Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Biomedical Physics is a multi-disciplinary degree that combines both biomedical science with physics applications. Some of the most challenging and rewarding applications of physics are in the area of biomedical physics. There is a broad range of applications for biomedical physics in areas such as radiation oncology, medical imaging and radiation safety. Knowledge of biomedical physics can be applied to instrument development, from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to simple glucose monitors or therapeutic agents based on nanoparticles. This course provides students with skills and expertise that equip them to participate in the rapidly growing area at the interface between physics and biomedicine. Students gain advanced experimental, analytical and computational skills as well as an understanding of how the body works at a cellular and organ level. Students explore the biomedical applications of physics, ranging from the use of nanoparticles as diagnostic and therapeutic agents to medical imaging and diagnostic instrumentation. Career options include positions in radiation oncology, medical imaging, radiation safety, imaging technology and the medical instrumentation industry. The course also provides a pathway to postgraduate programs in medicine or medical physics.
Students must complete 144 credit points, made up of 120 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of electives. This course is offered on a three-year, full-time basis. Students may also be able to complete the course in part-time mode, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking six years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.
- Biomedical physics
Standard entry requirements
- Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
- Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
- Or AE5: Pass
- Or PTE: 58-64
- Or CAE: 176-184. Assumed knowledge includes the following: Mathematics
- Any two units of English
- And any two science subjects. Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics are recommended.
The Bachelor of Biomedical Physics (Honours) is available to eligible students with an additional one year of full-time study.
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Existing students wanting to transfer to this course should be aware that some subjects in the course program will not be available until 2016 or 2017. Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.