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Study Biomedical Sciences

The web of life

Biomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary degree that promotes understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease in humans, providing students with a sound and comprehensive grounding in the key principles underpinning modern biological and medical research and their potential applications in biotechnology.

What does a degree in Biomedical Sciences involve?

Biomedical Sciences is the degree that links the papers relevant to an understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease in humans.

You can combine papers from two or more disciplines into one of six exciting and innovative majors—the 'web' that underpins modern biological and medical research.

The degree aims to equip graduates with the skills required to meet the constantly changing boundaries of modern biosciences.

Where can a career in Biomedical Sciences take you?

As a graduate of Otago's BBiomedSc degree, you will have a wide variety of career options, both in New Zealand and overseas. You might choose to apply for graduate entry to medicine or other health professional programmes, or to continue research-based training in one of Otago's internationally acclaimed biomedical departments.

Your working life might begin with an innovative biotechnology company or with a more established company in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, or agricultural sectors. Alternatively, you might be employed by a research institute, in a university, government agency or local authority and use the scientific skills you have learned during your studies to provide policy, technical or diagnostic advice.

Many of our graduates are professional scientists in a wide variety of different fields. Some are studying medicine, dentistry, optometry and forensics. Some have opted for a research career—first completing a postgraduate BBiomedSc(Hons) degree and then continuing with PhD studies.

BBiomedSc graduates are also working as research scientists, teaching fellows, research assistants, science technicians and product managers.

Undergraduate study in Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences is the interdisciplinary approach to sciences. Six majors spanning the spectrum of biomedical sciences and grounded in the research strengths of Otago are available.

These majors are:

  • Drugs and Human Health
  • Functional Human Biology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Molecular Basis of Health and Disease
  • Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health and Reproduction
  • Genetics and Development

A BBiomedSc degree provides an excellent grounding for those students who wish to apply for graduate entry to health professional programmes such as dentistry, medical laboratory science, medicine, pharmacy, or physiotherapy, or for those students who wish to pursue an advanced research-based degree.

Postgraduate study in Biomedical Sciences

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons)) degree is a one-year, postgraduate programme. With its focus on hands-on biomedical research, it is widely regarded as an excellent choice for students wishing to continue on to PhD studies.

Further information

The Biomedical Sciences page has more detailed information about studying Biomedical Sciences at Otago.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at School of Biomedical Sciences:

Tel 64 3 479 4205
Email bms@otago.ac.nz