Biomedical Science Undergraduate degree

Biomedical Science

Make a difference to humanity by studying BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at Roehampton. Here you will discover life processes, health, disease, treatment and prevention.

Start Date:

September 2023

Entry Tariff:

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Degree Type:

BSc (single honours)

Duration:

3 years (full-time)

4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

UCAS Code:

B940

Entry Tariff:

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.

Specific entry requirements:

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

General entry requirements:

UK students

Undergraduate Digital Open Day

Saturday 18 February 2023

Course and Module Details

Overview

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. This accredited degree can lead to State Registration as professional Biomedical Scientist, by the Health and Care Professions Council.   

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You will develop your knowledge in the essential functions of life by studying cell biology and molecular biology; and gain an understanding of areas such as pharmacology, the branch of medicine concerned with the use and effect of drugs; and immunology, which studies all aspects of the immune system. There’s also an opportunity to explore the relationship between nutrition and health. 

To support your studies, 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 use of computer suites equipped with subject-specific software, and be supported with your work by a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians.  

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

We offer a wide range of interesting modules such as Introduction to Human Disease and Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology, which looks at the immune system and patterns for diseases. Other modules include, Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, which reviews recent developments and applications in biomedicine together with the commercial and ethical implications of these technologies or The Brain in Health and Disease, where you will be exposed to the latest developments in brain imaging and theories on brain plasticity, the ability for the brain to modify its structure in response to change. 

In your third year you’ll undertake a research project where you’ll collect seminal data on a topic of your choice, advancing current knowledge in that area. 

You’ll also have the option of undertaking a placement year between years two and three. 

Course subject to curriculum review

Placement Year

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.

Modules

 
 
 


These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2023 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £15,000 £950

Career Options

You will be in a strong position to secure work in different areas of the biomedical sciences, including:  

  • Microbiology 
  • Haematology 
  • Immunology 
  • Cellular sciences 
  • Drug discovery 
  • Genetics 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Various roles in the NHS  

You can also continue your studies at post-graduate level. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

You can now apply for any programme for any entry point in 2023.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.

Application process FAQs

 

If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!

This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.

When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.

Contact us directly if you have any questions.

The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.

Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.

If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.

If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.

You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.

Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.

Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.

No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.

There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.

If you are a international student, you can apply direct using our online application form.

Details of support we provide for international students, and useful information about the application process, are available on our international web pages.

No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.

If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.

If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.

You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.

If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.

If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.

If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.

Once you have applied through UCAS you will be able to follow the progress of each of your applications by using UCAS Track.

You can also contact us directly to find out the status of your application with us.

If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:

Conditional Offers

This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.

Unconditional offers

An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.

If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.

If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.

Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.

If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.

If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.

We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.

The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.

Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.

If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.

If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2023, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.

Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our financial support pages.

Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.

Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.

We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university,  into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.

UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.

 

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Course Facilities

Image -  Students in one of our teaching laboratories    
  Practical sessions will be a core part of your degree, allowing you to develop your skillset.   

Students in one of our teaching laboratories 

Practical sessions will be a core part of your degree, allowing you to develop your skillset. 

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  In our teaching laboratories.   

Students studying specimens under the microscope 

In our teaching laboratories. 

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  On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

Manresa Hall in Whitelands College 

On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

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Our Students

I love the campus and the library, as well as the modules offered on the course. Biomedical Science offers such a wide range of opportunities after graduating, from studying for a masters or entering medicine, or working in labs, research and teaching. 

Oumaima Bhallil, BSc Biomedical Science

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Our Alumni

Nikhil Patel

Class of 2016: BSc Biomedical Science

After graduating from Roehampton I spent two years working in higher education. I then moved into healthcare, working as a Project Coordinator for clinical trials before moving into my current role as a Project Partner at a large pharmaceutical company. This involves working with lots of different teams such as Third Parties, Marketing, Data analysts and Pharmaceutical chains.

What I learned on my degree and in my time at Roehampton is hugely valuable in my career now. As well as my understanding of pharmaceuticals and the science of human health, I use the data analysis skills I developed through completing my dissertation on a daily basis. The lecturers at Roehampton really help to develop your transferrable skills, and show you how what you’re learning will help you in different career paths. For example, through group projects, I learned how to work well in a team, which is essential in my current role. 

What I loved about my time at Roehampton was the supportive community. It’s a small university, so you get to know your lecturers and peers. There is so much to get involved with outside of your classes – sports teams, societies, student ambassador work – that help shape you for your future and you as an individual.

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At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options. 

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.