Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

Drive progress at the molecular level

Do you have an interest in medical biology and human health? Are you keen to discover more about human disease, from its cause and diagnosis through to novel treatments and cures?

Biomedical scientists are vitally important. They advance world-changing discoveries to improve the health and quality of people’s lives.

The University of Adelaide is ranked in the top 100 in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine and best in South Australia*. 

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) gives you the knowledge and skills to access an emerging global sector. You will:

  • learn the skills to drive the future of healthcare, from vaccine discovery to disease prevention
  • gain real-world practical insights from industry lecturers and placements
  • study how the body works and what happens when it fails
  • explore how to stop deadly outbreaks of disease and create life-saving vaccinations
  • build a vast knowledge base from simple molecules to whole organisms
  • learn directly from active world-class biomedical researchers and educators.

 Areas of specialisation include: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology and Immunology

Where could it take you?

You could be running a laboratory, performing cutting-edge cancer research or modifying genes for vaccines. You might design drugs for the pharmaceutical industry. Perhaps you’ll work directly with patients after completing a degree in postgraduate medicine or allied health.


  • Top 100 in world for Life Sciences and Medicine*
  • World-leaders in vaccine discovery for respiratory diseases
  • University of Adelaide key player in Adelaide's BioMed City

*QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 314091
2021 CSP ATAR 75
2021 CSP IB 26
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July*. *Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 62.05
Median ATAR to receive an offer 90.73
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.65
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 75
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 94.83
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Chemistry plus one of Physics, 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: Applications and Interpretations (HL) or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL) . MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods and Physics
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 314091

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
28 52.8%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A
International students 19 35.8%
All students 53 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

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Scholarships

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

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Careers

Career Readiness

As a graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and experience for a career in biomedical research, 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

Depending on their major, students may conduct some or all of their practical work through placement in a professional research laboratory in third year.

Potential careers

Biomedical Scientist, Biotechnology, Diagnostic Technician, Public Health Scientist, Toxicologist, Microbiologist, Physiologist, Immunologist, Biochemist, Bioinformatics, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Chemist, Environmental Scientist, Laboratory Manager, Molecular Biology, Neuroscientist, Plant Biotechnologist, Research Scientist, Science Communicators, Pharmacologist, Life Scientist, Medical Scientist, ...

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
Year1 S1 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
Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units 
which may include BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
Year2 S1 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
Year3 S1 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.

Testimonial

My degree taught me teamwork and skills like communication, problem solving, critical thinking and attention to detail. These are all important skills, as small differences can be crucial to the diagnosis of a patient.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021