Bachelor of Biomedical Science


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Program Description


  • A high degree of flexibility with the option to select one major and two minor study areas that align with your interests.
  • Develop industry-relevant practical skills and use cutting-edge technology in laboratory classes which start during the first year.
  • Gain experience through a supervised work placement in industry, clinical, or research-oriented workplace.
  • Be taught by science leaders who have made groundbreaking discoveries in biomedical science.
  • Widen your career possibilities by pairing this degree with one in business or law.

Why choose this course?

This course offers you a high degree of flexibility with the option to select one major and two minor areas of study. This provides you with the opportunity to explore areas that interest you as well as developing knowledge and skills in areas of emerging priority and employment. You may also complete studies in complementary disciplines from across the university including law, business, engineering, or innovation and entrepreneurship.

You will be taught by leading researchers from the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, the Translational Research Institute and partner research facilities at major Brisbane hospitals. In recent years, QUT researchers have made groundbreaking discoveries in cancer biology, infectious diseases, tissue engineering, and vaccine development.

You will have the opportunity to gain real experience through a supervised work placement in industry, clinical or research-oriented workplace.

Develop practical training by participating in laboratory classes held in state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. Every unit in this course includes a laboratory component so you can develop and practice key technical skills, explore real experiments and case studies, and learn in an environment that stimulates collaboration and advanced thinking processes.

You will graduate as a critical thinker who can develop your own innovative ideas and successfully implement these through a range of clinical, research and industry-based careers.

Study areas

Anatomical sciences—Build practical skills in histology, medical image interpretation, and organ identification. Examine real examples using QUT’s extensive skeletal collection, film library, pathology museum, and human cadavers. You will have the opportunity to perform a dissection at the Medical Engineering Research Facility, developing critical surgical skills and an appreciation of anatomical variability, pathology, and effective medical communication.

Cell and molecular biotechnology—Learn about the structure, function, and properties of cells and how cells are regulated and can be manipulated at the genetic and molecular levels. Study the interactions between deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA) and the resulting protein biosynthesis, and develop laboratory capabilities for cell molecular biotechnology careers.

Human biochemistry—Study the structure, function and properties of biomolecules (proteins, lipids, sugars, and DNA) and the molecular machinery that regulates the everyday workings of healthy cells and tissues in the human body, the molecular basis of human diseases, and how diagnostic technologies and treatment strategies impact on biochemical processes in the cellular context. You will undertake a research project in a mentored problem-based learning environment.

Human physiology—Knowledge about the human body and how its systems work to maintain our health is essential for understanding the basics of health, disease, diagnostic technologies, and treatments. You will critically design and undertake a laboratory-based research project in human physiology. High-achieving students have the opportunity to align their studies with a clinical physiology minor, which incorporates a 400-hour professional internship.

Infection and immunity—Human infectious diseases account for more than 25 percent of deaths and debilitating illnesses globally, representing a huge financial and social impact on our health and wellbeing. Infectious disease agents include bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi, and parasites. You will develop in-depth knowledge of these agents by exploring their biology at the cellular and molecular levels and how they cause human disease, together with cutting-edge strategies of diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention.

What to expect

Biomedical scientists are trained in the scientific disciplines that underpin medical practice. They study how the body normally works, investigate how disease or injury interferes with normal function, and develop new treatment strategies for these disorders. Skilled in using a variety of cutting-edge technologies, biomedical scientists have been responsible for major health advances including vaccines, antibiotics, and stem cell therapies.

Double degrees

You can widen your career possibilities even further by pairing this degree with one in business or law.


Career outcomes

This course is ideal for students interested in a science-based qualification with employment opportunities locally, nationally and overseas. Graduates are employed in many fields and may work for research institutes, universities, hospitals, and biotechnology companies. Increasingly there are employment opportunities in consultancy, science journalism and with companies involved in the development and marketing of new diagnostic and treatment products.

Graduates who complete the clinical physiology minor as part of their studies may also work as a sleep scientist, neuroscientist, respiratory scientist or cardiac scientist.

This course also provides a solid grounding for students wishing to pursue postgraduate study in medicine and allied health. The postgraduate study provides graduates with the opportunity to pursue leadership and management roles in biomedical science, and the knowledge and skills to operate their own research lab and create new products.

Professional recognition

Depending on the units selected in final year, graduates will be eligible for membership into one or more of the following organisations: Australian Society for Medical Research, Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Neuroscience Society, The Endocrine Society of Australia, Society of Reproductive Biology, Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists, Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, and Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Possible careers

  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Laboratory Officer
  • Biomedical Science Researcher
  • Biotechnology Scientist
  • Cardiac and Vascular Scientist
  • Health Researcher
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Equipment Sales
  • Medicine (after further study)
  • Neurophysiologist
  • Reproductive Technician
  • Respiratory Scientist
  • Scientist
  • Sleep Scientist
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest-growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates in ... Read More

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest-growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years. Read less
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