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Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)

Gain the scientific knowledge and laboratory skills needed to investigate, diagnose, monitor and treat different types of disease.

UCAS Code: B900

Single Honours

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As a biomedical scientist, your skills and qualifications will be recognised across the UK and worldwide. Qualified graduates are highly sought after in pathology centres, forensic science laboratories, research institutions and in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

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Ideal preparation if you are considering becoming a doctor and applying for Graduate Entry Medicine

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Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) the leading professional body for biomedical scientists and students - advancing knowledge and setting standards in biomedical science.


Overview

Biomedical science combines the natural sciences with medicine, looking at the biology of the human body and investigating the causes and effects of disease. Biomedical scientists are at the heart of healthcare, driving modern medicine through analysis of patient samples to diagnose disease, assess the effectiveness of treatment, monitor organ function, and provide scientific information to help doctors make informed clinical decisions.

  • Benefit from a course with small class sizes and outstanding facilities, taught by staff with experience in both academic research and professional NHS laboratories.
  • Gain professional skills through practical, lab-based investigations, lectures and collaborative seminars. You will have opportunities to apply for work placements and shadowing through our local employer links.
  • In your final year, you can choose between two optional modules depending on your field of interest.
  • You’ll graduate with the knowledge necessary to become an HCPC-registered biomedical scientist in the NHS or to pursue an academic research career.


Discover Biomedical Science


Course content

On this course IBMS-accredited course most modules are mandatory. In your final year, you can choose between two optional modules depending on your field of interest.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and developments in the field, as well as feedback from students and employers. Therefore, modules do occasionally change to keep the course up-to-date and relevant.

Mandatory modules


Careers

Many students choose to study biomedical science because they want to make a difference to people’s lives.

This IBMS accredited biomedical science degree will prepare you for a job as a biomedical scientist in a hospital, working with healthcare services to test samples for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Or, you may want to or continue your studies with a postgraduate degree, such as in Graduate Entry medicine.

Throughout your studies, you will be supported by expert staff who will help you prepare your CV and polish your job interview skills.

Our graduates have successfully gained jobs as:

  • Biomedical Scientists
  • Genetic Counsellors
  • Physician Associates
  • Research Scientists
  • Medical Laboratory Assistants

By studying biomedical science, you’ll develop key skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, data evaluation and communication that will be valuable to many areas of employment. These transferable skills could lead to you considering other career paths, including:

  • Scientific Communications
  • Medical Sales Specialist
  • Field Application Scientist
  • Clinical Trials Manager

Course highlights

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Real-world research opportunities
If you love science, get a thrill out of discovery, enjoy tough problems, and want to contribute to medical breakthroughs, our paid and voluntary studentships can give you valuable experience.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll be prepared for a career as a biomedical scientist. You’ll develop the knowledge and technical skills needed through independent study, practical lab-based work, lectures, and interactive seminars.

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, from exams to clinical case study reports, presentations, research proposals, and practical tests.

Teaching and assessment contents

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work, interactive workshops and laboratory practicals. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have the opportunity to engage with professional Biomedical Science practitioners in a range of different modules.

You will use excellent laboratory facilities, computing suites and software relevant to Biomedical Science throughout the course.

Meet the team

Just a few of the science lecturers you'll learn with.

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Dr Amy Cherry

Amy’s research focuses on understanding how proteins work at the molecular level and on how one can use knowledge of protein structure to tackle disease. Her PhD was sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and investigated the molecular mechanism of Hepatitis C virus replication and possible inhibition strategies which can be used in drug development. Following this, she was awarded a Career Development Fellowship from the Medical Research Council to study proteins involved in DNA repair. She then moved to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm where she studied molecular details of the Hedgehog signalling pathway.

Since joining us, Amy has continued her research as part of the Worcester Biomedical Research Group, studying proteins involved in leukaemia and neurophysiology.

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Dr Allain Bueno

Dr Bueno graduated as a Biomedical Scientist – Medical Modality – from Paulista School of Medicine, Sao Paulo Federal University in Brazil. He has extensive experience in clinical sciences, having worked and taught in a leading Tertiary Referral Hospital. His current area of research includes the biochemistry of dietary fats and their role in oxidative stress, brain metabolism and function.

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Dr Steven J Coles

Steve has introduced several new modules to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences curriculum that align with his expertise, including: Immunology and  Biochemistry of Cancer.

Steve has also helped to establish and lead the Worcester Biomedical Research Group, where the research focuses on Cancer, Neurodegeneration and Cardiovascular Disease.

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Dr Amy Cherry

Amy’s research focuses on understanding how proteins work at the molecular level and on how one can use knowledge of protein structure to tackle disease. Her PhD was sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and investigated the molecular mechanism of Hepatitis C virus replication and possible inhibition strategies which can be used in drug development. Following this, she was awarded a Career Development Fellowship from the Medical Research Council to study proteins involved in DNA repair. She then moved to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm where she studied molecular details of the Hedgehog signalling pathway.

Since joining us, Amy has continued her research as part of the Worcester Biomedical Research Group, studying proteins involved in leukaemia and neurophysiology.

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Dr Allain Bueno

Dr Bueno graduated as a Biomedical Scientist – Medical Modality – from Paulista School of Medicine, Sao Paulo Federal University in Brazil. He has extensive experience in clinical sciences, having worked and taught in a leading Tertiary Referral Hospital. His current area of research includes the biochemistry of dietary fats and their role in oxidative stress, brain metabolism and function.


A student's view of Biomedical Science


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 96 - 104

Typical Offer
QualificationGrade
A-levelCCC - must include A-Level Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry and A-Level in another science, Maths or Statistics
A-levelBCC - must include A Level Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry
BTEC National Extended DiplomaMMM/DMM
T-levelPass (C or above)

We do accept Access to HE Diplomas and other qualifications which may not exactly match the combinations above. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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UK and EU Students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International Students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


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Read our how to apply pages for more information on the application process, or if you’d like to apply for part-time study.

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Student view

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Cody Barry

Third year Biomedical Science student Cody is undertaking her research project, drawing on the skills and interests she has gained throughout the degree. Her project is focusing on the interactions of Hedgehog signalling proteins, more specifically, determining if the gene expression of GLI1 is affected by RNF5 knockdown in an acute myeloid leukaemia cell line.

Cody believes the knowledge and skills she has gained so far will help her greatly with further postgraduate studies, especially one in research.

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Cody Barry

Third year Biomedical Science student Cody is undertaking her research project, drawing on the skills and interests she has gained throughout the degree. Her project is focusing on the interactions of Hedgehog signalling proteins, more specifically, determining if the gene expression of GLI1 is affected by RNF5 knockdown in an acute myeloid leukaemia cell line.

Cody believes the knowledge and skills she has gained so far will help her greatly with further postgraduate studies, especially one in research.

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Cody Barry

Third year Biomedical Science student Cody is undertaking her research project, drawing on the skills and interests she has gained throughout the degree. Her project is focusing on the interactions of Hedgehog signalling proteins, more specifically, determining if the gene expression of GLI1 is affected by RNF5 knockdown in an acute myeloid leukaemia cell line.

Cody believes the knowledge and skills she has gained so far will help her greatly with further postgraduate studies, especially one in research.


Contact

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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Dr Emma Edwards

Lecturer and Admissions Tutor in Biomedical Science

Admissions office

01905 855111

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