Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated)

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Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated)


Program summary

Student profile

Fast-track your biomedical science studies with this accelerated degree.

This accelerated degree has been specially designed to prepare you for postgraduate studies in medicine. You will complete a full Bachelor of Biomedical Science in just two years, including specialist courses in Medical Science to develop the knowledge and skills you need to successfully sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

In this degree you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of how the human body works, and what happens when diseases, infections and clinical disorders occur.
  • Study cell biology, biogenetics, chemistry, human physiology and anatomy, science research methods, and communication.
  • Link with industry and develop practical skills through special research projects and clinical work placements in areas such as hospitals, clinical trial centres, pharmaceutical companies and medical research institutes.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills you need to work in applied biomedical industries and medical research, and build a strong base for postgraduate studies in medicine, dentistry, medical imaging or pharmacy.
Special selection criteria

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated) is restricted to high-achieving secondary school students who have completed Year 12 no more than two (2) years before admission. To be eligible for this program, you must not have previously attempted any post-secondary study at diploma level or higher since completing Year 12.

Career opportunities:
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Biomedical researcher or educator
  • Clinical embryologist
  • Clinical trial coordinator
  • Cardiac, respiratory or sleep diagnostic technician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Medical microbiologist
  • Disease control officer
  • Scientific writer or publisher

Graduates are eligible to become members of:

  • Australian Society for Biotechnology
  • Australian Society for Immunology
  • Australian Society for Microbiology
  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists
  • Australian Physiological Society
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The recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students MUST follow their commencing structure and use this recommended study sequence to guide enrolment.

Program structure

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Study sequence

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory (100 coded) courses
Program notes
  • If you have an interest in plants and animals more broadly please enrol into LFS100 Cell Biology. If you are interested in health-related bioscience, please enrol into LFS103 Introductory Bioscience.
  • Students must commence the program in Semester 1
  • Students must progress in a full-time mode in accordance with the requirements set out by the BBiomedSc(Accel)  program and complete the program in 2-years
  • Students will be transferred to the standard Bachelor of Biomedical Science program if they (1) decide to move to part-time enrolment; (2) are unable to maintain the high course workload associated with the accelerated program; or (3) are unable to maintain a GPA of 5.5 or better each semester.
  • Students will normally enrol in five (5) courses in each semester (60 units), as well as completing additional courses over Session 8, to enable completion of the BBiomedSc(Accel) program in 2-years. However, students may enrol in up to 72 units on the recommendation of their mentor, and with the approval of the Program Coordinator
  • Where there are exceptional unforeseen circumstances such as in the case of illness, students must apply for special dispensation to the Program Coordinator
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

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How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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