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  • biomedical science degree aligned to contemporary industry practices – modules reflect current issues in biomedicine and biotechnology.
  • Roehampton is ranked top 5 in London for Biomedical Science (Complete University Guide 2020). 
  • Gain experience in the latest laboratory practices, instrumentation and analytical techniques.
  • Study life processes, disease treatment and prevention for improving human health.
  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
  • 90% of our graduates in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2018 results).


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

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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.  

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. Theres 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 range of interesting modules such as Introduction to Human Disease or 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.

Year one 

  • Take core modules covering the foundations of the biomedical sciences, including general and biological chemistry, cell and molecular biology, nutrition 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. 

Year two 

  • Build your knowledge of human health aspects and study modules that focus on specific subjects such as pharmacology and toxicology, molecular biology, neurobiology, physiology and immunology. 

Year three 

  • Undertake a research project and study more advanced medical subjects, such as medical microbiology, molecular genetics, and practical methods in hæmatology, microbiology, histology and biochemistry.

Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Introduction to Human Disease
Chemistry of Life
Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths
Cell Biology
Professional Practice for Biomedical Science
Biomedical Science: Practical Methods

Year 2

Biosciences Research Methods
Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice
Physiology and Metabolism
Pharmacology and Toxicology
The Brain in Health and Disease

Year 3

Compulsory module:
Biomedical Research Project

Required modules:
Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology
Medical Microbiology
Biomedical Science: Clinical Methods


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You will be in a strong position to secure work in different areas of the biomedical sciences, such as microbiology, haematology, immunology, cellular sciences, drug discovery, genetics or neuroscience. You could also work in various roles in the NHS, or choose further study at postgraduate 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. 

Teaching staff on our BSc Biomedical Science are connected to our Health Science Research Centre. Find out more about their research interests here.

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Life at Roehampton

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.