UC010 - Undergraduate Certificate in Biomedical Science

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Plan: UC010 - Undergraduate Certificate in Biomedical Science
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: Undergraduate Certificate in Biomedical Science
Award abbreviation: UCBiomedSc
Total credit points: 48
Career: UGRD
Duration: 0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent
Location: RMIT University, Bundoora and/or City Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 019901
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Undergraduate Certificate in Biomedical Science provides you with foundational knowledge and skills to pursue further study via the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. If you pursue admission to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science you will have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the human biomedical sciences, with the ability to study in specialist areas including cell biology, neuroscience, anatomy, physiology and applied biochemistry, amongst others. 

The Undergraduate Certificate includes courses that develop your foundational knowledge in key areas of the Biomedical Sciences: anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology and cell biology. In addition to developing knowledge in the fundamental biosciences, you will develop critical skills required for succeeding at university and in the workplace. You will learn how to source and review literature in the Biomedical Sciences field and learn how to present this information in oral and written formats. Further, you will work with peers on project that will develop your skills in working effectively in teams. 

This breadth of experience will enhance your employability and also enable you to make an informed decision about any further study. 

Some courses will be delivered on-campus while others may be delivered online. All courses will have learning materials that you will be able to access via the Learning Management System.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Biomedical Science are guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP231) and will receive 48 credit points of credit. Graduates may also be eligible to apply for entry in the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BP311) and apply for 48 credit points of credit.

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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.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematics (any) or Physics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) 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


This program is not accredited by any professional body. This program does not qualify graduates for any level of membership or registration for practice.

Industry Links 

This program has strong links with industry through its Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) and through research and teaching collaborations. Many program teaching staff are from local industry or have extensive previous industry experience and well-developed contact networks, and many are currently engaged in industry-funded research projects. These attributes, when integrated into teaching and courseware development, ensure that your learning experience is industry-relevant.  

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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

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers and group study rooms are available at each Library. One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service. 

For recommended texts and databases relevant to your discipline, refer to https://rmit.libguides.com/biomedical-science.

Find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit).

Other resources

Within the School of Health & Biomedical Sciences there are three laboratories which have individual workstations. These will be used in a variety of your classes to enhance your IT skills.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

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 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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