• Health Sciences (Academic). Photo credit: Monash UniversityHealth Sciences (Academic). Photo credit: Monash University

This group of courses will equip you for a career in the biomedical or medical laboratory sciences, or as a corporate health professional. They are designed for students who wish to work in the health and medical sectors, but in a laboratory, research or policy setting rather than directly interacting with and treating patients.

At undergraduate level the most common courses in this area are Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, and Bachelor of Medical Science, all of which will enable you to train toward becoming a biomedical scientist. Biomedical scientists conduct research in laboratory settings and participate in clinical research.

There are also courses available that allow students to train toward future careers in as corporate or public health professionals, including those focusing on health promotion, population health, public health and health information management.

Many Australian and New Zealand universities offer a Bachelor of Health Sciences. This broad degree can be a springboard to a career in corporate or public health, but can also be a good first degree for those looking to apply for entry to graduate entry programmes in professional healthcare in the future. Australian and New Zealand universities offer graduate entry programmes in subjects including physiotherapy; speech language pathology; exercise physiology; health Informatics; diagnostic radiography; nuclear medicine; nutrition and dietetics; radiation therapy; occupational therapy; orthoptics; and rehabilitation counselling.

At postgraduate level students have the opportunity to apply for coursework Masters programmes in subjects such as genetic counselling; international public health; bioethics; health communication; health policy; public health; pathology; pharmacology; neurosciences and biomedical engineering. Many coursework Masters in this field offer the option of including a research component in your studies.

Research programmes (Masters by research or PhD) are available across an extensive range of areas. Research students can access unrivalled expertise, a thriving research culture and an international reputation for excellence in the field of health and medical science at Australian and New Zealand universities. The technology for the world’s first vaccine for cervical cancer was discovered at the University of Queensland; researchers at the University of Melbourne in the 1970s developed the world-first cochlear implant (the ‘bionic ear’) while at the Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) key research findings include the identification of genes involved in male infertility and specific molecules that drive metastasis in invasive cancer.