Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences (Dual Degree) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview Learn to play a vital role in helping people live longer, healthier lives on this BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences dual degree course. You'll discover how to investigate the biology of disease to fight its effects on individuals, families and communities. You'll learn how to use research to ask and answer key questions about human diseases, and how to identify and monitor diseases in the lab using leading diagnostic techniques. When you graduate, you'll be ready to pursue a career in hospital-based biomedical science (after further work-based training), or to take on another related career path, such as biomedical research or contributing to clinical trials to find new medical treatments. Study in Portsmouth and spend a year studying overseas at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia, gaining two degrees - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences and Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Bioscience). Your global outlook will help you make an impact in the world of biomedical science, disease awareness, detection and prevention. Course highlights

  • Explore the causes, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, and get an in-depth understanding of the scientific methods used to investigate human health and disease
  • Study the main pathology specialisms, including molecular biology, haematology, microbiology, histology, clinical biochemistry, immunology and blood transfusion
  • Broaden your horizons and complement your learning in Portsmouth with a year spent studying biomedical science in Australia, developing your understanding of forensic genetics, development and ageing with an expert team
  • Learn how to diagnose and research diseases in our labs and simulation facilities, kitted out with industry-leading microscopes, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment
  • Get involved with internationally recognised biomedical research into fields like microbiology, neuro-oncology and precision medicine
  • Be taught by an expert team with over 40 years' experience teaching biomedical science, including many HCPC-registered Biomedical Scientists
  • Understand the value a scientific education gives a global society, and examine the ethics of biomedical research
Careers and opportunities With the two degrees and international scientific study experience you'll earn on this BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences dual degree, you'll complete the course as a globally-competitive graduate ready to contribute to this vital field. Once you graduate, you'll be able to take further training to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and work as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS, or in private or international settings. You could also apply for work or postgraduate study in Australia using your links at Edith Cowan University. Possible postgraduate study options include a Master's in Medical Biotechnology or Biomedical Engineering. You could also choose to become a researcher, or work in clinical trials, medical sales or biotechnology. Previous Biomedical Science graduates have gone on to work in roles in areas such as:
  • NHS and private healthcare
  • STEM teaching
  • research
  • clinical trials
  • medical sales
  • biotech
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • biomedical scientist (following completion of the IBMS Registration Portfolio)
  • clinical scientist (via Scientist Training Programme)
  • physician associate (following MSc qualification)
  • doctor or dentist (following appropriate degree)
  • clinical trials assistant
  • research associate or PhD to become a professional researcher
  • teacher (following appropriate postgraduate qualification)


Year 1 You'll study at Portsmouth in year 1. Core modules in this year include:

  • Case Discussions in Biomedical Science (20 credits)
  • Cells to Systems (20 credits)
  • Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists (40 credits)
  • Pathological Sciences 1 (20 credits)
  • Principles of Neuroscience and Pharmacology (20 credits)
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 You'll study at Portsmouth in year 2. Core modules in this year include:
  • Applied Human Physiology (20 credits)
  • Barriers to Disease, Immunity and Immune Dysfunction (20 credits)
  • Biomedical Toolbox (20 credits)
  • Pathological Sciences 2 (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Business for Biosciences (20 credits)
Year 3 You'll study at Edith Cowan University in year 3. Core modules: -Advanced Biomedical Techniques (15 credits) -Biomedical Ethics (15 credits) -Developmental Biology (15 credits) -Evolutionary Perspectives on Health and Disease (15 credits) -Forensic Genetics (15 credits) -Human Molecular Genetics (15 credits) -Human Reproduction, Development and Ageing (15 credits) -The Biology of Human Disease (15 credits) There are no optional modules in this year. Year 4 You'll study at Portsmouth in year 4. Core modules in this year include:
  • Genetic Basis of Disease (20 credits)
  • Integrated Pathology (20 credits)
  • Pathological Sciences 3 (20 credits)
  • Project (40 credits)
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Biomedical Research (20 credits)
  • Clinical Case Studies (20 credits)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed. This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through:

  • laboratory and scientific reports
  • computer based exercises
  • practical assessments
  • essays and portfolios
  • PowerPoint presentations and posters
  • oral presentations (individual and group)
  • collaborative case books
  • videos, Tweetorials, websites and apps
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you'd like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Cambridge English AdvancedAn overall CAE score of 52 or above with a minimum of Borderline in each skill.
Cambridge English ProficiencyAn overall CPE score of 45 or above with a minimum of Weak in each skill.
PTE AcademicAn overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1385 EU – £1385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Biomedical Science with Human Biosciences (Dual Degree) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS