Bachelor of Biomedical Science

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Graduates are trained in basic knowledge of the structure and function of living organisms with particular focus on the human. Using this knowledge, together with problem solving skills, critical reasoning and scientific methods taught in the program, the graduate is well prepared to collaborate on scientific investigations of human structure and function in health and disease at a molecular, cellular and whole systems level.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.

Current Australian Year 12 Students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:

  • Previous Year 12 studies and/or
  • Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
  • Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.

International Students

International students currently undertaking:

  • an Australian Year 12 in Australia
  • an Australian Year 12 outside Australia
  • an International Baccalaureat (IB) in Australia

Apply for entry through AUC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

All other international students:

Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement.


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A strong background in the basic sciences including mathematics, chemistry, physics or biology would be an advantage.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Additional Selection Criteria:
  • Special selection procedures apply for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details call (02) 4921 5640.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.

The following rules apply to credit transfer.

1) A student may be granted credit in specified and unspecified courses leading to the academic award of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree in recognition for work completed in the University or another institution by the PVC Health.

2) The granting of such credit will be on such conditions as the PVC Health may determine.

3) Except as may be otherwise provided in the Schedule, a student will not be given credit for more than sixty seven percent of the total number of units of credit required to complete a three year course.


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Honours are available as an additional year to meritorious students. Students will select a project from a range offered and undertake a research program specializing in a particular discipline from among the biomedical sciences.

Information regarding the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) program can be found at this link: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/10988.html


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Laboratory sessions will be held in selected courses where appropriate. There is no industrial placement.


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International students currently attempting Year 12 in Australia: Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

All other international students: Apply directly to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirements.

International students will be offered mentoring support if required.

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student¿s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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To qualify for admission to the degree, a candidate shall pass the program of study approved by the Academic Senate totalling 240 units. Except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, a candidate shall complete requirements for the program within eight years of study.

The program provides students with an excellent basic knowledge in modern biomedical sciences. Students must choose a minimum of 10 units of Elective courses at 2000 level or above.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences includes 20 units of Elective courses. Students in the B Biomedical Sciences program CAN NOT take HUBS2203 as one of their Elective Courses.


Requirements and Structure Back to top

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Biomedical Science requires the completion of 240 units. Students must choose a minimum of 10 units of Elective courses at 2000 level or above.

For students who want to pursue a career in biomedical research, the following course is recommended as an elective option: HUBS3409 Projects in Biomedical Science (20 units) - http://www.newcastle.edu.au/course/HUBS3409.html

No mid-year intake is available for this program.


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Commencing Year 1 2010 Cohort will undertake new program.

Students already in the program will complete the current program.

STAT1070 will move to Year 2 and not be offered in Year 1 in 2010, repeating students will be able to undertake this course in 2010 as it will continue to be offered by the Faculty of Science and IT in both semesters.

HUBS2106 will not be offered in Year 2 from 2011. Repeating students will be able to undertake HUBS1105 Musculoskeletal Anatomy since it has the same content.

HUBS2205 (20units) will not be offered from 2012. This course content will be delivered into two 10unit courses. As such repeating students will be required to complete HUBS2206 (10 units) and HUBS2207 (10 units) from 2012 onwards.

HUBS3206 (20units) will not be offered from 2012. This course content will be delivered into two 10unit courses. As such repeating students will be required to complete HUBS2209 (10 units) and HUBS3602 (10 units) from 2012 on.

HUBS2409 will not be offered from 2011. This course will be moved to Year 3 of the Biomedical Science Program and will undergo a course code change to HUBS3302. Students who have not done HUBS2409 will do HUBS3302 from 2012.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry ISemester 110 units
HUBS1403Biomedical Science Part 1Semester 110 units
HUBS1405Introduction to Professional Skills in Biomedical ScienceSemester 110 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry IISemester 210 units
HUBS1109Anatomy for Biomedical ScienceSemester 210 units
HUBS1202Human Genomics and Biomolecular AnalysisSemester 210 units
HUBS1404Biomedical Science Part 2Semester 210 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from Directed Course List A.
MATH1110Mathematics 1Semester 110 units
PHYS1200Introductory Physics for the Life SciencesSemester 110 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1Semester 110 units
Back to topYear 2 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS2107Mammalian Growth & DevelopmentSemester 110 units
HUBS2206Human Biochemistry and Cell BiologySemester 110 units
HUBS2601Human Infection and Immunity 1Semester 110 units
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 210 units
HUBS2207Human Metabolic and Nutritional BiochemistrySemester 210 units
HUBS2209Human Molecular ScienceSemester 210 units
HUBS2507Integrative Physiology for Biomedical ScienceSemester 210 units
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Choose 10 units from Directed Course List B.
HUBS2503Clinical Exercise PhysiologySemester 110 units
HUBS2505Human PathophysiologySemester 110 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS3205Human PharmacologySemester 110 units
HUBS3302Bioinformatics and Functional GenomicsSemester 110 units
HUBS3403NeuroscienceSemester 110 units
HUBS3602Human Infection and Immunity 2Semester 110 units
HUBS3204Advanced Professional Skills in Biomedical ScienceSemester 210 units
HUBS3410Advanced Skills in Research DesignSemester 210 units
Electives
Elective 1Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 210 units
Elective 2Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 210 units