University of East London

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

112 UCAS Points from


  • A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects. Must include Grade B in A Level Biology or Chemistry
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma in relevant subjects, or at least Merit in relevant subjects
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level, must include Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level. We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths and Double Science Grade 4 / C

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3 and must include Biology or Chemistry at Level 3.

English language requirements

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. 

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application - in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

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.

Course Details

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.

Year 1

CORE MODULES

Professional Practice in Science (Mental Wealth)
Essential Chemistry
Cell Biology
Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Fundamentals in Human Anatomy and Physiology
Fundamentals in Microbiology

OPTIONAL MODULES

Level 4 Short Work Placement

Year 2

CORE MODULES

Human Disease and Clinical Practice
Molecular Biology & Genetics
Infection & Immunity
Cellular Biochemistry
Haematology and Transfusion Science
Research & Career Development - Mental Wealth

OPTIONAL MODULES

Level 5 Short Work Placement

Optional Placement

This module is designed to give you an opportunity to develop professional skills and experience within the workplace. It also enables you to apply knowledge and skills in the competent performance of tasks required by a scientist. Furthermore, it helps you to establish a range of professional contacts that have the potential to be useful both for project work and assisting in finding employment after graduation.

Year 3

CORE MODULES

Clinical Biochemistry
Medical Microbiology
Cellular Pathology
Clinical Immunology
Clinical Genetics
Research Project and Career Enhancement Portfolio (Mental Wealth)

OPTIONAL MODULES

Level 6 Short Work Placement

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