Biomedical Science Faculty of Engineering & Science

Biomedical science involves the study of changes that occur in the body in health and disease.

Biomedical scientists investigate samples of body fluids and tissues to diagnose diseases and monitor the treatment of patients, and are essential partners in modern healthcare, working with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. For example, their work ranges from screening for cancer, diagnosing heart disease or food poisoning, and making checks for drug overdoses, infectious disease or blood transfusions.

The profile and importance of biomedical science has been rising within the healthcare setting and has been highlighted by the Department of Health as being central to NHS provision. Indeed, the work of many health professions would be impossible without the support of biomedical scientists.

Biomedical science graduates are well placed for employment in both the public and private healthcare sectors. While the NHS is by far the greatest employer, opportunities also exist in the National Blood Service, Health Protection Agency and Medical Research Council. Biomedical scientists also work in the veterinary service, university and forensic laboratories, research, pharmaceutical companies, commerce, Her Majesty's Forces and various government departments.

A degree in biomedical science provides a clear career structure. The programme is accredited by the professional body, the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), and as such opens doors for employment in the healthcare sector. More information on the professional body and associated career pathways is available at