The University of Newcastle, Australia

Biomedical Science offers new study pathways

Thursday, 16 February 2017

UON’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science now offers three new majors, each uniquely tailored to students’ career aspirations.

From 2017, our biomedical science students can choose to pursue a major in advanced medical research, industry, commerce, and education, or medicine and health practice.

The program redesign involved collaborative consultation with industry and education experts who recognise that biomedical science careers are becoming more fluid than ever before. No longer confined to the lab, graduates are pursuing careers across sectors such as education, commerce, and medicine, where their critical thinking skills and in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology is prized.

UON’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science now offers three new majors, each uniquely tailored to students’ career aspirations.

From 2017, our biomedical science students can choose to pursue a major in advanced medical research, industry, commerce, and education, or medicine and health practice.

The program redesign involved collaborative consultation with industry and education experts who recognise that biomedical science careers are becoming more fluid than ever before. No longer confined to the lab, graduates are pursuing careers across sectors such as education, commerce, and medicine, where their critical thinking skills and in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology is prized.

Dr Phil Jobling from the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy says UON’s redesigned Bachelor of Biomedical Science equips students for new and emerging career opportunities by combining a robust foundation in biomedical sciences with new key skills sought by employers.

“What employers are looking for from biomedical science graduates is changing,” says Dr Jobling.

“For example, pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson and Johnson need graduates with an understanding of physiology and anatomy paired with business and marketing skills.

“In other industries, there is growing demand for graduates who not only understand human genome sequencing but can manage and analyse huge amounts of data. From health professionals, we know that the world needs more clinician researchers.”

By considering employers’ changing needs, the redesigned program gives students a competitive edge when it comes to employment. It also provides students with greater choice and control over their studies.

“Students understandably want to know where their degree will take them, especially because, in biomedical science, there are so many career paths,” says Dr Jobling.

“The three new majors give students a clearer idea of employment outcomes, without locking them into one career path. They choose their major but can move between pathways if they change their minds. In fact, I encourage students to keep an open mind about where they might end up.”

The program redesign is particularly exciting for students with a medical career in mind, as the health and medicine practice stream offers a unique tailored entry scheme into the UON’s new Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) (MD-JMP).

“The redesigned program doesn’t guarantee entry into medicine, but it does provide a tailored entry pathway for students wishing to study the MD-JMP at UON.”

For UON biomedical science graduates, career possibilities are constantly expanding. Whether working in Australia or abroad, in a lab or behind a desk, our graduates are contributing to the global advancement of medical research practice and policy.

“UON’s Faculty of Health and Medicine is internationally and nationally recognised for biomedical science research, from molecular to whole systems to clinical trials,” says Dr Jobling.

“So, for students, no matter which major they choose they will be interacting with research experts and supported with a quality education to help them succeed.”

Learn more about UON’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

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