Biomedical science lab

Undergraduate

BSc Biomedical Science

Gain the knowledge and skills to drive innovation that saves lives.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

BC99

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Start date

Course overview

Biomedical science applies biological principles to medicine. It explores the 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. Our multidisciplinary, lab-based approach keeps our teaching up to date with the changing field of biomedical science.

You'll gather the knowledge and skills for employment in a variety of settings – including potentially life-saving work at the cutting edge of health research.

Six reasons to study Biomedical Science at Hull

  1. Top 10 in the UK for medical technology#
  2. Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science
  3. NHS clinicians helped to design this programme
  4. Learn under internationally respected experts
  5. Excellent links with local industry and hospitals
  6. Benefit from access to our PET Research Centre
Accredited Programme logo MEDIUM

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core

    Biochemistry

    How does our metabolism work? On this module, we illuminate the biochemical pathways that utilise sugars, proteins and lipids for energy generation by our cells and ultimately our bodies. 

    Cell Structure and Function

    Gain a basic understanding of cell organisation. Learn how to use a light microscope and link the structure and function of the major cellular organelles to basic biochemical pathways.

    Principles of Genetics

    Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms. 

    Microbiology and Immunology

    Examine the wonderful world of microorganisms and the defence against "bad" microbes (pathogens) by the intricate human immune system. 

    Skills for Biomedical and Human Biology Sciences

    Discover and master the skills necessary to be a successful scientist. This module introduces you to essay writing and the scholarship skills you’ll use in your career.

    Human Physiology

    Study topics such as the circulatory system, blood and cardiac muscles; the nervous system; reproduction; respiration; the gastro-intestinal system and the endocrine system.​

Second year modules

  • Core

    Molecular Genetics and Proteomics

    Gain practical laboratory skills as you develop your understanding of how genetic information encoded by the DNA is regulated in health and disease. 

    Blood Sciences

    ​Blood science is the study of blood as a marker of disease. Through lab sessions and lectures, you'll explore clinical biochemistry, haematology and hospital transfusion practice. 

    Clinical Microbiology and Immunology

    Explore healthy and disordered human immunobiology, including autoimmunity, allergies, transplantation. You'll also learn the techniques used to study these themes. 

    Professional and Research Skills for Biomedical Scientists

    Alongside developing your research skills in biological disciplines, you'll complete assessments such as applying for a job by submitting a CV and cover letter. 

    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

    ​Discover the important role histopathology plays in the diagnosis of disease, prognosis and treatment. Explore the journey that tissue biopsies take from the patient to the microscope.​

Final year modules

  • Core

    Independent Research Project

    You'll have the opportunity to work on your own lab-based project. For many students, this is the highlight of their degree, as it's a chance to show off their skills in a real-world environment.

  • Optional

    Human Genetics

    Examine human disease and the underlying genetic causes. Learn about cytogenetics and genetic counselling, as well as the inheritance of recessive and dominant diseases.

    Cellular Pathology

    Explore the pathological presentation of several major diseases and their impact on society. Input from NHS clinical staff allows you to explore the benefits of population screening. 

    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

    Investigate the mechanisms at the core of human haemostasis, haemotological mailgnancy and life saving transfusion science. This module is extensively taught by specialist practitioners alongside senior colleagues from the NHS and industry. 

    Medical Microbiology

    Explore pathogen-host interactions, the latest research developments and changing treatment options for some of the most important infectious diseases affecting our society.

    Muscle Fitness and Failure

    You'll study physiology and pathophysiology during muscle failure at cellular and biochemical level. You'll also explore how cardiovascular research informs clinical practice. 

    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. And develop practical skills in parasitology.

    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.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

216 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

984 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

60%
1%
39%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

53%
18%
29%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

948 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

48

Placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

48%
13%
39%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Anna Reynard Biomedical Scientist at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

"I would not have been able to get into the career that I love without my degree at Hull."

Entry requirements

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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.

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.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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

Fees for Home/EU students have not yet been confirmed for 2020/21. 2019/20 fees were £9,250 per year*. The University sets fees in line with Government direction.

International

£17,200 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Biomedical scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Medical research scientist

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, 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. 

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