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Biomedical Science (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Applied Sciences
Five years full-time; six years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Roy Pemberton
Key fact:
The integrated MSci in Biomedical Science is particularly aimed at students who are 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 3 March 2017


Why study MSci Biomedical Science?

By studying 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 take an integrated fifth year at Masters level, which includes 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 a hands-on approach to learning. Beginning with a strong foundation in modern biomedicine, including basic scientific core subjects, the study of biomedical science specialist subjects is integrated through a study of the biology of disease. 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 fifth 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. As well as receiving 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 will offer you the chance to undertake placements and internships. If you choose the sandwich (six-year) option, your entire fourth 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. Often motivated towards research-orientated jobs, many follow careers in medical research-related fields, with some working in research and development for organisations in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Biology in Practice
  • Chemistry in Practice
  • Skills for Science
  • People and Science.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Biological, Biomedical and Analytical Sciences courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

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.


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 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

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 six-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 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 their 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 in particular, research and development work in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and education sectors.

As well as 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 servicewill help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, 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.


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 5 Years2250
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 5 years with placement2700
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531

Full Time Course with Placement

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719

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: 48
  • 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: Science AS or A2. 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 one A-Level.
  • Specific subjects: Science at GCSE, A or AS-Level
  • Relevant subjects: Maths
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include level 3 credits in Science.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A pass in a higher level science subject.

Entry requirements

This course is designed to accept a wide range of people with different educational backgrounds. You will be considered on an individual basis.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our MSci Biomedical Science course.

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.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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