Plan your First Year Subjects

Congratulations on joining the Biomedicine cohort! This page will assist in your course planning decisions for the first year of your course.

The first year of the Bachelor of Biomedicine is one pathway sequence (made up of 6 subjects) and 2 choice subjects that are generally 2 of your breadth subjects.

How do I choose my pathway?

Your first year pathway choice is based on which major (or majors) you are considering taking in your third year. The pathway you choose will ensure you have the right first year pre-requisite subjects to progress onto your chosen major. Bioengineering and Psychology are the only majors with different subjects required at first year, hence why they have their own pathways. If you are not interested in Bioengineering or Psychology as a major then the Standard pathway is for you.

Note: Choosing the Bioengineering or Psychology pathway does not lock you into this major. However you will not be able to complete the required pre-requisite sequence  within your course unless you choose the 1st year pathway to begin with.

Yes - Bioengineering


No - Standard Pathway

What is Bioengineering?

Biomedical engineering is an exciting fusion of engineering, science and medicine. You will focus on human systems, the design and operation of devices and processes, and the application of engineering skills to new medical treatments, instruments and machines.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of human behavior and the mind. You will learn about every stage of human behaviour, from behavioural neuroscience to cognitive processes, and the practical aspects of developmental, social and clinical psychology.

Need help planning out your course - take a look at our course planner page.

Breadth Subjects

Students  will generally take 2 breadth subjects in their first year, one in Semester 1 and the other in Semester 2. The Biomedicine Breadth page will provide you more information regarding what breadth is, and how to choose what breadth subjects you take.

Bachelor of Biomedicine Handbook page


  • What do points/credit points mean?

    All subjects are given a point value. A standard subject is 12.5 points. A full year load is 100 points, making up 300 points across three years of full time study in the Bachelor of Biomedicine. Generally students take 8 standard subjects or 100 points each year. (Exception is the two second year core subjects which are 25 points each).

  • How much do I need to enrol into now?

    You only need to enrol into subjects one calendar year at a time. To assist the university in planning the timetable it is recommended you enrol into both Semester 1 and 2 subjects. Generally you can change subjects up until week 2 of semester.

  • When do I choose my Major?

    You do not need to formally choose your major until you are re-enrolling into your third year. The only consideration you need to make when enroling into your first year is whether you may like to take Bioengineering or Psychology. If this is you then you should enrol into the Bioengineering or Psychology pathway. If not, then the standard pathway will meet the first year pre-requisite requirements for all other majors.

  • When do I get my timetable?

    After enrolling into subjects, you will need to build your timetable for the coming semester in your my.unimelb account. The University of Melbourne uses a preference-based timetabling process and system, called MyTimetable that involves three steps:

    • Plan
    • Enter preferences
    • Review & Adjust

    Please refer to the MyTimetable page for further information, and key dates for each of the steps.