Biomedical Science

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) - Top-up

The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science Top-up route has been designed to meet the needs of individuals who are working or who are considering working in an NHS pathology laboratory but do not possess an accredited Biomedical Science degree. In a situation such as this, prior contact with the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and assessment of the current degree content should be undertaken to reveal if any additional study is required before the holder's degree can be recognised. If additional study is required this may often include some or all of the specialist modules such as haematology, cellular pathology or clinical biochemistry. The top-up route allows all the required modules identified by the IBMS to be studied on a part-time basis. Once completed the original degree can be accredited by the professional body.

All modules that make up the routes through the Biomedical Science course have been accredited by the IBMS - this is essential for employment in hospital pathology laboratories. Current figures suggest that approximately 60 per cent of our full-time graduates go on to build careers in the NHS.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Variable - depending on the number of modules studied.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Top-up

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September and January

  • Biology at UCLan is 2nd in the North West for in the UK top 10 for overall student satisfaction and in the UK top 5 for university learning resources - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Fully accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) for over 10 years.
  • Enables additional required modules identified by the IBMS to be studied on a part-time basis.
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard facilities including on-site scientific laboratories.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Research Skills
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Biological Chemistry and Foundation Mathematics
  • Integrative Biological Sciences
  • Introduction to Healthcare Science
  • Elective

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Investigation of Disease
  • Practical Skills and their Application to Diagnostic Analysis
  • Physiological Systems
  • Biostatistics
  • Cellular Investigation
  • Systems Pharmacology

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Biology of Disease
  • Immunology
  • Current Practice in Cell Science
  • Molecular Biomedicine
  • Current Practice in Clinical Biochemistry
  • Current Practice in Haematology
  • Current Practice in Clinical Microbiology
  • Group or Individual Research Project

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

For applicants who have been advised by the IBMS that they need to take specific Biomedical modules to allow their current undergraduate degree to be accredited. 

International Students

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Further Information

How to Apply

Students who apply for the top-up mode of study will usually have completed a non-accredited Bioscience degree and will have been in contact with The Institute of Biomedical Science to have their current degree assessed and any additional required study elements identified.

Students should apply directly to admissions on a paper application form and enclose a copy of their IBMS letter.

The duration of your period of study will depend on the number and level of the modules that you have been requested to take by the IBMS. Many students complete their top-up route in a single year, usually by one day per week attendance. If a more extensive set of modules is required then these can usually be completed over the course of two years, again on a one day per week basis.

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.

Professional Accreditation

The top-up modules that are used on this route of study are taken by degree students on the full and part time course that is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).


Biomedical Research Laboratory


Tissue Culture Laboratory

Microbiology Laboratory

Post-Molecular Biology Laboratory

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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.