BP184 - Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

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Plan: BP184P12A - Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Award abbreviation: BBiomedSc(PharmSc)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years (8 semesters) full-time, including 1 year of professional placement
Location: Onshore, Bundoora campus
Owning school: Medical Sciences (160H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/medicalsciences
ASCED code: 010999
CRICOS code: 071867E

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) program covers all aspects of the drug discovery process and has been designed to prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. The Australian pharmaceutical industry has more than tripled its turnover in the past 10 years and rapid expansion is expected to continue. As a result, the industry will require an increasing number of graduates to work in areas such as drug design and development, human clinical trials and drug regulations.

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Articulation and pathways

If you are a graduate of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) or the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) who has been successful in gaining a place in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences), you may be eligible to apply for exemptions equivalent to 96 credit points.

If you are a graduate of the Associate Degree in Applied Sciences (Biomedical Sciences stream) who gains entry to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences), you can gain 96 credit points in all first year courses (provided you have successfully completed ONPS2164 Medicines, Drugs and Poisons as part of your associate degree) and 24 credit points in student elective courses.

You will be guaranteed entry into the:BP184P12A, Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) 
Notes on GPA:
  • If you commenced AD012 in 2011, and have successfully completed it (GPA of 1 or above) you will be guaranteed entry and 120 credit points.
  • If you have commenced AD012 from 2012 onwards, and have successfully completed it, you will be expected to gain a GPA >2 in order to qualify for guaranteed entry and 120 credit points.
Note on pre-requisitesYou must complete "Medicines Drugs and Poisons" (ONPS2164) in order to gain 120 credit points advanced standing in total.
You will get credit for:10 courses, 120 credit points
The courses for which you will get credit are:
  • CHEM1240  Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • BIOL2272   Biology of the Cell
  • ONPS2302  Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • MATH1238  Statistics and Epidemiology
  • ONPS2423  Introduction to Medical Biochemistry
  • BIOL2273  Principles of Human Biology
  • BIOL2257  Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
  • ONPS2303 Pharmacology and Toxicology for the Biosciences
  • 2 Electives


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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4,with a study score of at least 20, — chemistry and one of mathematics (any) or physics, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) graduates may be eligible to join a number of Australian professional societies in the medical and pharmaceutical fields, either during your final year of study or upon graduating. Examples of these societies include:

A full-time professional practice work placement in the pharmaceutical industry is undertaken during the fourth year of the program. You will be placed in pharmaceutical companies, clinical trial centres, drug research laboratories, forensic laboratories or drug regulation agencies to undertake a 40-week period of supervised education and training in professional and scientific aspects of the pharmaceutical industry.

The School of Medical Sciences has extensive links with industry through their Program Advisory Committees (PACs), through research projects and consulting, and through their professional placement program. Employers and industry professionals are members of these Program Advisory Committees, and have contributed both to the initial development and ongoing improvement of this program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of graduate employers.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.


Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.


Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.


The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.


You can find more information on Library resources and services at: www.rmit.edu.au/library


Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit).

Other resources
The school has many laboratories, often with specialised equipment, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities. These labs have been upgraded in recent years to ensure that you have access to modern computers and equipment that you are likely to use in industry. RMIT has a planned budget to ensure that all computers are upgraded on a regular basis (currently every three years).

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.


Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other form of disadvantage that may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation and fitness activities, as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students


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