University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biomedical Science

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Course summary

Overview Biomedical scientists help identify rare diseases, diagnose disease, research disease processes and monitor patients’ treatment. On this accredited BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree, you’ll develop the expertise you need to start making your own contribution to the medical advances of the future. This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) – a mandatory requirement if you want to work in the NHS after graduation. It's also accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

  • Put your knowledge to the test in our labs and simulation facilities, which are kitted out with industry-leading microscopes, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment
  • Get involved with internationally recognised biomedical research into fields like neuro-oncology (the study of brain and spinal cord cancers) at our Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences
  • Take an optional work placement year at an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved clinical training laboratory, which allows you to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) when you graduate
  • Have the chance to take a summer research placement in Europe with an internationally-recognised biomedical research organisation
Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology. Careers and opportunities Whether it's processing tests for diseases such as coronavirus or providing diagnosis services to GPs, accident and emergency departments and other health services, registered Biomedical Scientists play a key role in public health. They analyse fluid and tissue samples from patients in order to identify diseases or evaluate the effectiveness of different treatments. In fact, more than 70% of NHS diagnoses are based on lab findings by biomedical scientists, so it's a profession that's always in high demand. On this BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree, you’ll learn to diagnose, monitor and manage health conditions. You’ll learn from our outstanding team of biomedical scientists and researchers whose work is shaping the understanding of conditions, such as brain tumours. HCPC registration After you've graduated and completed 12 months of work-based learning within an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved clinical training laboratory, you can register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and work as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS and private settings. Graduate roles and destinations Roles recent graduates have gone on to do include:
  • biomedical scientist
  • clinical trial coordinator
  • medical lab assistant
  • science teacher
  • dental nurse
  • medical affairs executive
They've gone on to work for companies such as:
  • Pall Europe
  • Pfizer
  • Roche
  • Viapath
  • Imperial College London
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary
Placement year After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Placements give you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you attractive to employers after graduation. If you do your placement in an IBMS-approved NHS pathology laboratory, you can complete the IBMS registration portfolio. This allows you to register with the HCPC as a Biomedical Scientist when you graduate. Our students have completed clinical placements at the following hospitals:
  • University Hospital Southampton
  • Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
  • Royal Bournemouth Hospital
  • Poole Hospital
  • Salisbury District Hospital
Whichever route you choose, you'll receive support and guidance. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills.

Course details


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Case Discussions in Biomedical Science
  • Cells to Systems
  • Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists
  • Pathological Sciences 1
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Applied Human Physiology
  • Barriers to Disease, Immunity and Immune Dysfunction
  • Biomedical Toolbox
  • Pathological Sciences 2
  • Research Methods
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Business for Biosciences
  • Development: How Form and Function Changes
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Nutrition and Exercise for Health
Placement year (optional): On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Genetic Basis of Disease
  • Integrated Pathology
  • Pathological Sciences 3
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Biomedical Research
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • Project
  • Research Based Work Experience
  • Work Based Learning
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, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through essays, laboratory reports, workshops, presentations, group work and practical assessment classes. 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.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Biomedical Science, Institute of
  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 3

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.

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity 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 £18300 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 – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £1,800. 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

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