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C09078v1 Bachelor of Biomedical Physics (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Biomedical Physics (Honours) (BBiomedPhys(Hons))
CRICOS code: 084272C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


The Bachelor of Biomedical Physics (Honours) provides students with the unique opportunity to undertake research, and gain in-depth knowledge and training in the area of biomedical physics.

Honours students have access to staff who are leading researchers and experts in their fields. Undertaking an honours course allows students to explore their research potential and develop research skills. Honours also provides a pathway for students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies at master's and doctorate level, and enhances graduates' career and study options.

Career options

Career options include positions in radiation oncology, medical imaging, radiation safety and the medical instrumentation industry.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge in core biomedicine, physics and nanotechnology areas.
1.2 Demonstrate advanced technical knowledge in related specialist areas.
1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques required to solve physics problems as applied to a biological system within a research context.
1.4 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of chemical principles and techniques relevant to critically analyse and evaluate physics problems within a research context.
1.5 Apply specialist knowledge and skills in the laboratory diagnosis of disease as demonstrated in the research context.
2.1 Analyse and transmit solutions to complex real-world problems by autonomously identifying the underlying physics and biology applicable to the research question.
2.2 Gather, synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
2.3 Understand and demonstrate advanced and independent analytical thinking to critically evaluate and provide solutions to problems through autonomously planning experiments and testing hypotheses especially in relation to the application of physics to biological models.
2.4 Become adept at data collection and interpretation and independently make logical deductions from the evidence.
3.1 Develop advanced hands-on laboratory skills using modern equipment and IT facilities.
3.2 Use creative technical skills and computer models to analytically and numerically predict the behaviour of complex physical and biological systems, specifying underlying assumptions within your research design.
3.3 Autonomously review, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to design, construct and implement an experimental setup to probe a physical/biological system.
3.4 Independently determine and interpret uncertainties arising in experimental investigations.
3.5 Exhibit high level of skills competence in using scientific tools to display, process and analyse data, from oscilloscopes to spectrometers to electron microscopes.
3.6 Demonstrate the ability to work effectively within a scientific team.
3.7 Operate with knowledge, rigour and objectivity in an ethical, cooperative and honest fashion to creatively and methodically address biomedical/physics questions.
4.1 Evaluate the veracity of information obtained from a variety of sources and incorporate these into learning processes, for example, engage a scientific framework to examine statements appearing in the public arena.
4.2 Demonstrate the cognitive skills to become a lifelong learner and acquire the tools and aptitudes that allow you to adapt to change.
5.1 Appreciate the impact of physics and nanotechnology on the issues faced by the society, particularly in the area of biomedicine.
5.2 Understand both the beneficial and the deleterious consequences of scientific work.
5.3 Participate in community dialogues on health and scientific issues.
6.1 Demonstrate the skills of scientific record keeping, particularly in relation to complex research projects.
6.2 Prepare a thesis on a biomedical physics investigation, with appropriate acknowledgement of sources, demonstrating appropriate graphical literacy and scientifically rigorous interpretation of experimental results.
6.3 Prepare and deliver a complex understanding of theoretical concepts and experimental outcomes in a professional presentation to different audiences using a variety of media, with opportunities to develop the requisite skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening.
7.1 Develop initiative and innovative thinking through creative problem-solving, using advanced analytical, computational or experimental approaches.
7.2 Independently identify opportunities in the rapidly-evolving biomedical sciences sector.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

The honours program is open to students who have attained at least a credit average over the final two-thirds of the undergraduate program.

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.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

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.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points comprising a year-long research project.

Course completion requirements

68007 Honours FT (Biomedical Physics) 1 24cp
68008 Honours FT (Biomedical Physics) 2 24cp
Total 48cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222

Further information regarding honours, including available projects and the application process, is available from UTS: Science.