Bachelor of  Biomedical Science

Program code: 2415
QTAC code: 731201
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold

OP

7
/

Rank

86
/

IB

31
Minimum selection threshold

Location

St Lucia

Duration

3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Apply your knowledge of human biology and health across the molecular, cellular and whole-body systems to contribute to advances in modern medical science.

  • This three-year program provides you with the core knowledge of modern healthcare and how to develop treatments for disease. You will gain theoretical and practical skills across the breadth of biomedical science.
  • Understand how the body and disease work. You will learn how to work with healthcare professionals to conduct clinical tests, evaluate the effectiveness of treatments and research disease causes and cures.
  • Study molecular and cellular biology (molecular biology, human genetics, developmental biology, immunology and infectious diseases) through to body systems (Physiology, neuroscience, anatomy and pharmacology).
  • Graduate with a respected qualification, or use your degree as an excellent pathway to a research-based honours program. You can also use the bachelor's program as a foundation for graduate entry health and medicine programs.

Biomedical scientists provide the foundation of modern healthcare and assist in developing treatments for diseases.

  • Fast Facts

    Extensive biomedical research

    UQ is one of the largest scientific research institutions in Australia and includes the School of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Molecular BioscienceQueensland Brain Institute, and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Alumni
    "For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to help people. I decided to study biomedical science primarily because it sounded interesting and it was at the interface of science and medicine." Meg Donovan, Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more

Career outcomes

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science will help you to embark on your career in:

  • hospital and diagnostic clinical laboratories, 
  • biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, 
  • laboratory work in molecular and cellular biology, 
  • health policy and communication, and
  • secondary schools or other educational institutions, when combined with a teaching qualification.

This program also provides an excellent pathway to study medicine or allied health programs.

Summary

  • Program code
    2415
  • QTAC code
    731201
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English and Mathematics B plus one of Chemistry or Physics.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2018:

OPRankIB
7 86 31

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median4 / 93 4 / 94
Lowest8 / 84 7 / 86

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study42 11.9%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
198 56.09%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
60 17%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International students50 14.16%
Total353 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

Notes:
"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Biomedical Science:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,062
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science is 731201. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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