Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated)

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Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated)


Program summary

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

This accelerated biomedical science program allows you to complete in just two years and is designed for outstanding school leavers.

You’ll complete a three-year Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree in two years through a combination of increased load in semesters and studies during the summer teaching periods. You will graduate with a program name that recognises your overall achievement in having completed a higher than normal course workload in two years. This accelerated program enables you the opportunity for early entry into either medical research through the BSc (Hons) program or postgraduate studies in medicine, dentistry and other health areas such as pharmacy, physiotherapy and medical imaging.

In this program, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how the human body works and what happens when diseases, infections and clinical disorders occur. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills for working in applied biomedical industries and medical research.

In your first year of study, you’ll develop generic analytic and communication skills, providing a strong foundation for more specialised studies in biomedical science. You’ll study foundations in medical science, cell biology, general and organic chemistry, human physiology and anatomy, and science research methods.

You’ll then develop skills and competencies in areas integral to the biomedical sciences including physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, immunology and pharmacology.

You can also pursue your interests and hone your career opportunities by studying elective courses in clinical areas such as medical genetics, biochemical pharmacology, biotechnology, medical microbiology, clinical embryology, and clinical trials coordination.

This program gives you the opportunity to link with industry and develop a specific interest in biomedical science by undertaking clinical work placements and special research projects. Placements may be in areas such as hospitals, clinical trial centres, IVF clinics, pharmaceutical companies and medical research institutes.

This program provides you with a strong base if you’d like to undertake postgraduate studies in professional areas such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or physiotherapy.

High-achieving graduates of this program may enrol in a research Honours degree, which can lead to postgraduate studies (eg. PhD) and to a career as a medical research scientist.

Special Selection Criteria

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

Career opportunities

Graduates are highly trained for employment in areas such as biomedical research; biotechnology; clinical measurements; clinical trials management; clinical embryology; communicable disease control; drug registration; pharmaceuticals; and medical microbiology.


Australian Society for Biotechnology; Australian Society for Immunology; Australian Society for Microbiology; and Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (7) 84 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
LFS100 Cell Biology
LFS112 Human Physiology
LFS122 Human Anatomy
MLS101 Foundations in Medical Science
SCI105 Chemistry
SCI110 Science Research Methods

Developing and Graduate courses (11) 132 units

BIM263 Introduction to Pharmacology
BIM331 Immunology
LFS201 Systemic Physiology I
LFS202 Systemic Physiology II
LFS251 Biochemistry
LFS252 Molecular Biology
LFS261 Microbiology
LFS303 Pathophysiology

PLUS select 3 courses (36 units) from the following list, of which 2 courses (24 units) must be 300 coded:

BIM202 Genes in Health and Disease
BIM203 Blood Banking and Transfusion Sciences
BIM303 Introduction to Clinical Trial Coordination
BIM341 Biochemical Pharmacology
BIM371 Clinical Embryology
CHM202 Organic Chemistry
CHM311 Medicinal Organic Chemistry
LFS262 Medical Microbiology
MBT301 Pharmaceutical and Food Microbiology
MBT352 Molecular Biotechnology
MBT353 Microbial Pathogenesis
MBT361 Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
MLS210 Advanced Haematology
MLS211 Medical Biochemistry
NUT232 Nutritional Biochemistry
SCI302 Analytical Sciences
SPX201 Functional Anatomy
SPX211 Exercise Physiology I
SPX301 Exercise in Cardiorespiratory and Metabolic Health
SRP301 Special Research Project
SRP321 Special Research Project (24 units)
WPL310 Workplace Learning I
WPL320 Workplace Learning II (24 units)

Elective courses (6) 72 units

Select 6 elective courses (72 units) (3 courses (36 units) must be at 200 or 300 level) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

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
  • 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.
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

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

More information

International students should contact USC International

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 dateas.

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

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