Associate Degree in Applied Science

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

The Associate Degree in Applied Science has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the rapidly-advancing fields of biotechnology and biomedicine. Working largely in a laboratory setting, you will learn essential skills in problem solving and teamwork to help you work effectively in industry. Through your studies, you'll explore the principles of chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, and more. You will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a professional environment with a work placement, allowing you to receive feedback from industry specialists.


Total Credit Points: 192

Standard entry requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification).


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.

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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne City Domestic: $57,600
International: $67,200
  • ATAR: 50.15
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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.

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