Bachelor of Science (BSc), majoring in Biomedical Science, for students enrolled prior to 2019

If you are enrolling for the first time this year, visit Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biomedical Science.

Some courses offered prior to 2019 may no longer be available. If you began your degree prior to 2019 we strongly recommend you seek advice from the Student Hubs at

Biomedical Science is taught jointly by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, with courses spread across the City and Grafton Campuses.

Year 1 courses

Year 2 courses

We then recommend that you take either:

It is up to you to complete these requirements in Year 2 or Year 3, but they must be completed in order to fulfil the requirements of the major.

*From 2019 the course name for BIOSCI 101 has changed to Life! Origins and Mechanisms.

**From 2019 the course name for BIOSCI 107 has changed to Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes.

***Biomedical Science students can only take General Education courses from Schedule O and EMHSS.

****In 2020 BIOSCI 220 replaced BIOSCI 209

Year 3 courses

*****Students intending to apply for BBiomedSc(Hons) must complete 90 points (six courses) at Stage III.

Research areas

We strongly recommend you focus your studies on a recognised area of research as you move into your second and third years. There are eight strands of research supported by academic groups at the University of Auckland:

  • Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biomedicine
  • Genetics and Development
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Neurobiology
  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction, Growth and Metabolism

The table below indicates the range of courses you can choose from to gain experience in each field. Note that these courses may have prerequisites for entry and GPA restrictions - make sure when you plan to consider these.

Research area Part II Recommended preparation courses Part II Desirable courses Part III Recommended courses     Part III Recommended complementary courses
Cancer Biology and Therapeutics BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 203–205
  MEDSCI 301–303 BIOSCI 351, 353, 354, 356, 358
CHEM 390, 392
MEDSCI 306, 314
Cardiovascular Biology BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 205, 206
MEDSCI 201 MEDSCI 309, 311, 316 BIOSCI 350, 351, 353, 354
MEDSCI 301, 305, 317
Cellular and Molecular Biomedicine BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 203, 204, 206 BIOSCI 350, 351, 353 MEDSCI 301, 303–305, 309, 316
Genetics and Development BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 203 BIOSCI 351, 354, 356 BIOSCI 350, 353
MEDSCI 301, 312
Microbiology and Immunology BIOSCI 201–203(BIOSCI 204 or MEDSCI 202)
MEDSCI 203, 205
  BIOSCI 349
MEDSCI 301, 314
BIOSCI 347, 348, 350-353
Neurobiology BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 204–206
MEDSCI 201 or
MEDSCI 304, 307, 316, 317 BIOSCI 350, 351, 353, 354
MEDSCI 309, 312
Nutrition BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 203, 204, 206(MEDSCI 202 or BIOSCI 204) BIOSCI 358
MEDSCI 312, 315
BIOSCI 348, 351, 353
MEDSCI 301, 306, 307, 314, 316
Reproduction, Growth and Metabolism BIOSCI 201–203
MEDSCI 201, 205 BIOSCI 351
MEDSCI 312, 313
BIOSCI 350, 353, 354, 356, 358
MEDSCI 301, 314

Entry into other programmes from Biomedical Science

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
Biomedical Science students with at least a B+ average in Year 1 may be eligible. Students wishing to be considered for an interview need to take POPLHLTH 111 as their elective course in Year 1. You will also be required to sit the UMAT examination in July of Year 1.

Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom)
Biomedical Science students may apply for selection to Optometry at the end of Year 1. Applicants achieve a minimum B+ average in requisite courses in order to be eligible for interview consideration.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Biomedical Science students may apply for selection to Pharmacy at the end of Year 1. Applicants need to have achieved a minimum B- average across all eight courses to be eligible for consideration for an admissions interview.  

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