Why study at the Monash BDI?
So many reasons. Be taught, surrounded and inspired by some of the world’s leading biomedical scientists in an internationally-regarded state-of-the-art facility, located in Melbourne, which is not only recognised as one of the globe’s most liveable cities but also Australia’s biomedical capital city.
Our academic program has direct application to your future career. Monash biomedical science students work with industry partners and on genuine research, leading to genuine post-degree employment opportunities, plus we offer opportunities to study abroad as part of your learning.
A Monash biomedical science degree is also the most effective pathway to graduate medical study, if that is your intention.
When it comes to choosing where to study, there’s a lot to consider. Take a look at what it is that sets us apart: you can be sure by choosing to study at the Monash BDI, you’ll have taken your first step to a successful career.
The Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute is one of the largest and most sophisticated biomedical research facilities in Australia. With more than 700 researchers, we are internationally recognised and respected for our elite science, working alongside national and international collaborators in on global health priorities.
Our scientists are passionate about discovery research and are committed to establishing a culture of excellence and collaboration to enable the most important research questions to be addressed. We work with industry, other researchers, in international networks, and health precincts, seeking answers that will enable us to accelerate the ability to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases.
We not only bring enormous knowledge to our research but also have the benefit of unparalleled research infrastructure.
Monash BDI covers seven global health priorities areas:
Studying at university is a totally different experience to school. Apart from being fascinating and pushing your knowledge, it should be fun.
We want our students to reach their full potential. It's for this reason we have researchers dedicated to developing high-impact,interactive educational experiences.
At Monash BDI, we use some of the most innovative teaching methods in the world, with students engaged by everything from a soft catchable microphone that means it’s your turn to speak, to games that might see you battling concepts like how an infection spreads, measures for infectious diseases or antibiotic resistance. Sometimes lecturers might poll students via smartphone to receive immediate feedback or to underscore what’s being taught, and we’ve been known to ‘flip the classroom’, although not physically.
What does ‘flip the classroom’ mean? Traditional teaching methods are 'flipped' - instead of homework reinforcing the lecture, you'll have access to learning materials before the lecture to complete in your own time, and our educators can then spend more time during the lecture explaining complex concepts and on interactive, personalised learning, group problem-solving and discussion - leading to a deeper understanding of the material and increasing student engagement. In essence, class-time becomes a workshop where you can ask questions, test your knowledge and interact with one another in hands-on activities.
The exceptional research and teaching that occurs within the Monash BDI is possible because our elite scientists and researchers have access to equally world-class technology and infrastructure.
In everything we do, Monash BDI looks to push, to explore, to find new levels of achievement. Our facilities support this, and include:
The Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building
Already regarded as one of the most technologically advanced research institutes in the world, Monash BDI raised the bar even further in 2019 when our purpose-built, award-winning $100 million Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building (BLTB) opened its doors. Housing everything from interactive classrooms to flexible wet and dry laboratories, as well as informal and formal teaching spaces, all within an inspiring internal design, it complements our already magnificent facilities and research spaces.
Join Jeremy, a third-year biomedical science student, as he takes you on a tour of our stunning new Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building.
The hub of Monash BDI’s anatomy study sees our scientists and students doing everything from dissecting cadavers to developing full scale 3D prints of the human body for study.
The CHAE collaborates with the educational members of the Monash BDI and other faculties, ensuring students are receiving a world-class anatomy education, offering the most refined, relevant and enhanced knowledge.
We explore biomedicine from many angles, including studies in human development (hint: the evolution of humans and diseases), nephrology (hint: kidneys), reproductive biology (think IVF treatments for previously infertile couples), stem cells and regeneration (a major evolving area of medicine) and education (we’re constantly pushing for new and innovative teaching techniques).
In the new BLTB and you get to use innovative technologies such as 3D printed models and Sectra tables to enhance your learning experience, and be taught in state-of-the-art dissection teaching labs.
There’s a strong chance that you’ll love your time studying at Monash BDI so much you will never want to leave but then again, the day might come when you want to embark on an actual biomedical career.
No university course is worth its mortar board if it doesn’t prepare you for future employment and directly empower you to enter the workforce in your field.
Monash BDI offers a huge head start, in that respect. As a working research institute, partnering with industry and clinicians every day, we offer an environment where our students are involved in genuine biomedical projects, regularly mixing with senior corporate, scientific and non-academic personnel and building crucial networks of peers and potential future employers.
