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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 Physiology units.

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What is physiology?

Physiology explores how the body works – how we breathe, eat, drink, think, move, act, behave, procreate, plan and decide – and why we do these things in the way we do. We instinctively want to know how our bodies work, how we are born, how we grow and develop, the nature of illness, what happens when we die, and all the other things in between. Physiology describes the nature of life and provides the framework for studying and exploring the bases of life. You’ll learn how molecules, cells and organs interact to form a living creature. From nerves to muscles, from the brain to hormones, physiologists are concerned with functions at all levels - spanning the molecular and cellular levels to organs and whole-body systems.

Why should I study physiology?

Studying physiology will develop your understanding of the integrated function of the whole body. You’ll study normal function of the human body as well as common examples of adaptation to unusual environments, such as high altitude. This discipline will also provide you with greater insight into the basis of many common bodily dysfunctions, including heart disease, infertility and ageing.

Having a knowledge of physiology opens up a range of further study and career opportunities. You can choose a career in research or in health care and allied health areas, for instance audiology or health informatics. Physiologists enjoy a wide variety of careers in scientific, academic, technical services, education, defence, and pharmaceutical sectors.

What will I learn about?

  • Neuroscience of communication, sensory and control systems
  • Endocrine control systems
  • Body systems physiology
  • Integrative neuroscience
  • Exercise physiology and metabolism
  • Nutrition, metabolism and body weight
  • Sensory and cognitive neuroscience
  • Clinical and experimental cardiovascular physiology
  • Hormones and reproduction

Find out everything you need to know about studying Physiology at Monash, including specific subject units, how they can be combined to complete a 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 Physiology 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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