Bachelor of Biomedical Science


Program Description

La Trobe's Bachelor of Biomedical Science explores human health and disease along with the underlying molecular basis of illnesses like Alzheimer's, malaria and cancer.

First-year foundational science subjects focus on biology and chemistry.

Second year subjects - biosciences, medical science, biochemistry, genetics, anatomy, physiology and microbiology - will lead you towards your third year specialisation and postgraduate studies. You'll learn about the human body in health and sickness, and gain knowledge of medical biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, infectious diseases and neuroscience. You'll discover the symptoms of disease, learn how to analyse scientific and medical data, and do practical lab work.

Third year advanced biochemistry and medical sciences internships and lab courses give you more hands-on experience. We'll also show you how to read, research and interpret scientific publications and teach you to meaningfully convey scientific and biomedical science information in writing.

Through this degree, you'll have access to the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science - our $100 million teaching and research facility. With our industry cadetship program, you can also gain workplace experience, building on your skills and industry connections.

First year students may be eligible for Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence or other undergraduate scholarships. We also offer overseas study opportunities, including clinical placements and volunteering. You can apply to study this course through our Hallmark Scholars Program. See the listing for Hallmark Course Group C for more details.

English Language Requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English; TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22; Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course; English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher; or approved international equivalent.

Academic entry requirements

  • LTM Foundation Studies - 80
  • Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - 80.05
  • International Baccalaureate - 26
  • GCE A Levels - 8
  • HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
  • Sri Lankan A Levels - BBC
  • STPM - 8.67
  • Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
  • Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
  • All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 75
  • Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
  • Indonesia (SMA) - 8
  • GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
  • GAOKAO - see: the website.

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

Subject prerequisite

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry.

Additional costs

Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - and a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can buy these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.

Career opportunities

Graduates find work in medical research institutes or government and private sector laboratories in hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies. Other areas you could choose include careers in administration or education that require biomedical science knowledge. Alternatively, a biomedical science degree is a prerequisite for postgraduate medicine and dentistry, and can be your stepping-stone to these courses.

Last updated Nov 2017

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