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.
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 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.
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.
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
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences looks at advancing the health and wellbeing of communities through education and innovation.
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science is uncovering exactly how it has the power to change our world for the better
Start your journey with a virtual tour of the UWA campus. You can view any of the colleges, culture, sports and other photo galleries from our Perth campus and edxplore with our interactive fly-over.
UWA brings together heritage architecture and state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to provide you with an ideal learning environment.
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 informationIf 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 designed to meet growing global demand for graduates with health expertise. Specialise in one or two of the 14 majors available, or combine a Biomedical Science major with another from Arts, Commerce or Science, to match your interests with your career goals. As a Biomedical Science student, you'll be taught by world-class researchers in cutting-edge laboratories and tutorial rooms at UWA's main campus and at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital campus. After graduating, you could pursue a career or further study in areas as diverse as clinical practice, medical technology, medical research or public health.
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 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 to careers in designing medicines to alleviate symptoms or vaccines to prevent diseases, or impacting public health policy.
- 80 (75 for Broadway schools)
- February and July
- 3 years full-time
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.
UWA is 22nd in the world for Anatomy and Physiology (QS 2019)
Microbiology and Immunology, and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine student
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.
UWA is 31st in the world for Human Biological Sciences (ARWU 2019)
Popular majors available
UWA Bachelor of Biomedical Science students have access to a range of world-class facilities that enhance your learning and give you hands-on experience before you enter the workplace.
These facilities include:
Health Students' Society
The Health Students' Society (HSS) is a student-run, not-for-profit organisation for undergraduates completing health-related majors at UWA. HSS provides social and education opportunities and encourages students to make the most of their time on campus and of university life. HSS offers a support network for members during their degrees and aims to enhance the university experience and raise the profile of graduates to prospective employees.
UWA is ranked 24th in the world for Life Sciences (ARWU)
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.