BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
Health, Sport and Bioscience
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.
Doctors make decisions based on the results of tests carried out by biomedical scientists in the pathology laboratory, while patients benefit from their experience and expertise. Without their skills, key hospital departments such as Accident and Emergency couldn’t operate effectively.
Our course offers 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.
Course Leader Dr Claudio Scotti believes the popularity of the course is because it's “broad-based”. It’s ideal for students who want to make a career in bioscience but have not yet decided in exactly what area to specialise.
The course, which offers extensive laboratory training, shares a common first year with other bioscience degrees, so you’ll have the option to switch to a similar degree course at the end of your first year if you wish.
The course is also available with a year-long work placement between years two and three. If you choose this option, you’ll have the chance to spend your third year working in a laboratory, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BSc degree, you have the option of taking an extended, four-year version of this course. You’ll take a Bioscience foundation year which will prepare you for the BSc degree.
Degree + Foundation year
Our course is extremely popular because it’s fully accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) - the professional body for biomedical scientists in the UK. This recognition is crucial for your future career opportunities.
Top UK modern university for Research quality (Biological Sciences, CUG, 2018)
Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2017)
Biomedical Science, BSc (Hons)
The lecturers at the School were very tenacious, inspiring me to better myself constantly. I never lacked encouragement. After three tough and testing years, I’m over the moon. I feel like I earned every bit of my first-class honours degree!
New UCAS Points
New UCAS Points
New UCAS Points
What you'll learn
This course is based on the study of the biology of disease. Your first year is common to all bioscience students at UEL and covers four areas: essential chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry and human anatomy and physiology.
In your second year, your five core subjects will be supplemented by optional work placements. You can choose a short placement or a full year away from the University. Taking a longer option will undoubtedly help your career prospects once you graduate.
In your final year, you’ll gain an understanding of what causes disease as well as studying clinical infection and immunity. You’ll do a core module in cellular pathology and blood science that will show you how to identify normal and pathological tissues using a microscope.
You’ll also undertake your own original research project in your final year, for which you’ll be generating and assessing data. You can do this through library work or in a laboratory. The choice is yours.
What you'll study and when
By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.
Academic & Communication Skills (core)
Essential Maths & ICT (core)
Human Biology (core)
Chemistry of Life (core)
Cell Biology (core)
Human Anatomy and Physiology (core)
Biology of Disease (core)
Cellular Biochemistry (core)
Infection and Immunity (core)
Physiological Regulation (core)
Clinical Diagnosis (core)
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
Cellular Pathology and Blood Science (core)
Clinical Infection and Immunity (core)
Research Project (core)
How you'll be assessed
We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.
Foundation Year Specification
In your third year, you’ll either take five core modules or undertake a work placement. We’ll assess you accordingly.
How you'll learn
We’ll strongly encourage you to take the option of a full-year placement outside the University at the end of your second year. These placements represent great opportunities - jobs that can involve anything from sample collection in a laboratory to actually running supervised tests.
Recent history shows that many of these opportunities lead to full-time jobs. It’s a competitive process to land such an opportunity, but well worth it.
As Course Leader Dr Claudio Scotti says: “People are desperate to find work experience because without that, it’s not easy to find a job. If you have a work placement with us, though, you’ll have a head start.”
There are also opportunities to help out on research projects being carried out by our academic team. For example, students of Dr Scotti have aided his research into the health claims made by manufacturers of probiotic foods.
Your own research project could turn you into a prize-winner like one of our students, Dee Davis, who’s been recognised by the Society for General Microbiology for her microbiology and immunology research.
Your future career
Biomedical science is a constantly evolving field, and there are plenty of rewarding career opportunities for graduates.
The knowledge you’ll gain through your studies, combined with the practical experience of working in a pathology laboratory, will set you on an exciting path. Once you’ve got your Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) registration, you could find yourself working in the National Health Service, making a crucial contribution to modern healthcare.
Alternatively, you could end up working at the Health Protection Agency, the National Blood Authority or in private, university or forensic laboratories.
You might choose to work in veterinary science, a pharmaceutical company, the Health and Safety Executive or another government department.
Many of our graduates use their degree as a springboard for further study. They go on to complete an MSc or PhD in biomedical science or in a related subject such as physiotherapy, dentistry, medicine or pharmacy.
As this is a broad-based course that gives you an excellent overall knowledge of the subject, you could use it as a foundation to move into teaching.
One of the biggest advantages of studying biomedical science at UEL is the sheer breadth of topics covered, opening doors to a wide range of career options.
Biochemistry (with Foundation year)VIEW COURSE
Biomedical Science (with Foundation year)VIEW COURSE
Chemistry (with Foundation year)VIEW COURSE
Medical PhysiologyVIEW COURSE
Medical Physiology (with Foundation year)VIEW COURSE
Medical SciencesVIEW COURSE
Pharmaceutical Science (with Foundation year)VIEW COURSE
Pharmacology (with Foundation year)VIEW COURSE