Study the structure and function of components of living cells, to understand the biological processes that enable all living things to survive and thrive.
The structure of complex biomolecules, particularly proteins, is closely linked to their role in the cell, so solving structures can provide valuable information about normal processes and how they change to cause disease. The understanding of how DNA and proteins interact has led to benefits ranging from more effective treatments for cancer to improved agricultural practices.
By completing this major, you will study broad biological processes as well as more specialised topics drawn from structural biology, molecular cell biology, molecular parisitiology and cancer. You will learn how to uncover the molecular processes of life and how this knowledge can be applied in medical science and biotechnology.
- Career Options
You can use your knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology to pursue employment in basic, medical and pharmaceutical research, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, agriculture, teaching, patent law, the environment, and food processing industries. You can also work on the development, production and marketing of biochemical consumables and equipment, or on policy making in government departments.
- Graduate Pathways
Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.
Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.
Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.
Research Higher Degrees
For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.
MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.
Sample Course Plan
Bachelor of Biomedicine - Biochemistry and Molcular Biology Major
|Semester 1|| BIOL10002|
Biomolecules & Cells
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
Chemistry for Biomedicine
|Semester 2|| BIO10003|
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Clear Speech and Communication
|Semester 1|| BIOM20001|
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Techniques in Molecular Science
|Semester 2|| BIOM20002|
Human Structure & Function
Molecular Analysis of Cell Function
Communicating Science and Technology
|Semester 1|| BIOM30002|
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Functional Genomics & Bioinformatics
Advanced Techniques in Molecular Science
Leading Change in a Complex World
|Semester 2|| BIOM30001|
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Protein Structure & Function
Cell Signalling & Neurochemistry
*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.
|Course Core Subjects||Major Core Subjects||Other science areas of study to complement the major|
|Subjects leading to major||Major Elective Subjects||Breadth Subjects|