Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses

Biomedical Sciences

Why study at Roehampton

  • Students gain knowledge and skills such as standard laboratory practice, handling equipment, recording results and critical evaluation of experiments.
  • Up-to-date modules to reflect current issues.
  • Well-equipped laboratories with facilities for DNA analysis, high performance liquid chromatography, image analysis, cell culture facilities, ELISA and fluorescence plate readers.
  • Best new university in London for research (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results).

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science

This course offers a practical approach to studying the life processes of health, disease, treatment and prevention. You will learn about the fundamentals of life from cell biology and immunology to the relationship between nutrition and health. The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will gain experience in laboratory practices, instrumentation and analytical techniques.

 IBMS logo for course

More details

Year-by-year summary

First year

You take core modules in biomolecular science, cell and molecular biology, physiology, and human disease, preparing you for honours-level study. A module on practical methods introduces a wide range of biological and biochemical techniques and develops laboratory skills, including the use of computer systems to present and analyse data.

Second year

In the second year, modules focus on subjects such as pharmacology and toxicology, molecular biology, neurobiology, physiology and immunology.

Third year

You undertake a research project and study modules in subjects such as medical microbiology, molecular genetics, and practical methods in haematology, microbiology, histology and biochemistry.



You will have access to modern, well-equipped laboratories with facilities for DNA analysis, high performance liquid chromatography, electrophysiology, microbiology, light and electron microscopy.

You will have free access to computer suites equipped with subject specific software. Your work will be underpinned by the support of a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians.


Roehampton is close to the many world-class facilities in London, including: Wellcome Collection and Library and the British Museum

Research links with many of London's hospitals and medical schools facilitate visits, projects and access to specialist libraries.

Examples of final-year project titles

  • Microbial load of kitchen sites in student accommodation.
  • Smoking and salivary IgA.
  • Epigenetic control of neurogenesis by the brain endocannabinoid system.
  • Glycaemic index and exercise.

Recommended first year reading

  • Campbell, N.A., J.B. Reece & L.G. Mitchell (2005) Biology, 7th edition, New York: Addison-Wesley
  • Or: Purves, W.K., D. Sadava, G.H. Orians & H.C. Heller (2004) Life: The Science of Biology, 7th edition, Sunderland, USA: Sinauer

Example modules

  • Cell Biology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Career options

Our graduates work in different areas of biomedical sciences such as microbiology, haematology, immunology, cellular sciences, drug discovery, genetics, or neuroscience. Some graduates choose further academic study at postgraduate level.

UCAS code





Single honours

Entry tariff

300 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Life Sciences »


3 years (full-time), 5–7 years (part-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Further information

Contact our Enquiries team »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Undergraduate open day

Wednesday 11 February 2015

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