Faculty of Health Sciences

Biomedical Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: BC99

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chemistry of Life

    The basis of all life is? Yes, a chemical - join this module to understand the building blocks of biomolecules, their reactivity and biological examples that help to understand organisms physiology, ecology, health and evolution.

  • Cell Structure and Function

    Gain a basic understanding of the cell organisation.Link the structure and function of the major cellular organelles to basic biochemical pathways. During practical sessions, you'll learn how to use light microscope, produce clear scientific figures, to measure the size and calculate the number of cells.

  • Principles of Genetics

    Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms. You will cover the following topics: gene and chromosome structure, DNA replication, mechanisms of transcription and translation, genetic inheritance, genetic variation, and the principles behind techniques used to analyse the genome.

  • Microbiology and Immunology

    This module will introduce you to the wonderful and fascinating world of microorganisms and the defence against "bad" microbes (pathogens) by the intricate human immune system. You'll gain essential theoretical and practical knowledge and be able to demonstrate understanding of microbiology and immunology.

  • Skills for Biomedical and Human Biology Sciences

  • Human Physiology

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Molecular Genetics and Proteomics

  • Blood Sciences

  • Clinical Microbiology and Immunology

    Explore the epidemiology, pathogenesis and laboratory detection of clinically relevant organisms. Healthy and disordered human immunobiology, focusing on autoimmunity, allergies, transplantation, and the techniques used to study these themes will all be studied.

  • Professional and Research Skills for Biomedical Scientists

  • Biological Basis of Disease

    In this module, you will gain an understanding of the biological, biochemical and genetic basis of several diseases including cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

  • Molecular Cell Biology and Histopathology

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Applied Molecular Biology and Regulation of Gene Expression

  • Cellular Pathology

  • Clinical Biochemistry

    In this module, you will gain knowledge about theoretical and practical aspects of routine clinical biochemistry analysis including contact with NHS clinical biochemists.

  • Clinical Haematology

  • Medical Microbiology

    You'll cover aspects of medical microbiology focusing primarily on the causative agents, epidemiology and pathogenesis associated with infections of a variety of body sites. You will learn about pathogen-host interactions, the latest research developments and changing treatment options for some of the most important infectious diseases affecting our society at present.

  • Muscle Fitness and Failure

    This module covers two distinct areas of human biomedical science: the heart and skeletal muscle function. You will study the underlying muscular physiology and pathophysiology during muscle failure at the cellular and biochemical level. You'll also explore how cardiovascular research informs new developments in clinical practice.

  • Infection Control

  • Molecular and Medical Parasitology

    Explore a range of medically important parasites which have a major impact on the morbidity and mortality of populations around the globe. Gain an understanding of the biology of medically important parasites,  the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and host-parasite interactions, and develop practical skills in parasitology.

  • Independent Research Project

    This exciting module enables you to conduct original research in a subject of your choosing, within the broad area of Educational studies. You will plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor and through guided group tutorials.

  • Cancer Biology

    Gain an understanding of the key concepts in cancer biology. You'll learn how current research impacts diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, as well as develop critical appraisal, self-assessment and reflective skills.

"The teaching facilities here are really good. There's always money coming in and new lecturers coming in all the time, which keeps things constantly up to scratch".

Simon Pears

More about this 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.

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Our teaching staff

Europe’s longest standing science festival - The British Science Festival - is coming to the University of Hull, 11-15th September 2018.

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Programmes designed in collaboration with NHS professionals to guarantee real-world relevance.

Some of the UK's finest facilities including a £10m centre for cancer and metabolic research.

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Accredited degrees approved as meeting industry standards by expert academics and professionals.

Excellent links with local biotechnology companies, research units and hospitals.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have A level Biology/Applied Science at Grade C or above (or merit from relevant BTEC). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • 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.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For Foundation Year, we require IELTS 5.5 overall, with 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


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.