Department of Biomedical Sciences

Department of Biomedical Sciences

As part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and MQ Health, we are committed to improving patient health through world-class fundamental and translational medical research.

Staff in the Department of Biomedical Sciences teach and conduct research in many core disciplines: anatomy, biomedical engineering, biomechanical engineering, cancer biology, neurobiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. 

Through our PACE (Professional and Community and Engagement) program, you will be taken out of the classroom and into an industry related scenario where you’ll get hands-on experience in the field. More information can be found in the Handbook.

Our students benefit from a strong culture of innovation and collaboration, work in start-of-the-art research facilities and receive opportunities for international research experience and travel.

Higher degree research

If you are interested in undertaking a research project in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, please first contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas and potential supervision before applying.

For more information on applying or if you’d like to discuss your research pathway options, please contact:

Research ethics and safety

Students receive ongoing training to support safe and ethical research practices. The University has established Research Ethics and Biosafety Committees that review and approve research involving human participants, animals and genetically modified organisms and ensure compliance with relevant codes of practice.

Opportunities and societies

Research scholarship opportunities

Our Department is involved in the Faculty Summer Vacation Scholarship Program and offers a range of research opportunities for prospective postgraduate research students to gain experience working with our researchers.  Successful applicants receive a scholarship as part of this program.

Several international and domestic scholarship opportunities are advertised on the University Higher Degree Research website.


Students are encouraged to join MedSoc, a faculty postgraduate social network that helps connect our research students through a variety of social events.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us 

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to or contact the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

International student enquiries: submit an online enquiry.


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