Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBSc(MedBioSci)
CRICOS code067947F
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland, Malaysia)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Email: (Gippsland); Email: (Malaysia)

Course coordinator

Dr Ton So Ha


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission. Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 144 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only enrol on a single unit (non-award) basis (full-fee) with the approval of the faculty.
  • This course has compulsory off-campus placement requirements.


The course provides specialist training in medical bioscience with a focus on molecular diagnostics and biotechnology. Students study a wide range of topics including anatomy, biochemistry, cellular metabolism, immunology, medical microbiology, human physiology, pharmacology and pathology. The program offers a regionally appropriate perspective relevant to the local geographical and healthcare context; this is primarily achieved by the inclusion of suitable examples and case studies. An applied research project is available as an elective unit, enabling qualified students to undertake meaningful research and further develop technical skills.


These course outcomes are aligned with the [ ([Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes].

Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge of science across a range of disciplines, with a high level of understanding and appreciation in a broad spectrum of areas relating to medical bioscience Students will have developed quantitative and qualitative research skills and will have an understanding of the importance of an ethical base for scientific research and development activity particularly in the context of areas such as bioengineering and human health.

Course progression requirements

Students must complete the mathematics/statistics requirement at stage one before enrolling in level two science units.


Students must complete the equivalent of six weeks of professional training via an approved placement in a clinical or medical laboratory or community health organisation in order to complete the requirements for this course.


This course consists of core and elective units.


Students must complete:

(a.) the following units:

  • ANT2331 Introduction to anatomy and medical terminology*
  • BIO1011 Biology I or BIO1711 Vertebrate biology
  • BIO1022 Biology II or BIO1722 Cell biology
  • BTH1802 Fundamentals of biotechnology
  • BTH2732 Recombinant DNA technology
  • BTH2741 Biochemistry*
  • BTH3741 Medical cell biology
  • BTH3752 Molecular biology and biotechnology*
  • MIC2011 Introduction to microbiology and microbial biotechnology
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
  • SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication
  • 6 points of level one chemistry units
  • 6 points of level one psychology
  • 6 points of level two physiology

(b.) at least four* of:

  • BTH3722 Medical microbiology
  • IMM3802 Essentials of applied immunology
  • MBS3010 Population health and healthcare
  • PHA3801 Principles of pharmacology
  • SCI3716 Laboratory and workplace management

(c.) additional elective units chosen from any faculty, including units offered for other science courses, to take the total credit points to 144.

The level one chemistry, psychology and physiology units must be chosen from those three areas of study for the campus on which the student is enrolled and can be found in the section Science areas of study and sequencesScience areas of study and sequences ( in this Handbook.

When selecting elective units, these can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. Note: Some non-science units may require permission from the owning faculty.

Note: Students must complete:

  • at least 36 points of science units at level one and at least 24 points of science units at level three
  • no more than 60 points of level one units overall.

Recommended program of study

Stage one

  • BTH1802
  • SCI1020
  • level one biology sequence (12 points)
  • 6 points of level one chemistry units
  • 6 points of level one psychology
  • two 6-point elective units

Stage two

Stage three

* Students at Gippsland campus can select a variation on some of the second and third year units and should seek advice from their campus before re-enrolling.


Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience)