Courses & Units

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (M3G)

In medical laboratories all around the world, bright minds are helping to diagnose and track the treatment of human disease – and bring new discoveries to light. This course gives you the chance to join their ranks.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is the perfect degree for anyone looking to work in specialised medical or pathology laboratories. This degree is professionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), so employers will recognise that graduates from the course have been specifically trained for the industry – and are ready to be employed as medical scientists.

The three and half year course consists of six semesters of on-campus study, plus a seventh semester of clinical placement in an accredited lab in Australia.

This program is structured to build your knowledge in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, histology, immunology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, haematology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology.

With this knowledge, you'll be ready to work in diagnostic pathology or medical research laboratories, and start making your own contributions to the medical science field.

Every day we're investigating something new, we're finding new things, even here at a local level. I love my job, that's where my passion lies.

Lauren Upston, Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Duration

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Minimum 3.5 Years

Up to a maximum of 8 Years

Location

Launceston

ATAR

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

See entry requirements below


Course intake

Launceston
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone: 1300 363 864
Email: Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online: Enquiries


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Duration

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Minimum 3.5 Years

Up to a maximum of 8 Years

Location

Launceston

Academic Requirements

See entry requirements below

CRICOS

Code: 002705F


Course intake

Launceston
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone:+61 3 8676 7017
Online: International enquiries


You are currently viewing the course details for 2016.

View course details for 2015 ›

Course objectives

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is designed to prepare students to work in specialised medical and pathology laboratories that provide diagnostic services that are an essential part of the health care system. The tests performed provide valuable information that is used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Many graduates continue into postgraduate study and conduct research in the areas of molecular biology, clinical chemistry, medical microbiology and haematology.

Students will gain knowledge and a variety of skills in professional areas such as: clinical chemistry, endocrinology, haematology, blood transfusion science, histopathology, microbiology, human molecular biology, and immunology.

Course structure

The course structure for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science comprises three and a half years (7 semesters) as shown in the following Schedule.

Schedule

Together with Chemistry 1B, this is a core unit for the Chemistry major, and for Environmental Science, Science and Biomedical Science students, providing them with the fundamental knowledge and concepts in inorganic and physical chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry (Chemical Bonding and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Together with Chemistry 1A, this is a core unit for the Chemistry major, and for Environmental Science, Science, and Biomedical Science students, providing them with the fundamental knowledge and concepts in organic and physical chemistry. Organic Chemistry covers the preparation,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces students to the fundamental unit of life, the cell. Concepts in basic biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics are covered in this unit, and form a fundamental core of knowledge to which students will refer throughout their…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit equips you with clinical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge that links to other first year units and that underpins learning in future units within the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Health Science and Exercise Science programs. At the end…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces the management and interpretation of quantitative information. A 'hands-on' course, developed using data which is drawn from disciplines of relevance to the students. Topics include: collecting, processing and presenting quantitative information; descriptive statistics for summarising data; data exploration techniques;…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces a systematic study of the structure and functioning of the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and defence systems.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit acquaints students with fundamental theoretical and practical concepts and principles of histology and provides the foundation for Histopathology (CXA222). The practical component develops microscopy skills and techniques learned in first semester (in CXA101 and CXA171) to allow critical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives students a basic understanding of microbiology in relation to disease processes, transmission and treatment. It covers the structure and function of microbes, their role in the infectious disease process within the human body, how microbes can be…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. They also learn theoretical and practical aspects of the histological methods used to identify…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Gives students an understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: defence mechanisms against infectious agents; antigens, antibodies and related immunological substances; diseases of the immune system; the application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit provides an in-depth study of the biochemistry of metabolic fuels with an emphasis on carbohydrates & lipids, associated metabolic reactions, pathways, enzymes and metabolic regulation.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Continues the study of the structure and functioning of the various systems of the human body begun in CXA172, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, urinary system and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance, reproductive and digestive systems.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Expands on the understanding of biochemistry obtained in CXA261 Metabolic Biochemistry, concentrated at a molecular level. The unit is a comprehensive study of regulation of cellular metabolism and signalling along with a detailed study of the molecular mechanisms of genetic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Covers: normal haemopoiesis, routine haematological screening procedures, quality control, quality assurance, recognition of cells of the peripheral blood, recognition of normal and abnormal features in peripheral blood smears, haemostasis, pathophysiology & laboratory investigation of bleeding and thrombotic disorders.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Imparts knowledge of quality assurance assurance requirements in the modern laboratory, including laboratory method manual preparation, sources of error in analytical testing and the use and establishment of reference ranges. The clinical significance of, current state of diagnostic testing and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives students detailed descriptions of microbial physiology, taxonomy and genetics. The unit is strongly focused on micro-organisms which are pathogenic to human beings and students are taught techniques for isolating and identifying those organisms. Interactions between microbes and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit there will be a systematic investigation of the anaemias, acute leukaemias, myeloproliferative disorders, lymphoproliferative disorders and other blood dyscrasias, including laboratory identification and investigations of these conditions.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Teaches the clinical significance of the current state of analytical testing and analytical methods employed to assess the following; liver function; carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, iron status and protein abnormalities.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces students to diagnostic medical bacteriology. Skills taught include: processing of clinical specimens, recognition of normal microbiota, identification of pathogens and the undertaking of appropriate antimicrobial susceptibility tests. Students learn: aspects of laboratory safety, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of infectious…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit extends the student's understanding of the concepts of genetics and molecular biology obtained in CXA171 Cell Biology and Function and CXA262Cell and Molecular Biochemistry. The unit focuses on medical molecular genetics providing detailed study of genetic mutations and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit covers the major blood group systems of relevance to transfusion, as well as the theoretical basis of common transfusion testing practices. The practical sessions concentrate on the skills of blood grouping, antibody screening and crossmatching. Additionally, the donation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives an understanding of the metabolism and function of hormones; and includes: the laboratory investigation of disorders of hormonal function including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, hypothalamic, ovarian, testicular and renal hormones; the use of tumour markers in oncology, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Builds on CXA342, introducing students to other aspects of diagnostic microbiology, with an emphasis being placed on virology, parasitology and mycology. Aspects of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, control and treatment of infectious diseases are addressed; a knowledge of diagnostic laboratory procedures…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces students to the types of research which informs our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. The unit also covers basic pharmacological and toxicological principles, the use and monitoring…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is a professional experience placement (PEP) unit, undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students develop an holistic view of the role of the diagnostic pathology laboratory in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school (early)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is a professional experience placement (PEP) unit, undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students experience core and specialised areas within a modern diagnostic pathology laboratory and develop…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school (early)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is a professional experience placement (PEP) unit, undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students experience core and specialised areas within a modern diagnostic pathology laboratory and develop…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school (early)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Career Opportunities in Biomedical Science

