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BH-ADVBSC

Advanced Biomedical Sciences (Honours)

Bachelor honours degree

Combine an honours degree in science with biomedical research.

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Course outline
  • ATAR

    ATAR

    Minimum ATAR 90
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Advanced Biomedical Sciences (Honours)
  • Duration

    Duration

    4 years full-time
  • Credit

    Credit

    800
  • CRICOS

    CRICOS

    102739H
  • Location

    Location

    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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2024

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On campus

Semester 2

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2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

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2026

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

Course outline
Advanced Biomedical Sciences (Honours)

Outline

Outline

This honours degree is designed for high-ATAR students with an interest in biomedical science research. 

In your first year, you will study units specific to this course and interprofessional units with students from other disciplines.

From your second year, you’ll study your chosen major – either Discovery Bioscience or Clinical Medical Science – and build skills in experimental design, ethics, statistical analysis, data management, critical interpretation and scientific writing.

You’ll undertake project units with strong industry and research collaborations that provide guided practical experience in biomedical research.

You’ll also participate in a research roadshow in operational research settings, such as laboratories and clinical trial sites, and have opportunities for extracurricular activities that further develop your research skills.

In your final year, you’ll complete a full-year research program in the laboratory of an approved university, research institute or industry site.

Discovery Bioscience

In this major, you will explore how knowledge of the biological processes that underpin a person’s health is advancing. Topics include genomics, bioinformatics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and lipidomics, as well as the application of new technologies. 

Clinical Medical Science

If you choose this major, you’ll study clinical biosciences and emerging therapies. Topics include population and personalised medicine and clinical trials. You’ll also gain a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, immunology and regenerative medicine.

What jobs can the Advanced Biomedical Sciences (Honours) course lead to?

Careers

  • Biomedical scientist / researcher
  • Biotechnologist
  • Researcher / research assistant
  • Medical communication
  • Biomedical sales

Industries

  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Medical diagnostic
  • Hospital and medical
  • Biomedical technology and product development
  • Tertiary education

What you'll learn

  • integrate advanced skills, concepts and principles into the investigation of research questions in the biomedical sciences.
  • demonstrate autonomy, adaptability and initiative in the generation of novel evidence-based solutions in the biomedical sciences.
  • effectively disseminate research outcomes to a variety of audiences using communication technologies.
  • apply national and international research standards to biomedical problems of local and global significance.
  • demonstrate cultural competency through research practice that considers cultural diversity and a willingness to learn from, engage with, and be empathetic towards, people from diverse backgrounds.
  • demonstrate leadership and ethical practice when engaging with, and learning from, the community, research colleagues and industry.

Why study Advanced Biomedical Sciences (Honours)

Work experience

In your final year you’ll complete a full-year research program within the laboratory of an approved university, research institute or industry research site.

Specialist pathways

You can learn the biological processes that underpin a person’s health in the Discovery Bioscience major, or study emerging therapies in the Clinical Medical Science major.

I have a love for science, particularly chemistry and human biology, and this course enables me to increase my knowledge in these areas. There’s a good balance of theory and practical learning. The course is also not too narrowly focused, and I don’t have to decide my major until my second year.

Ruby Gilroy

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 90

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR. 

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR and Physics ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    WE and either V or Q.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Application Requirements

Other requirements and notes for this course

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

Applicants for this course should refer to Clinical Health Sciences and Police Clearances.

Students enrolled within this course must maintain a CWA of >=70, otherwise they will be required to switch into the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (B-BIOMED) course (or another relevant Health Sciences course) for the remainder of their studies. 

Students must also complete a set of core units, a major course of study in Discovery Bioscience or Clinical Medical Science and a research project in the final year, to qualify for graduation.

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    WE and either V or Q.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 90

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR. 

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR and Physics ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Application Requirements

Other requirements and notes for this course

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

Applicants for this course should refer to Clinical Health Sciences and Police Clearances.

Students enrolled within this course must maintain a CWA of >=70, otherwise they will be required to switch into the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (B-BIOMED) course (or another relevant Health Sciences course) for the remainder of their studies. 

Students must also complete a set of core units, a major course of study in Discovery Bioscience or Clinical Medical Science and a research project in the final year, to qualify for graduation.

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    Applicants with relevant TAFE qualifications are encouraged to contact the School to discuss entry qualification and any Credit for Recognised Learning.

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    WE and either V or Q.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 90

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR. 

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR and Physics ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Application Requirements

Other requirements and notes for this course

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

Applicants for this course should refer to Clinical Health Sciences and Police Clearances.

Students enrolled within this course must maintain a CWA of >=70, otherwise they will be required to switch into the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (B-BIOMED) course (or another relevant Health Sciences course) for the remainder of their studies. 

Students must also complete a set of core units, a major course of study in Discovery Bioscience or Clinical Medical Science and a research project in the final year, to qualify for graduation.

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  1. Completed one year of a bachelors degree
  2. A course weighted average (CWA) of 80% or higher
  3. Met the ATAR Chemistry prerequisite (or equivalent)
  4. Met the ATAR Mathematics Methods prerequisite (or equivalent)


Prerequisite Information

The ATAR Mathematics Mathods prerequisite can be met with the following Curtin unit:
MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus

The ATAR Chemistry prerequisite can be met with the following Curtin unit:
CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry

Higher education course switcher criteria

  1. A minimum ATAR/ Selection Rank of 90
    Note: Selection Ranks are assessed based on your tertiary studies
  2. Met the ATAR Chemistry prerequisite or unit/s assessed as comparable to ATAR Chemistry
  3. Met the ATAR Mathematics Methods prerequisite or unit/s assessed as comparable to ATAR Mathematics Methods

 

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 90

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR. 

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR and Physics ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Application Requirements

Other requirements and notes for this course

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

Applicants for this course should refer to Clinical Health Sciences and Police Clearances.

Students enrolled within this course must maintain a CWA of >=70, otherwise they will be required to switch into the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (B-BIOMED) course (or another relevant Health Sciences course) for the remainder of their studies. 

Students must also complete a set of core units, a major course of study in Discovery Bioscience or Clinical Medical Science and a research project in the final year, to qualify for graduation.

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You must maintain a CWA of 70 or higher to remain in course.

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

2024 Fee year:

$8,900*

Commonwealth supported

Commonwealth supported

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

To be eligible for the Commonwealth supported fee:

  • Australian citizens must complete some of their course of study while residing in Australia.
  • Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens must be residing in Australia for the entire course.

For further information on eligibility please refer to the Australian Government Study Assist website.

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

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2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2026

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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  • Curtin course code: BH-ADVBSC
  • CRICOS code: 102739H
  • Last updated on: 29 May 2024

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