Courses & Units

Bachelor of Biomedical Science M3G



This three and a half-year full-time course is offered in Launceston by the School of Human Life Sciences.


Course Name Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Course Abbreviation BBiomedSc
Course Duration 3.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 8 Years
CRICOS code 002705F
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health



Location Study periods
Launceston Semester 1


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.

A number of students have used this degree program to enter undergraduate and postgraduate medicine courses around Australia.

Career Outcomes

There are various career options open to medical scientists, especially in hospital clinical and pathology laboratories, private pathology services, blood transfusion services and public health laboratories. Other areas of employment are found in universities, veterinary laboratories, diagnostic companies and in medical research.

Professional Recognition

Graduates from this course meet the academic requirements for direct entry into the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Additional Information

This course includes professional experience placement units that require students to attend relevant professional workplaces. Any costs incurred by the student whilst undertaking professional experience placement are expected to be covered by the student.

If you have any chronic or acute medical conditions that may affect your ability to perform laboratory tasks, or where laboratory work may worsen your condition, you should seek advice from the School of Human Life Sciences or the University of Tasmania disability officer prior to applying to the course.

The School of Human Life Sciences strongly recommends vaccination against Hepatitis B prior to commencing the degree.


Minimum University requirements, plus minimumATAR score of 75 together with pre-tertiary Chemistry TQA3(CHM315109) or equivalent and any one of the approved Mathematics subjects (Mathematics Applied TQA3 (MTA315109), (Mathematics Methods TQA3 (MTM315109), Mathematics Specialised TQA3 (MTS315109) or equivalent. Students lacking the Chemistry or Mathematics pre-tertiary prerequisites, but who meet the ATAR and have other pre-tertiary science units can complete the Chemistry foundation unit (KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit) or Mathematics foundation unit (KMA003 Mathematics Foundation Unit) offered in summer semester. Alternatively, students who meet the pre-tertiary prerequisites but 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.


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;
  • 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 only exception is the Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Credit for appropriate studies completed in TAFE and other university courses may be granted.

Students interested in pursuing an honours course should contact Cecilia Shing (Honours Coordinator) -

A fixed three and a half-year (7 semester) course described in the following Schedule.

Course Structure


Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules

1In these specifications 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Health Science.


2Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Science shall be qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.
3Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three and a half years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than eight years, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

4[i]To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall pass all units in the course, and undertake such practical exercises/experiences as may be required to satisfy the degree requirements.
 [ii]The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Faculty, be in accordance with the Schedule to these specifications.
5[i]Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty.
 [ii]A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting, or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, more than 50% weighting.
 [iii]Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
 [iv]In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Faculty in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 4.
6Candidates entering clinical practice in a clinical agency shall observe the rules, regulations, policies, protocols, procedures and by-laws of that clinical agency.

Credit for Previous Studies

7Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.


8The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.
9These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2002 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards the degree by that date.
10The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Science shall be BBiomedSc.