On graduation you will be ready to undertake an exciting career at the forefront of laboratory medicine. The opportunities are broad, including roles with diagnostic pathology labs – both public and private facilities, or within the medical research field.

This degree can also be used to launch a career in medical research, veterinary laboratories, diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies or health management.

A number of graduates have used their degree internationally, working in pathology laboratories across South East Asia and Europe.

"A career in biomedical science is an exciting and rewarding, yet challenging career, where no two days are ever the same. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is an excellently rounded degree, which allows graduates to work in numerous scientific fields and apply your skills to a diverse collection of jobs."

  – Dr Elizabeth Witherden, Post-doctoral research associate, Kings College London (Alumni, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, University of Tasmania).

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

Further Study Opportunities

This course provides an excellent foundation if you are hoping to enter undergraduate and postgraduate medicine and other allied health courses across Australia. A number of students use the knowledge they've gained in this course to enter undergraduate and postgraduate medicine courses across the country.

Students interested in pursuing an honours course in Biomedical Science should contact Dr Cecilia Kitic (Honours Coordinator) - Cecilia.Kitic@utas.edu.au

Professional Experience Placements

During the final semester of this course, you will participate in a Professional Experience Placement (PEP). This work integrated learning approach enables students to practice newly acquired skills, behaviours and knowledge in a workplace environment. The aim of PEP is to immerse students in a professional healthcare setting, to gain a better understanding of the roles of professionals within the health care system.

This clinical placement is undertaken off campus in an accredited diagnostic pathology laboratory, where you will develop practical laboratory skills and contribute to patient healthcare via diagnostic techniques within the laboratory.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

Safety in Practice Compliance

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

Entry Requirements

If you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you'll need to meet the following requirements:

If you've just finished school

An ATAR score of 75 or higher, and have completed the following pre-requisite units:

  • Chemistry at TQA3 level (CHM315109) or equivalent
  • Maths Applied (MTA315109), Maths Methods (MTM315109) or Maths Specialised (MTS315109) at TQA3 level, or equivalent

If you meet the minimum ATAR, but haven't completed the Chemistry and Mathematics pre-requisite units, you can complete the KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit or KMA003 Mathematics Foundation Unit offered in summer semester.

Alternatively, students who do not meet the ATAR should consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Health Science, as a potential pathway to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

If you're a mature age student

You will need to meet the following:

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Fees

The following fee information is accurate at the time of publication for students commencing study in 2016.

Domestic students

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior.

For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

International students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the International Scholarships website.

Scholarships

Domestic students

If you are a domestic student enrolling in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you may be eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at university. To find out what to pay and whether you are eligible you can read the information and guidelines at http://www.utas.edu.au/fees/fees-and-charges/what-to-pay/domestic

The cost of your course will depend on the band classification and the individual units that you study. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is in Band 2, with an indicative annual cost of$8917. For more information on the fees of each unit, please refer to the fees section of each unit description.

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

International students

If you are an international student enrolling in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, the 2016 annual tuition fee is A$28,000. This rate is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2016 the SSAF is A$290. To find out what to pay visit http://www.utas.edu.au/fees/fees-and-charges/what-to-pay/international or for more information on international fees, head to the International Fees website.

Student stories

Yik Chang Ho, Alumni - Bachelor of Biomedical Science

"Studying at UTAS is good because of the small class numbers, so you receive one on one tutoring which is beneficial. The lecturers in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science are very helpful, and student have direct access to lecturers."

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