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Biomedical Science

BSc (Single Honours)

Start date:

September 2024

You'll need:

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Foundation Year entry: 64 UCAS points (or equivalent)

UCAS Code: 

B940

B944 (if choosing foundation year)

Improving human health has never been a bigger global challenge. Get the specialist, practical skills you need to play a part in advancing the treatment and prevention of disease.

Did you know?

A biomedical science degree aligned to contemporary industry practices - modules reflect current issues in biomedicine and biotechnology. 

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, graduates will meet the academic qualification requirement to become a registered Biomedical Scientist working in NHS Pathology laboratories.

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This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

Why take a placement?

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.

How we support you

The University's Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.

Find out more about how we'll support you

We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.

Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.

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Skills

Make a difference to humanity with a degree in biomedical science. 

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this course gives you the knowledge and skills to carve out a sustainable career in the health sector.

You’ll gain a strong foundation in the science behind the human body, disease, treatment and prevention by studying:

  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Pharmacology: the branch of medicine concerned with the use and effect of drugs
  • Immunology: the study of all aspects of the immune system.

Along with practical laboratory skills (analytical and qualitative), you’ll develop the attributes you need to succeed in the workplace, including:

  • Written and spoken communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to detail.

You’ll also gain an understanding of the ethics and best practice involved in working with patients. Your employability is our priority from day one. An optional paid work placement gives you the opportunity to gain professional experience between Years 2 and 3.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and offers a strong scientific foundation in the biological aspects of health and disease, ready for building a career in the health sciences. When you graduate, you’ll have the chance to pursue State Registration as a Biomedical Scientist by the Health and Care Professions Council. This involves completing a portfolio training year in an NHS pathology lab, more information can be found here.

Learning

Experience a dynamic, contemporary curriculum in state-of-the-art facilities.

Working in both small groups and individually, you’ll enjoy a mix of lectures and practicals as you work through progressive modules, including:

  • Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology: delving into how diseases develop, who is affected and why.
  • Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: addressing how emerging discoveries in molecular biology are applied to clinical benefit and exploring the ethical implications.
  • The Brain in Health and Disease: uncovering cutting-edge brain imaging and plasticity theories.
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In Year 3, you’ll have the chance to shape your own studies by conducting research on a self-selected topic. This enables you to explore and develop current knowledge in a chosen area of biomedical science before you graduate.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by a dedicated and passionate team of lecturers and sector professionals.

  • Laboratories equipped for DNA analysis, electrophysiology, microscopy, and more
  • High-spec computer suites, supported by a team of expert laboratory and IT technicians.

Through our collaborations with some of London's world-class medical institutions, you’ll also have the chance to participate in exclusive hospital visits and projects, and gain access to specialist libraries.

Dr Laurent Lacroix

Senior Lecturer and Programme Convener

I am Laurent; I am the Programme Convener of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and I've been at Roehampton since 2012. My main speciality is neuroscience and not surprisingly I am most passionate about teaching the module,The Brain in Health and Disease which looks at the extraordinary mechanisms that make our body work. I really enjoy the discussions with students about the advances in our understanding of how the brain and our body function using real-life case studies. Working at Roehampton I particularly appreciate the fabulous campus, close to Richmond Park and close to central London, and enjoy being part of a team that is very close to students and uses its scientific expertise to illustrates teaching through their research progress.  

Dr Robert Busch

Senior Lecturer

Hello, I am Robert. As a senior lecturer, I teach all years of the Biomedical Science programme. As the smallest independently-living units in our body, the vital processes that sustain cells and their mutual cooperation are fundamental to how we survive, adapt, and suffer illnesses, so this subjects is a great introduction to living systems. My research is about key mechanisms by which immune cells communicate about infectious agents to mount immune defences, and about how the same mechanisms go haywire in immune-related illnesses. I have worked in the United States and Germany and started at Roehampton in 2013. I love Roehampton's human scale, its commitment to research excellence and inclusive teaching, and its friendly staff. The sunsets over Richmond Park, seen from the rear windows of Parkstead House at Whitelands, are a lovely bonus! 

Dr Peter Wright

Lecturer

I'm Peter, I am a lecturer and I convene the Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology module. Disease processes do not occur in isolation and are the result of multiple physical and societal pressures on the individual. As a researcher, I study the mechanisms that cells use to make sense of the external world. I do this with novel forms of microscopy and enzyme assays which report on molecular activity inside cells at the nanometer level. I joined Roehampton in July 2020 - an interesting time historically, epidemiologically and pathophysiologically!

Assessment

Push yourself further with real-world assignments. 

Throughout the course, you’ll experience a wide range of assessments that enhance your understanding and practical skills, while giving you a taste of industry practices.
These include:

  • online tests
  • written examinations
  • laboratory reports
  • presentations
  • essays
  • research and data collection projects.

You’ll leave Roehampton with an in-depth understanding of both the theory and the hands-on applications of biomedical science, ready to take the next step.

 

 

Careers

Shape the future of public health.

If you’re ready to learn, we’ll help you gain the confidence and opportunities to achieve.

Our Careers team is on hand to help from the start of your studies until after you graduate. Under their guidance you’ll benefit from a wide range of support, including:

CV building

  • Interview preparation
  • Mentoring
  • Industry connections
  • Work experience
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Job fairs
  • Introductions to future employers.

Our graduates go on to work in different specialisms within the biomedical sciences, such as:

  • Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Cellular sciences
  • Drug discovery
  • Genetics
  • Neuroscience.

Many take on roles in the NHS and biopharmaceutical industry. Others choose to work with local communities to improve access to healthcare.

With our BSc Biomedical Science degree, you can also continue on to postgraduate study – researching cancer and neurodegenerative disease or taking courses that prepare you for patient-facing healthcare professions.

 

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Get a real taste of our campus, community and what it’s like to study at Roehampton

Full-time UK undergraduate students apply through UCAS.

Entry tariff

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Specific entry requirements

A level/BTEC (or equivalent qualification) required in Biology or Chemistry.
GCSE (or equivalent) requirement: Maths, Grade C/4.

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year one fees

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. See our 2024 financial support pages for UK students.

We also provide other ways to support the cost of living, including free buses and on-campus car parking, hardship support and some of the most affordable student accommodation and catering in London. Find out more about how we can support you.

International undergraduate students apply through our direct application system.

 

Specific entry requirements

A level/BTEC (or equivalent qualification) required in Biology or Chemistry.
GCSE (or equivalent) requirement: Maths, Grade C/4.

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year one fees

EU and International: £15,750
Placement year: £998

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. See our 2024 financial support pages for international students.

We also provide other ways to support the cost of living, including free buses and on-campus car parking, hardship support and some of the most affordable student accommodation and catering in London. Find out more about how we can support you.

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