Undergraduate degree Bachelor of Biomedical Science
I am a prospective
student, looking to study at
Newcastle
UAC code482100 - Newcastle
LocationNewcastle
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 1 (22 Feb 2021),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 023110D
Program Code40097
Selection Rank
75.10
TBC (Median SR)
Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Study a biomedical science degree

Advance the progress of medical science. And your career potential.

At the University of Newcastle, we equip biomedical scientists with the knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes within Australia and across the globe. Your studies will provide you with ‘career-ready’ skills to ensure you are well prepared to collaborate on scientific investigations of human structure and function in health and disease at a molecular, cellular and whole systems level.

You may work as a cutting-edge medical researcher contributing to advancements in the diagnosis and management of disease, as an expert in commercialisation, testing and development of innovative medical therapies, or as a medical science communicator. With further postgraduate training, you may also become a medical practitioner with enhanced research capabilities, or a secondary school science teacher helping to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from the world’s brightest minds. Our academics are active biomedical researchers and provide students with access to cutting-edge thinking and discoveries.
  • Quality research facilities. Apply your skills in our purpose built $17.3 million multi-storey medical sciences precinct and gain experience in a variety of specialised lab spaces.
  • Hands-on learning: participate in a full semester work integrated learning placement in your final year of study which will enable you to increase your employability and strengthen your industry connections.
  • Ranked 8th in Australia for Biomedical and Health Sciences (CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019).
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What you will study

A Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle will give you the opportunity to study a wide range of courses. You will be exposed to varying modes of study including face-to-face and online learning. We also offer plenty of hands-on experience in clinical laboratories and industry environments.

Students will study core courses in biomedical science that provide advanced theoretical knowledge in:

  • physiology
  • anatomy
  • biochemistry
  • medical genetics
  • immunology

These core courses maximise flexibility for students and provide a solid base of knowledge and skills in the biomedical disciplines.

Advanced study options

Furthering your study in biomedical science with an Honours degree will equip you with highly sought after and respected skills and knowledge, giving you a competitive advantage.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. Honours also sets the foundations of potential for further academic study, such as a PhD, or improving your chances of gaining entry into other degrees.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) is a one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree that allows you to complete research in a topic of interest within biomedical science.

Biomedical Science (Honours) program handbook

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career

Career opportunities

    biomedical science student

    Graduates from the Bachelor of Biomedical Science can work in a variety of industries including:

    • medical school and allied health
    • pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries
    • commercialisation/entrepreneurship
    • secondary education
    • research and academia

    The following list provides some example jobs available to Biomedical Science graduates. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

    • Biologist
    • Biotechnologist
    • Clinical Research Coordinator
    • Embryologist
    • Forensic Biologist
    • Geneticist
    • Laboratory Analyst
    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Molecular Biologist
    • Neurophysiological Technician
    • Neuroscientist
    • Occupational Hygienist
    • Pathology Assistant
    • Pharmaceutical Scientist
    • Pharmaceutical/Clinical Specialist Sales Representative
    • Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemist
    • Pharmacist
    • Physiologist
    • Quality Assurance Technician
    • Reproductive Medicine/IVF Specialist
    • Research Manager
    • Research Officer
    • Research Scientist
    • Science Editor
    • Science Information/Education Officer
    • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
    • Scientific Policy Officer
    • Scientific Writer
    • Sports Scientist
    • Technical Sales Representative
    • Tissue Culture Technician
    • University Lecturer/Academic

    Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained in a Biomedical Science degree.

    Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

    • Audiologist
    • Biochemist
    • Bioinformatician
    • Biological Sciences Technician
    • Biomechanist
    • Biomechatronics Engineer
    • Biostatistician
    • Dietitian
    • Echocardiography Technologist
    • Epidemiologist
    • Ethicist
    • Exercise Physiologist
    • Forensic Scientist
    • Genetic Counsellor
    • Journalist
    • Medical Scientist
    • Medical Technician
    • Microbiologist
    • Nanotechnologist
    • Nutritionist
    • Operations Manager
    • Osteologist
    • Patent Attorney/Technical Advisor
    • Science Teacher
    • Technical Writer
    • VET Teacher

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    How to apply

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    Pick your situation from the list below for more information.

    If you are an international student, read the information below before completing an application.

