Biomedical Science, BSc Hons

  • Our degree is accredited by the profession
  • Provides a foundation in human disease
  • Focuses on real life clinical case studies to enhance understanding

Entry requirements may change during Clearing.

3 years full time

4 years sandwich programme



This programme will give you a detailed study of human health and disease, focusing on the pathogenesis (mechanism) of disease, diagnostic pathway and therapeutic intervention. It will prepare you for careers in medical diagnostic and research environments.

The first year is a foundation for more advanced studies in subsequent years. Approximately a quarter of the programme is taken up with practical-based courses that will build your skills in this area.

The second and final years take skills and theoretical development to more advanced levels. You can also carry out an independent research project that comprises one quarter of your final-year study. If you want work experience in this field, you can undertake a sandwich year.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To advance your academic, professional and laboratory skills for employment in medical diagnostic and research environments
  • To develop the knowledge and understanding you require to apply theory to practice
  • To develop your transferable skills in information technology, communication, numeracy, problem solving and case study analysis.

What you'll study

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Students are assessed through:

  • Formal examinations
  • Presentations
  • Case study-based reports
  • Critical evaluation of data
  • Problem-solving exercises
  • Laboratory reports
  • Thesis.

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.


The programme will prepare you for employment in both the public and private healthcare sectors, including in the National Health Service, National Blood Service, Health Protection Agency and Medical Research Council, veterinary service, the Health and Safety Executive, forensic laboratories and the pharmaceutical industry.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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