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Biomedical Science

University of Sunderland
Sunderland, Great Britain
 1615 Points
3 Years
Start date
Sep 2022

Program Description

Studying Biomedical Science will develop your knowledge of scientific investigation into human health and disease, through learning how the human body functions and what happens when disease affects it. You'll develop a thorough understanding of biomedicine and acquire specialist knowledge in medical microbiology, immunology, cellular pathology, haematology and clinical biochemistry.

The course content is the same as Biomedical Science, but you'll undertake a 40-week placement in an NHS lab between your second and final year. Placements are subject to availability and an interview with the placement provider is required. The placement allows completion of your IBMS registration portfolio and you'll be eligible to register as a Biomedical Scientist with the HCPC upon graduation.

The course content is the same as Biomedical Science, but you'll have the opportunity to undertake a placement year in industry between your second and final year of your degree. Placements are subject to availability and an interview with the placement provider is required.

Depending on the availability of suitable placements, and subject to interview, you may be able to switch from a degree in Biomedical Science to Healthcare Science, specialising in one of the following areas: Blood Sciences, Cellular Sciences, Genetic Sciences, and Infection Sciences. The course content is the same as Biomedical Science with increasing focus on your specialist area in year three, but includes a series of integrated clinical placements in an approved clinical training laboratory.

Entry Requirements

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High School Diploma (or equivalent)
Foundation Year
English Level
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.

Other accepted English language qualifications:

  • Secure English Language Test (SELT)
  • O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language: grade C or above (UK Exam board)
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II: Merit or Distinction

Important Information:

  • If you don't meet standard entry requirements, the university also offers this course with a Biomedical Science (with Integrated Foundation Year).
  • If you do not have the necessary level of English you may need to take one of the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) University Preparation Courses before you begin your course.


Year 1

Fundamental Principles in Biomedicine

Human Physiology

Chemistry for the Biosciences

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Microbes and Host Defences

Clinical and Professional Practice

Year 2

Pathophysiology and Therapeutics
Molecular and Cellular Analysis
Infection and Immunity
Blood Science
Biosciences Literature Review
Research and Analytical Skills for Biosciences

Placement year (optional):
48-week industrial placement

Year 3

Bioscience Research Investigation

Optional (choose four):
Cellular Pathology
Clinical Biochemistry
Haematology and Transfusion Science
Human Genetics and Genomics
Clinical Immunology
Medical Microbiology


  • The NHS
  • Medical research institutions
  • Clinical laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical drug companies
  • Scientific distributors and manufacturers
  • Molecular biology companies

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