Biomedical Science Major - Bachelor of Science

Interested in emerging areas of medical and health science and how they can improve human and animal health? Study the Biomedical Science major in the Bachelor of Science.

Biomedical science and biotechnology have revolutionised research over the past decade, stimulating growth in industries like agriculture, pharmaceuticals, veterinary science and medical research. Biomedical science is the most rapidly developing area in biological sciences, and demand for biomedical graduates is expected to grow.

You gain an understanding of fundamental physiology and biomedical research, working with the latest laboratory techniques and equipment. AUT has specialist biomedical labs with analytical equipment not available at any other New Zealand university.


This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

Start date: 2019

Year 1

Complete the following papers

HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment
CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
CHEM502 Biological Chemistry
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
MICR501 Microbiology
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation

Plus one level 5 elective paper.

Year 2 and 3

Level 6 papers

Complete the following papers:
CHEM604 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM602 Biochemistry
HEAL609 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HEAL610 Methods of Research and Enquiry
GENE701 Molecular Genetics

Plus three elective papers.

Level 7 papers

PHMY701 Pharmacology for Professional Practice
BIOL741 Natural Compounds
BIOL742 Biomedical Science
BIOL743 Biomedical Technology

Plus four elective papers, or two electives and the Research Project paper.

Workplace experience

In your final year you can enrol in the Research Project paper (30 points) if you have at least a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This may involve working on an industry-related project related to your major.

SCIE701 Research Project

  • Research scientist in Crown Research Institutes, private research institutes and universities around the world
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • Health product and food-for-health product companies
  • Government organisations

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Biomedical Science Careers

Key features
  • Biomedical science is a rapidly developing area
  • Can open up numerous career opportunities
  • Skills to advance human and animal health
  • Access to AUT’s specialist biomedical labs
See yourself as
  • Doing research in medical and health areas
  • Interested in finding cures, preventing diseases and identifying health risks
  • Creative, innovative and knowledgeable

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