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Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy), BSc

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
48 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy), BSc

The primary goal of Biomedical Science is to enhance understanding of human body function in health and disease.

In the first two years of your degree, you will gain a broad knowledge of subjects related to medical science and in scientific research methods. In addition, you will enhance your critical analysis abilities while developing your interpersonal skills through team-working and oral/written communications.

Advanced knowledge of anatomy will be acquired in the third and fourth years of the programme. The University of Aberdeen boasts a state of the art anatomy facility, housed in the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Health Campus. In addition to traditional learning, using cadaveric material, we are proud to house a state of the art 3D anatomy learning resource, allowing the integration of 3D virtual anatomy into lectures and other teaching scenarios.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Year 1

In year 1, you will take a mix of compulsory courses and courses of your choosing to gain a total of 120 credit points.

These courses will provide a general background in Medical Science, preparing you for the more detailed studies of human physiology that will be made in the second year of study.

Compulsory Courses

  • Introduction to Medical Sciences
  • The Cell
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2
  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 2:

Year 2 courses will build on your understanding of medical science and explore human anatomy in more detail.

Compulsory Courses

  • Physiology of Human Cells
  • Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • Human Anatomy A
  • Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences
  • Physiology of Human Organ Systems
  • Energy for Life
  • Human Anatomy B
  • Research Skills for Medical Sciences

Year 3:

In year 3, you will move on to focus on your chosen specialism of anatomy and your courses will reflect this.

Compulsory Courses

  • Architecture of Life
  • Human Embryonic Development
  • Epithelial Physiology
  • Neuroscience Research Topics
  • Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology
  • Human Movement Dissected

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 4:

Compulsory Courses

Honours candidates are required to take both a two hour general examination (SM 4901) and a three hour problem solving examination (SM 4902) at the end of the Final Honours Year.

  • Advanced Molecules Membranes and Cells (Stem Cells and Regeneration)
  • Brain Function and Malfunction (with Anatomy)
  • Developmental Neuroscience (with Anatomy)
  • Biomedical Sciences Honours Project
  • Medical Science Data Analysis Paper
  • Medical Science General Essay Paper

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • RUK: £9,250
  • EU / International Students: £20,700
  • Home Students: £1,820

Career opportunities

The Biomedical Sciences degree primarily prepares you to follow a broad range of careers in science relating to medicine. In this respect, the quality of your training will permit you to take advantage of international career opportunities in research and development. The degree can also form the basis for an application to enter Medicine or Dentistry.

Our degree programmes are built to enhance your employability and three flagship options give our degrees a distinctively different flavour from many others. All our degrees offer:

  • A 10-week full-time research project in the final year which will provide you with valuable experience of working in a medical science research environment
  • The option of an industrial placement year and graduation with an undergraduate MSci
  • Highly relevant and sought after experience in bio-business aimed at giving you an understanding of the commercialisation of scientific ideas and an opportunity to learn about the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

The BSc Biomedical Sciences degree is not accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) and thus our graduates do not achieve their HPC registration at graduation, but instead, if they choose this career path, will gain it following an additional conversion course within hospital laboratories.

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK

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