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Biomedical Science

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Applied Sciences
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Part-time; full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Roy Pemberton
Key fact:
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science at UWE Bristol offers the opportunity for a full year of invaluable work experience with leading employers in the UK or abroad.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science?

Studying Biomedical Science will provide you with the scientific knowledge underpinning an understanding of the biology of disease, and its application to diagnose disease and evaluate the effectiveness of treatments. You will develop skills at the forefront of advances in medical science and build the analytical, problem-solving and communication abilities needed for rewarding careers in areas such as medical research, consultancy, education and management.

Why study our course?

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science at UWE Bristol offers a hands-on approach to learning. Based on a strong foundation in modern biomedicine, including basic scientific core subjects together with a study of the biomedical science specialist subjects, integrated through a study of the biology of disease, you will gain wide-ranging experience, with the flexibility to develop expertise in the areas that interest you most. Working at the cutting-edge of biomedical science and using state-of-the-art equipment, our focus on the application of science in the real-world will prepare you for a variety of exciting careers.

Real-world experience

With the opportunity to gain essential practical experience in work-based situations, the course offers the chance to undertake placements and internships. If you choose the sandwich option, your entire third year will be spent on placement with a major employer in the pharmaceutical, healthcare or research sector in the UK, Europe or further afield.

Where it can take you

Our graduates find employment in an increasingly diverse range of roles but generally follow careers in biomedical science, working in research and development for organisations in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Some choose to work in sales, the media or education, while others opt to study for postgraduate qualifications.

Medical Training with the American University of Antigua

Some students who study Biomedical Science aspire to progress to graduate training in medicine. We have established a partnership with the American University of Antigua (AUA), which gives our students from this course the opportunity to progress to AUA to study medicine after graduation, spending two pre-clinical years in Antigua, followed by two clinical years in the UK, USA or Canada. Scholarships are available for a limited number of outstanding students each year.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



In Years one and two, you will focus on modern biomedicine together with experimental design and data handling.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Biomedical Skills
  • Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Pathophysiology of Disease
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Physiological and Immunological Systems
  • Practice and Communication of Science
  • Studies in the Biology of Disease

Plus two of the following optional modules:

  • Cell Signalling
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Drugs and Disease
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Final year

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Research Dissertation Project or Research Experimental Project.

Plus two specialist modules from the list below:

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Cellular Pathology and Oncology

Plus optional modules from the list below according to credit requirements:

  • Professional Practice in Applied Science
  • Science Communication
  • Antimicrobial Agents
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Scientific Frontiers and Enterprise
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Genomic Technologies

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The Department of Applied Sciences is evolving a culture of student-centred learning, supported by learning packages and a web-based Virtual Learning Environment. Guided independent learning is encouraged and a framework is provided through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Practical classes are very important in supporting learning, with both laboratory and computer-based sessions. In the Final year, you will carry out an independent research project to seek new biomedical knowledge. Your research project will be undertaken with a tutor supervisor and may be carried out alongside his/her research team.

Your tutors are all engaged in research and other scholarly activity, working across the range of disciplines encompassed by biomedical sciences. They will support your learning and encourage you to develop as a biomedical scientist.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


The range of assessment methods includes both traditional approaches, such as essays and reports, and group tasks and presentations. You will work closely with students in your group and will be supported by both student advisers and a tutor. Overall, assessment is through both coursework and examinations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science at UWE Bristol is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS). If you graduate with honours, you will be entitled to claim Licentiate Membership of the Institute if you have undertaken laboratory training in an IBMS-accredited workplace (during the degree or post-graduation), which allows for completion of the Institute's Certificate of Competence Registration Portfolio.


Throughout the course, you will be able to apply your expertise and build professional skills in work-based settings with placements, internships and volunteering roles. The sandwich course option involves 40 weeks of work-based training in a specialised area of biomedical science. You will have the chance to work with major employers in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry, such as GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis; ICI; government laboratories, including CAMR and Porton Down; and various university research centres. Some students choose to spend their year overseas in destinations such as the USA, Malaysia, Germany or Switzerland.

Study facilities

You will have access to a comprehensive range of well-equipped, modern science laboratories that feature specialist apparatus for histology, haematology and biochemistry, cell culture suites to support immunology, virology and microbiology, and a large range of instruments to measure human performance physiology. In your Final year, you will have access to research equipment for your projects, including extensive facilities for light-based microscopy (including confocal and fluorescent) and an electron microscopy suite.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from experts

You will be supported and mentored by a team of leading biomedical science specialists. Guided independent learning is encouraged and supported by a programme of lectures, seminars and tutorials, complemented by laboratory and computer-based sessions and a web-based virtual learning environment.


Careers / Further study

Our students graduate with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to make a valuable contribution to the health of the community. The majority of our graduates follow careers in biomedical sciences, particularly research and development work in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and education sectors. As well as preparing you for research and laboratory-based jobs in the public and private sectors, the course will equip you with the transferable skills demanded by employers recruiting for 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 support applications for mature entry to medicine degrees, while many choose to continue their studies with MPhil/PhD research degrees or Master's courses.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in biosciences


Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in Biology or Chemistry plus a Grade C or above in another science subject. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Biology; Chemistry
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in Biology or Chemistry and 6 units in another science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction in Biology or Chemistry, and an additional 15 credits at merit in another Science subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: Grade of 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry and grade 5 in another higher level science subject.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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