Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
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.

Initially you will study the important fundamental sciences, including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology.

You will develop your understanding of disease processes and the biology of the associated molecular changes, combined with the principles of lab procedures used to aid diagnosis. You will also study immunology, pathophysiology and medical genetics within the context of human health and disease processes. In Year 3 you will focus on the study of the complex nature of disease as it affects particular biological systems.

The study of disease processes centres on underlying physiological mechanisms and the lab procedures used in haematology, clinical immunology, cellular and molecular pathology, and medical microbiology, to diagnose and monitor disease.

A major research project will enable you to develop the skills you need for genuine scientific inquiry.

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

Course structure

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

Subjects of study include:

  • Academic Skills Module
  • Biology & Human Biology
  • Chemistry I – Inorganic and Physical
  • Chemistry II – Bio-organic
  • Bioscience in Action

Credit Level 3

  • Application of Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Critical Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Human Physiology
  • Principles of Nutrition

Credit Level 4

  • Applied Pathobiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Human Parasitology
  • Medical Genetics and Genomics
  • Medical Genetics in Practice
  • Medical Physiology
  • Metabolic biochemistry
  • Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Research Methods

Credit Level 5

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

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Professional accreditation

The degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Honour's graduates can expect to become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Biomedical Scientists, provided they fulfil the additional HCPC requirements of competencies through suitable employment and undertaking 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).

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

The Foundation year is available for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for Credit Level 4 of the Biomedical Sciences course. If you are a student with no science ‘A’ levels you should enquire about the Foundation year. If you are a student with science ‘A’ levels, you will be able to join the Foundation year with ‘A’ level or BTEC tariff points of 160 (64 new tariff points). You must have at least a D in one science ‘A’ level (science including Geography, Geology and Psychology ‘A’ level) and 2 further ‘A’ levels. In addition at GCSE level you should have a C in Maths and a C in English.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects

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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.

Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

The course has been designed to prepare students for careers 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.

Graduates from Biomedical Sciences have a high employment rate and are sought by a wide range of employers. Major employment areas include:

  • NHS and private sector diagnostic laboratories
  • Public Health England laboratories
  • NHS Blood & Transplant (formerly National Blood Service)
  • Research
    • University laboratories (possibly as part of a PhD)
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Other institutions (e.g. Medical Research Council)
    • Government departments
  • Clinical trials
  • Scientific writing/publishing
  • Teaching
  • Further study (MSc, MRes, PhD, Medicine, Dentistry)

Fees and Funding

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

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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.

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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