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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

Drive progress at the molecular level

Do you have an interest in medical biology and human health? Are you keen to discover more about human disease, from its cause and diagnosis through to novel treatments and cures?

Biomedical scientists are vitally important. They advance world-changing discoveries to improve the health and quality of people’s lives.

The University of Adelaide is ranked in the top 150 in the world for biological sciences and best in South Australia*. 

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) gives you the knowledge and skills to access an emerging global sector. You will:

  • build a broad knowledge base in medical and molecular biology
  • explore normal and abnormal functions of the human body
  • learn directly from world-class biomedical researchers and educators
  • carry out extensive biomedical research projects
  • gain real-world practical insights from industry lecturers and placements.

 Areas of specialisation include: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology and Immunology
     

Where could it take you?

You could be running a laboratory, performing cutting-edge cancer research or modifying genes for vaccines. You might design drugs for the pharmaceutical industry. Perhaps you’ll work directly with patients after completing a degree in postgraduate medicine or allied health.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
As a graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and experience for a career in biomedical research, in hospital laboratories, research institutes, universities or private companies.

It is common for graduates to continue their research training by enrolling in a Master of Philosophy or Honours program. Many graduates have successfully used this program as a pathway towards further study in graduate entry medicine or allied health programs. 

Graduates of this program are likely to be found as scientists in:

clinical or research laboratories
biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Industry Placement
Depending on their major, students may conduct some or all of their practical work through placement in a professional research laboratory in third year.

Potential careers
Biomedical Scientist, Biotechnology, Diagnostic Technician, Public Health Scientist, Toxicologist, Microbiologist, Physiologist, Immunologist, Biochemist, Bioinformatics, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Chemist, Environmental Scientist, Laboratory Manager, Molecular Biology, Neuroscientist, Plant Biotechnologist, Research Scientist, Science Communicators, Pharmacologist, Life Scientist, Medical Scientist

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 70%

ISBE [India] 80%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 6.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 6.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 79 Writing 21 Speaking 18 Reading and Listening 13

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 50

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 176 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 169

Tertiary Qualifications You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units).  A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You are ranked on the basis of your best GPA.
 
International Qualifications Chemistry and one other subject chosen from Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Geology.
 
Assumed Knowledge Mathematics and Physics an advantage