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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBSC)

Entry requirements
ATAR 65.60
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Toowoomba
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May
Notes: The External study mode is not suitable for international students studying from overseas.


  • Discover the wonder of the human body and unlock countless career paths, which can be studied using a combination of online, external and on campus study modes to suit your lifestyle and career goals.
  • Study human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, nutrition and biochemistry through engaging courses with practical applications using both workplace and university laboratory research opportunities.
  • Become proficient in biomedical science laboratory techniques and find solutions to authentic medical problems with over 200 hours of laboratory-based experiences as well as opportunities to undertake external work placements.
  • This degree is a perfect stepping stone for students wanting to undertake the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT); it also provides the knowledge and skills to enter professional courses such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy and veterinary science, or for further study in research higher degrees such as Honours, PhD and Masters programs.
  • Eligible Year 12 students can apply for the Medicine Pathway of this degree, where successful graduates can gain direct entry into UQ's Doctor of Medicine (MD) and pursue a career as a medical doctor.
  • Domestic students can study abroad and complete part of this UniSQ degree overseas. Immerse yourself in new cultures, meet new people, enrich your personal development, and travel the world while studying. 

Professional memberships

You will be eligible to apply for membership to professional organisations including the Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Society for Medical Research.

Career outcomes

  • Be prepared for a career in medical research and development in either the public or private sector in universities, research institutes, pharmaceutical and diagnostic laboratories, sales and consulting.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 65.60 55.65

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C), and
  • General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

It is also recommended that you have studied either Biology (Units 3 & 4, C), Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

UniSQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average Ranks for this degrees' student cohort from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP).

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
1 x 12-unit Biomedical Sciences major 12
4 x approved courses
or 1 x 4-unit minor
or 4 x electives
Total 24

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

All students will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials to gain practical experience, use facilities and specialist equipment, and meet staff and other students.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 8948
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 29600

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with UniSQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to UniSQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 906905
Toowoomba 906901

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to UniSQ

You may be able to apply directly to UniSQ if you:

  • are a current or previous UniSQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2025  Monday 10 February Monday 3 February  Monday 10 February  Friday 9 May
Trimester 2, 2025 Monday 26 May Monday 19 May Monday 26 May  Friday 22 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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Why study a Bachelor of Biomedical Science?

Change lives and make positive impacts in the medical industry with your comprehensive understanding of the human body. The knowledge you gain during your studies, combined with over 200 hours of laboratory-based experiences at UniSQ will give you the skills needed to find solutions to real-life medical problems.

If you’re passionate about science and helping others, a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree at UniSQ could be the next step for you. 

How long does a biomedical science degree take at UniSQ?

A Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at UniSQ will take you approximately three years to complete. Some students choose to study part-time which increases the time it takes to complete the required courses.

Benefit from our flexible study options and adjust your subject enrolment to meet your needs and timeframes. Take one subject at a time, study over summer or take an extra subject when life allows it. Discover more about the different ways to study at UniSQ. 

What are the pathways to entry?
We understand everyone’s journey to university is different. This is why we offer several pathway options to study a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree at UniSQ including our Associate Degree of Biomedical Sciences. Whether you’ve just completed Year 12 studies, been away from studies for a while, have a VET, TAFE or other appropriate qualification, you’ll be able to work towards your degree of choice through one of our pathway programs.  
What can you do with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science?

A biomedical science qualification can lead to many exciting career paths in a variety of roles and settings including:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental engineering
  • Clinical, forensic or research science
  • Biotechnology
  • Health science
  • Medical research and development
  • Sales and consulting. 
What do biomedical scientists do?

Biomedical scientists play an essential role in medical industries to help us better diagnose, treat and prevent diseases. Typical tasks for a biomedical scientist include:

  • analysing specimens
  • identifying blood groups and analysing cultures
  • interpreting data to support medical staff
  • writing medical reports.

Biomedical scientists also use critical transferrable skills such as:

  • analysis and problem solving
  • teamwork and communication
  • creative thinking
  • attention to detail. 
Why study biomedical science with UniSQ?

Get a strong start to your career in biomedical science:

  • Gain valuable practical experience during residential schools while benefiting from flexible online or on-campus study.
  • UniSQ’s Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree is the perfect stepping stone for students interested in a career in medicine and wanting to undertake the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).
  • Learn from the university with world class researchers – according to the latest ERA results, UniSQ is well above world standard for research in Medical and Health Sciences.
  • On completion of UniSQ’s Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree you can expand your professional networks and apply for membership to professional organisations including the Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Society for Medical Research.