Biomedical Science

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This course is the application of biology-based science to medical use, be it research, health monitoring or treatment.

A biomedical science degree will give you an opportunity to study a different aspect of medicine, which leans more towards genetics, nature of diseases and how to cure those diseases such as cancer, AIDS, hepatitis, animal cloning, and so forth.

Subjects may include biochemistry, genetics, hematology, microbiology, parasitology, immunology and pharmacology.

Pathway
Most Biomedical Science Programme spans a minimum period of 4 years. Students are provided with a broad based knowledge of basic medical sciences, allowing students the chance to acquire basic medical laboratory skills. Subsequently students proceed to the specific study of medical laboratory disciplines of their own choice.
Subject Focus

SPM

  • Bahasa Melayu
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

University Level

  • Human Anatomy
  • Advance Hematology, Immunology & Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Biomedical Laboratory Science
  • Health Informatics
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Health Communication and Behavioral Science
  • Public Health Entomology
  • Laws & Ethics for Health Professionals
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Medical Parasitology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Research
Personality Type

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTJ

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: SIR (Social, Investigative, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Biomedical Science graduates have a wide range of job opportunities to choose from. The knowledge you gain in Biomedical Science opens doors into almost any field related to research and analysis. From medicine, veterinary science and biotechnology to agriculture, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, toiletries, forensics and even to scientific journalism.

  • Medical Device Sales Consultant: Sells critical care and surgical type products in hospitals and surgery centres
  • Biophysicist: Conducts research to investigate dynamics in such areas as seeing and hearing; the transmission of electrical impulses along nerves and muscles and damage to cells and tissues caused by x-rays
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist: Performs lab tests that doctors use to diagnose and address patients’ health issues
  • Biomedical Engineers: Develops software to detect abnormalities in the body. Designs implants using modern materials and mechanical design considerations. Investigates new drugs to treat a chronic disease

Graduates also have the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of biomedical science, this enables you to explore in-depth in various areas such as:

  • Medical Microbiology: Focuses on disease-causing microorganisms, and includes the identification, management and treatment of said microorganisms. Apart from directly dealing with patients medical microbiologists are involved in teaching and research, which has proven vital to medical doctors.
  • Clinical Chemistry: This is an area of pathology dealing with bodily fluids. Focuses on laboratory analysis, tests and studies related to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Basic areas of testing include the endocrine system, the immune system and the testing for drugs (toxicology).
  • Transfusion Science: Focuses on supporting hospital blood banks and blood transfusion services, for example ensuring blood groups of both donors and patients are compatible.
  • Hematology: Focuses on the morphology and physiology of blood.
  • Histopathology: Focuses on the study and analysis of tissue samples using specialist techniques.
  • Cytology: Focuses on the study and analysis of cellular materials using specialist techniques.
  • Virology: Focuses on the study and analysis of infections using specialist tests.
  • Immunology: Focuses on the study of all aspects of the immune system in all organisms. This includes autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency and transplant rejection. 
Salary

Entry Level: RM 2,500 to RM 3,600Professional: RM 4,500 to RM 8,500

Job Demand

In Malaysia: In Malaysia, Biomedical Science has blossomed into a dynamic field of study and profession in line with the increased sophistication of medicine.With this growth, there has been a growing demand for highly skilled biomedical scientists competent to perform and analyze diagnostic and therapeutic treatments to improve human health.

Malaysia continues to offer high-value and more comprehensive healthcare products and services. Population growth, current health care infrastructure as well as government initiatives will foster this growth.

Based on the Economic Transformation Programme, pharmaceuticals and medical technology products will be given priority. The country will also develop a more profitable medical technology sub-sectors such as medical devices, diagnostics equipment and healthcare information technology.

Overseas: Biomedical graduates are in demand in various countries. Certain countries require specialists in a specific field where as other countries require more researchers.

Biomedical scientist could also register with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). However, you will first need to obtain the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Certificate of Competence. This can be achieved through undertaking accredited work experience either after graduation or during a sandwich placement year as part of an IBMS-accredited degree.

Common employers of biomedical sciences graduates include the following:

Useful Links

Association of Malaysian Medical Industries

Malaysian Medical Association

Biomedical Engineering Association Malaysia

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