Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences

Explore a subject that is at the forefront of medical science, looking at the mechanisms of life and the causes of disease. On this 3-year biomedical sciences course, you'll study a broad range of specialist topics. Our world-renowned research facilities and teaching staff will prepare you for a career in clinical research, medicine or beyond.

Biomedical science provides advances in vital areas, including:

  • investigating potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease
  • finding the causes of cystic fibrosis
  • improving our understanding and treatment of cancer

Our biomedical degrees focus on the science behind clinical medical practice. On this course, you'll develop the main skills required for biomedical research and explore topics such as:

  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • neuroscience
  • cell biology
  • genetics
  • pharmacology

We're home to the UK's first Cancer Immunology Research Centre. We're also a lead university of the Biofilms Institute, a cutting-edge research consortium.

On this course you can:

  • work with our research staff on an independent project
  • tailor your degree to your areas of interest
  • spend a semester studying at a university in Europe or Australasia
  • gain valuable experience from a year in employment

Admission requirements


AAB including Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass with overall score of 34 points, with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 and 6 points at Higher Level in Chemistry or Biology and one further science subject


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA in A Level Chemistry or Biology and one further science subject.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Chemistry or Biology and one further science subject.

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Chemistry of Life
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Physiology
  • How to think like a scientist
  • The Human Genome and Disease

Year 2

  • Cell Biology
  • Flow of Genetic Information
  • Immunology, Infection and Inflammation
  • Pharmacology
  • Principles of Pharmacology

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • A Global World
  • Bioinformatics
  • Editing life: genetic engineering and synthetic biology
  • Evolution
  • Exploring Proteins: Structure and Function
  • Global Health
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry I
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry II
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Development and Function
  • Principles of Neuroscience
  • Pure and Applied Population Ecology
  • Vertebrate Development

Year 3

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Bioethics Project
  • Biofilms and Microbial Communities
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Biomedical Parasitology
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Bioscience Business
  • Bioscience Education
  • Cancer Chromosome Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Current Topics in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Development Origins of Health and Disease
  • Evolution
  • Evolution and Development
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Extended Science Communication
  • Global Health
  • Immunology
  • In-Silico Research Project
  • Laboratory Research Project
  • Literature-based Research Project
  • Literature-based Research Project
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry II
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Molecular and Structural Basis of Disease
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Neuropharmacology of CNS Disorders
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Plant Development and Function
  • Regulation of Gene Expression
  • Science Communication
  • Selective Toxicity
  • Systems Neuroscience

Scholarships & funding

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


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £23,720


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science - Honours
  • Name of award: Biomedical Sciences
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Diploma of Higher Education
    • Certificate of Higher Education
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

This broad biomedical science degree will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in the biomedical sector. You can also choose to progress to a master's or PhD.

Career paths

Our graduates have gone on to work in areas including:

  • laboratory science in NGOs
  • research in academic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors
  • business roles in health care and health and safety
  • clinical research
  • graduate entry to medical school
  • graduate assistant roles to physicians or other health professionals
  • science writing and journalism
  • teaching

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