Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Science staff are key members of healthcare – 70% of diagnoses in the NHS are based on pathology results provided by scientists in the lab. As a Biomedical Science student, you will explore the cutting-edge application of scientific investigation to human health.

A rapidly evolving and growing field, you will study and research a range of biomedical topics from organs systems and disease, right down to molecular biology. Throughout the course, you will explore the analytical skills needed for research and investigation, develop an understanding of the role biomedical science plays in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and apply your knowledge and practical skills to a variety of clinical lab settings.

You will study key healthcare topics, such as infectious disease, cancer, and heart disease, building towards the final year, where we focus on clinical laboratory specialists, informed by current working professionals. Students also complete independent research projects in areas they are interested in, supported by leading academics in topics ranging from Alzheimer’s to Zika virus!

Students also have the option to undertake an additional placement year in a clinical or industry laboratory. As we are an IBMS accredited course, completing a clinical lab placement enables students to gain the necessary registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is a requirement to become an NHS Biomedical Scientist.

A Biomedical Science degree is highly sought after in NHS clinical laboratories, research institutions, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as an ever-expanding range of healthcare related professions. 

Key features

  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.
  • This course is professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
  • You can become eligible to apply to the HCPC Register, by completing an HCPC approved Certificate of Competence portfolio with the IBMS, (this can be completed as part of your optional placement year).
  • You will study a wide range of current and cutting-edge topics in Biomedical Science, including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology and the analytical skills of modern biomedical science.
  • Gain industry experience during an optional placement year. Our students have worked in a number of NHS laboratories, as well as in research laboratories at organisations including the London School of Hygiene, Tropical Medicine and Public Health England, even working internationally.
  • Our students benefit from an international experience through our DMU Global programme, which has seen students conducting Biomedical Science workshops on topics including malaria, sickle cell disease, and diabetes to school students in Zimbabwe and Bermuda.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work in diagnostic laboratories in both the public and private sectors, NHS laboratories, research institutions and the biotechnology industry, in roles as biomedical scientists, laboratory assistants, associate practitioners, pharmacology technicians, lectures, researchers, or further graduate study such including Medicine, Dentistry, and Advanced Masters courses.
  • The Biomedical Science BSc programme has a large and diversely skilled teaching team. Specialist areas of research expertise include cancer, immunology, genetics, toxicology, microbiology, chemical synthesis and drug design, musculoskeletal biology and medical physics. Staff are very research active, which directly informs many aspects of your teaching at UG and PG level. 
BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration
B940 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course


  • Five GSCEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English

Plus, one of the following: 


  • A minimum of 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels. One A level must be at grade C or above in either Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology

T Levels

Merit in Science (with optional module in Laboratory Science only)


  • BTEC National Diploma Science - Distinction/ Distinction/ Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Science - Distinction/ Distinction/ Merit

Alternative qualifications include:

Access to HE Diploma

  • 122 UCAS Tariff Access to HE Diploma ‘Science’ with Distinctions in science specific modules not in generic learning modules.

English and Maths GCSE required at grade 4 (C) or above as separate qualifications

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

International Baccalaureate: 28+ with six higher level points in Chemistry or Biology

Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

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