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Biomedical Science - Undergraduate options

Biomedical Sciences - quick facts
Taught by

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Available as a major for

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Graduate Diploma in Science (GradDipSci)

Further study options

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Biomedical Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Biomedical Science

Master of Science (MSc) in Biomedical Science

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Science

Undergraduate Medical Programme
Biomedical Science students with a B+ average in Year 1 may be eligible; Students wishing to be considered for an interview need to take POPLHLTH 111 as their elective course in Year 1. You will also be required to sit the UMAT examination in July of Year 1.

Bachelor of Optometry
Biomedical Science students may apply for selection to Optometry at the end of Year 1. The core passed courses will be credited to Part 1 of this programme.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) with other Science majors
Year 1 of Biomed can be credited in part of whole to other BSc majors, including: Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology or Sport and Exercise Science.  

Further information

Faculty of Science Undergraduate Prospectus

Biomedical Science Handbook

Other majors you might be interested in Biological Science | Biotechnology | Physiology

Subject description


Biomedical Science is designed for very able students with an interest in emerging areas of medical science and its applications to improve human and animal health. It is currently the most rapidly developing area in basic biological science. The University of Auckland is acknowledged as a centre of excellence in this field, reflecting the high quality of biomedical research carried out between the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science. The Biomedical Science programme is co-taught between the two faculties, with lectures split between the City and Grafton campuses.

During the first three years, students enrol in courses towards a BSc - Biomedical Science, which will deliver rigorous scientific training in a range of disciplines and provide a strong foundation for a number of professional careers. They will also give a unique insight into the principles underlying an important area of modern biological research. Foundation teaching for Biomedical Science will be covered in the first two years of the programme. Up to 60 students will be selected for a provisional place in the Honours programme at the end of their second year, based on academic merit. These students complete the third year of the BSc - Biomedical Science and must maintain a good GPA. At the end of the third year, selected students should apply online for admission to the Honours programme. Students who are not selected for Honours may also complete the third year and graduate BSc -Biomedical Science. Alternatively they may complete a BSc in Biological Science, Pharmacology or Physiology. A pathway to Doctorate is available to these students through the Master of Science or the BSc(Hons) subject to meeting the academic requirements for entry.

BSc - Biomedical Science degrees can be completed in areas such as cancer biology and therapeutics, molecular biology, cardio, genetics and development, microbiology, immunology, neurobiology, nutrition, pharmacology, physiology or reproduction, enabling students to take advantage of an extended range of options. Graduates of the Biomedical Science programme will have an internationally accepted qualification, excellent research skills and the knowledge to work within some of the world's most rapidly advancing scientific fields.

Students who started this programme prior to 2010

will need to complete under the current regulations. Please contact the Science Student Centre to ensure that you are enrolled in the correct courses to complete.



Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Biomedical Science major

See entry requirements for the BSc in Biomedical Science

Year 1 courses

Year 2 courses

It is then recommended to take either:


It is up to you to complete these requirements in Year 2 or Year 3, but they must be completed in order to fulfil the requirements of the major.

*Biomedical Science students can only take General Education courses from Schedule O and EMHSS.

Year 3 courses

**Students intending to apply for Honours must complete 90 points (6 courses) at Stage III.

We strongly recommend you focus your studies on a recognised area of research as you move into your second and third years. There are eight strands of research supported by academic groups at The University of Auckland.

See a description of each of these research areas

The chart below indicates the range of courses you can choose from to gain experience in each field.


Career opportunities

Biomedical science and biotechnology have revolutionised research over the past decade, stimulating growth in a wide range of industries including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, veterinary science and medical research. Students who graduate with a BSc - Biomedical Science can expect to find employment within biomedical and biotechnology companies as laboratory technicians and scientific officers, as teachers, or as researchers in universities and government agencies such as the Department of Conservation, or in Crown Research Institutes. Employment in pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies is especially buoyant in Europe and the U.S., with growth expected in New Zealand.


Student profile


Joy Yang is studying for a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

“I’ve always loved science – biology most of all - so it made sense to choose a degree that followed my passion.

“The thing I enjoy most about specialising in Biomedical Science is the content of what I’m studying. The programme is well structured and you can see how the courses are interlinked.

“My main goal is to challenge myself, so I have applied for an exchange in Semester Two. The thought of studying overseas in a completely unknown environment halfway across the world is extremely exciting, but also very daunting.

“I’m not completely sure what I want to do career-wise, but I do want to undertake postgraduate study –
possibly immunology or something molecular biology based.”


Help and advice

Download the Biomedical Science Handbook

or contact

Science Student Centre
Room G016, Ground Floor
Building 303 (Maths/Physics Building)
38 Princes Street
Phone: 923 7020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz

Assoc Prof Larry Chamley
Biomedical Sciences Programme Director
Email: l.chamley@auckland.ac.nz