The biomedical sciences help us understand disease, how it occurs, what happens and how we can control, cure and prevent it.


Studying Biomedical Science will enable you to understand how the human body functions in health and disease, and how treatments for disease are developed.

NOTE: the Biomedical Science double major is not available in 2017, however students can choose to study one or two Biomedical related majors: Anatomy and Human Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

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Course description, features and facilities

The Biomedical Science double major is uniquely structured to provide you with an understanding of the principles that underpin a wide range of key biomedical disciplines, including anatomy and human biology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology. Having studied each of these key disciplines at Level 2, you then choose one discipline for specialisation at Level 3. Additional knowledge in the non-specialist disciplines is gained through a seriesof integrated units on human anatomy and physiology, microbes and the pathological processes of disease, and how these diseases are treated.
To complement your lectures from renowned experts in their various fields, you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory component of your units in weekly practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials.

The double major in the biomedical sciences at UWA will provide you with a strong, integrated academic background incorporating the most important basic sciences relevant to human health and disease. You will be taught by staff with extensive paraclinical and clinical expertise, ensuring that you will be exposed to relevant and contemporary knowledge as well as to state of the art laboratory techniques and equipment.

Please note: Studying the Biomedical Science double major does not provide any advantage to those students wishing to apply for entry into postgraduate Medicine or Dentistry courses at UWA, as it is the student's Grade Point Average (GPA) and other entry requirements that are taken into account, and not the degree or major studied.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Carolyn Hall

My long term fascination with understanding the human body at both the scientific and functional level led me to enrol in the Pharmacology stream of the Biomedical Science double major.

This course has exceeded my expectations in terms of the comprehensive theoretical knowledge and analytical skills I have developed over the past 3 years. Lectures by a range of experts in the field are complemented with the opportunity to apply knowledge to practice. The dedication of staff to assist students in gaining knowledge is clearly evident.

One of the most exciting aspects of this course is the opportunity to access state-of- the-art laboratories at the QEII Medical Centre campus, where students undertake a range of relevant and challenging practical exercises. These opportunities expose students to ‘real’ science. 

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Exciting careers await

As a Biomedical Science graduate, you will find careers in medical technology, research science or medical sales, as well as technical careers in hospital laboratories, universities and research institutes. In addition you can pursue a research career in a biomedical field or in health services policy development and management.

What a past student is doing now

Ferrer Ong from Singapore, Research Scientist at Phyologica (Telethon Kids Institute)

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Further study opportunities

You can pursue further studies at honours or postgraduate level, which is likely to further enhance your employment opportunities.

Your options include a Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science, Master of Biomedical Science, Master of Health Science, Master of Biotechnology, Master of Clinical Audiology, Master of Forensic Science, Master of Infectious Diseases, Master of Laboratory Medicine, and Master of Pharmacy.

Find out more about the Master of Biomedical Science

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a pass in Chemistry 3A/3B (or Chemistry ATAR), you will need to do an introductory chemistry unit during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Chemistry ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Chemistry

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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Biomedical Science (Not Available in 2017): the details

Not Available 2017
Locations offered
Albany (selected Level 1 units), Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
(+61 8) 64887333
Additional information