The Bachelor of Biomedical Science offers diverse career opportunities and students can create a tailored program by choosing a major and two minors to align with their career goals. Biomedical scientists may be employed in biomedical research, the biotechnology or pharmacy industries or in clinical physiology. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science also provides a solid grounding for students wishing to undertake postgraduate medicine studies.
The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science leads to a more specific career outcome, generally as a medical laboratory scientist working in the diagnostics or pathology industry, usually in hospitals or public or private laboratories. The results of the tests undertaken by medical research scientists are used by health professionals to diagnose cancers and other illnesses, and contribute to clinical decisions including choice of treatment.
The two courses also have some other key differences:
Duration: biomedical science is three years full time, medical laboratory science is four years full time
Double degree options: available for biomedical science only, with business or law
Internships: the biomedical science degree offers an optional 10-week clinical measurements placement or up to 12 weeks of research/industry placement; the medical laboratory science degree has a compulsory 12-week diagnostic pathology placement.