3 Years Full Time

Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine


Full-time undergraduate degree programmes are offered over a minimum period of three years.


Biomedicine represents the interface between medicine and biology. It is a field with many opportunities that are fuelled by rapid advances in technology, creating the need to provide appropriate healthcare and education to the public. South Africa is in great need of skilled workers in the science and technology fields, and students studying MGI’s BSc in Biomedicine degree can be assured of gaining both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field.

The programme is grounded in a fundamental body of molecular biology that focuses on human biology. The degree will meet the need for people who can communicate at appropriate technical levels to bridge the gap between the layman and the expert. Furthermore it has a strong entrepreneurial approach, thus encouraging graduates to connect biology with business.

Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in research and to present their findings in a public forum. They will be able to handle DNA and plant and animal tissue in MGI’s laboratory whilst acquiring a strong foundation in health sciences.

Graduates will have theoretical knowledge of human physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology and its applications. In addition, they will meet the professional needs of the pharmaceutical and allied health industries by demonstrating sound research, and interpersonal, computer, verbal, and written communication skills.

They will be able to work as members of a team, collect, analyse, and present information, use technology or other methods of presentation for communication purposes, identify and suggest possible solutions to problems, and organise work requirements to meet deadlines. Graduates will furthermore understand the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

Qualification structure

The syllabus comprises three levels:

Level 1

Students are introduced to the basic principles of biomedicine and science.

  • Science Skills

  • Principles of Biology

  • Quantitative Techniques

  • Introduction to Chemistry

  • Maths for Science Students

  • Human & Social Biology

  • Bio-entrepreneurship

  • Physics for Science Students

  • Applied Chemistry

  • Health Communication

  • Project Management

  • Computer Skills

Level 2

Students develop an intermediate level of knowledge in the field.

  • Introduction to Microbiology

  • Molecular Biology

  • Organ System Physiology

  • Biopharmaceutical Marketing

  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology

  • Economics of Health Care

  • Physiological Control Mechanisms

  • Personal Selling and Sales Management

  • Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods

  • Haematology and Cytology

  • Job shadowing a scientific representative

Level 3

On completion of this level the students will acquire a rounded knowledge in the field.

  • Systems Pharmacology and Chemotherapeutics

  • Clinical Trials and GMPs

  • Medical Biotechnology and Criminalistics

  • Endocrine and Neuropharmacology

  • Operations Management

  • Medicinal Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry

  • Internship

Students who successfully complete all levels of study are awarded the Midrand Graduate Institute Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine degree.

Career options

  • Laboratory Technician

  • Clinical Research Associate

  • Production Technician

  • Technical Sales Representative

  • Scientific Communication Officer

For more info
Midrand Graduate Institute

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