||Overview of Biomedical
Biomedical courses provide a basic foundation in the scientific skills needed to investigate human biology, and enhance humans’ health through appropriate preventive medication.
Often grouped under the sciences or health sciences faculty in higher education institutions, biomedical courses also cover interdisciplinary subjects such as biochemistry, epidemiology, genetics, microbiology, and pharmacology.
The prerequisites for entrance to a biomedical course are a Year 12 qualification, and passes in English, mathematics, and sciences subjects. Individuals without Year 12 qualifications can choose to undertake foundation studies at private colleges, or diploma in tertiary studies as a means to bridge their learning gaps for higher education opportunities.
Students who wish to specialise in biomedical science will have to undergo standard science subjects in their first year of undergraduate studies, and they can choose to major in biomedical science during their final year. Owing to the competitive nature of science courses, some institutions may implement further aptitude tests to assess applicants.
As part of the biomedical science programme, students will undertake laboratory research and testing to complement their theoretical knowledge. Internship options may be offered to high-performing students as a pathway for honours or postgraduate programmes.
Postgraduate options can include entering into graduate medical school for further training in a specialised biomedical area, or working towards a Master of Science degree.
Careers in Biomedical
Biomedical science graduates can pursue professional scientific and corporate careers in biotechnology, food production, product technology and research, pharmaceutical companies, research institutes and hospitals.
Biomedical science graduates can also pursue teaching in secondary or tertiary education institutions.
Skills needed in Biomedical
Biomedical scientists are expected to have strong mathematic, reasoning and communication skills.
Research and analytical flair is also important as they need to analyse and interpret laboratory findings and observations.
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