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Biomedical Science, BSc

Lancaster University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Lancaster
English
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Biomedical Science, BSc

Lancaster University’s BSc Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). An IBMS-accredited degree, along with a training period in an NHS lab, represents a core route to employment in the NHS as a biomedical scientist.

Of the UK universities that offer an IBMS-accredited BSc Biomedical Science, Lancaster University is ranked the highest overall in three major UK league tables - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, The Guardian University Guide 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2020.

The degree will provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory and laboratory techniques associated with biomedical science – a subject dealing with the study of life processes within the context of human health and disease. It is ideal for those with a broad interest in human life processes and disease as teaching places an emphasis on the molecules and mechanisms fundamental to life processes and how these are disrupted by disease.

Our biomedical science degree is designed to focus on the key aspects of modern day biomedicine. The course is highly-specialised and is taught jointly with clinical and biomedical staff from local hospitals. The course content is very structured and the majority of the modules are compulsory. If you would prefer a more flexible degree in this subject area, you might want to consider one of Lancaster University’s biomedicine degrees instead.

You will begin your biomedical science degree with the study of 15 wide-ranging modules, including Biomedical Science in Practice, Biomedicine and Society, and Diagnosis in Biomedical Science. In your second year, you will study subjects including Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology and Medical Microbiology.

In your third year of study, you will focus on aspects of human disease by studying modules on Cancer, Medical Genetics and Pathobiology. There are optional modules to select from in your third year, such as Neurobiology, Tropical Diseases, and Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease.

Admission requirements

Grade Requirements

  • A Level AAB
  • Required Subjects A level Biology and one other science subject from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics
  • GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade C or 4
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component.

Other Qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Biology and 6 in one further HL science subjects from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics
  • BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in Applied Science including sufficient Biology and Chemistry content

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core

  • Anatomy and Tissue Structure
  • Biomedical Science in Practice
  • Biomedicine and Society
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Diagnosis in Biomedical Science
  • Experimental Design and Data Analysis
  • Genetics
  • Hormones and Development
  • Human Physiology
  • Impact of Microbes
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Molecules of Life
  • Protein Biochemistry
  • Skills in the Life Sciences

Year 2

Core

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Employability Skills
  • Genetics
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Practical Physiology

Year 3

Core

  • Biological Sciences Research Project
  • Cancer
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Environmental Pathogens
  • Medical Genetics
  • Pathobiology

Optional

  • Cell Signalling
  • Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
  • Ethics in Biomedicine
  • Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Proteins: Structure, Function & Evolution

Tuition fees

  • For UK students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £24,070 per year

Career opportunities

The transferable skills and analytical training you will gain during your biomedical science degree will allow you to enter science or diverse fields such as management, marketing and finance. You will gain practical skills such as laboratory competence and experimental design; numerical skills such as statistical analysis, data recording and presentation; and interpersonal skills such as team working, communication and negotiation.

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