Biomedical Science

Undergraduate School of Life and Health Sciences

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.

Biomedical Science
Entry Tariff

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)




3 years (full-time)

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

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type

BSc (single honours)


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


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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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.

How you'll learn

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.

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.

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You’ll work in exceptional learning facilities, including:

• 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.

How you'll be assessed

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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.



Career options

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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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We 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.

Application Info

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes


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.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of qualifications, including BTECs, A-levels and T Levels.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential. In some cases, we will make you a contextual offer. Contextual offers ensure that all applicants have a fair opportunity of gaining a place with us, regardless of their background. Find out more about contextual offers.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available on our How to apply page.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

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

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £15,750 £998

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

Entry Tariff

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

International students

Contextual offers

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  

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Course Facilities

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  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.


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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