Biomedical Science

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), which is essential for employment in hospital pathology laboratories, this course involves the study of health and disease and provides an in-depth understanding of how the human body functions during normal and diseased states. You’ll develop a range of laboratory based and theoretical skills associated with sound scientific practice. As a graduate you can work in diagnostic pathology laboratories, biomedical research or the bioscience industry. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fully accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) for over 10 years.
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard facilities including on-site scientific laboratories.
  • Taught by internationally-recognised research-active scientists and biomedical scientists.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Biosciences
  • Essential Skills in Biosciences
  • Biosciences in Practice

Year 2

  • Bioscience Practical Skills
  • Biology of Disease
  • Molecules to Cells
  • Tissues to Organisms

Year 3

  • Research Project
  • Blood Sciences for Biomedical Sciences
  • Infection Sciences for Biomedical Sciences
  • Molecular and Cellular Pathology

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points including either Chemistry or Biology at grade C. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Applied Science - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 104-112 UCAS Points including 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry or Biology. Modules at Distinction.
International Baccalaureate: 104-112 points from Higher Level Subjects including Higher Level Biology or Chemistry at grade 5.
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent


International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

Our course covers all aspects of modern day biomedicine including biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, pharmacology and molecular biology. We have a strong focus on practical experience ensuring that our graduates have real-world skills for a variety of careers both inside and outside of the laboratory.

In the first year of the course, you will study the fundamentals of bioscience, develop key laboratory skills and develop an understanding of bioscience in practice. In the second year, you will build on this knowledge to develop your understanding of biological processes and how these are disrupted in disease.  In the final year, you will chose from a range of specialist modules taught by professional biomedical scientists where you will develop detailed knowledge in specialist disciplines including haematology, microbiology and histopathology.

You will also carry out a laboratory-based research project that will draw upon the expertise of our academic staff currently working in the areas of pain, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Autism, drug addiction.


Sneha Prajapati
3rd Year Biomedical Sciences Student

Sneha Prajapati

"I was lucky enough to be chosen as a summer intern. The experience was invaluable - it gave me confidence, a direction for job-searching and many fond memories. The project leaders were very helpful and kind, they showed me loads of techniques I would never have otherwise had the opportunity to see and practice and this gave me more confidence in the lab."

Helena Tattersall, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science


"University study was one of the best decisions of my life. I would encourage everyone to do it. My experiences at UCLan have changed my life in every way for the better. Without UCLan I wouldn’t have made friends for life, a well-paid, interesting job and the confidence to live away from home and be true to myself."

Katie Chapple, 2012 graduate and Histopathology Band 5 Biomedical Scientist


Wahaj Saud S- Alnefai
3rd Year Biomedical Sciences Student

Wahaj Saud S- Alnefai

"Applying for the research internship was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I really enjoyed the whole process and it definitely prepared me for my third year dissertation. UCLan is a remarkably nurturing place for research of all kinds and encourages the presentation of that work all over the world. I am proud to have been a UCLan student and a CRIT intern. Thank you UCLan!"

Afton Turner, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate


Our state-of-the-art practical and research laboratories constantly evolve to ensure they are in line with modern practice, having recently been further enhanced by our impressive purpose-built JB Firth Building.

Biological sciences laboratories Biomedical research laboratory

Post-Molecular Biology Laboratory

Microbiology Laboratory

Tissue Culture Laboratory


We believe that the research activities of our staff enhance our teaching and enrich the learning experience of our students. There are strong links between our undergraduate provision and our research; all of our courses are shaped by research-informed teaching, and our Centre for Research-Informed Teaching offers bursaried internship programmes to encourage those completing undergraduate courses to consider a research career. Those undertaking internship programmes are supervised by research-active staff.

Kansas University

Biomedical Science trip to Kansas University

UCLan funded eight students from the biomedical science course to travel to Kansas, USA and visit their university and medical centre. The students were selected out of a number of applications based on how they felt the trip would benefit them and their learning. 

The students met a wide range of biomedical scientists including: a urology research team investigating the effect of drugs on signalling pathways relevant to prostatic cancer  and were privileged to observe a surgical team in action; two of these were neurosurgery and a third group were able to view the anatomy of the intestinal cavity during a hysterectomy operation. Read more

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Teaching on the course comprises a diverse range of methods and styles including lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, case studies and laboratory practicals. As well as the traditional methods of teaching, e-learning (based around a virtual learning environment) and problem-based learning techniques will be used.

Assessments are by a combination of examinations, essays, data handling and interpretation, log-books, practical reports, project reports, poster and oral presentations allowing a full range of skills to be developed.

Cerise Harris

After graduating Cerise went straight into her first job as a dentist in the NHS in Kent. 'Studying dentistry at UCLan gave me a lot of clinical experience which I think made the transition into my first job quite easy and not too stressful.' After spending a year working as a dentist, Cerise is moving on and has recently gained a job as a Dental Core Trainee in an Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Department at a hospital in Kent. She will be supporting the staff on the ward and the consultants when in Theatre. In addition she will be working on call for the A and E department.


Graduates can work in diagnostic and pathology laboratories in hospitals and other medical institutions or work in areas such as toxicology. They can also pursue careers in research (postgraduate study), teaching and marketing or management within biomedical-related industries. Graduates have also gone on to pursue further studies in dentistry or medicine. The Institute of Biomedical Science accredits all our courses – this is essential for employment in hospital pathology laboratories. Approximately 60% of our full-time graduates go onto work within the NHS. We have a graduate who is a trainee medical scientist at Leeds Teaching Hospital whilst others are biomedical scientists at hospitals such as Royal Blackburn Hospital, Cheltenham General Hospital, Royal Bolton Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospital and Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Other graduates are employed by universities as research associates.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.