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. 

National Student Survey 2017
Biomedical Science at UCLan is in the top 3 in the UK for learning resources and 97.8% of students felt they had access to them when required, 95.7% of our Biomedical Science students felt teaching staff were good at explaining things.

The course is delivered as a series of modules, which provide a sound theoretical and practical framework covering areas such biochemistry, microbiology, haematology, cellular pathology, immunology and key laboratory skills. You will also learn and develop analytical and critical skills and be taught in areas such as human physiology, metabolism, molecular biology and practical and research skills are studied in detail. The final year of the course includes a range of modules where you will investigate the specialist areas of pathology in more detail. There is also a practical research project during the course in which is an essential indicator of your ability to employ the theoretical and practical skills that you have acquired on the course. Applying for this course also give you the opportunity to take the Healthcare Science route at the end of the first year, which includes extensive clinical laboratory placements.



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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

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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.


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.


Sneha Prajapati
3rd Year Biomedical Sciences Student

Sneha Prajapati


"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


"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) Biological Sciences

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

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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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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points including Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or Applied Science.  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: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including grade HL5 in Biology or Chemistry.
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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

Course Overview

Year 1

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

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

Open Day - 24 March 2018

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.

After graduating from the Biomedical Science degree and then the BDS Dentistry course at UCLan, 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 gained a job as a Dental Core Trainee in an Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Department at a hospital in Kent, where she supports the staff on the ward and the consultants when in Theatre.

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Learning Environment

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.


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 and over 90% of our sandwich students gain employment 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.

Important Information

Contact Us

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

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 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 2017/18 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.