UWE Bristol - BSc Hons Biomedical Science

UWE Bristol

BSc Hons Biomedical Science

This course gives you strong practical skills in the biomedical sciences, with the option to gain a year's experience with a leading employer in the UK or abroad.

Why study biomedical science?

To diagnose and treat diseases effectively, we need to understand the biology of disease and the science underpinning it, as well as the latest advances in medical science.

The strong analytical, problem-solving and communication skills this discipline requires makes biomedical scientists highly sought after in fields such as medical research, consultancy, education and management.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science offers a hands-on approach to learning.

You'll get a strong grounding in modern biomedicine, and study the basic scientific core subjects and the biology of disease, alongside specialist biomedical subjects.

Gain wide-ranging experience and develop expertise in the areas that interest you most.

Work at the cutting-edge of biomedical science, using highly specialised equipment.

Build essential practical experience through placements and internships.

If you choose the sandwich option, you'll spend your third year working with an employer or at another university, in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, research or wider sector. This could be in the UK, in Europe or further afield.  

With a strong focus on the application of science in the real world, this course is excellent preparation for wide-ranging science careers.

What can I do with a biomedical science degree?

Our graduates work in increasingly diverse types of roles. Many follow careers in this area, for example by becoming registered clinical Biomedical Scientists, or by working in research and development for organisations in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

Some also get jobs in sales, the media or education, and others study for postgraduate qualifications.

Through our partnership with American University of Antigua (AUA), you could go on to study medicine there. You'd spend two pre-clinical years in Antigua, followed by two clinical years in the UK, USA or Canada. Scholarships are available for outstanding students.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: Grade B in Biology or Chemistry plus a grade C in another Science subject.
  • Relevant subjects: Subjects that meet the Science requirement for this course: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Mathematics.

Career Prospects

You'll graduate with the insight, tools and practical experience to make a valuable contribution to the health of the community.

Most graduates follow careers in biological sciences, particularly research and development work in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and education sectors.

As well as preparing you for a laboratory-based job, the course will give you the transferable skills employers value in a wide variety of roles, from medical sales and scientific writing, to quality control and health and safety.

Some graduates use their qualification to successfully apply for mature entry to medicine degrees, while others continue with MPhil/PhD research degrees or Masters courses.

Course Details

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You will also study the Professional Practice in Applied Science module.

Year 1

Biomedical Skills
Infection and Disease
Cells, Biochemistry and Genetics
Anatomy and Physiology.

Year 2

Molecular Cell Biology
Applied Scientific Practice
Studies in the Biology of Disease.

Optional modules
Cell Signalling
Molecular Genetics
Medicinal Chemistry
Tissue and Tumour Science
Blood Science
Human Physiology.

Placement year

Final Year

Research Dissertation Project or Research Experimental Project.
Haematology and Transfusion Science
Clinical Biochemistry
Medical Microbiology
Applied Immunology
Medical Genetics
Cellular Pathology and Oncology

Optional modules
Antimicrobial Agents
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health
Neuroscience & Neuropharmacology
Science Communication
Epidemiology and Public Health
Developmental and Stem Cell Science
Medical Technology and Enterprise
*Professional Practice in Applied Science
Genomic Technologies.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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