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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science.

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

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Course type

Single degree

Standard duration

3 years FT

Students have a period of eight years to complete this course, including any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

On-campus (Malaysia)


Bachelor of Medical Bioscience


The Bachelor of Medical Bioscience is an interdisciplinary program providing training in the biomedical sciences with a focus on medical/molecular diagnostics and medical biotechnology. You will study a wide range of topics including anatomy, biochemistry, cellular metabolism, immunology, medical microbiology, human physiology, pharmacology, pathology, molecular biology and biotechnology. You will also develop a regional perspective relevant to Malaysian healthcare primarily through case studies and work-based training in hospitals and medical research centres.


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:

  1. apply critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative techniques that would be applicable in a medical laboratory and hospital setting in biomedical science
  2. demonstrate ethical, social and international understanding in the context of biomedical science
  3. communicate effectively, liaise and cooperate with others in a multidisciplinary setting, and write professionally in the field of biomedical science
  4. assess and effectively manage occupational health and safety issues related to biomedical science activities in a medical laboratory and hospital setting.


The course that develops through two themes, firstly, foundation biomedical sciences and scientific practice and, secondly, human health that culminate in biomedical science practice through an internship.

Part A. Foundation biomedical sciences and scientific practice

These studies provide the scientific foundations for a career in biomedical science with a focus on medical/molecular diagnostics and medical biotechnology. You will gain knowledge in areas of biology, recombinant DNA technology, molecular biology, microbiology, chemistry and skills in diagnostic techniques, clinical work practices and scientific communication. You will gain an understanding of the core elements of modern science by looking back at scientific discovery through history and the skills to assess the validity of scientific information. The focus of these studies is skills development and professional application and practice in the laboratory and workplaces.

Part B. Human health

The focus of these studies is scientific principles, concepts and skills in areas of science relevant to the field of biomedical science. These include anatomy, human physiology, immunology, cellular metabolism/biochemistry, medical microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology of human health systems and the functional immune system of multicellular organisms and the disease states that result from pathogen infection and from autoimmunity. You will learn about how the human body systems act together to perform complex body function.

Part C. Internship

The internship provides a minimum of 8 weeks work-based training in hospitals and medical research centres in which you will have the opportunity to integrate the various strands of your learning in a real work place.

Part D. Elective study

This will enable you to further your knowledge in your choice of units from any faculty, including units offered for other science courses.


The course comprises 144 points of which 132 points comprise biomedical science study and 12 points are free electives.

The course develops through theme studies in A. Biomedical sciences and scientific practice and B. Human health that come together in C. Internship. There will also be some elective study.

Elective units may be at any level, however, no more than 10 units (60 points) may be completed at level 1.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are six credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Foundation biomedical sciences and scientific practice (72 points)

Students complete:

Part B. Human health (54 points)

Students complete:

PART C. Internship (6 points)

Students complete:

  • MBS3800 Medical bioscience internship

PART D. Elective study (12 points)

Electives will enable you to further develop your knowledge of medical bioscience or to select units from across the University in which you are eligible to enrol.

Progression to further studies


Students successfully completing the Bachelor of Medical Bioscience may proceed to a one year honours program leading to the Bachelor of Science (Honours). To be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) students must obtain a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant units at level 3.