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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway)

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway) (BBMP)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 3 years full-time
Start
  • Mar
Note: Part-time study is not available for the Medicine Pathway.

Overview

  • Are you driven to make a difference with a career in medicine? UniSQ’s Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway) prepares you for a rewarding study journey and for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. 
  • Upon successful completion of the degree within three years and with a minimum Grade Point Average of 5.0, you will gain direct entry into the University of Queensland’s (UQ) MD, delivered by the UQ Rural Clinical School, Toowoomba. 
  • The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway) is part of the Darling Downs South West Medical Pathway, a collaboration between University of Southern Queensland, The University of Queensland, Darling Downs Health and South West Hospital and Health Service. The goal of the collaboration is to provide end to end medical training in the Darling Downs and South West regions to enhance our rural, regional and remote medical workforce.
  • Your studies in the Medicine Pathway covers knowledge and skills in human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, biochemistry of nutrition, cell and molecular biology as well as cross-cultural and Indigenous psychology.
  • Choose from one or two minors in pathology, haematology, microbiology and immunology, clinical chemistry, psychology, Indigenous studies, food and nutrition, molecular methods, and many more.
  • Gain practical laboratory and technical skills that will allow you to understand complex scientific principles and apply these in your future medical career. 
  • Have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research experiences and/or undertake a semester abroad as an exchange student.
  • Benefit from the practical experience of a two-week placement in a rural or regional community setting in Queensland, where you will learn from medical and healthcare staff and enhance your research and communication skills. 

Further study

Once you have successfully completed the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway) with a minimum GPA of 5.0, you will be eligible to enrol in UQ's MD degree. If you are unable to maintain the necessary GPA to transfer to the MD, you can use the credit from completed courses towards the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

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Career outcomes

  • Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway), who complete the degree within three years with a minimum GPA of 5.0, are eligible for direct entry into UQ’s Doctor of Medicine (MD). Graduates from the four-year MD degree will qualify as medical doctors. With further education and training, you can pursue a medical career  as a general practitioner, surgeon, patient assessor, public health manager, clinical academic, clinical research coordinator, international aid worker or defence force member.  
  • As a Biomedical Sciences graduate you will be able to work as a researcher, science technician and fertility clinic scientist as well as pursue higher degree studies such as a Masters or PhD (following Honours).

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be completing year 12 in the year of applying (first year attempted). 
  • Have achieved a minimum adjusted Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 95, or equivalent. Special adjustments to ATAR are available to eligible applicants via UniSQ’s Other admission considerations. A maximum of five (5) adjustment points can be applied to an applicant’s ATAR.
  • Pre-requisite study: English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C)
  • Recommended prior study: one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 and 4, C)
  • Complete the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ). Shortlisted applicants from UCAT scores will also be required to attend multiple mini-interviews (MMIs). Find out more about selection criteria and the interview process for MMIs via UniSQ’s Other admission considerations for this degree.
  • An alternative admission pathway is available for students who identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. Find out more via UniSQ’s Other admission considerations.

Please note: Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway) are limited by quota.

Deferment is not an available option for this degree.

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.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units.

Courses to be studied Units
1 x core course 8
1 x major 8
2 x minors or
8 x electives
8
Total 24

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

Professional experience / placements

Practical experience is an integral component of the program and each student is required to undertake and satisfactorily complete 75 hours of practical experience. Every effort is made to accommodate student preference in terms of the location and timing of placements. However, students should be prepared for potential work/family inconvenience and the expense of travel and accommodation associated with professional placements outside of their preferred location. Note that Queensland-based students will not be expected to travel interstate.

Additional requirements for placements

All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing residential schools and clinical placements:

  • UniSQ Student Declaration
  • UniSQ Health Sciences Professional Readiness Modules
  • Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist
  • Queensland Health Student Deed Poll
  • Queensland Health iLearn Modules
  • Blue Card 
  • Australian Police Certificate

All students must also provide the following immunisation evidence prior to commencing clinical placements:

  • Hepatitis B seroconversion
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella immunisation evidence
  • Varicella immunisation evidence
  • Pertussis immunisation evidence
  • Covid-19 immunisation evidence

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.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve 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.

Scholarships

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

Complete your online application via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre).

Please use the following QTAC codes to apply:

Applicant cohort QTAC codes
Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander applicants 906951
Bonded Medical Program applicants 906961
All other applicants 906941

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

Apply through QTAC

Applications for the 2024 intake are now closed.  

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to study a biomedical science to medicine degree will vary depending on the education provider you choose. To study UniSQ’s Bachelor Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway) you need to meet the below entry requirements:

  • completing year 12 in the year of applying
  • a minimum ATAR
  • subject pre-requisites
  • recommended prior study
  • completion of the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand. 

For more detailed information, please view the entry requirements section of this page. 

Many students go from studying biomedical science to medicine; if you’re thinking of doing this it’s also recommended that you investigate the entry requirements of your chosen medicine degree.

How long does the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medicine Pathway) take to complete?

The duration of an undergraduate medicine pathway degree will vary depending on which university you choose to study with. At UniSQ, a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medicine Pathway) will take you approximately three years to complete. This Science degree is only available to study full-time and we offer plenty of study support and learning resources for you to thrive during your studies. 

What can I do with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medicine Pathway) degree?
While there are many different pathways into medicine, UniSQ’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medicine Pathway) specifically prepares you entry into UQ’s Doctor of Medicine (MD). Alternatively, after graduating you might pursue a career in research or as a scientist.