This is the transcript for the video Biomedical Science – Course Info

Thanks for tuning in. Before we begin, I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation on whose ancestral lands our city campus stands, and I pay respect to their elders, both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of the land. My name’s Charles and I’m the course director for the Biomedical Science course within the Faculty of Science at UTS. And I’ll be running through some information with you today. So this session, I’ll give you a brief introduction about biomedical science, I’ll answer the question, why UTS? Why do you want to study at a wonderful university? I’ll tell you what biomedical science is and about the course itself, the subjects that are in the course, and I’ll identify some career opportunities as well, and then I’ll go through how you can apply to study biomedical science at UTS. So why do you want to study maths and science at UTS? Well, because we can offer you the real world skills that you’ll need. We’ve got a great set of undergraduate labs to do this, we have a range of researchers doing top quality research at the moment as we speak, publishing all the best journals. We have world class facilities such as the super labs, the crime scene simulation lab, and there’s plenty more other labs such as the Hive. We’re world leaders in science, that’s one of the reasons why you’d want to come to UTS. And we’ll also industry connected. I myself, my own lab has very strong industry, links with a small business, but we had big businesses on our side.

We have New South Wales Health Pathology on our side, we’ve got government organisations on our side, as well as big pharmaceutical companies. And they come on our side because our research has real world impact. It’s a chance where you can immerse yourself in a world leading research community, because this is where life changing discoveries take place and we’re ranked above world standard in all our scientific disciplines. Alright, so what’s biomedical science? Well, we like to say it’s the blood and guts of science, don’t we? It’s about the inner workings of the body and how that relates to diseases you can get and how you can determine what changes are occurring as a result of those diseases. It’s also about getting in the laboratory and figuring these things out, too. So how do we do that in the lab? And so the subject then will provide you with a great foundation in biological and medical sciences and will equip you with all the knowledge to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases as they occur in the human body. Particularly relevant today with the COVID-19 outbreak. So some of the skills you’ll learn, you’ll learn advanced microscopy and histology, you’ll learn some fantastic biochemistry techniques. You’ll learn a whole lot of analytical techniques that we use in our research labs. And as well as analytical techniques that are in pathology labs, pathology labs are going crazy at the moment, trying to test people for COVID-19. And so we’ll teach you the basics and fundamentals about how to do that. We’ll explain what causes diseases.

And we’ll explain how to diagnose those diseases and what techniques we can use to do that. OK, so what does biomedical science offer? In first year, we give you the basic science that you need to get you going. So subjects such as chemistry 1, cell biology and genetics, principals of scientific practice, there’s also a bit of stats, a bit of mathematics. We need that. That’s fundamental to science. All scientists need to have a little bit of statistics in their repertoire. And then we start getting into second year, we start specialising a little more, so we get into things like general microbiology, we start talking about haematology and histology, immunology, epidemiology, a bit of biochemistry too. Some of these subjects are not only offered in the autumn session or in the spring session, but that can be done as a three week intensive block mode subject. Which can help you get through your degree quicker if you need to, or to catch up if you miss something. And then in third year, if you are doing the Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), then in the first half of your third year, you get four free electives to choose from subjects across the university and this can include internships. Now, internships are great because they allow you to get into either a industry or into a research lab at the university or somewhere where you can get an internship in a scientific field and actually get some hands on experience that will set you up for your future going forward. Internships are great.

And then at the end of third year, if you’re doing the Bachelor of Science, (Biomedical Science), you get to do clinical bacteriology, haematological diagnostics, immunology and human health and the biochemical basis of disease. Now, if you’re doing our named degree, which is the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, then as well as those free electives in the autumn session, you get to choose a sub-major so that sub-major can either be cell pathology and all the subjects related to cell pathology listed there. That can be microbiology and host responses or that can be biochemistry and molecular diagnostics. You would choose one of sub-major streams and you get to do those subjects then after your free electives. So what will happen when you finish your degree? Where do you go then? Well. With the basis that we give you, there are jobs available in hospital laboratories, in private laboratories, you can get jobs developing diagnostic tests, you can get jobs as a research assistant in a lab somewhere because you’ll have all the lab skills by then. And there’s also bench work and management roles, there’s policy roles as well, health policy roles, for instance, because you’ll know all about diagnosing diseases by then. So thank you for watching, I hope this information video was insightful. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can contact us at, our webpage is there And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you and goodbye.