You won’t only emerge from your biomedical study with a degree, you’ll also boast genuine achievements for your curriculum vitae and an already powerful contact book.
Beyond the science
Our biomedical degrees are about so much more than ‘know your stem cells!’
Beginning on day one, you'll have many opportunities to hone your skill sets so that, after graduation, you're ready to contribute to the workforce. From internships to work integrated learning, from vacation employment to professional development programs, we've got you covered.
We help you develop key skills for a variety of roles across the diversity of the biomedical field. As well as learning great science, you’ll graduate with workplace strengths such as communication skills, the ability to work in a team, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, initiative, skills in planning and organisation, problem identification and solving, intercultural management; and have technical skills with tools and technology.
There are specific ways, beyond the actual world-leading teaching and research of our biomedical degrees, that we equip you for a career as a successful scientist. These include:
Our Professional Development Program
Students enrolled in our Bachelor of Biomedical Science are automatically included in our award-winning Professional Development Program (PDP), weaving skills to make you more employable into core biomedical science units. From your first year at Monash, you’ll be guided through PDP modules to identify, develop and describe skills that will assist you in the workplace after university. In units across all three years of your degree you’ll study networking, sourcing jobs and other vital skills.
An online tool that helps you track and reflect on experiences and employment skills you will develop during your study and through extracurricular activities. You can log into Student Futures throughout your degree to find opportunities to develop skills, track and reflect on your progress and prepare for job interviews and applications.
In fact, feel free to look around the Student Futures site.
Career Success Coaching
This program from Career Connect guides students through the process of finding a great job. It is designed to help you understand the employment market in your field of study, or related fields, equip you with the skills to not only survive but triumph in the competitive and complex world of recruitment and, importantly, walk you through the detail of what’s required to give you the best chance of landing the job of your dreams.
Career Success Coaching involves group workshops and career conversations, with all biomedical students welcome to join in. The sessions feature specialist employment coaches who know the industry, the gaps and the trends. Workshop topics include career development fundamentals, building valued skills, networking as a student, and preparing for your post-Monash working life.
There’s more information at Career Connect.
Internships and industry experience
We know how important gaining real-life experience is to your employment prospects. We have a range of volunteering, vacation employment, mentoring and leadership roles, and work integrated learning opportunities for our students.
Biomedicine is a ‘doing’ word.
With 700 researchers in the Monash BDI, you'll be joining a research-active medical research institute. You won’t just study the science at Monash BDI, you’ll be actively involved in biomedical research, including the chance to become connected to a network of medical research institutes and their researchers across Victoria, Australia and the world.
You’ll have opportunities to work in their research labs, be taught by them and understand how they are having real-world impact in key health priority areas.
Our Research-in-Action projects give you early exposure to how real research happens! In the space of one semester, you'll build strong skills in critical thinking, data analytics, verbal and written communication and really learn how to reason and reflect on the research you have done. It's a great opportunity to be part of the BDI research community and really get to know the researchers at the forefront of discovery research. If you're unsure if research is your calling, this is a great unit to help you decide if you want to continue with an honours degree or go straight into the workplace.
At the Monash BDI, we offer research units in our key discipline areas: BMS3990, BCH3990, DEV3990, MIC3990, PHA3990, PHY3990. Search the University Handbook to read more about these units.
There’s a saying in business: ‘It’s not what you know but who you know.’
In biomedicine, that doesn’t really hold. As a biomedical student, you will learn a lot and be where the discoveries are waiting to happen. Biomedicine is all about the intricate detail of how bodies work and building on the deep knowledge of the scientists who have come before.
Which is why it also doesn’t hurt to be connected to the biggest names in science, industry and academia, so your work can be part of something bigger, linked to other work across the globe that might all lead to a breakthrough or a cure.
Wondering exactly which global hubs of biomedicine the Monash BDI is connected to?
Our students have benefited from our industry connections, read some of their stories here:
Melbourne's reputation as one of the world's most liveable cities is well-known. But Melbourne has another claim to fame – it is indisputably the biomedical capital of Australia, and among the world’s best hubs of biomedicine study, research, innovation and industry.
Victoria boasts more than 10 major medical research institutes, 186 biotechnology companies, and more than 10 major teaching hospitals with a robust biomedical sector that attracts eminent researchers from around the world.
