Biomedical sciences forms an important component of medical science, informing, supporting and improving human healthcare and medicine. It is a broad based degree providing students with a graduate level understanding of how to effectively analyse and interpret results to support the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease.
You will gain an understanding of the theories, concepts and principles relevant to a range of different disciplines within biomedical sciences as well as the wider application of these to address societal needs. You will develop the skills to evaluate relevant scientific literature to understand how evidence-based decisions may be made in biomedical sciences and ultimately to conduct and interpret your own biomedical science research.
Year three provides the option to seek that all-important chance to experience some essential and fascinating insights for your future career by completing a 30-week placement. Biomedical science is a rapidly growing area of study and graduates are highly sought after by a diverse range of organisations, not only medical, but those involved in other scientific and related technical research and development.
The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.
Numeracy and Literacy requirement: GCSE English and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
A-level and AS levels: 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma: 102 – 118 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
If English is not your first language you´ll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.
On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
Biomedical Research Skills: Providing you with the necessary skills to conduct independent research in the biomedical sciences, during this unit you will formulate and communicate reasoned scientific principles in tutorial group settings.
Introduction to Immunology: This unit will develop your knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of innate and acquired immunity in a mix of practical lab sessions and lectures.
Introduction to Molecular Genetics: The unit will introduce the role of genes and their expression in the formation of proteins and macromolecules that support cellular life processes, and explore basic concepts of ´the central dogma´; the gene as a unit of heritability; the mechanisms of transcription and translation.
Cell Biology: Cells are the basic unit of life and hence knowledge of cell biology is fundamental to understanding wider concepts in biology. This unit introduces key themes in cell biology to provide a sound underpinning knowledge of cells and the way they function. The unit will equip you with an understanding of cell structure, function, control, basic molecular biology, the interaction of cells with viruses and the basic experimental techniques used to investigate cells.
Human Anatomy & Physiology: Giving you an overview of the structure and function of the human body, you will be introduced to the principal concepts underlying pathophysiological processes that disturb health. Key biological and physiological practical techniques relevant to measuring human health and disease are covered, together with the skills you will need for the analysis and presentation of the resulting data.
Chemistry: You will be provided with an understanding of some aspects and processes within fundamental chemistry and analytical chemistry and develop your laboratory skills.
Advanced Immunology: Building on the introduction to immunology, you will develop a greater appreciation of the molecular and genetic basis of innate and adaptive immune responses. You will also gain an understanding of medically important immune conditions, their detection and treatment.
Introduction to Pharmacology: An introduction to the concepts, practices and research of pharmacology, leading you to understand how pharmacological agents are administered, distributed throughout the body, metabolised and excreted.
Advanced Skills for Biomedical Science: To succeed in your field you must be able to conduct successful independent research. During this unit, you will develop a rational hypothesis, plan successful research and write a compelling, well-justified research proposal. These transferable skills will include the ability to test hypotheses, analyse and interpret data.
Biochemistry: Providing a foundation for your final year of study in Biomolecules and Advanced Topics in Genetics by covering the fundamental basics of biochemistry, the unit will give you a broad overview of macromolecules (structure and function) and their metabolism. You’ll also have an appreciation of systems biology through the introduction of metabolism interconnectedness.
Introduction to Toxicology: The basic principles of toxicology will be explored in this unit, designed to offer foundation knowledge for those intending to study toxicology at higher levels or for those intending to study subjects peripheral to toxicology or where a basic understanding of toxicology will be relevant.
Advanced Cell Biology: This unit will examine the operation of cells and the control, development and modification of cells to fulfil highly specialised roles in multicellular organisms.
Biomedical Research Project: Provides you with an opportunity to gain experience of research in a topic of your choice relevant to your degree and to demonstrate your ability to report that research. Such experience is considered essential for those students interested in pursuing academic and/or professional research at a higher level of responsibility and achievement.
Pathophysiology: The detailed study of the molecular bases of a number of important clinical states will be a major component of the unit. We aim to develop your knowledge and understanding of the principal biological mechanisms involved in a range of pathological processes, inherited, malignant, infectious and degenerative diseases including cancer, inherited disease, heart disease, diabetes, infectious diseases, immunological conditions and organ-specific disorders. The transmission of infections, the role of the scientist in control and prevention of disease will be discussed, together with the social and political issues raised by such measures such as vaccination, hygiene and sanitation.
Your degree will be centred around developing the skills you need to work in professional practice, as well as equipping you with a variety of transferable skills that will give you a range of career options, such as working "behind the scenes" in a medical environment, for example in a path lab in a hospital.
Alternatively you may want to progress your particular area of interest, either by making an original contribution to knowledge in your field by undertaking Doctoral study (PhD), or by working in a research organisation as a research scientist.
Our staff have a wealth of research, educational and professional practice experience and are therefore well-placed to ensure you are ready for the world of work once you graduate.
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