Medical and Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Science

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About the course

Biomedical Science applies biological principles to medicine. It explores the normal physiological processes and functions of the human body to appreciate disease processes, diagnosis and treatment. This is a dynamic topic with continual advancements in health care and science driving innovation and research. Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this three-year degree equips you with the academic knowledge and practical skills suitable for employment in a variety of settings including working at the cutting edge of health research, an area of science that can ultimately save people’s lives. Your learning experience is underpinned by research-active staff whose innovative work has been ranked by independent bodies as internationally excellent, and a programme designed with major input from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Our recently opened Allam Building, a £10 million centre for cancer and cardiovascular research, provides a state-of-the-art learning environment on campus. We also offer you the flexibility to develop professionally and to specialise in a clinical discipline area of your choice. Our multi-disciplinary, laboratory-based approach, together with constant curriculum reviews, keep our teaching up to date with the latest developments in the rapidly changing field of Biomedical Science. The option of a foundation year is ideal for students who lack the academic background to progress directly to the full BSc programme. Our graduates go on to exciting career opportunities including specialist laboratory work, expert and consultant roles, research, education and management positions, or to study for higher degrees at Masters and PhD level.


Foundation Year

For those who do not have a strong enough academic background for direct entry to the full BSc course, a foundation year provides a foundation of scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge, while developing a reflective and adaptive approach to study. You learn through a mix of formal study, discussion and practical experience.

Year 1

This year introduces key concepts that underpin Biomedical Science, such as: Skills for Biomedical Science • Cell Structure and Function • Chemistry of Life • Genetics • Human Physiology • Microbiology and Immunology.

Year 2

You will study: Blood Sciences incorporating Clinical Chemistry • Haematology and Transfusion Science • Biological Basis of Disease • Clinical Microbiology and Immunology • Molecular Cell Biology and Histopathology • Molecular Genetics and Proteomics.

You will also undertake Professional and Research Skills for Biomedical Scientists, which is a module especially designed to provide you with the key skills required to be a biomedical scientist, as well as study and employability skills.

Year 3

This year brings optional themes. You are able to choose from a variety of topics including: Cancer Biology • Clinical Haematology • Infection Control • Molecular and Medical Parasitology • Muscle Fitness and Failure • Reviews in Biomedical Science. In your final year you will also join one of our research teams to carry out a project based on data generation and analysis.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, including A level Biology at Grade C or above. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology at merit or higher.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • Appropriate for those returning to study after a minimum three-year break, or those with non-UK qualifications unsuitable for UK level 4 entry.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of, or interest in, a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • Candidates with A-level qualifications in subjects other than those key to the degree will usually require a minimum of 200 points.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

When you graduate you will be able to offer numerous skills, opening up the possibility of a career in many areas. As a scientist, your analytical and problem-solving skills, along with your experience in research, will be much sought after by employers. We have excellent links with local industry, hospitals and research units – many of our Biomedical Science students gain employment straight away.

Once qualified, some biomedical scientists work in laboratories for the NHS and private sector. Modern laboratories are the hi-tech hubs of hospitals, at the cutting edge of medical technology. You will be eligible to work in academic research, in the health service, in biomedical scientist roles, in medical institutions and in education.

Our graduates go into a diverse range of other careers with employers such as ConocoPhillips, RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), the Civil Service, Boots, various hospitals and the NHS. Many students have also chosen to stay on for higher degrees both at Masters and PhD level.