Note: This course is not available in 2024.

Course overview


A Biomedical Science diploma provides students with the opportunity to either extend their previous undergraduate studies within a particular discipline, or choose a major from an entirely new area.

Course code
Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Not available in 2024
Attendance type
Full- or part-time
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth), Albany
Available to international students
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Course structure


A number of pathways are possible on completion of a diploma course. A graduate-entry diploma is particularly beneficial to those who are seeking an alternative study or career path upon completion of their course, or simply wish to complement their previous studies in order to enhance their career opportunities.

A graduate-entry diploma may also lead to honours or postgraduate study opportunities, provided any course prerequisites and admissions requirements have been met.


Note: This course is not available in 2024.


1. These rules are the Diploma in Biomedical Science Course Rules.

Terms Used

2. The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

3.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials, Communication and Research Skills And Indigenous Studies Essentials module

4.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduate degree course of the University for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.

(2) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

(3) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.

English Language competency requirements

5. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

6.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor's degree from UWA, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;

Admission ranking and selection

7. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Course structure

8.(1) The Undergraduate certificates consists of 48 credit points (normally 8 units), except where relevant according to Rule {RulesStructureUGDip}(3).

(2) Students must choose a major from the following:

(1) MJD-ABHWB Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

(2) MJD-ANHBY Anatomy and Human Biology

(3) MJD-EXHSC Exercise and Health

(4) MJD-GENET Genetics

(5) MJD-HHMED Humanities in Health and Medicine

(6) MJD-MCBIM Microbiology and Immunology

(7) MJD-NEURS Neuroscience

(8) MJD-PLMED Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

(9) MJD-PHARY Pharmacology

(10) MJD-PHYGY Physiology

(3) (a) Students must complete all units in the unit sequence of their nominated major; and

(b) any additional bridging, pre-requiste, or co-requiste units required by their nominated major.

(4) Students are not permitted to enrol in units outside of the nominated major except with permission from the relevant student advising office

Satisfactory progress

Progress status


12. Applicants are not permitted to defer admission to this course and are expected to commence their course in the offered intake only. Approved leave is not available during the first academic year of this course. Applicants seeking admission to an alternative intake must submit a new application for that intake.