Bachelor of Biomedical Science / Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Public Relations)

School of Health Sciences, Fremantle Campus

Employers value graduates with a broad education and specific skills in certain areas. By combining studies in two or more areas students can increase their job prospects, extend their general education and pursue more than one interest. This can be achieved by a double degree such as our Bachelor Biomedical Science / Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Public Relations) which brings together two complementary disciplines but only requires one additional year of study. The combination will appeal to highly motivated students who have a strong interest in both biomedicine and modern commerce.

  • Why study this degree?

    A Biomedical Science program at Notre Dame is a gateway to a rewarding career in a host of health-related fields and it also provides the foundation for advanced scientific investigations. This program includes a general introduction to biological science plus coverage of such topics as anatomy, molecular and cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, pathology, infectious disease, human physiology, immunology, neuroscience and reproductive biology.

    This degree can easily be combined with a Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Public Relations) – one of several undergraduate degrees offered by the School of Business. All of these degrees combine academic work with a four to six week business internship. This enables students to gain valuable on-the-job experience and provides opportunities to interact with professional practitioners in their chosen industry. The internship program delivers essential career-seeking skills through CV workshops, interviewing technique classes, coaching sessions and assistance for students to find their perfect match.

  • Program summary

    Bachelor of Biomedical Science / Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Public Relations)

    Year One

    Semester 1

    • Human Structure & Function
    • Introduction to Biological Sciences
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Business Communications

    Semester 2

    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Body Systems
    • Introduction to Physical Sciences
    • Commerce Course

    Year Two

    Semester 1

    • Microbiology
    • Data Analysis & Experimental Design
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Commerce Course/s

    Semester 2

    • Biochemistry
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Commerce Course/s

    Year Three

    Semester 1

    • Ethics
    • Pathology
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Biomedical Science Practicum Part A

    Semester 2

    • Reproductive Biology
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Biomedical Science Practicum Part B

    Year Four

    Semester 1

    • Immunology
    • Human Genetics
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Commerce Course/s

    Semester 2

    • Infectious Diseases
    • Neuroscience
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Commerce Course/s
    • Commerce Course/s

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations & Planner.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
      OR
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
      OR
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
      OR    
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
      OR
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    FEE-HELP

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index and also includes a loan fee of 25 per cent for all undergraduate programs of study.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

    HECS-HELP

    HECS-HELP is a loan scheme intended for students enrolled in Commonwealth Supported Places. The scheme will pay your student contribution amounts, but not additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Although there is no interest charged on HECS-HELP loans, your debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Biomedical Science / Bachelor of Commerce, please call our Prospective Student Officers on +61 8 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au.

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on international@nd.edu.au.

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