Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
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.
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.
- Anatomy and physiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biological sciences, Biology, Biomedical science, Biotechnology, Cell biology, Cell physiology, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant biology.
Standard 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
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.
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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