Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 3 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 will study the important fundamental sciences, including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology. You will build on this in Year 2 to develop your understanding of a wide range of disease processes, combined with the principles of laboratory procedures used to aid diagnosis and treatment. In Year 3 you will focus on the study of the complex nature of disease as it affects particular biological systems and the laboratory procedures used in haematology, clinical immunology, cellular and molecular pathology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology, to diagnose and monitor disease. You will also undertake a major research project, which will enable you to develop the skills you need for genuine scientific inquiry.

Teaching includes tutorials, lectures and seminars, practical laboratory work and group activities. Assessment is through a combination of examinations 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. 

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

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
  • Research Methods

Optional Study Areas

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

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 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 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

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A levels – BBC to include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma – DMM/D*D* in Applied Science
  • Access to HE Diploma in Science – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction with at least a Merit in all Biology or Chemistry modules

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

  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

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

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)

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

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: £13,400 (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.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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