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Bachelor of  Biomedical Science

Program code: 2415
QTAC code: 731201
CRICOS code: 092440C


St Lucia


3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

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’ll gain theoretical and practical skills across the breadth of biomedical science.
  • Understand how the body and disease work. You’ll learn how to partner 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 a pathway to a research-based honours program. You can also use this bachelor’s degree as a pathway to study medicine or allied health programs.

Working with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, biomedical scientists provide the foundation of modern healthcare and assist in developing treatments for diseases.

  • Fast Facts

    Strong research network

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

  • Beyond the classroom

    Practical experiences

    For more than half of your program, you’ll put theory into practice through practical, laboratory-based experiments. You can also choose to specialise in a specific area in your third year to focus on your area of interest.

  • Teaching spaces

    Innovative lab facilities

    Learn how to work confidently in a range of labs and gain practical skills to help you succeed. UQ is home to more than 2200 science labs, including wet, dry and clinical labs, PC2 and PC3 labs, and a range of animal diagnostic, operating and skills training labs.

  • 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.

Career outcomes

You’ll graduate with the core knowledge, practical skills and technical expertise required to embark on a career in biomedical science.

Expect to find work in a range of fields, including:

  • hospital and clinical diagnostics
  • the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries
  • laboratory-based molecular and cellular biology
  • health policy and communication
  • secondary or tertiary teaching, when combined with a teaching qualification.

Many students choose to use this degree as a pathway to a research-based honours program or to study medicine or allied health programs.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Beyond the classroom

    See the world

    Expand your outlook and give your studies an international edge. Live and study abroad for a semester or year with one of our partner universities, including world-leading scientific institutions across the US and UK.

    Find out more
  • Fast Facts

    A university in the world’s top 50

    UQ is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. Our students have made, and continue to make, genuinely life-changing advances. Become part of UQ’s global network.

  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

    Find out more
  • 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)


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


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

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


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.

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

Apply now to QTAC Apply now to UQ

All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, 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".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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