University of Portsmouth

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Biomedical scientists help identify rare diseases, diagnose disease, research disease processes and monitor patients’ treatment. On this accredited BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree, you’ll develop the expertise you need to start making your own contribution to the medical advances of the future. 

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) – a mandatory requirement if you want to work in the NHS after graduation. It's also accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. 

On your degree, you’ll learn to diagnose, monitor and manage health conditions. You’ll learn from our outstanding team of biomedical scientists and researchers whose work is shaping the understanding of conditions such as brain tumours. You’ll put your learning into practice in our lab simulation facilities and use microscopes, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment to hone your skills.

You’ll have the freedom to choose modules and projects that excite you, covering topics such as nutrition, exercise for health, and bioscience and business. 

You’ll also have the chance to take a summer research placement in Europe with an internationally-recognised biomedical research organisation, and the option of a sandwich year in the UK or abroad, where you’ll work in a lab or within the NHS to gain valuable professional experience.

After graduation, you can become a registered Biomedical Scientist in the NHS (after 12 months of work-based learning). You’ll also be ready to follow previous graduates into medical training, dental training, teacher training, research and development within pharmaceutical companies, the NHS Scientist Training programme, and publishing.

Entry Requirements

A levels – AAB–BBB

UCAS points – BBB–AAB from A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology plus a second Science subject or Mathematics For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application (

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BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM

International Baccalaureate – 31

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Whether it's developing or processing tests for diseases such as coronavirus or providing diagnosis services to GPs, accident and emergency departments and other health services, registered Biomedical Scientists play a key role in public health and are always in high demand.

Once you've completed 12 months of work-based learning within an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved clinical training laboratory, you can register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and work as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS and private settings.

You can also apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology. This gives you access to professional networks and conferences.

You can also use your biomedical science knowledge in related fields such as:

  • Scientific research
  • Teaching (with further training)
  • Scientific writing
  • Medical sales
  • Medicine and dentistry (with further training at medical or dental school)
  • Becoming a Physician Associate (with further training)
  • Postgraduate study or research

Roles recent graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Clinical trial coordinator
  • Medical lab assistant
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Trainee biomedical scientist
  • Science teacher

Recent graduates have gone onto work for companies such as:

  • Pall Europe
  • Pfizer
  • Roche
  • Viapath
  • Siemens Healthineers
  • Imperial College London

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Cells to Systems
Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists
Pathological Sciences 1

Year 2

Applied Human Physiology
Pathological Sciences 2
Scientific Basis of Disease
Biomedical Toolbox
Optional modules
-Business for
-Development: How Form and Function Changes
-Nutrition and Exercise for Health

Year 3

Genetic Basis of Disease
Integrated Pathology
Pathological Sciences 3
Optional modules
- Case Studies in Biomedical
-Clinical Case Studies
-Erasmus Plus Project
-Erasmus Plus Work Based Learning
-Work Based Learning

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