What is breadth?

A breadth subject is a subject which is from a different area of study than the degree which you are enrolled in. Breadth subjects allow you to gain knowledge and understanding across a broader range of disciplines, enabling you to develop insight, experience, and new ways of thinking in areas distinct from the main fields of study in your degree. You may choose to study a subject you enjoyed at school, but does not form a core part of your degree. Or you can choose to take something entirely different.

Why study breadth?

The aim of breadth is not only to encourage you to expand your academic horizons, but also to enable you to bring a broader range of skills to the workplace. Breadth will offer you the flexibility to take on the many challenges of a 21st century global work environment, as well as opportunities for increased personal development.

By studying subjects distinct from the main fields of study in your degree, you have the chance to develop different skills, expand your knowledge, learn complementary ways of thinking about issues and problems, and challenge your perceptions.

Breadth is an opportunity to:

  • learn about something you're interested in from outside the core disciplines of your degree
  • challenge the ways you approach and view the world
  • meet and share learning experiences with students from other parts of the University
  • expand your knowledge beyond your core disciplines
  • extend skills you already have or learn new skills
  • prepare for graduate pathways or career entry

How much breadth am I required to take?

  1. Bachelor of Biomedicine students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) of free (that is, breadth or science selective) subjects.
  2. At least 12.5 points of breadth must be taken at Level 2 or 3 (and no more than 37.5 points at Level 1).
  3. You are encouraged to take at least one 37.5 point (three subject) breadth track. (Learn more about Breadth Tracks)

Subjects that may contribute to a student's Bachelor of Biomedicine breadth component will be subjects that contrast with science, technology and Engineering Systems, or integrate these studies with humanities and social sciences so that the subject encompasses a much broader arena of knowledge and skills (e.g. University Breadth Subjects).

How do I choose a breadth subject?

There are no right or wrong ways to select your breadth subjects. As long as you're complying with the rules that govern breadth study, what you do in your breadth is entirely up to you.

There are many reasons why you might decide to study a particular subject or subjects through breadth, for example, for interest, to achieve prerequisites for graduate studies, or to complement your core studies.

The Breadth Search section of the Handbook will help you find the subjects that are available as breadth in your course.

Will my breadth studies affect my average (WAM/GPA) or application for graduate study?

When selecting you for a graduate course, some faculties will consider the studies you have completed that are directly relevant to the study area, while some may calculate your average using all of your studies. As these practices vary, you should check with the selecting faculty whether or not breadth will be considered during the selection process.

MDHS University Breadth Subjects

Breadth FAQs

Biomedicine Breadth Requirements

More information on choosing breadth subjects

Handbook - Breadth Search