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 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

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 course must be completed in a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 8 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission. With faculty approval, students may accelerate their studies and complete this course in less than three years.


This degree provides a challenging course of study in biomedical science for high- achieving students, leading to an honours program, or an in-depth specialised program in one area of biomedical science through the selection of relevant elective units.

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 overload their enrolment from first year to further shorten the time frame to complete the course. The program undertaken by each student will be planned according to student interest and with consideration of academic background.


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

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
  • 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
  • communicate ideas and results effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of formats
  • work independently to undertake a scientific literature review and work collaboratively to implement a research project
  • 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


Students participate in the Talented Student Program. In this program students are matched with an academic mentor for each of the three years of the course and attend extracurricula activites which introduces them to the research environment of the University. A sustained high level of achievement must be demonstrated throughout the course.

Areas of study


First year

Semester one

  • BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
  • BMS1021 Cells, tissues and organisms
  • BMS1031 Medical biophysics
  • 6 point level 1 elective unit from any faculty*

Semester two

  • BMS1042 Biomedical sciences and society
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • 6 point level 1 elective unit from any faculty*

Second year

Semester one

  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body: An evolutionary and functional perspective
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry in human function
  • BMS2031 Body systems
  • 6 point level 2 elective unit from any faculty*

Semester two

  • BMS2042 Human genetics
  • BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • 6 point level 2 elective unit from any faculty*

Third year

Semester one

  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • 6 point level 3 elective unit from any faculty*
  • 12 points of level three electives from the biomedical science area**

Semester two

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease II
  • 6 point level 3 elective unit from any faculty*
  • 12 points of level three electives from the biomedical science area**

* 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. Suitable units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook. Note: Some units may require permission from the owning faculty.

** Generally these units begin with the prefixes BCH, BME, BMS, BND, BNS, CEL, DEV, GEN, HUP, IMM, MIC, MIS, PHA and PHY. Refer to the [ ([index of units by code] in the current edition of the Handbook.


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

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.

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 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 (Scholar Program)