Location Parkville, Victoria Australia
Entry level School Leaver Provisional
Duration 3 years
Important dates


Indigenous entry pathway

Alternative entry is available via Access Melbourne for Indigenous Australians.

Course Information

The Bachelor of Biomedicine requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed in six or seven years part time.

The core of the degree builds understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences.

The integrated core program culminates in final year subjects that deal with contemporary issues in biomedicine and aspects of medical conditions from the molecular and cellular, right up to the population level.

Depth within a biomedical discipline is achieved by completing 50 points (4 subjects) in a major at Level 3. The University offers various majors and specialisations, further information on these can be found here.

Students also take between 50-75 points from other discipline areas. These ‘breadth’ subjects are designed to bridge disciplines, sharpening skills of logic, analysis and multidisciplinary problem solving.

Entry Level: School leaver provisional

General entry information can be found here.

All applicants must satisfy the course prerequisites. The core prerequisites for Bachelor of Biomedicine are Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and at least 25 in Chemistry and in Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics. Equivalent for other states including NSW and ACT have been assessed and will be considered for entry.  Usually this is achieved through the relevant Australian Year 12 subject but there are other ways you can satisfy these. Further information regarding this can be found here.

Applicants are selected according to academic merit, in the form of the ATAR or notional ATAR calculated by the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre.  Courses which select primarily on ATAR will have minimum ATARs set in advance, and you can only be selected below this point if you have additional criteria to be considered.

The standard required to receive an offer may be above the minimum ATAR. It is determined by the number of applications and the number of places available.

Indigenous Entry Pathway:

Indigenous applicants are considered under different requirements for entry. If you’re eligible under the category of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you may receive a guaranteed place in one of five undergraduate degrees, subject to meeting course prerequisites. Guaranteed entry scores differ for each degree. Biomedicine requires a minimum VCE score of 85.00. Indigenous applicants will still be considered for entry below these ATARs, but entry is not guaranteed.

If you are an applicant who has not completed Year 12 but have completed some or all of a VET qualification, please see here.

Applicants with work and/or life experience.

Entry Criteria:

The selection into the course is based on academic marks and the successful completion of required pre-requisite subjects in Chemistry, Mathematical Methods/Specialist Mathematics and English.

International applications (direct to University of Melbourne or via an Education Agent) and Domestic applications (via VTAC).

Preparation Course:


Length of course:

3 years

Additional Information

* Applicants who achieved an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 99.00 or above in Year 12 and commence and complete an undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne are guaranteed a full-fee place in the Doctor of Medicine degree. Prerequisite subjects must be completed as well as satisfactory performance at an interview (year prior to commencing medicine) to demonstrate adequate communication skills. Applicants eligible for guaranteed entry do not need to complete the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT).

* You need to have successfully completed the pre-requisite subjects of English, Chemistry, Mathematical Methods/Specialist Mathematics to enter the Bacheloir of Biomedicine.


*The Ngurra-Jarraddjak (Healthy) Indigenous Graduate Study Options Program occurs during the first week of the semester break July 1 – 6. The national week-long residential program will give undergraduate students exposure to different health research institutions, meet Indigenous health professionals, discover pathways into different health careers and the opportunity to meet faculty staff and alumni. The program envisages the knowledge given to the students during the week will increase future health graduate enrolments.

 What assistance is available to me?:

Murrup Barak – Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development
Murrup Barak provides support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Melbourne and its affiliated institutions. These services include; financial support and advice; Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme; housing; scholarship application and assistance; course advice; cadetships and graduate positions and advocacy.

Financial Assistance:

Centrelink – ABSTUDY


Dr Ngaree Blow 
LIME Reference Group Member
Email: blow.n@unimelb.edu.au
Phone:+61 3 9035 4763

Kelsey Bonds or Connor Diffey

Murrup Barak – Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development
Indigenous Student Outreach Officer
Old Physics Building, Parkville Campus
Name: Kelsey Bonds
Phone: +61 3 83445483
Email: kelsey.bonds@unimelb.edu.au
Name: Connor Diffey
Phone: +61 8344 9617
Email: connor.diffey@unimelb.edu.au

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Level 1, Brownless Biomedical Library
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia
Phone: +61 3 8344 5890

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