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If you’re interested in studying biomedical science, then you’ll be combining biology and medicine to understand and improve health. An interdisciplinary field, you’ll explore several key areas of study. Our Department teaches the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology units.

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What is biochemistry?

Biochemistry deals with the chemical components and genetic material of living cells, allowing us to understand the molecular events that underlie biological processes. Biochemistry draws on biology, chemistry and physics, providing a key interface between these fields. By understanding biological systems at the molecular level, biochemists are able to interpret the activities of living cells.

What is molecular biology?

Molecular biology is a fundamental science understanding the biology of organisms at a molecular level. It specifically focuses on the unique features of DNA, RNA and proteins and the interactions that occur between them. Importantly, the field of molecular biology is a fundamental enabling science for most fields of biology and has had a major impact upon virtually all other scientific disciplines, such as biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, anatomy and developmental biology, physiology, immunology and biotechnology.

Why should I study biochemistry?

Biochemistry expands our understanding of the causes of disease and provides a basis for the development of effective treatments. Biochemical knowledge has many applications in research and technology, and is sought after in diverse fields, from forensic science to agriculture and plant biology.

Biochemists find employment in many areas including national and international university or research institute laboratories, hospitals and diagnostic laboratories and the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food manufacturing industries, as well as media communications and publishing, and government departments and agencies.

Why should I study molecular biology?

Molecular biology is a fundamental science, which underpins a number of discipline areas. Knowledge of molecular biology opens access to a range of career options in the fields of biomedical and biological sciences, and biotechnology. Graduates with a training in molecular biology find employment in research and academia, teaching, industry, and government agencies.

What will I learn about?

  • Structure and function of cellular biomolecules
  • Genes and their expression and regulation, as well as associated technology and its applications
  • Metabolic basis of human diseases
  • Cellular organisation
  • Cellular signal transduction and its role in cancer and disease
  • Modern concepts and applications of biochemistry
  • Protein biology from sequence to structure and disease

Find out everything you need to know about studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash, including specific subject units, how they can be combined to complete a Major, Extended Major or Minor sequence of study, and where successful completion of this study area will count towards meeting the requirements of a particular degree by reading the Handbook entries below.

Read the Biochemistry Handbook entries

Read the Molecular Biology Handbook entries

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Degree options

Whatever area of study in biomedical science it is that interests you, you can choose to study it as part of a single degree, or in combination with a second degree, or as part of a postgraduate qualification. Explore these options below.

Bachelor of Science

As part of your Bachelor of Science, you can undertake a Major (48 credit points) or a minor (24 credit points) in Developmental Biology.

For full details on entry requirements, fees, and to apply online, visit the Domestic and International sites of Study at Monash, and to understand the full requirements of this course, visit the Handbook.

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science gives you the flexibility to tailor your studies to fit your specific interests. Use your eight elective units to gain more detailed knowledge in one of the key biomedical science areas or broaden your knowledge by studying a unit from other faculties. You can even complete a Major or Minor from an area of study outside of biomedical sciences – for example, by studying a language or finance.

Our Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholars) program recognises your achievements as a high performing student gives you access to a mentoring and a range of activities designed to nurture your potential.

For full details on entry requirements, fees, and to apply online, visit the Domestic and International sites of Study at Monash, and to understand the full requirements of this course, visit the Handbook.

Domestic International Handbook

Scholars Program (Domestic only)

Completing an Honours year

A further one-year Honours program is available to outstanding students in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science degrees. In each case, students will complete a biomedical science research project Visit our Honours pages to find everything you need to know about undertaking an Honours year in a biomedical science discipline at Monash.

Honours in Biomedical Science

Keep your options open and pursue another passion by combining your Bachelor of Biomedical Science with a degree from another discipline. By doing so, you’ll develop expertise in another area of study which can broaden your career options once you graduate.

For full details on entry requirements, fees, and to apply online, visit the Domestic and International sites of Study at Monash, and to understand the full requirements of this course, visit the Handbook.

Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Master of Biomedical and Health Science

Discover how to conduct and commercialise your research with the Master of Biomedical and Health Science, and gain a highly sought-after professional skillset that can be applied in research and industry.

Master of Biomedical and Health Science

PhD/Doctoral Program

The Monash Biomedicine Graduate Program is one of Australia’s premier research training programs in biomedical science. We offer world-class PhD training to our students through the Monash BDI. It is a PhD designed to prepare graduates with the skills and capabilities sought by employers, giving you a competitive edge in an ever-evolving employment market.

Monash Biomedicine Graduate Program

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