Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)


As a biomedical scientist, you’ll be on the frontline of research into the causes and consequences of diseases of the human body and you'll contribute to diagnosis and management of these conditions.

This BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree course gives you the knowledge, skills and experience you need for a career in this essential scientific profession and the accreditation to pursue a career in NHS laboratory medicine.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Find out about the systems of the human body and the diseases that affect them
  • Learn about the latest professional practice in pathological disciplines such as haematology and microbiology on one of our optional sandwich placements
  • Receive award-winning teaching from active researchers and experts who are at the top of their game
  • Get out of the classroom and put your knowledge to the test in our labs, which are kitted out with industry-leading microscopes, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment

You can also:

  • Join one of our internationally recognised research groups
  • Apply to the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, involving a summer research placement at a European university

In the final stage of your course, you’ll carry out a laboratory-based research project. You can complete this project at a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus+ exchange scheme.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Case Discussions in Biomedical Science – 20 credits - In this module, you'll develop your independence, critical thinking and analytical skills working collaboratively with your peers to investigate and interpret a series of discrete patient focused case studies.

Cells to Systems – 20 credits - This module develops your understanding of the basic structure and function of mammalian cells, tissues and organs.

Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the anatomy and physiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists – 40 credits - In this module, you’ll develop your knowledge of core subject, personal and transferable skills.

Pathological Sciences 1 – 20 credits - In this module, you'll explore the pathological sciences: histology, haematology, blood transfusion, immunology, microbiology and clinical biochemistry/endocrinology.

Year 2

Core modules

Applied Human Physiology – 20 credits - This module develops your understanding of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and digestive system physiology, and the sense organs within the human body. 

Pathological Sciences 2 – 20 credits - In this module, you'll gain insight into the complexities and integration of the clinical disciplines of pathological sciences including histology, haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology, and clinical biochemistry.

Research Methods – 20 credits - In this module, you'll develop the knowledge and skills required for conducting research in biosciences.

Scientific Basis of Disease – 20 credits - This module develops your understanding of some of the core barriers to disease such as the immune system, processes of wound healing and haemostasis.

Optional modules

Business for Biosciences – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to the combined world of bioscience and business. You’ll benefit from business insight and how it relates to the bioscience sector.

Development: How Form and Function Changes – 20 credits - This module develops your understanding of how vertebrates, including humans, develop. 

Nutrition and Exercise for Health – 20 credits - This module develops your understanding of the science behind the role of nutrition and exercise in health and the prevention of disease.

Year 3

Core modules

Genetic Basis of Disease – 20 credits - This module will develop your understanding of diseases arising from genetic defects, exploring acquired genetic disease (malignancy) and selected inherited disorders.

Integrated Pathology – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll develop an understanding of conditions and diseases that affect mutually dependant body systems.

Pathological Sciences 3 – 20 credits - You'll get insight into the advanced and evolving nature of the Pathological Sciences clinical disciplines: Histology, Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Microbiology and clinical Biochemistry.

Optional modules

Case Studies in Biomedical Research – 20 credits - This module will develop your understanding of important research related to the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) and centres on your attendance at the IBBS seminars, as well as the current advances being made in the field of biomedical science.

Clinical Research in Integrated Medicine – 20 credits - This module builds upon your previous collaborative learning experiences and develops your knowledge of selected pathologies through the use of a number of integrated clinical case studies.

Erasmus Plus Project – 40 credits - Subject to a successful interview, this placement focused module asks you to take on a research project in an area of biomedical science. 

Erasmus Plus Work Based Learning – 20 credits - Subject to a successful interview, this placement module develops your ability to achieve planned learning outcomes using work-based resources. 

Project – 40 credits - In this module, you’ll conduct a research project within an area of biomedical science.

Work Based Learning – 20 credits - This module develops your ability to achieve learning outcomes using work-based resources. 


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical lab work
  • guided reading
  • collaborative and peer-assisted learning
  • simulation

Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research, and we provide a student-centred approach to teaching, with all modules fully supported by online lecture and study materials.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • laboratory reports
  • workshops
  • presentations
  • group work
  • measures of practical competence

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

You'll graduate from this course as a scientist in training with transferable skills that give you many career options.

You can apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to join the biomedical science register. This lets you practice as a qualified biomedical scientist when you graduate. You must have completed a period of work-based learning within one of our Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved clinical training laboratories to register.

You can also apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology. This gives you access to professional networks and conferences.

Areas you could go onto after the course include:

  • scientific research
  • further study on an MSc or PhD programme
  • teaching
  • scientific writing and the media
  • pharmaceutics
  • instrumentation
  • further study at medical or dental school

Our Careers and Employability service gives you support and advice for up to 5 years after you graduate, to help you put your best foot forward after your studies.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

BCC-ABB from A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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