About this course
- Entry and participation requirements
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
- Course structure
- Majors, minors and specialisations
- Further study
Dr Chris French
Currently enrolled students:
Further information: https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au
|Award title||Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours)|
|Year & campus||2020 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Undergraduate Coursework|
|Credit points||100 credit points|
|Duration||12 months full-time or 24 months part-time|
The Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) provides an advanced, specialised year of study that follows students’ completion of the requirements of the Bachelor of Biomedicine. It extends students’ knowledge and skills through a supervised research project together with advanced coursework in related areas of study.
The Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) is available in the following programs:
- Anatomy and Neuroscience
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Clinical Pathology
- Hearing Sciences (Otolaryngology)
- Medical Biology (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research)
- Medicine (Austin Health)
- Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital)
- Medicine (St Vincent’s Hospital)
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Oral Health Science
- Population and Global Health
- Primary Care (General Practice)
- Surgery (Austin Health)
- Veterinary Bioscience
- Vision Sciences
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must:
- have completed within the last 10 years a University of Melbourne Bachelor of Biomedicine or equivalent with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least H3 (65%) with a major relevant to the discipline stream within the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) that they seek to enter; or
- within the last 10 years have completed an undergraduate degree, of which at least the equivalent of two full years comprises science or technology areas of study, with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%), or equivalent, and containing at least 50 points of study at third year level in science or technology areas of study relevant to the discipline stream within the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) that they seek to enter; and
- any necessary Year 12, first- or second-year study from other disciplines that form essential background to the discipline stream within the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) that they seek to enter.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance, and
- the availability of supervision and resources in suitable project areas.
Quotas may be applied to the degree as a whole or to individual discipline streams and preference may be given to applicants with evidence of appropriate preparation or potential to undertake research.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. For applicants who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the undergraduate English language requirements must be met.
The schedule below shows additional streams which have additional conditions for entry. Applicants must meet these conditions to be eligible for (but not automatically guaranteed) selection into Honours within that stream.
a major in Pathology or in a discipline relevant to the proposed project.
Anatomy and Neuroscience, General Practice (Primary Care), Medical Biology (WEHI), Medicine (all streams), Microbiology and Immunology, Oral Health Science, Hearing Sciences (Otolaryngology), and Population and Global Health
a major in a discipline relevant to the proposed project.
a major in Pathology, or a major in a discipline relevant to the proposed project together with a second year pathology or pathophysiology subject, or equivalent. Applications from otherwise qualified graduates who have not completed the above but have practical experience in another biomedical science discipline will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Selection Committee.
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
a major in Pharmacology or in a discipline relevant to the proposed project.
please refer to the Psychology Specialisation page for details
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and degree policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the degree.
The Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) requires all students to enrol in subjects where they will require:
(1) the ability to comprehend complex science and technology related information;
(2) the ability to clearly and independently communicate a knowledge and application of science, and technology principles and practices during assessment tasks;
(3) the ability to actively and safely contribute in clinical, laboratory, and fieldwork/excursion activities.
Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
There may be additional inherent academic requirements for some subjects, and these requirements are listed within the description of the requirements for each of these subjects.
Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the relevant Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Intended learning outcomes
Demonstrate scientific knowledge
- Demonstrate advanced scientific knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills, and apply these capacities to address a research question and/or current issue;
- Articulate the methods of science, and explain why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry
Practise the skills required for scientific investigation
- Identify, manage and critically evaluate scientific information relevant to their own scientific investigation and/or scholarly debate;
- Demonstrate the skills required for the design, implementation, and review of a research project including problem-solving and critical interpretation of data;
- Identify and follow the principles of ethical scientific practice;
- Work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in the planning and delivery of scientific studies;
- Communicate clearly, accurately and convincingly about science ideas, current practice and potential contributions;
Present scientific knowledge and investigation in context
- Articulate the international scope of science knowledge, practice and development and the contributions made by its diverse scholarly community;
- Explain the role of science in addressing current issues facing local and global communities, including the role of both fundamental and applied research in addressing real-world challenges.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) programs will have been provided with the opportunity to develop the skills to:
- Use and evaluate scientific literature;
- Apply their understanding to the design and implementation of a research plan;
- Acquire, analyse, evaluate and interpret data using appropriate techniques;
- Communicate advanced concepts in their discipline in written and oral form;
- Exercise responsibility for their own learning;
- Work effectively in teams, both collaboratively and independently;
- Manage their time effectively.
