Bachelor of Biomedical Science

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science encompasses the biological basis of human structure and function and the application of this knowledge to disease, wellbeing and society. 

Minimum ATAR
Years Full-Time
Postgrad courses

Majors available

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

Understanding the origins and strategies for more equitable health and wellbeing for Aboriginal communities is the leading health issue in Australia.

Anatomy and Human Biology

The Anatomy and Human Biology major lets you discover how your body works, why it works that way, where people come from and how we are related to one another.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemists and molecular biologists are interested in the molecular functions of all living organisms, from the smallest bacterium to the largest whale.

Exercise and Health

Are you passionate about exercise and health? Do you want to spread the word and educate others about keeping fit and being healthy? This major develops your knowledge and skills in the exercise and health domain, with relevant training for careers in the health education, exercise rehabilitation, health service delivery, and fitness industries.


Genetics is the study of biologically inherited traits as diverse as those that cause human disease, allow a rare plant to live in a single isolated location or result in a desirable characteristic of a domestic animal used in agriculture.

Humanities in Health and Medicine

To be an effective healthcare professional, you need to understand the workings of the body from a scientific perspective, and how people and societies function.

Medical Sciences

Medical Sciences integrates knowledge of how the human body functions, how it reacts to disease and pharmacological treatment for disease, with the skills needed to enter a range of clinical and academic health professions.

Microbiology and Immunology

Microbes are organisms too small to be seen without a microscope and Microbiology is the study of these organisms and the role they play in health, disease and the environment.


How do medical conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, deafness, dementia and depression afflict the brain and nervous system? A Neuoroscience major will give you the answers.

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can be considered the basis of modern scientific medical knowledge and plays a critical role in evidence-based medicine. This major allows you to understand the causes and mechanisms of human disease, as well as how they are investigated in the laboratory.


Pharmacology provides a modern understanding of how medicines produce their effects on the body and how such knowledge is used to alleviate suffering caused by disease.


Are you any different from a robot? How does your nervous system respond to the world around you? What happens to your body in stressful environments? The Physiology major will teach you how the human body works.

Population Health

Studying Population Health will allow you to examine patterns of health and disease in society, the application of medical research and evidence based medicine to populations and to consider what we can do to improve the health of the community.

Science Communication

If you are creative, love science and want to work with people, Science Communication is an ideal major for you. Science communicators work to facilitate public engagement with scientific issues.

The learning experience


I’m majoring in Neuroscience because I’ve always been interested in the brain and its role and influence on the human experience. I didn’t do biology in high school, so this course was full of new knowledge for me. I like studying at UWA because of the picturesque campus and wealth of support systems. Most of all, I’ve enjoyed the dissection and study labs involving organic material. There will always be medical research needs, and there are many applications of neuroscience in robotics. Now more than ever, there is a dire need for teachers who can impart critical thinking and a sound scientific mind to our children. Paul Otto


Careers and further study

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Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Sally Tan

I’m majoring in Pharmacology and Finance. Before I chose them I’d heard positive feedback from friends and family. Being in my third year now, I can definitely understand where they were coming from. The Pharmacology major, in particular, is a very well structured course. While it seemed a little daunting at first, I’ve grown to really enjoy pharmacology labs and practicals. Getting to know not only my peers but the pharmacology staff during the lab sessions has been awesome and has made studying a lot easier and more enjoyable. I very much enjoy having a second major in Finance as it keeps my study at UWA a little more dynamic and has broadened my social group. My favourite aspect of studying at UWA has been making friends through clubs and societies like the Science Union. Getting involved in clubs was one of the best decisions I have made. They’ve secured me a wonderful group of friends I could call family, and the passion in advocating science we all have only makes it better.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Direct Pathways

Students may be interested in the following Direct Pathways to professional courses:
Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

To be considered for this course you need to: 

  • achieve the University’s minimum entry score (ATAR of 80 or equivalent)
  • demonstrate English language competence
  • satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)

View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.

Direct Pathway information

If you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Direct Pathways. A Direct Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.

Admission entry to UWA 

We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our admission entry pathways.

About the Bachelor of Biomedical Science

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is an exciting undergraduate degree that is designed to meet growing global demand for graduates with health expertise. You can specialise in one or two of the 13 majors available in this degree, or combine a Biomedical Science major with a major from Arts, Commerce or Science, in line with your unique interests and career goals. As a Biomedical Science student, you'll be taught by world-class researchers in cutting-edge laboratories and tutorial rooms both at UWA's main campus and at the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) hospital campus. As a graduate of this course, you may pursue a career or further study in areas as diverse as clinical practice, medical technology, medical research or public health.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Why study Biomedical Science?

Are you interested in advancing health outcomes in your community? The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is a practical degree which equips students with the essential knowledge and skills to impact the health of people and populations. You'll first gain a sound understanding of how the human body functions in healthy and diseased states, barriers to health care and methods for treatment. This degree could lead you to a career in designing medicines to alleviate symptoms or vaccines to prevent diseases, or impacting public health policy.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Admission entry pathways

UWA offers a number of admission entry pathways for domestic and internationals students to be able to study with us. If your results do not qualify you for standard entry into the University, check our Admission entry pathways for one that suits you.



Meet our students

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Quick details

Degree specific majors
  • 14
Minimum ATAR
  • 80 (75 for Broadway schools)
Intake months
  • February and July
Full time completion
  • 3 years full-time
Associated postgraduate courses
  • 46
Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Rebecca Kaard – Bachelor of Science (Microbiology and Immunology, and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)

I was in hospital for most of high school with kidney disease caused by an unusual bacterium and that really sparked my interest in the field and the impact these microscopic organisms can have on people’s lives. UWA has been an integral part of my family for decades. My dad studied medicine here 40 years ago and has been taking me and my siblings to open days since we were able to walk. The lab work is by far the most interesting part of my course. It’s great to be able to put into practice all the things you are learning and get a taste of the work you’ll do in labs once you graduate. Studying postgraduate medicine and specialising in immunology or going into research would be my ideal career path – and maybe a Nobel Prize for Medicine if I can fit it in.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Degree structure

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science offers 14 majors. You can choose one or two majors within the Bachelor of Biomedical Science or select your second major from those available in the Bachelor of Commerce, Science or Arts degrees, giving you the opportunity to pursue your unique interests and career goals.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Popular majors available

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Bachelor of Biomedical Science

UWA is ranked 24th in the world for Life Sciences (Academic Ranking of World Universities).

Bachelor of Biomedical Science