Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
As an RMIT Biomedical Science student you will learn about the human body and how it functions and responds to various diseases, exercise, diet, internal disturbances and environmental influences. This flexible degree will allow you to develop a broad understanding of human anatomy, physiology and pathology from cellular to systems level. You will learn about the roles played by different cell types, neuroscience, cancer, DNA profiling, genetic engineering and using stem cells. You will have the opportunity to select specialist electives in your final year and acquire an understanding of the research process, as well as gain experience with the modern technologies used in biomedical research. There are also opportunities within the degree for study abroad or to obtain international experience. The course is an ideal preparation for graduate entry into health sciences programs such as medicine, physiotherapy, and dentistry, allowing you to meet all necessary prerequisites.
Year 1 - You'll cover chemistry, human biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, and statistics. Year 2 - You'll study biochemistry, human physiology, cell biology and anatomy. Depending on your area of specialisation, you may choose electives in microbiology or histology. Year 3 - You have a choice of studying molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, advanced physiology, pathology or microbiology. You'll also undertake a short research project or work experience placement.
- Anatomy, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomedical science, Biotechnology, Cell biology, Cell physiology, Human physiology, Medical science, Microbiology, Molecular medicine and biotechnology, Neurobiology, Pathology.
Standard entry requirements
- Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry and in one of Mathematics (any) or Physics
- And a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).
Depending on the courses chosen in the final year of study and meeting specific criteria, students may be eligible to apply for membership of the following societies: Ausbiotech; Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB); Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB); Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB); Australian Physiological Society (AuPS); Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR); Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB); Genetics Society of Australia (GSA); Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA); Mutagenesis and Experimental Pathology Society of Australia (MEPSA).
Graduates of the RMIT Associate Degree in Applied Science who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with credit of one year and up to 120 credit points. Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 can still apply and may be eligible for credit if successful in gaining a place. Graduates of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) and the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) who achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 may receive up to one year's credit.
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The type of careers this qualification leads to may include biomedical research, diagnostic laboratories, health promotion and administration, medical and pharmaceutical industries, research in universities and hospitals.