Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biomedical Science

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Course summary

TEF Silver

Abertay University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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At Abertay University you have the opportunity to complete a 4-year BSc or a 5-year MSci (the only professionally accredited course of its kind in Scotland). Biomedical science is at the heart of modern medicine. Our BSc will give you a deep understanding of the science behind human health, while its professional accreditation will enhance your employability. Gain a broad education and training in bioscience relevant to medicine. The standard route allows you to apply for HCPC registration after 12 months of training with the NHS post-graduation. If taking the applied route, the 18-week clinical placement provides a unique training experience in a modern hospital laboratory setting. The applied route is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), allowing you to apply for HCPC registration as soon as you graduate. Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), a mandatory requirement for working as a biomedical scientist within the NHS. Many other biomedical science degrees do not offer IBMS accreditation. Our MSci is designed to give you an extra edge in the competitive job market by enhancing the knowledge and skills that are part of our BSc programme. You’ll graduate with a Masters level qualification and the prerequisites for Registered Scientist recognition by the Science Council.

Course details


Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - FOR101 Foundations of Chemistry 1; LSC101 Biology 1: Biology Principles and Practice; LSC103 Professional Studies 1; FOR102 Foundations of Chemistry 2; LSC102 Human Physiology You will also be required to select one elective from a number of options. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment method

Learning is facilitated by a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals. Enquiry-based learning (EBL) and problem-based learning (PBL) approaches are used at appropriate points in the curriculum. Assessment is by a combination of coursework assignments, class tests, presentations and examinations. Averaged across the 4 years of the programme, 22% of the assessment is by examination.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level CCC To include Biology or Human Biology at A Level and either Chemistry, Combined Science, Additional Science or Further Science or Double Science GCSE at C or better For entry into Year 2 we would look for BBB to include Biology and Chemistry
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Applied Science Applied Science (Forensic Science) Applied Science (Medical Science) For entry into Year 2 we would look for DDD Applied Science (Medical Science)
Scottish Higher BBBB To include Biology or Human Biology at Higher and Chemistry at Nat 5 C or better
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB To include Biology and Chemistry
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points To include Biology at S5 or H4 and Chemistry in Middle Year programme at 4 or better
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3 To include Biology and Irish Ordinary Chemistry at C or better
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Applied Sciences - Graded Unit B Bioscience - Graded Unit B
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 3 with an HND in once of the following:- Applied Biological Science - Graded Unit B Applied Bioscience - Graded Units BB Applied Science - Graded Unit B Biomedical Science - Graded Unit B Bioscience - Graded Unit B Entry into Year 2 with HND Applied Chemical Science - Graded Unit B
HNC (BTEC) M Entry into Year 2 with HNC (BTEC) Applied Biology
HND (BTEC) M Entry into Year 3 with HND (BTEC) Applied Biology

Applicants should have National 5/GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or equivalent - Lifeskill Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

List of English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

International tuition fees for the following courses are £15,500:- Computer Games Technology Computer Game Applications Development Computer Arts Ethical Hacking Game Design & Production
Biomedical Science at Abertay University - UCAS