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A rational approach to the development of treatments for current and emerging threats to human wellbeing depends upon a sound knowledge of human health and disease.
Biomedicine is at the interface between molecular, cell and integrative biology and evolving disease therapies, while biomedical research is pivotal in transferring advances in basic science into both effective practices that promote human health and treatments for human diseases. This programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills for participation in the biomedical community, either professionally or personally.
After gaining entry to this programme via UCAS and completing Year 1, you can elect to decelerate your pace of study and transfer to a four-year, part-time evening study version of this degree. This course is also available for part-time evening study over six years.
Birkbeck's Department of Biological Sciences provides state-of-the-art, specialist laboratories and facilities at the heart of academic London.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK.
You will be taught by internationally distinguished experts who work with governments and institutions around the globe to extend the boundaries of knowledge.
Working in close collaboration with the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint institute between Birkbeck and UCL, our Department is recognised for the excellence and international impact of its research.
- You will receive training in practical skills and lab work, including microscopy and tabulating data.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
This programme uses a range of assessment methods; the mix of assessment types, and the specific tasks required, are matched to the academic level and to the learning outcomes of the module.
Types of assessment include short-answer tests in class, computer-based tests (accessed remotely or in class), practical reports, essays, problem-solving and data analysis assignments, oral communication and poster presentations, internet surveys, and unseen, or open-book, written examinations.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 120 points|
|A level||CCC - BBB|
|Access to HE Diploma||M: 15 credits||Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in science units.|
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
UCAS tariff points
112, with a majority of science-related subjects (biology, chemistry and/or mathematics). A-levels in general studies and critical thinking are not accepted.
GCSEs (or equivalent) required at grade C or new grade 4 or above in English, mathematics and double science (or two single sciences).
BTEC Extended Diploma
We accept BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with Distinction or Merit.
Foundation Year Degrees
You can progress onto this degree if you successfully complete the foundation year of our BSc Biomedicine with Foundation Year course. This is an ideal route onto an undergraduate degree if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree.
Alternative entry routes
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in science units.
Successful completion of our science access programme Certificate of Higher Education in Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine provides entry into Year 1 of the BSc.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|