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Health and Biomedical Sciences

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A global pandemic, an ageing population, a growing burden of chronic diseases. The challenges our healthcare sector faces are bigger than ever and require a highly skilled workforce that is more empathetic and responsive to change.

As Australia’s largest employer, there’s never been a better time to join the health industry. Your studies could lead to careers in treating illness, designing vaccines to prevent diseases or impacting public health policy.

Statistics related to Health and Biomedical Sciences at UWA, including its status as first in Western Australia for Clinical Medicine and Anatomy and Physiology 1 st IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA FOR CLINICAL MEDICINE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 3rd in Australia 35th  in the world CLINICAL MEDICINE 3rd    in Australia 23rd in the world ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

ARWU 2023, QS 2023

  • Industry placements
    With a range of opportunities locally, nationally and abroad, you’ll make valuable industry connections, build practical skills and be ready to step into your career in health.
  • Award-winning students
    Including 2012, 2019 and 2020 Australian Pharmacy Student of the Year, 2017 and 2020 Australian Intern Pharmacist of the Year, 2020 Australian Dental Graduate of the Year, and 2020 Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia’s WA Intern of the Year.
  • Industry collaborations
    UWA’s global collaborations and strong connections with industry leaders provide students and graduates with a critical edge. Our partners include hospitals, the Lions Eye Institute, Telethon Kids Institute, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, health providers and community groups.
  • UWA Health Campus
    Located on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Campus, the largest health campus in the southern hemisphere, the UWA Health Campus connects students and researchers with hospitals, institutes and healthcare providers. 

Where our graduates go

From our intimate cohorts, we see many students and graduates achieve at national level. We have witnessed enormous talent and produced exceptional alumni including: Professor Barry Marshall, Nobel Prize Winner; Dr Nick Coatsworth, Australian Deputy Chief Medical Officer; Professor Fiona Stanley, Australian of the Year and Founding Director of Telethon Kids Institute; and Professor Helen Milroy, Australia's first Indigenous doctor and WA Australian of the Year for her work in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Read more about how UWA alumni are leading positive change in areas like:

Professor Barry Marshall
Professor Barry Marshall
Nobel Prize Laureate
Director, The Marshall Centre

Industry snapshot

Healthcare and social assistance is Australia’s largest and fastest-growing industry, with a significant number of jobs. Studying a health and biomedical sciences degree will see you graduate with the skills and knowledge to help address some of the world’s most challenging healthcare issues. Our graduates are in demand by healthcare providers, medical research institutes and other organisations within and outside the health industry.

Potential jobs

  • Biochemist/molecular biologist
  • Biodesigner
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical educator
  • Forensic scientist
  • Genetic counsellor
  • Health and welfare services manager
  • Health promotion officer
  • Lab manager/technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Toxicologist

Job growth in this industry

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Employment in Health Care and Social Assistance is projected to increase by 15.8% (301,000 jobs) over the five years to November 2026.

Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

(Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2023).


Undergraduate courses

To find out more about our range of undergraduate courses, visit Our courses explained.

Bachelor's degrees
Combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees
Assured Pathways
Integrated honours

Postgraduate courses

Biomedical Sciences

Combined Master's and PhD

Graduate diplomas



Graduate certificates


Professional practice courses (to become a health professional)
Advanced courses for health professionals

Assessment and Diagnosis

Child Health


Health Professions Education

Leadership and Management


Social Work

Research degrees

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