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What will I learn?

Discover exciting careers in biomedicine and biotechnology – or build the foundations for further study in medicine, dentistry or allied health.

From day one, learn from experts and get hands-on experience in the lab with La Trobe's Bachelor of Biomedicine.

Start with how the body works as you build your fundamental knowledge of chemistry, bioscience and health. You'll take a close look at infectious diseases, including the factors that drive epidemics and pandemics.

Then take on more advanced topics in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and human physiology. Choose subjects in data analysis, disease prevention and control, and lab-based work that'll prepare you for careers in biomedicine. Our supportive staff are available to help you tailor your degree with electives that align with the career you your final year, you'll explore major health issues and how they affect people and society, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, infections and neurological conditions.

Look to the future when you hear from alumni and industry guest speakers currently working in biomedicine and related careers. Plus, have the opportunity to add a voluntary internship to your degree and get practical industry experience while you study.

An undergraduate degree in biomedicine from La Trobe gives you the option to exit early with a Diploma or Associate Degree in Biomedicine. You can also pursue further study, such as a specialist postgraduate degree in audiology, physiotherapy, dietetic practice, genetic counselling, medicine or dentistry.

You'll learn:

Biochemistry, molecular and cell biology

Understand the function of various biological systems at the molecular and cellular levels and how they relate to medical research and biotechnology.

Human physiology

Gain insight into how the nervous, muscular, endocrine, renal and gastrointestinal systems work and how the regulation of these impact health outcomes.

Health data analysis and visualisation

Learn how to interpret and analyse complex health data to communicate insights to a range of stakeholders.

Infectious and non-infectious disease

Discover how infectious and non-infectious diseases are caused and explore the latest understanding of how to prevent, diagnose and treat different types of disease.

Biomedical science

Learn about the practical applications of biomedical science across drugs, clinical trials, ethics, and complementary medicines.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7 - Bachelor Degree.

Career outcomes

Prepare for diverse roles around the world in biomedicine, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in hospitals and government departments. Potential roles include:

Medical scientist

Research human diseases and their prevention and treatment methods in a laboratory.


Use your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, genetics, chemistry and more to develop new technologies, products or processes.

Pharmaceutical sales representative

Bring new medicines and health products to the market. Communicate product information to medical practitioners.

Health promotion officer

Improve the health of individuals and communities through the promotion of health knowledge, disease prevention and other related issues.

Food technologist

Develop healthy, safe and delicious food. Work to improve food products, processes and packaging.

You could also pursue further postgraduate study for research or career opportunities in dentistry, medicine or allied health.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health and Nursing



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,600.00 (21,23,212) per year
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

Expected February 2023


La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,



3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate. International Baccalaureate - 24 to 33. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, C1 Advanced: 169 with no less than 169 in any component, C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Chisholm Institute