Biomedical science lab

Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BSc Biomedical Science

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

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

N/A

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UCAS code

BC99

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Course overview

A Biomedical Science degree from Hull opens doors to a career in laboratory science and beyond.

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. Through supported lab learning, you'll gain a deep understanding of the human form and function in health and disease. We designed our Biomedical Science degree with input from the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

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.

This course is accredited by The Institute of Biomedical Science - so you can be confident that it's been approved by expert academics and professionals as meeting industry standards.

Learn more about your course in our subject sessions

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Biomedical Science

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Six reasons to study Biomedical Science at Hull

  1. Drive innovation that saves lives
  2. Top 10 in the UK for assessment and feedback and organisation and management in Biomedical Sciences.*
  3. Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science
  4. 95% graduate employability rating
  5. Benefit from access to our PET Research Centre
  6. Excellent links with local industry and hospitals

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

    Cell Structure and Function

    Gain an understanding of cell organisation. In practical sessions you’ll learn how to use a light microscope, produce clear scientific figures and measure the size and 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. 

    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

    Explore topics including the circulatory system, blood and cardiac and skeletal 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

    Discover the world of clinically important microorganisms, how they drive disease and treatment options. Explore healthy and discorded human immunobiology, autoimmunity, allergies and transplantation.

    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 or bioinformatic-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

    Discover the cellular and biochemical mechanisms controlling muscle physiology in health and disease. You'll also explore how cardiovascular research informs clinical practice.

    Molecular and Medical Parasitology

    Explore how medically important parasites have a major impact on populations around the globe. You'll also 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 practical laboratory sessions. 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.

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

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  • A level grades N/A

  • BTEC grades N/A

  • Points required N/A

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At Hull, you’re a name not a number. During Clearing, we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades. We may be able to offer you a place whatever your situation.

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 466100 or complete our online form to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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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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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

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£17,550 per year

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

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

The fees shown are for 2021 entry. The fees for 2022 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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, Smith & Nephew, Covance, independent diagnostic and QC testing laboratories, the Civil Service, pharmacies, various hospitals and the NHS. 

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* National Student Survey (NSS) 2021, HEIs only.

† UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2017/18, published by HESA 2020.