This theme addresses the principles of major body systems. You will learn how cells come together to form tissues and organs and how they work together in the body to provide it with its metabolic needs and remove waste products. You will study how structure follows function; homeostasis; the nutritional and GI system; the neural system and senses; endocrine, reproductive and renal systems; and cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Commerce and Biomedical Science
Bachelor degree/Bachelor degree
Biomedical science is one of the most contemporary areas of medicine - think IVF, a cure for cancer, and new life-saving vaccines. This rapidly-growing industry requires people with the skills to commercialise biomedical research, or apply commercial knowledge and understanding in research environments.
Within this double degree course, you have the opportunity to develop the technical and research skills required in the biomedical fields, while also having a strong understanding of the realities of research as a commercial endeavour.
This course leads to two separate degrees:
- the Bachelor of Commerce, and
- the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
You will gain all the benefits of each degree course and be fully equipped to pursue a career in either field separately or to combine the two in your chosen work.
You can combine your majors to explore areas of interest or develop new ones in key areas. You could:
- Study Human Genetics and Actuarial Studies to look at the implications of genetic disease for health providers or insurance companies.
- Combine Immunology with Economics to gain an understanding of how disease impacts political, legal, social, cultural activities around the world.
- Use your marketing skills to promote medical research or health campaigns.
- Work in a business development role in international biomed companies to create new opportunities for research.
You will develop strong commercial skills that will enable to you manage an organisation or contribute to the commercial aspects of medical research, together with strong technical skills to work across the field of biomedical science. You will also have the transferable skills that employers are looking for, such as communication, teamwork, research and critical thinking.
At a glance
|Location(s):||On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time|
|Duration:||4 years (full time), 8 years (part time)|
|Start date:||First Semester (February)|
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Your qualification will be a
Bachelor of Commerce
Choose from the following:
|Listed area of study||Major||Extended Major||Minor|
|Accounting||Caulfield, Clayton||Caulfield, Clayton|
You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.
Equivalent Australian Year 12
All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.
|Australian VCE subjects||Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 30 in English other than EAL||Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS), Specialist Mathematics or Physics||Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry|
|IB||At least 5 in English SL or 4 in English HL or 6 in English B SL or 5 in English B HL||At least 4 in Mathematics SL or 4 in Further Mathematics or 3 in Mathematics HL or 4 in Physics SL or 3 in Physics HL||At least 4 in Chemistry SL or 3 in Chemistry HL|
Alternative qualifications and prerequisites
For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.
Non-School leaver requirements
Above minimum entrance requirement for Monash University.
Applicants should note that the above English and mathematics prerequisites, or their interstate/overseas equivalents, must be satisfied.
VET Diploma or Advanced Diploma graduates: To be considered, applicants will normally require at least a 70% average. Preference will be given to students whose prior studies are related to the course in which they are seeking admission. Programs that involve competency-based assessment without grades or marks will not meet the admission requirements.
University: To be considered, completion of two single units satisfy minimum entry requirements, but four units are recommended to be competitive for selection, especially in areas of study related to the course in which admission is being sought. Applicants should have at least a 60% average in their studies. Studies must have been completed within five years of intended commencement.
Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.
University entrance requirements
Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.
Extra requirements for Commerce:
- VTAC Personal Statement (for domestic students only) - Current year 12 applicants are not required to complete this statement. All other applicants must complete the VTAC Personal Statement detailing any experience that is relevant to the course. Information on the statement receives equal weighting with academic results in deciding the ranking.
Extra requirements for Biomedical Science:
Making the application
Semester one (February)
Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.
Semester two (July)
This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry
For applications Direct to Monash
Apply directly to Monash with this course code: B2021
You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.
Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...
Fees are subject to change annually.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
The average annual student contribution amount is:
Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.
As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:
- pay all of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
- defer payment through the HECS HELP loan scheme.
We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.
Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.
The Bachelor of Commerce is a comprehensive course, structured in three equal parts. In the double degree course you complete:
This will provide you with a broad foundation for your study of commerce and expose you to several commerce disciplines. This will contribute breadth to your knowledge of commerce and address the graduate course outcomes. It will also give you the opportunity to learn more about each discipline before finalising your choice of major.
This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your expertise in one discipline area. You will develop, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of your major area of study.
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is a specialist course that provides an interdisciplinary approach to study of biomedical science, with five central themes: molecular and cellular biology, body systems, infection and immunity, disease and society and diagnostic and research tools. These themes are interwoven in units throughout the course.
Through these studies you will learn how the cell functions and replicates itself in health and disease, particularly considering the structure of the cell and its evolution, the function of cells, DNA, genes and proteins, and the regulation of metabolism.
The focus of these studies is the functional immune system of multicellular organisms and the disease states that result from pathogen infection and from autoimmunity. You will learn about molecular genetics and recombinant DNA (both important tools for the study of microbial disease and immunity), inflammation and disease, and infection and infection control.
In these studies you will learn about disease states that result from abnormal function in various body systems, including the cellular, genetic and molecular causes of the disease, with a focus on mechanisms of disease and patterns of disease and treatment. In studying the basis for human disease, you will also consider the societal and personal impacts of past, present and future diseases and the social, economic and environmental factors that are determinants of health.
These studies address both the molecular and cellular tools, including specialist imaging techniques, that can be used to study and diagnose diseases.
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