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Medical Sciences

Where lessons change lives


    Our courses offer an in-depth understanding of the causes of disease and the practical ways in which they can be investigated in the laboratory. These are the fundamental areas of knowledge that you’ll need as a biomedical scientist. Whether it’s investigating a type of cancer or understanding the cause of food poisoning, biomedical scientists play a crucial role in diagnosing disease and evaluating effective treatment.
  • Teaching Based on Top-Quality Research

    Research in Bioscience contributed to our Allied Health research submission - 86% of which was rated either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This makes us the top modern university in London for our area of research and eighth in the country.
  • Industry Placements

    All our BSc degrees have the option of a placement year. With a wide range of partnerships across the industry, you’ll be able to gain invaluable experience before you’ve graduated making you career-ready straight away.

About us

All of our medical science courses are based at our Stratford campus. On these courses you will be immersed in practical work from the very start of your degree. You will have the opportunity to get involved in practical lab sessions and groundbreaking research projects while learning in our suite of newly-refurbished laboratories. It’s this hands-on experience that employers are looking for in graduates. 

You won’t sit around watching from the back of the lecture hall at UEL - we offer access to excellent work experience opportunities. We will give you the opportunity to find invaluable placements in hospitals, research laboratories and the commercial world which will enhance your employment prospects and give you a competitive edge upon graduation. 

Any research you do will be linked directly to projects already being investigated by our research staff and PhD students, so you’ll be well supported and surrounded by expertise. You’ll also benefit from the support of your student peers as you work on your research projects in small groups.

If you already work in the industry, graduates typically return to their jobs, perhaps in the NHS, at a higher level or progress to further study at PhD level.

I got a lot of hands on experience and put knowledge into practice which prepared me for the 'real world'. My journey has been experiential and rewarding, and this has only been possible due to the wonderful teaching faculty and facilities. Learning from exceptional lecturers has been phenomenal.
Oneza Saleem , BSc Pharmaceutical Science and MRES Bioscience
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Our facilities

The learning experience of UEL students enrolled on our courses is greatly enhanced due to our impressive laboratory facilities at Stratford Campus.

We were awarded a £1.2 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to build a new high-tech super-lab. This was match-funded by the University, making an overall investment of £2.4 million.

These facilities have a major impact on the student experience at UEL and boost the University’s reputation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. We have 10 teaching laboratories, 6 dedicated research laboratories and a large variety of specialist equipment suited to teaching and research in Bioscience. This includes: a high specification curved field MALDI TOF for proteomics research, flow cytometry equipment, HPLC-MS, GC-MS, PCR and real-time PCR, sequencing and equipment for ultrasound imaging, a new confocal microscope, a range of micro titre-plate readers including absorbance, scanning, fluorescence and bioluminescence machines.

All laboratories have been completely refurbished, the facilities are a major benefit to postgraduate researchers as well as undergraduates.

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Students studying at all levels have an opportunity to get involved in our research work.

We have two research groups, one working to develop new medicines and treatments, the other in infections and immunity. We’re also involved in research that tries to model and predict new drugs using bio-informatics. This uses computers to process and study biological data to help predict what a new drug structure would look like before making it.

We often carry out research in collaboration with other leading research universities in London, including University College London and King’s College London as well as overseas institutions. Our Phyto-Pharmaceutical scientists have close links with researchers at Kew. 

Bioscience research played a major part in our successful performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework - the six-yearly national review of research quality in higher education. The work of our researchers was rated the best in London among modern universities. The expert panel rated 67 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and 19 per cent of it as ‘world-leading’, the highest possible accolade.

Key researchers in our Medicines Research Group include Professor Corcoran, whose work on wound-healing, smoking-related cancer and natural products with significant economic potential in low-income economies has been internationally acclaimed.

Other prominent researchers include: Dr Mukhlesure Rahman (antimicrobial natural products); Dr Samir Ayoub (inflammation, pain and thermoregulation); Dr Stefano Casalotti (molecular neuroscience); Dr Winston Morgan (toxicology of natural products and synthetic drugs); Dr Barbara Pendry (cancer and mental health); Dr Michael Seed (preclinical models of inflammation and immunity); Dr Sue Outram (the immune response); Dr Sally Cutler (zoonosis); Dr John George (targeted drug design); Dr David Guiliano (microbiology) and Dr Geoffrey Webb (diet and nutrition).


We’ve worked hard to ensure that this course will be the perfect launch-pad for your future career. 

You could go into laboratory-based work in a hospital or research institute, or work at an industrial or pharmaceutical lab. Employers recognise the quality of the scientists we produce at UEL and graduates of our course have landed jobs in healthcare settings such as Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as commercial companies in the gas, oil and petrochemical sectors. Others went on to Oxford University and Royal Holloway while two of our most recent graduates have secured scholarships for Biotechnology master’s degrees at UCL. You might find you are well suited for a role as a research and development consultant, or use your knowledge to teach the next generation. If you follow this route, we are renowned for the quality of our postgraduate teacher-training courses.

Also, our dedicated Centre for Student Success works closely with employers to provide up-to-date information about the skills and experience they’re looking for. They will support you during your studies and after you graduate.

At UEL, you’ll have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Career Assessment, giving you the opportunity to learn about yourself and Career Coach will help you to discover career suggestions based on your interests.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!



Institute of Biomedical Science logoWith over 20,000 members in 61 countries, the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) is the leading professional body for scientists, support staff and students in the field of biomedical science.

Foundation Pathways

All of our Bioscience and Health degrees have a related foundation pathway that will enable you to excel in higher education, and a head start on the subject specific knowledge and skills in your degree programme.

During your Foundation Year, you will gain the essential skills that will enable you to excel in higher education, and a head start on the subject specific knowledge and skills in your degree programme.

Your student experience, learning and employability will be enriched through tailored activities such as small tutorial groups, field trips and events with current students and alumni in your chosen field of study.

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