Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Science

Gain in-depth knowledge on how the human body works in health and disease. You’ll learn how to diagnose and treat diseases in our specialist laboratories.

Biomedical Science

Course Overview

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  • Main location

    City Campus
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  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

Prepare for a career in public health
With a degree in biomedical science, you can be part of the fight against critical public health issues such as cancer. The work of biomedical scientists has been crucial in the detection of global viruses, including COVID-19. They’ve also played a key role in the development of vaccines and the testing and development of drugs. 

Accredited study 
This industry accredited degree will enable you to understand and explore advances in the field. This could include how biomedical science has helped in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of a variety of illnesses. 

Choose your pathway
At the end of your first year of study, you could choose to continue your multidisciplinary studies and gain a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science. Alternatively, you could choose to study for a combined degree award by specialising in one of our specific pathways: 

  • Medical Biochemistry Pathway
    Study biochemical interactions within the body, and the diagnosis of biochemically related diseases.
  • Medical Microbiology Pathway
    Study the types of pathogen that cause infectious disease, and the strategies they use to attack the body. You’ll learn how to diagnose disease and understand the treatments available. You’ll also look at the global burden of infectious disease and the worldwide initiatives underway to try and control this challenging threat.
  • Pharmacological Sciences Pathway
    Discover how different drugs are used for the treatment of diseases and what effect they have on the body. You’ll also develop your understanding of pharmacological principles and how they inform the development of drugs.
  • Molecular Biotechnology Pathway
    By looking at biological processes involving genetics and gene technology, you’ll learn about the molecular advances in the treatment of disease and how treatments are developed.

We also offer the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science course. If you choose to take an applied route, you’ll complete a 45-week placement* in an NHS pathology laboratory after your second year. You’ll then return to the university to complete your final year of study.

Hands-on experience
*You’ll gain valuable work experience and training during your placement which will enable you to complete an IBMS registration portfolio while you study. When successfully completed and verified, your portfolio will enable you to apply for entry onto the HCPC register as a Biomedical Scientist after graduating. You’ll be able to do this without the need for further training. Please note, placements may be limited so will be subject to availability.

Springpod Subject Spotlights video - try your course before you apply
Leeds Beckett University has partnered with Springpod, an online platform that provides immersive career and education opportunities, to bring you a Subject Spotlight video for our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences course: Bugs and Us. In this Subject Spotlight, Dr Rochelle Hockney puts bacteria under the microscope and provides an interesting look into the world of bacteria, and how they affect our daily lives - from fighting off bugs and illnesses to strengthening the health of our guts.

Your route into training
This course is aligned to the criteria required to join the NHS Scientist Training Programme. The programme is a common route to becoming a clinical or healthcare scientist, so you’ll be prepared to pursue this option when you graduate.

Royal Society of Biology accreditation**
Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). This will ensure you'll graduate with the expert capabilities demanded by employers. When you graduate, you'll also receive one year's free RSB membership, offering valuable networking opportunities as you enter the world of work.

Institute of Biomedical Science accreditation**
To work as a biomedical scientist in the UK, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Our IBMS degree accreditation ensures our degree courses have a curriculum that will prepare you to meet the HCPC standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists. This accreditation means you’ll receive a wide-ranging, research-informed scientific education. In addition, you’ll develop practical skills and experience that employers value. 

This programme will enable you to apply to register as a biomedical scientist after completing the IBMS certificate of competence portfolio in a IBMS approved lab.

Primed for a career in biomedical sciences

Employability is built into every module of the course, so on graduating you’ll be confident in:

  • Group-work
  • Time management
  • Working in a laboratory
  • Writing papers
  • Performing risk assessments

Hands-on opportunities
Some of our students have been successful in obtaining work experience or placements between their second and third years. Previous students have worked in industry or with biotech companies. A placement will significantly enhance your practical skills and offer an opportunity to develop career contacts.

Some of our graduates have secured immediate employment with their placement provider upon graduation.

Research scheme
You can also choose to apply for our in-house undergraduate researcher scheme. Lasting eight weeks across the summer, you’ll work closely with one of our academic team and enhance your practical and research expertise.

Unique insights
Visiting lecturers and PhD students will offer their unique insights through guest lectures, and you could develop your academic skills by presenting your final year project as a poster at research conferences.

**The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (Applied Biomedical Sciences) pathway is a new course and has been validated by the University for delivery from 2022. It is undergoing final accreditation approval by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS).

Why study Biomedical Science at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Dual accreditation from both the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) and the Institute for Biomedical Science (IBMS) 
  2. 100% of students on BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences were positive about the way teaching staff explain things*
  3. Our specialist pathways will enable you to choose to focus on a particular discipline
  4. Our course is aligned to the criteria required to join the NHS Scientist Training Programme
  5. You'll study in our specialist Biomedical Sciences Laboratories where you can master specialist testing equipment; and familiarise yourself with the latest data and AV technology, microbiology facilities, and cell culture suites

*National Student Survey 2023