Medical Research

Uncover the mysteries of human health and disease by studying a Bachelor of Medical Research.

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Bachelor of Medical Research

Specialist skills in global demand

One of Australia's only degrees specifically focussed on medical research delivers skills needed to respond to current and future worldwide health crisis

Learn from the best, and benefit from their connections

Learn research methods, critical thinking and communication skills from world-leading, globally connected, medical research scientists

Hands-on research and laboratory experiences

Enjoy guaranteed research experience and participate in project-based and hands-on research in a lab setting

The Bachelor of Medical Research is a distinctive research-focused course, designed and taught by active medical researchers at our
Tasmanian School of Medicine and drawing from the expertise of our specialist research and teaching institutes: the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, and the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

You will gain a strong foundation in biomedical sciences, and be equipped with an understanding of the emerging technologies, strategies and tools used to address medical research problems.

A key strength of this course is that one third of your studies will be research-focused core units. You’ll develop valuable knowledge and skills in research methodology, scientific observation and analysis, and advance your ability to identify and solve problems, think critically and communicate science to a broad audience.

Study options in this degree

A major is an area of focus in your degree. During your studies, you’ll choose an area that interests you, and then study a group of units related to that area. Find out more at What is a Major?

The Medical Science Major has been designed to complement the core units of the Bachelor of Medical Research and provides student with the opportunity to further apply the knowledge and skills. The first units in this major explore the origin, epidemiology and broader public health implications of disease, while third year offers students further specialisation and the opportunity to advance their knowledge in key bioscience disciplines.

Further study options

For honours course information, please visit Bachelor of Medical Research with Honours

Find out more about what you'll study, entry requirements, fees and scholarships - and to apply.

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Career opportunities

The current world-wide health crisis highlights the importance of medical research in helping to manage and treat disease on both an individual and population basis.

Medical researchers apply their expert scientific skills and research findings to develop a better understanding of illnesses and other medical problems, and they are not limited to a single professional discipline. With the skills and knowledge developed in this course you can seek out a career in research institutes, university departments, hospitals, and pathology laboratories, as well as in the pharmaceutical, and biomedical industry.

Other opportunities include science communication, advisory roles, policy development and disease surveillance in industry, government and health organisations.

The healthcare industry in expected to grow by over 15 percent over the next five years.

Here are some of the careers projected to grow into 2025.^



Projected job growth to 2025


Laboratory Manager:
Future Demand

National Skills Commission - 2021 Skills Priority List (June 2021)


Medical Laboratory Technician:
Future Demand

National Skills Commission - 2021 Skills Priority List (June 2021)

^ National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

Student experience

Rhea Longley, Alumni

“I was supported by an excellent group of researchers and academics at the University of Tasmania who encouraged me to pursue my goals which led to a PhD in malaria at the University of Oxford.”