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Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated)

This program is especially designed to prepare you for postgraduate studies in medicine. You will complete a full Bachelor in just two years, including specialist courses in Medical Science, developing knowledge and skills you need to successfully sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). 

Please note: To complete the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated), you may need to enrol in courses in Session 8 (summer semester) of your second year of study. Grades for Session 8 courses are released in February of the following year. If your goal is to progress to postgraduate studies in medicine, please note that an entry requirement for medical schools that participate in the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS) is completion of the qualifying degree (results and evidence of completion) by no later than 31 December in the year of application.

In this program you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the human body, and what happens when diseases, infections and clinical disorders occur
  • Study cell biology, biogenetics, chemistry, human physiology and anatomy, science research methods, and communication
  • Develop practical skills through projects and placements with hospitals, clinical trial centres, pharmaceutical companies and research institutes
  • Develop knowledge and skills to work in applied biomedical industries and medical research


Entry threshold

90.00 ATAR/Rank


2 years 2 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$12,853 - 2024 Fees CSP

QTAC code



  • Semester 1

Career opportunities

  • Biodiscovery
  • Biomedical research and education
  • Biotechnology and genetics
  • cardiac, respiratory and sleep diagnostics
  • Clinical embryology clinical trial coordination
  • Communicable disease control
  • Drug registration
  • International health
  • Medical microbiology
  • Medical sales and marketing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Scientific writing and publication


Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists
  • Australian Physiological Society
  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Australian Society for Biotechnology
  • Australian Society for Immunology
  • Australian Society for Microbiology

  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
2 years 2 years
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Introductory courses (7) 84 units

HLT140 Think Health
LFS112 Human Physiology
LFS122 Human Anatomy
MLS101 Foundations in Medical Science
SCI105 Introductory Chemistry
SCI110 Science Research Methods

PLUS select 1 course from:

LFS100 Cell Biology
LFS103 Introductory Bioscience

Developing and Graduate courses (9) 108 units

BIM202 Medical Genetics
BIM263 Introduction to Pharmacology
BIM331 Immunology
LFS203 Integrated Physiology
LFS251 Biochemistry
LFS252 Molecular Biology
LFS261 Microbiology
LFS303 Pathophysiology

PLUS select 1 course from:

BIM300 Advanced Professional Skills in Biomedical Science
BIM371 Clinical Embryology
WPL310 Workplace Learning I
LFS304 Clinical placement I
SRP301 Special Research Project

Minor courses (4) 48 units

Complete the following Minor (48 units)

Elective courses (4) 48 units

Select 4 elective courses (48 units) from the undergraduate elective course options. Of the electives, 1 (12 units) must be developing or graduate level (200/300 coded).

Recommended elective courses for Session 8, Year 1 include:

SRP301 Special Research Project
SRP321 Special Research Project
WPL310 Workplace Learning I
WPL320 Workplace Learning II

Recommended electives courses for Session 8, Year 2 include:

BIM303 Clinical Trials Management
BIM371 Clinical Embryology
SRP301 Special Research Project
SRP321 Special Research Project
WPL310 Workplace Learning I
WPL320 Workplace Learning II

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

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 90.00

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.

Additional entry information

Completion of Year 12 no more than two (2) years before admission.

Recommended prior study
English; General Maths, Maths Methods or Specialist Maths; at least one science subject (preferably Chemistry)
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 cellular processes that underpin medical and biomedical sciences, please enrol in LFS100 Cell Biology. If you are interested in a broad overview of sciences that are relevant to healthcare, please enrol in LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
  • 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 UniSC 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.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Medical Laboratory Science, Biomedical Science, Medical Science - Inherent Academic Requirements

UniSC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Headstart Program - Years 10 to 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Prior study or work experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS)

You may be eligible for direct entry into a UniSC degree based on your potential to succeed, under UniSC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

High-school leavers completing year 12 are not eligible, and must apply through QTAC.

CSP estimate
A$12,853 - 2024 Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to UniSC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013221
Two year accelerated degree
Designed to facilitate entry to Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
A strong base for postgraduate studies in medicine, dentistry, medical imaging or pharmacy

Student story

“UniSC gave me a fantastic foundation, with Biomedical Science preparing me for medical entry exams and interviews.”

Theo Mostert Graduate
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