Health and Biomedical Sciences

Health and Biomedical Sciences

  • ✓ Study in purpose-built clinics, labs and classrooms
  • ✓ Learn best practice with industry-developed courses
  • ✓ Gain experience with work placements here and overseas

Why RMIT?

Located in the centre of Melbourne, RMIT is one of Australia’s leading universities and boasts state-of-the-art teaching resources and research facilities.

At RMIT, we understand the importance of equipping students with real-world experiences and the skills to succeed in a rapidly evolving world.

That’s why our health and biomedical science programs have strong links to industry, and why studying RMIT can give you access to internships, placements and real life industry work experience.

Whether you're learning in anatomy labs, working with patients or nuclear medicine workstations, you’ll be ready to make a difference - caring now for a healthy tomorrow.

Outstanding teachers

Based on excellent innovative research and teaching performance, RMIT is #1 in Australia for staff qualification, and 37th in the world for the international profile of the University's academics.

Successful graduates

Our internationally recognised qualifications prepare students for life and work. That’s why RMIT is ranked #2 in Australia and #15 in the world for graduate employment rate.

Shabneet Sohi

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)

"Named the ‘world’s most liveable city’ by The Economist for seven years running, Melbourne is also ranked among the top 5 cities in the world for international students, and the top ten safest cities globally.

"Melbourne is welcoming, sophisticated and diverse. It's celebrated for its arts and culture, food and dining, entertainment, sports, shopping and festivals."

Top Health and Biomedical Sciences Courses at RMIT

Professionally accredited, RMIT’s health, biomedical and science courses provide the skills and training you need to meet the health challenges of our growing community.

Here are some of our programs that reflect the latest industry developments in these fields:

Master of Biotechnology

Advance your scientific career by gaining experience in the rapidly-expanding field of biotechnology. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to move into specialised areas of the biotechnology industry, equipped with skills in gene and protein technologies, bioinformatics, and in various microbiology and food science disciplines.

You’ll be able to focus on studying the microbes that cause infectious disease or cover food chemistry, safety, and product development.

The theoretical elements of the program are complemented by a large component of hands-on laboratory practicals where you’ll have the opportunity to analyse real-world data.

Course details

  • 2019 annual tuition fee: AU$35,520. The total indicative tuition fee for 2019 commencement is AU$72,960.
  • Campus: Melbourne City and Bundoora
  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Intakes: February, July
  • Program Code: MC111
  • CRICOS Code: 045512D
  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0) or equivalent.
  • Entry Requirements: You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in biological sciences, food science/technology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, agricultural science or chemical engineering that includes a course in microbiology and chemistry or biochemistry with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0).

As a graduate, you can apply for membership of one or more of the following professional societies, depending on which courses you've studied:

  • Australian Society for Microbiology
  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • British Mycological Society
  • Australian Institute of Biology
  • International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Asian Fisheries Society
  • World Aquaculture Society
  • Zoological Society of London
  • Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology
  • Australian Society for Limnology

Master of Laboratory Medicine

Enhance your abilities as a medical scientist in the field of diagnostic pathology, clinical investigation or as a medical researcher.

Completing a Master of Laboratory Science allows graduates to progress to managerial roles across health organisations of all shapes and sizes.

You’ll gain high-level knowledge and skills in analysis by specialising in two clinical pathology discipline, chosen from:

  • clinical biochemistry
  • cytopathology
  • haematology
  • histopathology
  • medical microbiology
  • transfusion and transplantation science

Course details

  • 2019 annual tuition fee: AU$37,440. The total indicative tuition fee for 2019 commencement is AU$76,800.
  • Campus: Bundoora
  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Intakes: February, July
  • Program Code: MC158
  • CRICOS Code: 056171G
  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0) or equivalent.
  • Entry Requirements: An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a cognate discipline (Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical or Biological Sciences, or Medicine) with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) or at least 5 years’ work experience in diagnostic pathology laboratory.

RMIT Advantage

The Master of Laboratory Medicine is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, UK (IBMS) and graduates are entitled to membership of IBMS. Graduates may also be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) if they meet AIMS accreditation requirements. These professional bodies represent biomedical pathology scientists in Australia and in the UK.

Master of Medical Physics

Develop world-class technical skills as well as an in-depth understanding of current industry practices through studying a Master of Medical Physics.

You’ll develop the skills to critically evaluate and optimise the performance of medical equipment and procedures and use your problem-solving abilities to analyse outputs, diagnose problems and provide quality assurance for patient treatments.

Graduates of this program are employed clinically in the fields of radiotherapy, medical imaging, nuclear medicine and in associated research and regulatory roles - where you’ll become an important advisor to a team of professionals including oncologists, radiologists, therapists, technologists, and biomedical engineers.

Course details

  • 2019 annual tuition fee: AU$35,520. The total indicative tuition fee for 2019 commencement is AU$72,960.
  • Campus: Melbourne City
  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Intakes: February, July
  • Program Code: MC215
  • CRICOS Code: 080227G
  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0) or equivalent.
  • Entry Requirements: An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a physical science, biomedical engineering disciplines having substantial physics and mathematics components, with a minimum average of 60%.

RMIT Advantage

This program prepares graduates to undertake further professional development and accreditation through The Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) which recognises and certifies experienced medical physicists.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

In this flexible program, you'll develop a broad understanding of human anatomy, physiology and pathology from cellular to systems level.

Biomedical scientists have an expert understanding of how human and animal bodies function, and respond to various diseases, exercise, diet, internal disturbances and environmental influences.

You can specialise in a number of areas and you’ll gain hands-on experience with modern technologies used in biomedical research. In the final year third year you'll work in research and analytical laboratories in universities, hospitals and the health industry to gain up to 120 hours of work experience.

Graduates may use this course as a pathway into other professional health sciences qualifications such as medicine, physiotherapy, and dentistry.

Course details

  • 2019 annual tuition fee: AU$37,440. The total indicative tuition fee for 2019 commencement is AU$118,080.
  • Campus: Bundoora
  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Intakes: February, July
  • Program Code: BP231
  • CRICOS Code: 068159D
  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0) or equivalent.
  • Entry Requirements: You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 65% average.

RMIT Advantage

Depending on their study stream, graduates are eligible for membership in professional societies including:

  • Ausbiotech
  • Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB)
  • Australian Physiological Society (AuPS)
  • Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)
  • Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • Genetics Society of Australia (GSA)
  • Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA)
  • Mutagenesis and Experimental Pathology Society of Australia (MEPSA).

Associate Degree in Health Sciences

This Associate Degree provides an introduction to health sciences, exploring both the individual and public view of health in Australia.

You’ll gain a core understanding of human biology, health and nutrition. You’ll learn about psychology, project management, exercise, and law and ethics.

You will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the health sector, with an understanding of the Australian healthcare system and the major health issues facing Australia.

Course details

  • 2019 annual tuition fee: AU$30,720. The total indicative tuition fee for 2019 commencement is AU$62,400.
  • Campus: Melbourne City
  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Intakes: February, July
  • Program Code: AD019
  • CRICOS Code: 077364B
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with no individual band below 5.5) or equivalent.
  • Entry Requirements: You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%

RMIT Advantage

When you graduate, you'll be work-ready thanks to integrated industry activities embedded into your degree.

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