Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Biomedical science is concerned with the detailed study of the human body, both in health and disease, with emphasis on the diagnosis and understanding of disease states and the mechanisms involved.

In Year 1 you'll study the important fundamental sciences, including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology.

In Year 2 you'll develop your understanding of a wide range of disease processes, combined with the principles of laboratory procedures used to aid diagnosis and treatment.

Between Years 2 and 3, the sandwich placement is an excellent opportunity to experience the reality of work, usually in a biomedical diagnostics laboratory, pharmaceutical industry or a research institute. You will put into practice what you have learned at the University, learn new skills and gain hands-on laboratory experience. All placement opportunities are competitive and you will have the support and guidance of your department, the Career Development Centre and the University’s Placement Officer.

As part of the placement year you will undertake an academic module which will contribute to your degree and, where applicable, undertake the Institute of Biomedical Science Certificate of Competence. Sandwich year placements can be in the UK or abroad. 

In Year 3 you'll focus on the study of the complex nature of disease as it affects particular biological systems. You'll also study the laboratory procedures used in haematology, clinical immunology, cellular and molecular pathology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology, to diagnose and monitor disease. You'll also undertake a major research project, which will enable you to develop the skills you need for genuine scientific inquiry.

Course structure

Teaching includes tutorials, lectures and seminars, practical laboratory work and group activities, together with supervised use of facilities. Assessment is through a combination of exams and coursework (including essays, practical work, group work, presentations and reports).

You’ll receive continuous feedback through online activities, group and one-to-one tutorials and periodic reviews, designed to give you multiple points of guidance throughout your studies.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

Core Study Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Critical Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Human Physiology

Optional Study Areas

  • Application of Biological Sciences
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Fundamentals of Pharmachology
  • Principles of Nutrition

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

Core Study Areas

  • Applied Pathobiology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical Genetics and Genomics
  • Metabolic biochemistry
  • Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists
  • Research Methods

Optional Study Areas

  • Bioinformatics
  • Human Parasitology
  • Medical Genetics in Practice
  • Medical Physiology
  • Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics

Credit Level 5

Sandwich placement year

The sandwich placement is an excellent opportunity to experience the reality of work, usually in a biomedical diagnostics laboratory, pharmaceutical industry or a research institute. You will put into practice what you have learned at the University, learn new skills and gain hands-on laboratory experience. All placement opportunities are competitive and you will have the support and guidance of your department, the Career Development Centre and the University’s Placement Officer.

As part of the placement year you will undertake an academic module which will contribute to your degree and, where applicable, undertake the Institute of Biomedical Science Certificate of Competence. Sandwich year placements can be in the UK or abroad.

Subjects of study include:

  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Clinical Immunology and Immunohaematology
  • Diagnostic Biochemistry and Haematology
  • Medical Microbiology in the Genomics Era
  • Research Project

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Honours graduates can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Biomedical Scientists, provided they fulfil the additional HCPC requirements of competencies through suitable employment and completion of the IBMS certificate of competence.

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Fantastic central London location

Our central London location facilitates you in finding work experience, with numerous opportunities available within the biomedical laboratories in London, the UK and abroad.

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Transferable skills

You'll gain the knowledge and experience to work in areas such as laboratories, clinical trials, healthcare commerce, medical devices industries, regulatory affairs, research development, scientific writing, teaching and many more.

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Employers around the world 

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

Our course has been designed to prepare you for a career in medical diagnostic, pharmaceutical and research environments. It provides you with a thorough education in the disciplines required to understand and investigate disease and enables you to develop your career in a variety of pathways in biomedical sciences.

We also have a strong record in preparing graduates for postgraduate study across a range of biomedical and molecular disciplines, as well as postgraduate teacher training.

We regularly monitor graduate career destinations and reflect on this information in the planning of the course curriculum.

Graduate employment

Graduates from Biomedical Sciences are widely sought after by employers. Major employment areas include:

  • Clinical genetics laboratories
  • Clinical trials
  • Commerce (sales and marketing) related to healthcare and diagnostics products
  • Diagnostic pathology and clinical laboratories
  • Forensic laboratories
  • Government or charity-funded research laboratories
  • Medical devices and laboratory instrumentation industries
  • NHS Blood and Transplant laboratories
  • Private pathology laboratories
  • Public Health England
  • Regulatory affairs (drug registration and patents)
  • Research development for pharmaceuticals
  • Research laboratories in universities
  • Scientific writing and publishing
  • Teaching
  • Veterinary and agricultural laboratories

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – CCC to BBB, with two Science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths
  • International Baccalaureate – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB including a minimum of 4 in two HL science subjects
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMM to DDM in Applied Science
  • BTEC Diploma – DD to D*D* in Applied Science
  • Access – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course in Science

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB including a minimum of 4 in two HL science subjects

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

Year
1
26%74%
2
24%76%
3
33%67%
Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

Year
1
26%12%62%
2
37%63%
3
40%60%
Written exams Practical Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring,

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.
 

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