It is home to some of the world’s most outstanding communities of ideas, research and innovation – science, technology, medicine, engineering, design, education and business.
Still not convinced? Try these juicy facts:
- Melbourne’s science sector has yielded four Nobel Prize winners in medicine and physiology. No wonder the city is known for its excellence in medical research and recognised collaborative model across basic and clinical research.
- Melbourne’s expertise in stem cells, infectious diseases, cancer, neuroscience, clinical trials and agricultural biotechnology is also globally renowned.
- The Victorian Government is committed to the research and innovation community. In recent years, it has funded the Australian Synchrotron, the La Trobe Biosciences Research Centre, the Victoria Life Sciences Computation Initiative and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
- Melbourne has made its mark on the medical world, developing breakthrough products which have been used around the word. These include drug discoveries and clinical trials, diagnostics and devices, and range from the well-known Relenza anti-flu vaccine, to the Cochlear implant, to a world-first prototype bionic eye.
Don't take our word for it that it is truly an incredible experience studying biomedical science at Monash. Hear what our students have to say about their time studying with us.
What is it like to study biomedical science at Monash University? Take a look inside Alex’s molecular biology lecture, a peer assisted study sessions (or PASS) and discover her favourite place to grab coffee at the Clayton campus.
When it comes to becoming a great scientist, not to mention becoming extremely employable, the skills you learn outside the classroom can be as important as the ones you learn in class.
There's so much more to your time with us than simply your studies. Join a club, a student society, become a student ambassador, be a mentor, or take on a leadership role - there are so many possibilities to enhance your student experience at the Monash BDI.
Be sure to check out our Student life information so you can make the most of your experience as a biomedical science student at Monash.
Here's just a few of our extracurricular opportunities:
SPRINT – Undergraduate Women’s Development Program
SPRINT is a three-day professional development program hosted by the Monash BDI and the Faculty of Science, which aims to enhance the educational experience and future professional lives of female scientists.
Inspired by Oxford University research, SPRINT has been successfully run at both Oxford and Cambridge universities and, in 2017, ran for the first time in Australia at Monash University.
It gives female students tips and inspiration promoting active engagement with their studies and careers, improves self-esteem and helps them to hone their goals and aspirations, broaden their ideas about careers and opportunities, widen their networks and make links with sponsoring organisations.
Peer to Peer Mentoring
Our Peer Mentor Program places all first-year students in a mentor group with a second or third-year mentor from the Bachelor of Biomedical Science programs. You’ll meet up regularly, beginning on Transition Day, to discuss how you’re settling into university life, the challenges you’re facing and to get inside tips about doing well at university. We feel it’s essential that new students are supported as they find their way around.
Talented Students Program: tiered mentoring program
As a Scholars student, you’re invited to be part of a dedicated tiered mentoring program that matches you with senior students and some of our highest-calibre researchers in the Monash BDI.
This is less about ‘Where are the ATMs on campus?’ and more about you acing your studies.
The Talented Students Program is a unique development program that recognises and nurtures the exceptional aptitude of future leaders in the biomedical sciences. This program prepares you for a career in the biomedical research industry through practical and experiential engagement with our research community.
Some of the activities you’ll get a chance to get involved in include tours of Monash Technology Research Platforms, short talks, symposiums and networking sessions with PhD students and researchers.
You’ll need to complete a Research in Action unit, which gives you the chance to work in one of our research lab. This will be your first experience of real-life research and over 12 weeks you’ll gain an in-depth insight into the most current, ground-breaking research and technology, and you’ll receive one-on-one feedback and guidance from researchers in the Monash BDI.
Your mentors will support you throughout your degree, providing guidance about your course work and choosing a career path. In the first year of your degree, you’ll be matched with a third-year mentor who will help you to adapt to university study. In your second year, you’ll be mentored by a PhD student who will offer insights into biomedical research. Towards graduation, your mentors will help you to think about your future career prospects and develop a greater understanding of the research activity that takes place at the Biomedical Discovery Institute.
At Monash BDI, we’re proud of the work we do and even prouder of the students we train to be great scientists.
What we love most of all is when students return the love and choose to become BDI ambassadors, playing an important role in promoting biomedical sciences to the public. Our ambassador program looks for enthusiastic and motivated students to represent biomedical sciences at a range of events.
Being an ambassador lets you share your story and your experiences.
Some of our events include:
- Volunteering at Monash Open Day
- Assisting with BDI tours