Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code4701
Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBMedBio
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT

The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Malaysia)

This course has compulsory off-campus placement requirements.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


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.


This course is an interdisciplinary program providing training in the biomedical sciences with a focus on medical/molecular diagnostics and medical biotechnology. Students study a wide range of topics including anatomy, biochemistry, cellular metabolism, immunology, medical microbiology, human physiology, pharmacology, pathology, molecular biology and biotechnology. The course provides a regional perspective relevant to Malaysian healthcare primarily achieved by the inclusion of appropriate examples and case studies and work-based training in hospitals and medical research centers.


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:

  • apply knowledge of scientific principles, concepts and skills in areas of science relevant to the field of biomedical science, such as anatomy, human physiology, immunology, cellular metabolism/biochemistry, medical microbiology, pathology and pharmacology
  • apply critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative techniques that would be applicable in a medical laboratory and hospital setting in biomedical science
  • demonstrate ethical, social and international understanding in the context of biomedical science
  • communicate effectively, liaise and cooperate with others in a multidisciplinary setting, and write professionally in the field of biomedical science
  • assess and effectively manage occupational health and safety issues related to biomedical science activities in a medical laboratory and hospital setting.

Course progression requirements

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


Students must complete MBS3800 Medical bioscience internship which is a minimum of eight 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 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.


Students must complete:

(a.) the following units:

  • ANT1800 Introduction to anatomy
  • BIO1011 Biology I
  • BIO1022 Biology II
  • BTH1802 Fundamentals of biotechnology
  • BTH2732 Recombinant DNA technology
  • BTH2741 Biochemistry
  • BTH2752 Cell metabolism
  • BTH3722 Medical microbiology
  • BTH3752 Molecular biology and biotechnology
  • CHM1051 Chemistry I advanced
  • CHM1052 Chemistry II advanced
  • HUP3810 Principles of pathology I
  • HUP3820 Principles of pathology II
  • IMM3802 Essentials of applied immunology
  • MBS3800 Medical bioscience internship
  • MIC2011 Introduction to microbiology and microbial biotechnology
  • PHA3800 Fundamentals of toxicology
  • PHA3801 Principles of pharmacology
  • PHY2810 Physiology of human body systems
  • PHY2820 Physiology of human health
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning or STA1010 Statistical methods for science
  • SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication

(b.) 12 points of elective units chosen from any faculty, including units offered for other science courses.

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. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

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

Stage two

Stage three


Bachelor of Medical Bioscience