• Biomedical Sciences

Why study at Roehampton

  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
  • Gain experience in laboratory practices, instrumentation and analytical techniques
  • A degree that is aligned to contemporary industry practices – modules reflect current issues in biomedicine and biotechnology
  • We are ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)
  • Best new university in London for research (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science

Find out how you can make a real difference to human lives by studying the life processes of health, disease, treatment and prevention, using a practical approach. You will learn about the fundamentals of life, from cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology and immunology to the relationship between nutrition and health.

There will be a chance to specialise in your main area of interest, as part of your final-year research project.

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More details

Year-by-year summary

First year

You take core modules in that cover the a wider range of aspects of biomolecular science. Recent examples of core modules have included cell and molecular biology, physiology, and human disease. 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 which might include pharmacology and toxicology, molecular biology, neurobiology, physiology and immunology.

Third year

In your final year, you will 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, and support for your work from a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians.


At Roehampton you will be a short train ride away from many world-class facilities in London, including theWellcome 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

What our students say

Shakanna Muruganandan - Biomedical Science

"The teaching and support on this degree complements my passion for science. Lecturers are experts in their fields and are very helpful."

Shakanna Murugananda
BSc Biomedical Sciences

Example modules

  • Cell Biology
  • The Brain in Health and Disease
  • Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Career options

Our graduates can work in different areas of biomedical sciences such as microbiology, haematology, immunology, cellular sciences, drug discovery, genetics or neuroscience. You may also work in various roles within the NHS or choose further 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 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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