Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours

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UCAS code: B900 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Sandwich
Start: 16 September 2017
Duration: 4 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Home/EU: £9,000.00
Overseas: £12,500.00

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. This 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.

Course content

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). 

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • 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

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • 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

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. For placements in continental Europe, you could be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

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

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As part of your course you can take elective modules at Level 4 (no electives at Levels 5 and 6)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 electives.

Professional recognition

The degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Honours 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. This course is also recognised by the Society of Biology.

Course team

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

International Foundation course

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

Graduates from Biomedical Sciences have a high employment rate, and are sought by a wide range of employers.

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.

Major employment areas include:

  • diagnostic pathology and clinical laboratories
  • NHS Blood and Transplant laboratories
  • private pathology laboratories
  • Public Health England
  • veterinary and agricultural laboratories
  • clinical genetics laboratories, forensic laboratories
  • research laboratories in universities
  • government or charity-funded research laboratories research development for the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical devices and laboratory instrumentation industries, clinical trials, regulatory affairs (drug registration and patents), and commerce (sales and marketing) related to healthcare and diagnostics products.


Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.


After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Anca Girnetz, BSc Honours Biomedical Sciences (Sandwich), placement year student

I am a currently undertaking a year placement in a pathology laboratory as part of my Biomedical Sciences degree at University of Westminster. I have been finding every aspect of the course interesting and I believe it is very well structured with a good ratio of theoretical knowledge and practical experience which have helped me perform very well at the work placement so far. The degree provides a good, comprehensive coverage of science as well as a multidisciplinary approach to understand the disease states and the mechanisms involved. Being a foreign language enthusiast, I had the opportunity to study ‘Spanish’ as a free choice module from the variety of languages provided by the Polylang. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to undertake a summer studentship at Gambia Medical Research Council offered by the University which allowed me to gain valuable experience in research and clinical labs as well as explore a new culture and learn a new language. I believe graduating with a BSc Biomedical Sciences (Sandwich) degree at University of Westminster will play a big part in my career as it has and it is still shaping me intellectually and contributing greatly towards my personal development.

Les Newson-Berry, BSc Honours Biomedical Sciences, Credit Level 6 (final year) student

The Biomedical Sciences course was perfect for me in that it has a large amount of medical underpinning such as immunology, haematology and pathology which is in the form of theory (lectures), tutorials and practical sessions as well as core generic scientific concepts including organic and inorganic chemistry. I love the fact that every student at level 6 (final year) gets to design, implement and complete a final year project which incorporates a range of key assessment areas tackled in the previous two years at the University; this really develops strong planning skills as well as communication and critical evaluation of works. Coupled with this broad spectrum of learning techniques are the professional lecturers who often go outside of their responsibilities to help and support students and an occasional "knock on the door" is well received. The course isn't easy and will stretch even the most academic of students, but this makes it all the more interesting, stimulating and rewarding.

Amal Ahmed, BSc Honours Biomedical Sciences, Credit Level 6 (final year) student

The course that is offered here, at University of Westminster is brilliant. The great thing about the course is that you gain a wealth of knowledge from a variety of disciplines, all of which fuse together in one way or another. I have thoroughly enjoyed attending lectures, and thank lecturers for the wonderful help they provide. Since September 2012, I have been a part of the course committee for level 5 and 6, representing the views of all the students on the course at University of Westminster.

Timothy Chambers, BSc Honours Biomedical Sciences (Sandwich), Credit Level 6 (final year) student

I chose a sandwich route so I would have a distinct advantage after graduation in the job market. Westminster can boast a very effective sandwich program and I saw two main advantages when choosing the university. Firstly, it is in central London, at the hub of a wide spectrum of laboratories and hospitals so there are more work experience opportunities possible than at a more provincial university. A university with a central London pedigree can only look good on a CV. Secondly, I was impressed with Westminster's proactive approach to the sandwich placement. Other universities I considered in pursuit of a sandwich placement opportunity seemed to delegate too much responsibility to the student to finding a placement, while Westminster actively sourced and presented opportunities and during level 5, prepared and guided me in the many aspects of a year of practical training. I have found Westminster to be a busy and well organised university. There is a no-nonsense business-like approach to schedules and the lectures themselves. The lecturers are supportive, approachable and yet, reassuringly in many ways, exercise a level of discipline across their modules which all add up to an effective university learning experience. The support network at Westminster is substantial and effective which means that any issue, personal or study based is taken seriously and addressed rapidly.