Why Choose Biomedicine
An at-a-glance guide to studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine and where your career might take you.
Does the science behind what creates, sustains and threatens peoples lives intrigue you? Are you curious to discover the next generation of treatments to help improve the health of people around the world?
For any biomedical scientist, doctor or public health professional – or those aspiring to be one – you can’t help but marvel at the evolution of science, particularly over the past couple of years.
There’s been an unprecedented expansion of knowledge, technology and, most notably, collaboration. Not to mention the world-wide recognition of the biomedical heroes at work trying to solve today’s – and future – global public health challenges.
Choosing to study a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the School of Biomedical Sciences, in the heart of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, is just the beginning of your career development.
Explore your career pathways
With 15 majors to choose from and over 50 graduate courses that Biomedicine students can pursue in the Faculty of MDHS, there are numerous career pathways stemming from the Bachelor of Biomedicine. Students careers progress across a broad spectrum of specialisations including medicine, medical research, physiotherapy, optometry, dentistry, as well as less conventional streams like law, business and science communications.
Develop your employability while you study
Career development is about the process of managing your learning, work and leisure to progress through life - gaining and using the skills and knowledge needed to plan and make informed decisions about education, training and work.
It’s useful to remember that employability skills are the non-technical skills needed to get a job. Often referred to as ‘soft skills’, they include communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative, planning and organising, decision making, self-management and networking.
Current students in the School have access to tools and resources on the Uni Melb online career hub, they can explore options through the Student @ Work Internship Program and Melbourne Plus and get involved in careers and networking events and peer mentoring programs.
Hear what our experts have to say
Dr Jacob Coffey, a Research Officer in the Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, was the self-claimed “best pizza delivery driver for at least two or three suburbs” during his studies. Now, Dr Coffey’s work focuses on developing better ways to deliver drugs and vaccines to make them more convenient, potent, cost effective and longer lasting.
The biggest career lesson he’s learned is that, “Being smart in medical research or academia is not enough. You need to put theory into practice. I’ve seen people who weren’t the highest achievers in school do well in research because they are 'good in the lab' - or they developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills later in life."
Find out what other researchers from the School have to say about employability skills and their careers in our latest article, Experts share soft skill career secrets.
And read the career stories of our world-leading researchers and award-winning teachers.
Be part of Uni Melb’s vibrant student life
The Biomedicine Student's Society (BSS) is amongst the most active and inclusive of university student groups. The strong cohort framework of the Biomed degree allows the BSS to provide academic and social programs that are tailored to the journey you will share with your peers.
From a residential 'welcome camp' and an Annual Biomedicine Ball to a series of programs including peer-group tutorials, advice about subjects and majors from senior students and study groups and practice sessions to help with GAMSAT and graduate course interviews.
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Get inspired by our outstanding graduates
A Bachelor of Biomedicine can take you down many different paths. Check out the stories of some of our inspiring alumni to see where their degree has taken them.