    As someone who recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or another VET provider, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees have additional entry requirements such as auditions or interviews and where required you will find these listed on the relevant degree page.

    Try to choose what you are most interested in and then research some back up options with lower Selection Ranks (SR) to put as your later choices. A good tip is to look at degrees that may have similar first year subjects. This will help you reduce your overall study time if you want to apply to transfer to your degree of choice after the first year. We also recommend choosing one of our free pathway programs as a backup option as your fifth preference on your UAC application. Selection Ranks (SR) requirements for our degrees do change from year to year so only use the Selection Rank (SR) as a guide.

    You should start planning your way into uni from Year 10 onwards. Think about:

    • Using our study areas to narrow down study options based on what you are interested in
    • Come and speak to us at events like Open Day, Schools Visit Day and campus tours
    • Check the Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies of the degrees you are interested in
    • If you are a high performer you can get a head start by completing some uni subjects while still at school
    • Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates
    • Have a look at adjustment points and other entry schemes that may give you an extra boost
    • Decide on some back up options like Newstep and other entry pathways if you don't get the required marks
    • See our Application FAQs .
    • Have questions? Ask a student.  We know you must have heaps of questions about university life – what’s needed to get into your degree, where to go for support, what on-campus accommodation is available and of course, where to find the best coffee. Jump on our website to chat to one of our Student Ambassadors.

    Secondary results don’t have a use-by date, so even if you completed high school 20 years ago, these results may be used to apply to the University of Newcastle. You can use your ATAR or equivalent (UAI, TER etc) to apply irrespective of when you completed Year 12.

    It can be complicated to calculate your Selection Rank (SR) based on high school results prior to the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.

    If you don’t think you will meet the Selection Rank (SR) for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

    • Open Foundation
      Complete this one year or six-month program to get a new mark for entry.
    • Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Admission Scheme
      Get entry help by identifying you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
    • Elite Athlete Program
      Get adjustment points and support by applying as an elite athlete.
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test
      Complete this test for a mark for entry into some of our degrees.

    For advice on these other options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866.

    If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. TAFE and private providers, as well as some universities, typically offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.

    For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. Selection ranks from different individual qualifications are not combined or added together to form a rank. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission. Different selection ranks are assigned to VET courses with graded assessment and competency based (ungraded) assessment. The tables below provide information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.

    TAFE Guaranteed Entry

    Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate  IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).


    Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

    Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Diploma Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma
    6.5+ 95 96.95
    6.25-6.49 93 95.25
    6.00-6.24 90 93
    5.75-5.99 88 91
    5.50-5.74 86 89
    5.25-5.49 83 86
    5.00-5.24 81 83
    4.75-4.99 78 80
    4.00-4.74 75 76

    Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

    Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma Rank - AQF Diploma
    76 75


    Complete Graded AQF Certificate III or AQF Certificate IV

    Please note: Certificate III qualifications and below are not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

    Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
    6.5+ 78 90
    6.25-6.49 78 88
    6.00-6.24 77 86
    5.75-5.99 76 84
    5.50-5.74 75 82
    5.25-5.49 73 80
    5.00-5.24 71 78
    4.75-4.99 69 75
    4.00-4.74 67 73


    Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV

    Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
    6773

    Note: Incomplete VET studies must be AQF Diploma level or above and more than 0.2 of a full time student (FTE) to be considered for admission.


    It is probably best to contact our Enquiry Centre on 1300 275 866 to discuss your qualifications and grades. Our team are happy to advise you on your options.

    Your previous qualifications may also make you eligible for credit to your degree. This will cut down on your study time. You can apply for credit before you start. See our credit page for more information.

    If you don’t think you will meet the requirements for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

    If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average (GPA) (or Grade Average as a percentage for pathway programs like Newstep, Open Foundation or Yapug) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. To ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. The selection rank from this qualification is not added to your ATAR. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission.

    If you have completed a degree and want to move onto postgraduate study please see our Postgraduate website.


    Bachelor degree studies

    Min GPA (>0.5FTE*) Selection Rank
    6.5+ 97.30
    6 93.40
    5 86.30
    4 77.65
    3 67.25

    *Your GPA can only be calculated if you have completed at least 20 units of study. A full-time study (FTE) load is usually 80 units per year.


