Associate Degree in Applied Science

RMIT University

The Associate Degree in Applied Science course gives you the core laboratory and science skills for a range of professional roles or for advanced standing pathway into a bachelor degree. A large component of this program is hands-on and includes a number of specialised simulated workplace laboratories. You will develop a broad range of skills in chemical and biological laboratory techniques commonly used in biomedical laboratories. You will learn to isolate, purify, amplify and characterise DNA, and perform techniques such as tissue culture, electrophoresis and other laboratory skills associated with biomedical sciences. You will also undertake 80 hours of professional practice where you will tackle a relevant workplace project or task. This program may also provide you with a pathway into a range of science-related bachelor degrees with advanced standing.

Course Fee:

Australian: $49,420
International: $59,520

Entry Requirements:

Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any) and a study score of at least 20 in Biology or Chemistry; and a study score of at least 20 in any English (except EAL) or at least 25 in English (EAL).


Year 1 provides underpinning technical skills and knowledge in a broad range of applied sciences, and scientific reading, writing and research skills. Year 2 students will isolate, purify, amplify and characterise DNA and perform techniques such as chromatography and electrophoresis. Students will become competent at tissue and cell culture as it is applied in biotechnology and medical laboratories.

Subjects you can Study:

Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Health and nutrition, Microbiology, Molecular biology.

Study Pathways:

Graduates who achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with credit for 10 courses (equivalent to 120 credit points) into one of the following degrees: Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine), Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology). Graduates who achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with credit for six courses (equivalent to 72 credit points) into the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours). Graduates with a GPA under 2.0 may apply and may be eligible for some credit if they are successful in gaining a place.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include technical roles in biological research, technical roles in biotechnology, technical roles in diagnostics, technical roles in medical research, technical roles in veterinary area.


Students are eligible for student membership of the Australian Society for Microbiology and the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. Graduates are eligible for associate membership.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Related Careers:

Medical Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 35.45 No Part time 4 years
City 35.45 No Full time 2 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

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Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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