of biomedical science to human health and society
  • collect, organise, analyse and interpret biomedical science data meaningfully using experimental and computational approaches
  • work independently to undertake a scientific literature review and work collaboratively to design, develop and implement a research project
  • 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

Progression to fourth (honours) year

To be eligible for progression into the fourth (honours) year, students must have completed all core units and achieve a minimum of a distinction average (70 per cent) in at least 24 points of studies at third-year level.


With the assistance of an assigned mentor, an individual course of study will be devised for each student in this program.


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*

Fourth year

  • BMS4100 Biomedical science research project
  • BMS4200 Advanced studies in biomedical science


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
  • IMM3990 Immunology in action 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

* Up to six units may be taken from outside the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences subject to prerequisite conditions and the teaching faculty permission.

** Biomedical Science electives include all level 3 units with the prefixes BCH, BME, BND, BNS, DEV, GEN, HUP, IMM, MIC, MIS, PHA and PHY.

Minimum grade for course completion

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

Alternative exit(s)

Students who do not maintain the required academic standard or who choose not to complete the fourth year of study may exit with 2230 Bachelor of Biomedical Science providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours