Department of Health Studies

Biomedical Science

My Studies



To graduate from the Biomedical Science degree programme, you must:

  • successfully complete all the classes
  • successfully complete all the internships
  • produce two Bachelor’s theses which must both receive a pass mark
  • pass the Bachelor’s examination

Your title on graduation will be "Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (BSc)“.

Bachelor’s theses

During the course of the Bachelor’s programme students must write two independent theses in two separate modules. These two theses constitute a part of the final examination, and should demonstrate the student’s ability to work on a problem within a particular field and to present the results appropriately. The theses should be completed within a given period of time under the guidance of a supervisor. The time available for completing each thesis corresponds to its scope and level of difficulty.

The first Bachelor’s thesis is completed during the fifth semester and involves a detailed literature search and the literature-based design of an experimental study. In the second Bachelor’s thesis, written in the sixth semester, students carry out an experimental study and document the results in compliance with scientific criteria. This allows students to demonstrate their ability to work independently and think analytically. They use methods and techniques of biomedical science within an interdisciplinary context.

Bachelor’s examination

The Bachelor’s examination is held in front of an examination board and is open to the public. The panel is composed of three experts including the chairperson. Students present their theses, followed by a discussion of the content and its relevance to the programme.

After graduation

Biomedical scientists can enter the world of work straight after graduation and are sought after experts in the healthcare system. They can choose from career paths in a range of medical disciplines due to their broad education. The practical approach followed in the course enables them to settle quickly into employment. Many of our graduates work in biomedical lab diagnostics, supporting doctors in diagnosis, follow-up, therapy monitoring and rehabilitation.

Biomedical scientists are much sought after by research institutes, opening up many careers for them in a scientific environment. Graduates can work in a variety of settings, ranging from healthcare to research and industry, including the following:

  • Hospitals
  • University clinics and universities
  • Outpatient clinics, private laboratories, medical practices
  • Sanatoriums, rehabilitation centres
  • Non-university research institutions
  • Biopharmaceutical industry
  • Laboratory technology industry and suppliers
  • Food industry, environmental protection
  • Veterinary medicine

Graduates of the Bachelor's course in Biomedical Science have the option to enrol on a relevant Master's programme at any university, including FH JOANNEUM's part-time Master's degree in Mass Spectrometry and Molecular Analysis.