The Melbourne Experience enables our Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) graduates to become:
Our graduates will be expected to:
- have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- have a broad knowledge of science across a range of fields, with an in-depth understanding in one or more scientific disciplines
- understand the methods of science, and the history and evolution of scientific concepts
- be intellectually curious and apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to enquiry
- understand the principles of sound project and experimental design, including data analysis, and apply this understanding to an independent research project
- reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- apply outstanding analytical, quantitative and technical skills to problem solving and, where relevant, design
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
Knowledgeable across disciplines
Our graduates will be expected to:
- examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment, including:
- excellent organisational, planning and time management skills
- ability to access, evaluate and utilise information from diverse sources
- ability to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats to both specialists and non-specialists
- knowledge, skills and attitude that enable adaptation to scientific, technological and social change.
Leaders in communities
Our graduates will be expected to:
- initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- mentor future generations of learners
- engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
Attuned to cultural diversity
Our graduates will be expected to:
- value different cultures
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
- respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
Active global citizens
Our graduates will be expected to:
- accept social and civic responsibilities
- be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
- have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics
The Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) programs are prescribed 100-point programs (equivalent to eight 12.5-point subjects) comprising Advanced Coursework and Research Project components as outlined below.
The balance between the advanced coursework and research project components may vary from program to program, with each comprising at least 25 points and no more than 75 points of the 100-point program. The balance specific to each program will be specified in the handbook entry for each program.
1. Advanced coursework:
- two to four, 12.5-point honours or postgraduate level advanced coursework subjects.
The coordinator of the honours program in which the student is enrolled must approve each student’s advanced coursework program.
Each student’s advanced coursework program will comprise advanced coursework subjects offered by one or more departments teaching into the degree’s honours program, which may include cognate subjects offered in relevant Masters degrees where students meet the prerequisite requirements of those subjects.
The honours coordinator may approve a student including one 12.5-point Level 3 coursework subject. Inclusion of a Level 3 subject will also require approval of the appropriate subject coordinator. This option is only available if it specified in the details of the individual program which can be found using the links below.
2. Research project:
- A research project subject or subjects with total points value of between 50 and 75 points.
Duration and commencement of honours programs
The duration of the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) programs is approximately 36 weeks within a total duration of 40 weeks for Semester 1 entrants, and approximately 36 weeks within a total duration of 46 weeks for semester 2 entrants. Not all programs are available as mid year entry. Refer to individual program entries for details.
The dates of the honours programs may vary between programs.
For Semester 2 entrants, up to ten weeks of leave may be taken within this 46-week period, in negotiation with the supervisor.
To be awarded honours students must gain:
- a pass in at least 100-points of subjects in their chosen program;
- a result of at least 65% in the research project;
- a weighted credit-point average of 65% or greater.
Students may be given permission to repeat an advanced coursework honours subject/component, or enrol in additional subject(s), in order to meet the requirement to pass 100 points. However the honours result will be determined over all subjects for which a result is entered. When the weighted credit-point average is less than 65% the honours degree will not be awarded.
Majors, minors & specialisations
Honours Programs available within the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours)
Honours programs are grouped by the responsible Faculty/organisational unit.
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Each honours project is offered by one of the following departments / institutes. Please refer to the MDHS Honours website for full details on selecting a project.
|Anatomy and Neuroscience||100|
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||100|
|Medicine (Austin Health)||100|
|Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital)||100|
|Medicine (St Vincent's Hospital)||100|
|Medicine (Western Health)||100|
|Microbiology and Immunology||100|
|Oral Health Science||100|
|Hearing Sciences (Otolaryngology)||100|
|Population and Global Health||100|
|Primary Care (General Practice)||100|
|Surgery (Austin Health)||100|
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
The opportunity to specialise during the honours year provides a strong foundation for the future direction of graduates. Graduates may progress to higher degree research in the sciences at the Masters or Doctorate level. They are also eligible to progress to a range of graduate coursework programs.
Last updated: 10 August 2022