Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine

Programme overview:

Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine next start date Next start date: 2 October 2023
16 October 2023
6 November 2023
20 November 2023
4 December 2023
Next Orientation Date: 26 September 2023
Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine study mode Campuses:

Remote and distant students join a campus where the programme is offered
Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine duration Duration:
Minimum: 3 years
Maximum: 5 years
Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine support Support: Fully supported

Programme details:

NQF Level 7 | Applied Sciences | Degree | SAQA ID 62752
The BSc (Biomedicine) prepares you for work in the dynamic and rapidly advancing world of biomedical science and technology.
You will develop a broad theoretical foundation in human physiology, molecular biology, microbiology and pharmacology, with an emphasis on application based research and the use of technology.
You will cover a range of core modules such as Applied Chemistry, Immunology, Biopharmaceutical Marketing and Medical Biotechnology. You will also cover subjects such as Computer Skills, Mathematics for Science Students, Quantitative Techniques and Clinical Trials.

We offer you an environment that combines theory, research and practical application. In addition, we have excellent facilities such as computer and science labs and quality lecture rooms.
We ensure that you graduate with essential work skills such as critical and analytical thinking, effective problem solving, collaborating in teams and communicating effectively.

More information:

Entry requirements
You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with bachelor's degree endorsement.


A National Certificate (Vocational) level 4 issued by the Council of General and Further Education and Training with a Bachelor’s degree endorsement.


A letter or certificate confirming an exemption from Universities South Africa (USAf) for any other school-leaving results.


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.


Completion of a relevant Foundation Programme along with a letter or certificate of exemption from Universities South Africa (USAf)


Completion of a relevant Higher Certificate.


• A minimum of 50% for Grade 12 or equivalent English Language.
• A minimum of 50% for Grade 12 or equivalent Mathematics.
• A minimum of 50% for Grade 12 or equivalent Biology/Life Sciences. (Applicable in 2024: Biology/Life Sciences and Physical Science)
• 32 Eduvos points or more.

The points attained for the best two of the subjects of Biology/Life Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Physical Science must be doubled. A student with less than 50% in Grade 12 or equivalent Mathematics, but greater than or equal to 40%, is required to enrol for and complete Mathematics for Degree Studies B (Science) before attempting Mathematics for Science Students.
From R95 400 per year (based on full settlement payment option) - excluding hardware/software requirements. Please consult the fee structure for additional information.
Programme accreditation
• Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
• Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
Possible career options
Start exploring the world through a microscope.

The careers and jobs in Biomedicine for you, as a Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine graduate are varied and include:

• Academia
• Management
• Research and Development
• Clinical Research Associates
• Clinical Trail Managers
• Pharmaceutical Sales
• Scientific Communications
• Technical positions in laboratories
• Technical sales
• Postgraduate Studies
• Medical Representative
• Entrepreneurship
This qualification is offered at the following campuses



International students

International students are welcome to apply for this programme.

For international student requirements please kindly check International Students Admissions

Calling all students from Angola, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Qualification structure
Year 1
Students are introduced to the basic principals of Biomedicine.
• Applied Chemistry
• Animal and Plant Biology
• Bioentrepreneurship
• Computer Skills
Clinical Laboratory Heamatology
• Introduction to Chemistry
• Mathematics for Science Students
• Medical Bioethics and Communication
• Physics for Science Students
• Principles of Biology
• Laboratory Management
• Quantitative Techniques (Biology)
• Science Skills
Year 2
Students are introduced to the basic principals of Biomedicine.
• Economics of Healthcare
• Exploration of Industry
• Anatomy and Physiology 1
• Anatomy and Physiology 2
• Histology
• Introduction to Microbiology
• Introduction to Molecular Biology
• Medical Microbiology and Immunology
• Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
• Physiological Control Mechanisms
• Biopharmaceutical Sales and Marketing
• Clinical Laboratory Heamatology
Year 3
On completion of this level, the students will have acquired a rounded
knowledge in the following fields:
• Clinical Trials and Good Manufacturing Practice
• Criminalistics
• Medical Biotechnology
• Analytical Chemistry
• Protein Biochemistry and Proteomics
• Operations Management for Bioscience
• Principles of Pharmacology
• Systems Pharmacology and Chemotherapeutics
• Work Integrated Learning (WIL)