    Completed pathway (also known as enabling or tertiary preparation) programs

    Overall Grade Average Selection Rank
    >97 99.55
    80 84
    70 77
    60 70
    50 65

    If you are currently studying a degree at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree, please see our Internal Transfers page for current students for more information.

    If you have completed or are soon to complete an Enabling Pathways program (Newstep, Open Foundation, or Yapug) you can apply with us directly for free for most degrees. Please visit the Your Next Move website for more information.

    If you want to transfer or complete a tertiary preparation program at another university you will need to apply through UAC. Please contact our Enquiry Centre 1300 275 866 for information and advice.

    If you think you may be eligible for credit please visit our credit section.

    If you’re applying on the basis of overseas secondary qualifications, there are some that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, your overseas qualification will be converted to a selection rank so you can be compared to other applicants.

    For advice on your options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visit AskUON.

    If you haven’t completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Our recommended pathways are:

    Pathway programs (Newstep, Open Foundation and Yapug)

    The University of Newcastle is the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. If you haven’t studied for a while, or your high school results weren’t what you expected, you can start at university with one of our pathway programs. Our pathway programs offer guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. When you complete this program your Grade Point Average as a percentage can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. The programs on offer are:

    • Newstep
      If you are aged 18-20 you can get a second chance for entry by completing our one year Newstep program. We recommend putting this as your fifth UAC preference, or you can apply to us directly.
    • Open Foundation
      Completing our Open Foundation pathway program will award you a new rank to apply to uni.  Finish Open Foundation in just a single semester or take your time - up to 2 years. Flexible study supports you to learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.
    • Yapug
      If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could complete our one year Yapug pathway program.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), that assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. If you are over 18 and not a current Year 12 student, results from the STAT multiple-choice test can be used for entry into some (but not all) of the degrees offered at the University of Newcastle. Make sure you look into which degrees accept STAT for entry.

    If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.


    If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

    Non-Award Admission

    If you want to do one or two subjects at the University of Newcastle but not a full degree you can apply for non-award admission. You may want to do this for preliminary work for a higher degree, professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

    Find out more and apply by visiting Non-Award Admission.


    Cross-Institutional Study

    If you are currently at another university and want to do one or more subjects at the University of Newcastle for credit you can apply for Cross-Institutional Study.

    Find out more and apply by visiting Cross-Institutional Study.

    If you have more than one of the qualifications listed above they may all count towards your application. We are always happy to provide advice and discuss your circumstances so please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or by submitting a question using AskUON. Otherwise check out our application FAQ.

    Senior secondary school qualification

    Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools. To check if your qualification is recognised for direct entry into the University of Newcastle, please refer to the entry requirement tables below.

    International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Asia

    International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Rest of World

    International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - South Asia

    Post-secondary study

    Further education like diplomas and university study can also be assessed for admission.

    Additional requirements

    Some of our programs have additional requirements like an audition, or portfolio.

    Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.

    The Australian Government operates a student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa programme must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

    An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently. All Australian education providers must have strategies and arrangements in place to ensure that all students and prospective students meet the requirements with Direction 69 as a condition of admission to the institution.

    When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess this against university entrance requirements including: minimum age, English and academic entry requirements. To comply with Australian law your application will also be assessed to check that you are genuinely seeking temporary entry to Australia to study. You may be asked to provide the University of Newcastle with evidence addressing Ministerial Direction 69 as part of finalising your admission. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your confirmation of enrolment.

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia will also assess each application for a student visa (subclass 500) against the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily in Australia as a genuine student. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in Ministerial Direction 69. Applicants that don’t satisfy the criteria under Direction 69 will not be granted a student visa.

    For more information, please refer to the following areas of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

    Other things to consider

    Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

    Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. 

    During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Find out if you are eligible.

    Current Australian Year 12 Students:

    Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on Selection Rank 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 Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia

    Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on Selection Rank 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.

     

    Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.

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    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

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

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

    2 units of Mathematics and Chemistry, plus either Physics or Biology would be an advantage.

    You can look at NUPrep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

    You should also think about degree add-ons like combined options or a Diploma in Languages. If you would like to learn an additional language alongside your main bachelor degree, then this program is for you. Languages offered include: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.

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