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Summary
Associate Degree of Biomedical Sciences (ABSC)
  • CRICOS: 098991A

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

Duration
  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

Semester 2 entry is only available part-time, therefore is not suitable for international students who wish to study full-time on-campus.
View USQ Handbook

Develop the skills to work in research or laboratories

If you would like to work in a biomedical laboratory, our Associate Degree of Biomedical Sciences examines broad biomedical concepts and generate accurate scientific data to provide you with a pathway to further study or exciting career choices.

Explore areas such as human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, immunology, cell and molecular biology, nutrition and biochemistry to gain an understanding of what it is like to work in research and clinical laboratories.

You will experience hands-on learning in laboratory-based residential schools or fortnightly labs for most of the first-year courses and laboratory-based residential schools supported by online or on-campus learning in your second year. 

Further study

After completing the Associate Degree of Biomedical Sciences, you have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences.

As a graduate of this degree, you may have employment opportunities as a university and secondary school science laboratory technician or technical assistant in a public or private research laboratory. You will have contemporary laboratory skills to assist in roles in both research and teaching laboratories.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Biomedical Sciences courses 8
Total 16
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 25610
On-campus AUD 29430

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4 SA) or equivalent. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (4 SA) 
  • Recommended study: in one of Biology, Chemistry or Science21 (4 SA), or equivalent. 

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.


How to apply

CRICOS: 098991A

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2019 - Monday 25 February 2019.
  • Semester 2, 2019 - Monday 15 July 2019.

Credit for previous study or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for credit to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.