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Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314091

CRICOS 023455A

This program focuses on the biomedical aspects of biology, including the normal and abnormal function of the human body.  The emphasis is on modern biomedical knowledge and research approaches used to gain that knowledge. Students are taught by world-class biomedical researchers and experienced educators, and have the opportunity to pursue a research project as an introduction to modern biomedical research.

 

  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 314091
    2016 CSP ATAR 73.15
    Adelaide Approved Score 75
    2016 CSP IB 25
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent (48 units) university study. You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Applicants who have studied Chemistry 1 and/or Biology 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses.
    Prerequisites
    SACE Stage 2: Chemistry plus one of Physics, Mathematical Studies, Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Biology, Geology, Scientific Studies, Agriculture and Horticulture, Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Nutrition.

    IB: Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) and one other Science subject (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) or Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies, Physics

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. Applicants who have studied Level I Chemistry and/or Level I Biology at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You are ranked on the basis of your best GPA.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314091

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 023455A
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 11
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Chemistry plus one of Physics, Mathematical Studies, Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Biology, Geology, Scientific Studies, Agriculture and Horticulture, Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Nutrition.

    IB: Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) and one other Science subject (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) or Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    International Qualifications Chemistry and one other subject chosen from Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Geology.
    Assumed Knowledge Mathematics and Physics an advantage
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,975

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates have the knowledge and experience appropriate for commencing a career in biomedical research, including in hospital laboratories, research institutes, universities or private companies.  It is common for graduates to continue their research training by enrolling in a Master of Philosophy or Honours program.  Many graduates have successfully used this program as a pathway towards further study in graduate entry medicine or allied health programs.

    Graduates of this program are likely to be found as scientists in:

    • clinical or research laboratories
    • biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Biomedical Scientist, Biotechnology, Diagnostic Technician, Biochemist, Bioinformatics, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Chemist, Environmental Scientist, Forensic Science, Laboratory Manager, Lecturer, Molecular Biology, Neuroscientist, Plant Biotechnologist, Research Scientist, Science Communicators, Life Scientist, Medical Scientist, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Scientific Officer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
  • Degree Structure

    Students will start from a broad base in their first year that includes biology and chemistry. In their second year students begin to specialise with a focus on biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and immunology. Students choose two majors in their third year with at least one in biochemistry, genetics or microbiology and immunology. By the end of their studies students will have acquired broad knowledge of biomedical science and an in depth grounding in at least one core biomedical science discipline with a substantial research focus.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology & Immunology

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells

    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    Or
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
    Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives

    CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
    Or
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
    Or
    CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)
    [Summer School]
    Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units 
    which may include BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
    Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year2S1 BIOMED 2510 Biomedical Science IIA
    (3 units)
    For a major in Biochemistry*
    BIOCHEM 2500 Biochemistry II: Molecular
    and Cell Biology (3 units)
    Or
    Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    For a major in Genetics*
    GENETICS 2510 Genetics IIA:
    Foundation of Genetics (3 units)
    Or
    Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    For a major in Microbiology & Immunology*
    MICRO 2500 Microbiology II
    (3 units)
    Or
    Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 BIOMED 2520 Biomedical Science IIB(3 units) For a major in Biochemistry*
    BIOCHEM 2501 Biochemistry II: Metabolism (3 units)
    Or
    Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    For a major in Genetics*
    GENETICS 2520 Genetics IIB:
    Function & Diversity of Genomes
    (3 units)
    Or
    Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    For a major in Microbiology & Immunology*
    MICRO 2501 Immunology and Virology II (3 units)
    Or
    Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year 3S1 For a major in Biochemistry
    BIOCHEM 3230 Molecular and Structural Biology III (Biomedical Science) (6 units)

    Or

    For a major in Genetics
    GENETICS 3111 Genes, Genomes and Molecular Evolution III (6 units)

    Or

    For a major in Microbiology & Immunology
    MICRO 3102 Infection and Immunity IIIA (Biomedical Science) (6 units)

    Additional Level III Courses (which may include a major) in the disciplines of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics or Microbiology & Immunology from the Bachelor of Science

    S2 For a major in Biochemistry
    BIOCHEM 3235 Cancer, Stem Cells & Developmental Biology III
    (Biomedical Science) (6 units)

    Or

    For a major in Genetics
    GENETICS 3212 Gene Expression and Human and Developmental Genetics (Biomedical Science) III (6 units)

    Or

    For a major in Microbiology & Immunology
    MICRO 3202 Infection and Immunity IIIB
    (Biomedical Science) (6 units)
    Additional Level III Courses (which may include a major) in the disciplines of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics or Microbiology & Immunology from the Bachelor of Science
    *At least 12 units selected from these courses must be presented. These courses will be selected to provide pathway/s towards major/s at Level III.

    Assessment

    Exams, written and oral assignments and investigative projects; includes both individual and group participation.

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Last updated: Thursday, 18 May 2017

 

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