Bachelor of Science - Biotechnology / Bachelor of Biomedical Science

RMIT University

This double degree will give you an insight into human and animal biology as you explore ways to improve health and treat disease. Biomedical science at RMIT allows you to understand how the human body functions and the responses of the body to various diseases, exercise, diet, internal disturbances and environmental influences. You will complete studies in cell biology, physiology, microbiology and molecular biology including proteomics and can also choose to study anatomy, neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, industrial microbiology and applied biochemistry. You will learn how techniques in molecular biology and genetics are applied to problems including diagnosing genes that cause cancer, making crops and livestock less vulnerable to disease, and making food safer. You will graduate with majors in microbiology, cell and molecular biology and an optional major of biochemistry, and have the qualifications to work in biotechnology and biomedical research.

Course Fee:

Australian: $119,040
International: $138,240

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; Prerequisite: Units 3 and 4-a study score of at least 20 in one of Chemistry, and a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics, and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English


Year 1-You'll study foundation courses in human biology, cell biology, genetics, animals, chemistry and statistics, along with microbiology and immunology. Year 2-Second year will broaden your knowledge of microbiology, biochemistry and genetics. You'll also start your biomedical training by studying molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology and developmental cell biology. Year 3-You'll study medical microbiology, cellular communication, statistics and epidemiology, bioinformatics and immunology. Year 4-During your final year, you will master techniques such as gene transfer, micro-arrays and real-time DNA analysis. You'll learn how to apply these techniques to problems in human and animal health. This may include detection of pathogens, development of vaccines, breeding, crops (drought and disease resistance) and microbes (fermentation). You will also study the regulatory requirements of biotechnology.

Subjects you can Study:

Anatomy and physiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biological sciences, Biology, Biomedical science, Biotechnology, Cell biology, Cell physiology, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant biology.

Further information:

Graduates work in research, production and testing positions in government and private laboratories. Potential employers include: government (state and Commonwealth), medical research institutes (e.g. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute), hospitals, universities, and private industry


This degree qualifies graduates for professional membership of scientific societies like the Australian Society for Microbiology and the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Biotechnologist, Medical Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 63.55 No Part time 8 years
City 63.55 No Full time 4 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.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

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. 

Interest areas include:

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.

If you would like any further information, please complete an enquiry form for local or international students. 


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