Human Structure & Function

The Human Structure and Function major will explain how the human body works, based on a deep understanding of the relationship between physiology and anatomy.

The subjects are structured so that the anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of the human body are taught in carefully integrated units that also introduce elements from pathology, pharmacology and zoology as relevant.

This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

  • Career Options

    The Human Structure and Function major could lead to a career as a research assistant, or employment in pharmaceutical companies, media liaison, consultancies and science journalism. Completing further graduate study will enable you to pursue a career as a doctor, dentist, physiotherapist or medical scientist. Other opportunities available include careers in pharmaceutical companies, in media liaison, consultancies and science journalism.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Human Structure and Function 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 - Human Structure and Function Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
Chemistry for Biomedicine
Sports Coaching: Theory & Practice
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Performance, Potential & Development
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Relating Health & Learning
Sport, Education & the Media
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
Evolution: Making Sense of Life
Body, Mind & Medicine: A Dissection
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Human Locomotor Systems
Muscle & Exercise Physiology
Principles of Neuroscience
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Viscera & Visceral Systems
Biomedical Science Research Project
Applying Coaching Science

*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

Human Structure and Function Major Handbook page