Why Choose Biomedicine

Your biomed journey at-a-glance

The Bachelor of Biomedicine is primarily for students interested in biomedical sciences leading to a career in the professional healthcare industry.

However, after 12 student intakes and nine graduating classes, you will see the degree does much more than provide the ideal pathway to graduate professional health courses. (Here’s our most recent data on graduate destinations for the degree).

While one third of our graduates enter the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at this university – representing over half of the domestic intake for the MD – even more choose another graduate course at Melbourne.

Honours programs leading into PhD pathways are particularly popular, no doubt a result of the student learning environment being embedded in a world-class biomedical science research precinct.

Are you interested in honours? Find out more about Biomedicine Honours – what your research options are and where it may take you.

Why wide-ranging disciplines

The Biomedicine degree includes many core subjects and 14 majors to choose from. This provides you with the foundations for a broad range of professional health pathways.

The pre-requisite content (Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology) for an aspiring MD, DDS, DPT student is built into two unique second year subjects and taught alongside many other biomedical science disciplines.

This integration emphasises the relationships between different biomedical disciplines – it’s about enhancing your understanding of the human body in its full complexity.

Core third year subjects – available only to you as a Biomedicine student – take on a more clinical (Molecules to Malady) or Population (Frontiers in Biomedicine) focus, tying all the elements of your Biomedicine journey together.

What are the graduate outcomes? Hear how the broad-ranging, integrated curriculum has served these students well as the ideal foundation for their postgraduate study.

How to give your future breadth

The opportunity to study up to a quarter of your degree in areas other than the sciences through breadth exposes you to different ways of thinking, and the alternate points of view from students in other degrees. These experiences can shape your interests and influence potential career paths.

You may decide to start or continue an existing interest in music, mathematics, law, management and commerce, informatics or languages – or select a mixed collection of your interests.

With some additional study breath subjects can lead to a Concurrent Diploma alongside your Biomedicine degree.

Breadth: Our Planet, Our Health Here’s how this breadth subject introduces you to the core concepts of One Health: the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health.

Know your global and local opportunities

Opportunities for academic, cultural and personal growth are invaluable and serve to increase your understanding of the global nature of healthcare and biomedical research.

As a Biomedicine student, you are encouraged to complete some of your study abroad. This could mean doing a full semester at a partner university, or a single subject as a summer or winter intensive.

Additionally, you have access to the wealth of cultural collections in our three Museums, which directly inputs into your teaching in Anatomy and Pathology, as well as supplement your learning experience in relation to Dentistry and Medical History.

For those of you who are a Chancellor’s Scholar, you will also have access to a range of enrichment programs and leadership activities that aim to further your growth – both academically and personally.

A rural volunteering placement will open your eyes to both the challenges and opportunities that lie in the provision of comprehensive healthcare outside metropolitan centres. The core values of community and volunteering resonate with all participants.

A Biomedicine graduate will serve as a mentor throughout your undergraduate journey acting as a sounding board and ‘coach’ during your degree. These mentors have travelled your path and are tackling the challenges of a graduate life you will likely tread in the future.

Biomed cohort factor

Finally, a major selling point of the Bachelor of Biomedicine is the students themselves – in fact, 720 from 160 international origins in 2018.

The Biomedicine Student’s Society (BSS), is one of the University’s most active and inclusive student groups. The strong cohort framework of the degree (remember, you do half of your subjects together) allows the BSS to provide academic and social programs tailored to the journey you share with your peers.

Embedded between a residential ‘welcome camp’ and an Annual Biomedicine Ball (which raised $22,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Australia last year) are a series of programs from peer-group tutorials, and coal-face advice about subjects and majors from senior students.

No doubt, GAMSAT and graduate course interviews will be important to you, that’s why additional study groups and practice sessions are also available.

Simply ‘like’ Biomed Bear on Facebook to stay up-to-date with BSS activities.

What’s next? Hear from four inspiring Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates in this panel discussion who share where the degree has taken them – from further graduate study to careers in professional health.

If you are enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine degree, congratulations – you have done well in your high school studies and have many exciting tertiary options available to you now. We wish you every success in your future studies.

David Williams
Biomedicine Program Director

“It’s about enhancing your understanding of the human body in its full complexity.” - David Williams