Laws and Biomedical Science - L3004

Laws and Biomedical Science

Bachelor degree (honours)/Bachelor degree

Advances in biomedical science can have a major impact on the wellbeing of society, but the transition from laboratory to the people it will benefit is a complex journey; this double degree course gives you the tools to do this.

You will gain a solid foundation in the concepts, procedures and reasoning underpinning the Australian legal system and the research, analytical and communication skills of the legal profession. Combine this with an understanding of anatomy, epidemiology and preventative medicine, genetics, immunology, microbiology and pharmacology and you will have the grounding to use your law skills to help solve challenging medical problems.

This course leads to two separate degrees:

  • the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), and
  • the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.


You will gain all the benefits of each degree course (see Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science) and be fully equipped to pursue a career in either field separately or to combine the two in your chosen work.


This powerful double degree course will place you in demand with employers. Pharmaceutical companies, government regulatory bodies like the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and law firms specialising in patents for medical technology will all be interested in your skill-set. With a degree in law and another in biomedical science you will be well qualified for a career in medical research, public health policy and management, medical and health-related education, and forensic sciences.

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At a glance

ATAR

98 Note 2017 clearly in ATAR
93.2 Note 2017 lowest ATAR offer

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration This course is equivalent to 5.25 years of full-time study and offered only in accelerated mode to complete in 5 years.

Part-time study is also available.
Start date First Semester (February)
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Why study biomedical science?

Hear a former Monash student explain the career advantages she received from her Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree.

Why Study Biomedical Science?

Watch our illustrative video to learn where this degree can take you.

“The last few decades have been very exciting for biomedical research, with great leaps in understanding how the human body works and how diseases occur. There are so many fascinating topics to be explored, and I wanted to be a part of that.” - Priyangi Alwis

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
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 (any), 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 N/A 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 HLAt 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 based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

Non-School leaver requirements

Non- school leavers

Applicants who have partially completed an undergraduate degree must have completed the equivalent of one year (48 credit points) and a maximum of two years (96 credit points) of a recognised university degree; and achieved a distinction average or better across all the university units, irrespective of discipline.  The distinction average is a minimum entry criteria to be eligible for admission, and the average will then be the basis for ranking candidates.

Graduate entry requirements

Non-law graduates considering a career in the law are only eligible to apply for the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor).

The Faculty of Law does not accept single unit enrolments for undergraduate studies, except for cross institutional enrolments or for law graduate returning to complete units in order to practise in Victoria.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Extra requirements for Laws:

Not applicable


Extra requirements for Biomedical Science:

Not applicable

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

Domestic Students:

We recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course, provided you meet the course prerequisites above. More about special admissions schemes...

If you don't meet the initial entrance requirements, you'll be able to gain entry to this course by transferring to Monash Law from a recognized undergraduate course at Monash or from another university. Please refer to the requirements for non-school leavers above.

Making the application

Future students

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

Current Monash students

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...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:

A$10,596

Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Scholarships

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.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Double degree courses include the features of the component degree courses, except that electives may be reduced.

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) course is a specialist course that develops through themes: legal methodology and legal practice; public law; and private law. The specialised knowledge and advanced skills are imparted in later year elective units, including a final year project involving intensive research and writing.

A. Legal methodology and legal practice

B. Public law

Public law includes constitutional law, administrative law and criminal law. It concerns the powers and procedures of the legislative, executive and judicial organs of government, and how they are regulated and controlled by "the rule of law". It also concerns the legal relationship between government and individuals, including the protection of the individual rights.

C. Private law

Private law deals with legal relationships between legal persons, including corporations as well as individuals. It includes the study of property rights, contractual rights and obligations, wrongs (called "torts") such as trespass and the negligent infliction of injury, and the law of equity and trusts.

D. Extending specialized knowledge and advanced skills: Law electives

In later years of the course, you will be able to choose from a broad range of elective law units. High achieving students may also include one or two Master's units in their final year of study. Elective law units enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas of law that suit your own interests, skills and career goals. In addition to public and private law, these include international law, commercial law and human rights law. You will have opportunities to study overseas, and to undertake work-based learning, for example, in our clinical legal education program and in local and international internships.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science course 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.

A. Molecular and cellular biology

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.

B. Body systems

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.

C. Infection and Immunity

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.

D. Disease and society

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.

E. Diagnostic and research tools

These studies address both the molecular and cellular tools, including specialist imaging techniques, that can be used to study and diagnose diseases.