Student in science laboratory


Biomedical Science

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Applied Sciences
Four years full-time; five years sandwich:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Roy Pemberton
Key fact:
The integrated MSci in Biomedical Science is particularly aimed at students interested in careers in research. This is facilitated by providing an additional year of advanced research skills study over the BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science.

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why study MSci Biomedical Science?

You will gain a scientific understanding of the biology of disease, along with its diagnosis and treatment, up to BSc level. You will then undertake an integrated fourth year at Masters level, including an extended research project.

You will develop skills at the forefront of advances in medical science. This means you will be equipped with analytical, problem-solving and communication abilities when you graduate, and will be able to compete for exciting and rewarding opportunities working or studying in biomedical research.

Why study our course?

The MSci in Biomedical Science offers practice-led teaching. The first three years of study are based around our long-running Institute of Biomedical Science accredited BSc honours degree and modules. The course is based on a strong foundation in modern biomedicine, including basic scientific core subjects, together with a study of specialist subjects in the biomedical science area, integrated through a study of the biology of disease. You will gain wide-ranging experience and be given 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. In the fourth year of study, the teaching and research will develop your advanced research skills; MSci projects are aligned to areas of research excellence, as you work alongside research-focused academic staff.  

You will experience engaging and outstanding learning, teaching and support services throughout your student journey, fully utilising advances in technology to support your academic and professional  development. Alongside in-depth subject-specific training in research, you will gain transferable skills applicable to broader areas, such as management, finance and marketing.

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 (five-year) option, your entire third year will be spent on placement with a major employer in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, research or broader 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.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Plus two of the following optional modules:

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

You will be required to achieve an average grade of 2:1 or above by the end of your second year in order to progress to the third year of the course. Students that do not achieve this will transfer to the third year of BSc(Hons) qualification.

Year three

You will study one of the following modules:

  • Research Dissertation Project
  • Research Experimental Project.

Plus two OR three of the following specialist modules:

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

Plus selection/s from the following optional modules, depending on credit requirements:

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

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Research in Practice
  • Research with Impact
  • Current Issues in Biomedical Research.

*compulsory module if you choose to undertake a placement.

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

We encourage student-centred learning, supported by learning packages and a web-based Virtual Learning Environment. Guided independent learning is enabled 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.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

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

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

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).


Throughout the course, you will be able to apply your expertise and build professional skills in work-based settings by applying for placements, internships and volunteering roles. The five-year sandwich course option involves 40 weeks of work-based training that may be 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 GlaxoSmithKlineand 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 and cell culture suites to support immunology, virology and microbiology, along with a large range of instruments to measure human performance physiology. In the Final year, you will have access to research equipment for your projects, with 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 have used their qualification to successfully support applications for mature entry to medicine degrees, while many choose to continue their studies with MPhil/PhD research degrees.

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.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full Time Course with Placement

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their 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/4 or above 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 six 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: A minimum 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.

You will be required to achieve an average grade of 2:1 or above by the end of your second year in order to progress to the third year of the course. Students that do not achieve this will transfer to the third year of BSc(Hons) qualification.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international students who does 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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