BP293 - Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

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Plan: BP293SBDD - Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Campus: City 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 Science (Biotechnology)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Award abbreviation: BSc(Biotech)/BiomedSc
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time/ 8 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 010900
CRICOS code: 076962K

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Purpose of the Program

The objective of this program is to provide students with a competitive edge over single degree students. You will acquire the skills to work in the health professions, in Biotechnology and Biomedical research, or  to progress to further study.

You will complete studies in Cell Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Biology including Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics and Proteomics. Additionally students may chose from the science electives which include Anatomy, Neuroscience, Cardiovacular Biology, Applied Biochemistry, Industrial Microbiology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety, amongst others.

This program has two capstone, WIL (work integrated learning) courses: The Science Project (ONPS2186) which involves either an industry placement or an industry-suggested project in a simulated work environment, and Practical Biomedical Science (BIOL2357) where you will be assessed on professional or vocational work in a work place setting (real or simulated) and receive feedback from those involved in your industry.

In addition to a fundamental understanding of Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences, at the completion of the degree you should have an understanding of the research process and have experience in modern technologies in Biotechnology and Biomedical research. This is achieved by the combination of basic and advanced knowledge and extensive 'hands-on' techniques taught in the program.

This program draws upon the strengths of two schools, the School of Sciences and the School of Health and Medical Sciences. Students enrolled in the Double Degree will have the opportunity to develop the cability to apply scientific principles and practice in commercial enterprises, testing authorities and research establishments in a safe and environmentally and socially responsible manner.

The courses for this program are taught face to face at the RMIT city and Bundoora campuses.



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Articulation and pathways

1. Articulation

Source Programs:

Currently there are no articulation arrangements for the B Sci (Biotechnology)/ B Biomedical Science double degree.  However, students who have successfully completed the first year of B Science (Biotechnology), B Biomedical Science, B Biomedical Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences), B Applied Science (Laboratory Medicine) at RMIT can apply for entry into the second year of the program. Entry is competetive and selection will be decided on a case by case basis.

For articulation from other awards you will be individually assessed to determine what, if any, advanced standing is possible.

2. Pathways

Outstanding graduates from this program may be able to proceed to a research degree by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) subject to meeting the general admission criteria.


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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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/country-equivalency


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry; and study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics; 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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements/recognised-qualifications .

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External accreditation and industry links

Graduates are accepted for full membership of the Australian Institute of Biology, the Australian Society for Microbiology, and the Australian Biotechnology Society, among others, and their international equivalents.

Through our extensive research programs, many of which are undertaken in collaboration with external organisations, you will have access to a wide range of industrial personnel e.g. from CSIRO, Dept of Primary Industry, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Medical and Scientific research institutes, private industry (manufacturing and consulting). Your final year research project may be undertaken with external scientific organisations, and you may elect to undertake a science project as a work placement in an approved industry (through consultation with the course coordinator).

The Program Advisory Committee comprises external members drawn from a diverse external industry base and institutions, providing further opportunities for networking and is a useful link in ensuring that the teaching material and student capabilities remain close to the needs of future external 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, http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students  or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University 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 University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Biotechnology, refer to http://rmit.libguides.com/Biotechnology-and-Biological-Sciences For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Biomedical Science refer to http://rmit.libguides.com/biomedical-science

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students

Services for students

RMIT University 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 which 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, 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  http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students

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