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Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
SCIE1100 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science Compulsory
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution
Prerequisite for major
CHEM1100 Chemistry 11 Prerequisite for major
PHYS1171 Physical Basis of Biological Systems2 Recommended
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
[ SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research
SCIE2011 Perspectives in Science3 ]
[ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data4
STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data4 ]
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms
Prerequisite for Major
CHEM1200 Chemstry 2 Recommended

1 Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.
2 Students may complete PHYS1001 which is available in Semester 1 in lieu of PHYS1171.
3 Entry is by application and is restricted to 40 places.
4 Students who intend to major in Mathematics should take STAT1301.  Other students with an interest in advanced mathematics and at least a high achievement in Maths C or a 6 in MATH1050 are encouraged to take STAT1301.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Year 2
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
BIOM2013 Advanced Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology

Choose at least 2 units from:

[ BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
BIOM2020 Human Anatomy


BIOL2202 Genetics
BIOM2012 Systems Physiology
BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology
BIOM2208 Differentiation & Development
MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology ]

BIOM2222 Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Science
Year 3
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 2 or 4 unit research project (semester 1 or 2 or summer)3

Choose at least 8 units from:

[ BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
BIOL3003 Advanced Immunology
BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics
BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology
BIOM3002 Human Biomedical Anatomy
BIOM3014 Molecular & Cellular Physiology
BIOM3020 Integrated Endocrinology
BIOM3401 Systems Pharmacology
BIOT3002 Drug Design & Development
DEVB3002 Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
MICR3002 Virology
MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
NEUR3001 Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience


BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics & Disease
BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology
BIOC3006 Biochemistry of Metabolism in Health
BIOL3350 Genetics & Evolution of Complex Traits (not offered in 2018)
BIOM3003 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy
BIOM3015 Physiology & Pathophysiology
BIOM3402 Advanced Pharmacology
DEVB3001 Developmental Neurobiology
MICR3001 Microbes & Human Health
ANAT3022 Functional Neuroanatomy
NEUR3002 The Integrated Brain ]

BIOM3333 Principles of Biomedical Research

3 Research project may be completed in Semester 1 or 2 or Summer Semester before Year 3. Students may complete a 2 unit research project (SCIE3220, SCIE3221, SCIE3260, or SCIE3261) or a 4 unit research project (SCIE3222, SCIE3223, SCIE3224, SCIE3225, or SCIE3226).

Year 4 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
Semester Required for Major Recommended
1 BIOM6501 Research Project in Biomedical Science 4
2 BIOM6501 Research Project in Biomedical Science 4
  1. This is a year long course code for students commencing in semester 1. For student commencing in semester 2, please select BIOM6502. For part-time, please select BIOM6503. Students must re-enrol in the same code.

What will I study?

Your courses will cover the broad areas of molecular and cellular biology (biochemistry and molecular biology, human genetics, developmental biology and immunology and infectious diseases) through to body systems (physiology, neuroscience, anatomy and pharmacology). You will have the opportunity to specialise in one or more of these areas in your third year if you wish. You will learn the scientific process through activities ranging from experimental design and hands-on experiments to computer modelling.


Courses focussing on molecular and cellular biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

You will examine the molecules made by living organisms in a cellular context, and the application of this knowledge in all areas of biomedical science. You will gain the research tools to address questions on how cells divide, grow, communicate and die, and understand the structure, function and interactions of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, and their contribution to cellular activities and processes.

Human Genetics

Study the human genome and its significance as the instruction book of life. You can contribute to the ethical debate on the use of genetic information and be a part of future discoveries identifying the genetic mechanisms that define what it is to be human. It will allow you to employ statistical and mathematical skills needed to analyse large biological data sets generated from sequencing the human genomes.

Developmental Biology

Examine how organisms and cells grow and develop according to their genetic blueprint, which will give you an understanding of how genes contribute to the development of organs and tissues. This knowledge is central to understanding the basis of human health and disease. It also provides essential knowledge needed for bioengineering and nanotechnology.

Immunology and Infectious Diseases

You will examine the principles of immunological responses in the body. The biology of microbes, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc will lead to examining examples of infectious diseases, including HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, SARS, and exotic influenzas. These are all a threat to global health. Study molecular diagnostics to understand how new vaccines and therapeutic treatments are developed.


Courses focussing on body systems 


Examine how the body works, taking knowledge at the molecular and cellular levels to understand integrative control of tissues, organs and systems. Physiology aims to understand normal processes in the body, and the changes that occur in disease. You will gain a unique insight into physiology from many different perspectives.


This area is a rapidly growing field examining the nervous system. The nervous system is a complex array of billions of interconnected cells responsible for integrating, processing and coordinating sensory information and motor commands. Examine how neuroscience and neural stem cells are being used in new therapeutic strategies to treat neurological and mental illnesses.


Understand human anatomy and anatomical data analysis. Using human cadavers, you will learn about the macroscopic structure of human organ systems including the musculoskeletal, nervous and visceral systems. You will collect and evaluate anatomical data, gaining insights into human variation in health and disease.


Learn about the principles that underpin how drugs impact on the functioning of the human body and are useful in prevention and treatment of disease. You will also discover how pharmacologists are significantly improving therapies for diseases through advances in drug design and development, leading to new drugs or better use of existing drugs.