Overview

Our Bachelor of Health Science leads to a range of rewarding jobs in the fast-growing health industry. 

You’ll prepare for a real career with cutting-edge, industry-relevant tech in our campus labs, or lay the foundation for specialised postgraduate study.  

Select a major that aligns with your interests and aspirations and study for a career that champions good health for all.

Your major

Prepare for the future of health tech. Learn about anatomy and physiology using cutting-edge med-tech in our Clinical Technologies major. Learn to use point-of-care, industry-standard devices to medically monitor cardiopulmonary, renal and neurophysiology systems. Gain multidisciplinary lab time with biomedical engineering students. Go on to become a clinical physiologist, or biomedical scientist, with postgraduate study.

Your industry experience

Build up your CV with real industry experience while you study through our Work Integrated Learning program, a guaranteed part of all our bachelor degrees. In this degree, depending on your major, the Health Science Project (HEA30001) or the Psychology Project (PSY30003) gives you the opportunity to explore a student-led project with potential links into the industry.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Medical monitoring data acquisition
  • Physiological monitoring
  • Medical data analysis
  • Medical device understanding
  • Systems physiology

Your career opportunities

  • Hospital scientist
  • Cardiac technologist
  • Clinical neurophysiologist
  • Respiratory technologist
  • Sleep technologist

Key codes

CRICOS course code
077669G
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400210973
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400210971
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Top 500 for public health

The only uni in Australia to have both MRI and MEG at a single site

86% of graduates found employment within 4 months of completing their course

#1 in Melbourne for graduate salary 5 years out - $85.3K (national average $66.3K)

Qualifications

One of the following:

  • successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including certificates IV (completed), diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).


Applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry upon completion of the STAT test.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or equivalent.
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Apply for a pathway course

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides credit (advanced standing) to the second.

Note: This information should be used as a guide for those who have completed a course and are seeking credit into another course. For those yet to commence their course, during the time taken to complete, this information may change. Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree. Progression to professional degrees may be subject to additional criteria or academic performance.

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Health Science requires students to complete units of study to the value of 300 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

  • 8 Core units
  • +
  • 8 Major units
  • +
  • 8 Elective units
  • =
  • 3-year bachelor degree

What your course could look like

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Anatomy and Physiology
Core unit , 12.5 credit points
BIO10004
Introduction to Health Sciences
Core unit , 12.5 credit points
HEA10001
Digital Health Foundations
Core unit , 12.5 credit points
HEA10004
Foundations of Statistics
Core unit , 12.5 credit points
STA10003
Semester 2
Brain and Behaviour
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY10007
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Research Methods for Health Sciences
Core unit , 12.5 credit points
HEA20007
Neurophysiology
Major unit , 12.5 credit points
NEU20006
Technology & Data Acquisition
Major unit , 12.5 credit points
MBP10001
Elective
Elective unit , 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
Health and Disease Across the Life Course
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
BIO20004
Measurement and Instrumentation
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
MBP20010
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Professional placement - Major (12 months)
Work Experience in Industry A
Practical unit , 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Integrated Professional Placement A - Health
Academic unit , 25.0 credit points
HEA20003
Work Experience in Industry B
Practical unit , 25.0 credit points
WEI20002
Integrated Professional Placement B - Health
Academic unit , 25.0 credit points
HEA20004
or
Professional placement - Minor (6 months)
Work Experience in Industry A
Practical unit , 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Integrated Professional Placement A - Health
Academic unit , 25.0 credit points
HEA20003
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Medical Imaging Systems
Major unit , 12.5 credit points
MBP20009
Physiological Signals
Major unit , 12.5 credit points
MBP30007
Elective
Elective unit , 12.5 credit points
Elective
Elective unit , 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
Health Sciences Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
HEA30001
MedTech Design and Innovation
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
BME30001
Biomedical Project
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
MBP30003
Cardiopulmonary Physiology
Major unit, 12.5 credit points
MBP30009

2023 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$8,301

Total fee* ($AUD)

$24,903

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$35,960

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$326

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2023 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.
     

Note: There is a 10 per cent discount for on-time payments of your student contribution if you pay a minimum of A$500.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Professional placement fees

Students who participate in a six- or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
BA-HSC1
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BA-HSC1
Apply directly
Course code
BA-HSC1
CRICOS code
077669G
Apply directly

Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400210971
Apply through VTAC
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400210973
Apply through VTAC
Start dates
Location
Last date to apply
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
21-July-2023
Start dates
31-July-2023
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
23-February-2024
Start dates
04-March-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
31-July-2023
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
04-March-2024
Key dates
Open day
30-Jul-2023