Biomedical Science Degree - 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.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

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The Biomedical Science major draws on chemistry, human health, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences and molecular biology to explain the key principles of biomedicine. Courses cover the future of diagnostics, drug discovery and delivery, human systems, biomedical research and exciting advances in biomedical research including gene editing and nanotechnology.

You’ll become familiar with a wide variety of biomedical facilities and equipment, including:

  • Cell culture
  • LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy)
  • Flow cytometer-cell sorter
  • Real-time PCR machine (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
  • Fluorescence microscope
  • 3D printer
  • Bioprinters
  • Plate-reader
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Science students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Choose one of:

And choose one natural sciences course

And one mathematical and computer sciences course

*Only available to students in the Analytics and Mathematical Modelling and Computation majors

And one course from either the natural sciences or mathematical and computer science courses above.

Complete the following course:

And one of:

In Year 3, you complete a project in an area related to your major. This project gives you an important competitive edge for your career, and is good preparation for postgraduate study.

Courses you complete for this project:

Biomedical science courses

If you're majoring in biomedical science, this is the main subject area you specialise in. It makes up one third of your degree and consists of eight biomedical science-related courses you study throughout your degree.

Year 1 courses

Year 2 courses

Year 3 courses

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Students who started at AUT before 2023

If you started your studies at AUT before 2023, the courses you need to study to complete the requirements for your programme are a little different. You can find the old programme regulations you need to meet on Canvas. Simply log in with your AUT student ID number and password.

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  • Laboratory technician
  • Formulation scientist
  • Biomedical production technician
  • Clinical trial assistant
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Health policy analyst
  • Medical writer

Biomedical science graduates can also progress into further study and research in nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals, aimed at curing or controlling non-communicable diseases.


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
  • Access to AUT’s specialist biomedical labs
  • Flexibility: tailor your degree with a second major, minor or electives of your choice
  • Complete an industry-related project in your final year
See yourself as
  • Doing research in medical and health areas
  • Interested in finding cures, preventing diseases and identifying health risks
  • Creative, innovative and knowledgeable

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.