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 practical and theoretical skills across the breadth and the depth of modern biomedical science and is taught by award-winning teachers and researchers.
  • From cancer screening, diagnosing HIV and designing new drugs, to managing food poisoning and infection control, biomedical scientists are making incredible advances in modern medical science.
  • Study molecular and cellular biology (molecular biology, human genetics, developmental biology, immunology and infectious diseases) through to body systems (Physiology, neuroscience, anatomy and pharmacology).
  • For those looking to enter a career in modern biomedical science, this program is an excellent pathway to a research-based Honours program or 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.


  • Program code
  • 731201
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements


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

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:

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