Biomedical Science - M2003

Biomedical Science

Bachelor degree

The biomedical sciences help us understand disease, how it occurs, what happens and how we can control, cure and prevent it. Breakthroughs in biomedical science improve the quality of people's health and lives.

This course is your invitation to join one of the largest and most successful medical research hubs in Australia and the world.

Our multidisciplinary approach to teaching, presence in major hospitals, and international links will give you access to an exciting world of possibilities and prepare you to graduate ready to make a difference in people's lives worldwide.

Scholars Program

Very high achieving students can apply for access to our Scholars Program, which provides a range of extracurricular opportunities to engage with research staff and the advanced technical facilities used for research.

Your training in biomedical science will be comprehensive and challenging for the duration of your studies, and you'll learn from leading teacher-researchers.

First-year units covering biomedical chemistry, medical biophysics, human neuro biology and other key areas will set the foundations of your professional development, which will be enriched by second- and third-year units in areas such as human genetics, bioinformatics, and molecular mechanisms of disease. In this interdisciplinary course you will learn about the science of body systems and the design and use of biomedical data. You will gain the skills you need to understand and investigate human biology and make a difference to human health in a wide variety of career paths.

As a graduate, you may find work in the hospital and medical sector, including medical diagnostic laboratories; secondary and tertiary teaching; media and communications; and the government sector in such areas as health promotion and health economics.

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At a glance

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Equivalent Australian Year 12

Subject prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

Australian VCE subjects

Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL

Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (any),Specialist Mathematics or Physics.  SCHOLARS: Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 35 in Mathematical Methods(any),Specialist Mathematics or Physics.

Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry.  SCHOLARS: Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 35 in Chemistry.

IB subjects

At least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 inEnglish B HL

At least 4 in SL or 3 in HL Mathematics or Physics, or 3 in HL Further Mathematics.  SCHOLARS: At least 6 in SL or 5 in HL Mathematics or Physics, or 5 in HL Further Mathematics.

At least 4 in Chemistry SL or 3 in Chemistry HL.  SCHOLARS: At least 6 in Chemistry SL or 5 in Chemistry HL.

Applicants will not be admitted to this course solely on the basis of a VET qualification.

This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

University: Applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of full time study (48 credit points) of a recognised university degree; and must have at least a high credit 65% average across all their studies. This is a minimum requirement, admissions to this course is competitive and applicants may need to meet a higher requirement to be considered for a place. For the Scholars program, students must have a minimum average of 85%.

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

Entire academic record: This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Multiple pathways to this course

Applicants who have successfully completed Year 12 are eligible to apply for this course.

Applicants with no formal secondary or tertiary qualifications are not eligible to apply for this course. This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course.More about special admissions schemes...

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English entry requirements

Level B
IELTS: 6.5 (with individual band scores of Writing: 6.0, Listening: 6.5, Reading: 6.5 and Speaking: 6.0) TOEFL Paper-based test: 550 with a TWE 4.5 TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with minimum scores: Writing 21, Listening 20, Reading 19, Speaking 18 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: M2003

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using the relevant course code M2003.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: M2003

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 028805K

The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to study of biomedical science, with five central themes: molecular and cellular biology, body systems, infection and immunity, disease and society, and diagnostic and research tools.  These themes are interwoven in units throughout the course.

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.