University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biomedical Sciences (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

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Do you want to help diagnose and treat diseases? Fascinated by the science behind clinical practice? Then you might want to try a career in biomedical science. We'll help you enter this exciting field by giving you a year to build a foundation of knowledge in the subject, so you can continue your studies to gain a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences. You'll ultimately be prepared for a future investigating the diseases which attack the human body and be ready to play a part in advancing modern medicine with this biomedical course. Why Choose University of Cumbria We’ve created this course so you learn how science can be applied to clinical practice and research - ultimately, so you can make a difference to people’s lives through the diagnosis and treatment of disease in the future. You won’t just secure your academic knowledge through lectures - you’ll be putting on your lab coat to learn with hands-on sessions in our new laboratories. And, you’ll work in small learning groups, so tutors are always on hand to help with your studies and research.

  • Gain a sound knowledge of immunology, cell and molecular biology to biochemistry and pharmacology
  • Study laboratory-specialist subjects - clinical biochemistry, cellular pathology, haematology and clinical genetics
  • Hone research and laboratory skills, crucial for your future as a scientist
  • Develop all the skills and techniques required for diagnosis and research into disease - the skills employers will demand
  • Learn in our new laboratories
  • Taught by academic tutors with a wealth of experience in the field
  • Keep up-to-date with topical developments in the biomedical industry
  • You’ll be based in Carlisle, within 30 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. And, you'll be close to the spectacular North West coastline, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do outside of your studies.
The knowledge and experiential skills you achieve on this course will pave the way for a career in medical research, hospital and government laboratories, pharmaceutical and biotechnological research and development. So, our course really will enable you to gain the academic knowledge and sound lab skills you need for a future in Biomedical Science. You will research the pathobiology of human disease, looking at the specifics of the disease process through clinical laboratory studies. You'll be introduced to clinical biochemistry, cellular pathology, haematology and clinical genetics, gaining a complete understanding of the complex science behind the cause and treatment of disease. Your first year will give you a firm foundation in the scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge needed to progress to the BSc. In Years Two and Three, you'll learn about cellular pathology, molecular genetics, the human immune system and biochemical pathways whilst using up-to-date equipment in our new laboratories. Year Three delves deep into blood sciences and you will also have the opportunity to further your knowledge in the field of neuroscience or clinical biochemistry researching clinical markers, screening techniques and diagnostic approaches. You will also research and produce a dissertation.

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: Essential University Skills 1, Essential University Skills 2, Essential Biology, Scientific Investigation, Essential Chemistry, Environmental Sciences. Year two - Compulsory modules: Introductory Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introductory Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Biology, Practical Laboratory Science. Year three - Compulsory modules: Biochemical Pathways, Human Genetics, Infection and Immunity, Medical Microbiology, Pharmacology and Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Pathology. Year four - Compulsory modules: Bioethics, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion Science, Dissertation. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Parasitology, Epigenetics and Development, Toxicology, Advanced Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience.

How to apply

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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4. If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
EU £6000 Year 1
International £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Biomedical Sciences (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS