University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biomedical Sciences (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

Have alternative qualifications or don't quite meet our entry criteria? Our introductory year will develop your skills and confidence in a supportive, dynamic environment to progress to our undergraduate biomedical sciences degree. Your natural inquisitive personality and fascination for the science behind clinical practice will help you to become a biomedical scientist, carving out a career in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and the advancement of modern medicine. COURSE OVERVIEW Biomedical science is the study of the health and diseases of the human body to improve health. Because biomedical scientists need a wide range of knowledge and skills, you'll study a wide range of modules on our biomedical sciences degree course. You will get an in-depth understanding of the complex science behind the cause, consequence, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses. You will learn how science can be applied to clinical practice and research, ultimately to make a difference to human lives through the diagnosis and treatment of disease. By putting your lab coat on you will put theory into practice in our brand-new laboratories, getting a sound knowledge of cellular pathology, genetics, the human immune system, and biochemical pathways. We’ll delve deep into blood sciences and clinical biochemistry on this biomedical sciences degree, giving you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of diagnostic approaches, researching clinical markers, screening techniques and the role biomedical scientists can play in saving lives and improving health. ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL...

  • Your first year will give you a firm foundation in the scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge needed to progress to the BSc Biomedical Sciences degree course.
  • Be assigned a personal tutor who will not just be your academic point of contact on the course but will, along with our careers service, help you to consider the wide range of jobs and further study options a degree in biomed can give you.
  • Have the opportunity to be involved with other science students on other courses to get a wider appreciation of the biosciences in an industrial, academic, economic, and social context.
  • Get time in labs to conduct experiments and procedures planned for you. But also learn to plan and carry out your own experiments independently with support and guidance.
  • Gain an appreciation of the advances at the forefront of biomedical sciences.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Throughout the integrated foundation year you will have the opportunity to develop your professional skills by developing key soft skills such as communication, team working, self-management and organisation. You will get an in-depth understanding of the complex science behind the cause, consequence, diagnosis and treatment of disease. You’ll learn how science can be applied to clinical practice and research, ultimately to make a difference to human lives through diagnosis and treatment of disease. Our brand new laboratories will support you in getting a sound knowledge of cellular pathology, molecular genetics, the human immune system and biochemical pathways. Year one
  • Essential University Skills 1
  • Essential University Skills 2
  • Essential Biology
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Essential Chemistry
  • Environmental Sciences
Year two
  • Introductory Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introductory Immunology and Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Practical Laboratory Science
Year three
  • Exploring Research
  • Human Genetics
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Year four
  • Bioethics
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Dissertation
  • Parasitology (Optional)
  • Toxicology (Optional)
  • Advanced Genetics (Optional)

How to apply

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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.

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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
International £13575 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Biomedical Sciences (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS