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Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Biomedical Science

UCAS Code: B900

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year
Up to six years part-time


UK - £9,250 per year

Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
  • Opportunities for year-long placements with a biomedical theme in local hospitals and research labs
  • Newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Salford University Biomedical Science is a highly popular IBMS accredited course which applies biology based science for medical purposes.

The course will appeal to you if you want to develop your understanding of human disease processes, how they are diagnosed, monitored and treated. You will also have a strong interest in how modern research underpins the development of new therapies to improve future healthcare. This degree course covers  broad biological principles relating ,to the normal function of the human body, as well as providing up to date training in medical and disease related topics including Pathophysiology, Cell Pathology, Clinical Immunology, Haematology, Microbiology, Genetics and more. Modules are complemented by visits  to local pathology laboratories and the contribution of external NHS specialists and biomedical scientists, with whom we have strong long lasting links.

You can opt to apply for a placement year after year two; some employers offer placements exclusively for Salford students along with the opportunity for several students to undertake the IBMS registration portfolio, providing you with a head start towards a career as a biomedical scientist.

The final year of study offers flexibility in selecting a research project with an additional optional module (including Cancer Bench to bedside, Advances in Pathophysiology and Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease).  Research projects are medically related and benefit from staff research expertise  and a recent £3million laboratory refurbishment within our Biomedical Research Centre.

This course has a strong practical focus, allowing you to develop the lab skills needed to become an employable biomedical scientist, or for a career in medical laboratory research in a wide range of industry sectors.

Farah Saddique, current BSc Biomedical Science student:

"Studying Biomedical Science not only gets you a qualification but it also provides you with starting points for other courses at university. The course also provides placement opportunities. If you don’t know what to do but you know you enjoy science and it is your strength then definitely go  for it. The content of the course provides so many career routes – you don’t always have to end up in a laboratory!"

Read the full blog post here.

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Course Details

This course is structured to take account of the integrated and multidisciplinary nature of biomedical science. In the early stages you will acquire a broader understanding of the normal functioning of the body to prepare you for the later introduction of more specialised medical and pathological aspects related to human disease. There are a range of different module options that can be taken at years 2 and 3 according to your interests.

In the final year you will also carry out a medically-oriented research project in the laboratories of the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute.

Course Structure

Year one delivers a range of core modules to develop your understanding of normal human biological structures (Human Anatomy) and processes (eg Cell Biology, Genetics), whilst introducing you to core laboratory techniques (Biomedical Skills).   

Year two modules may include Human Physiology, Haematology and Pathophysiology, enabling you to gain insight into the world of disease processes and how they are diagnosed and treated. Biomedical Science Practice is a bespokely designed module outlining the requirements of becoming a registered biomedical scientist.  

Final year modules provide further specialised focus on human disease and infection (eg Immunology and Microbiology).  A strong practical component in the final year enables further development of your laboratory research skills, particularly in the Applied Biomedical Science module and during the final year project. You will select from a wide range of medical topics (including neurodegenerative diseases, heart and lung disease, microbiology, immunology and cancer research) and work with expert academics  and technicians in the laboratories of Salford’s Biomedical Research Centre.  Many further modules have integrated laboratory or equivalent clinical components to advance your technical and analytical skills and provide sound training for a career at the cutting edge of medical research.

Year 1                    

This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.                  
This module will help you develop an understanding of genes and genetics, and their influence on evolution and development. It looks at the basic principles of molecular genetics, and the function and evolution of genes in organisms.                  
This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.                  
1. This module aims to provide you with a systems-led approach to understand basic human anatomy and embryology. You will gain an in depth understanding of structure-function relationships of key systems in the human body through the study of gross anatomy and tissue histology.                  
Learn, by observation, investigation and comparison, to facilitate and develop effective use of laboratory apparatus in the performance of basic techniques. You will also develop practical laboratory skills relevant to cell, organismal, micro- and molecular biology and physiology which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work.                  
In this module you will develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied generically during study in year 1 and beyond as well as an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills. Additionally, you will be introduced to the portfolio as a learning resource and shown how to relate this to professional practice.      

Year 2                    

The aim of this module is to encourage an awareness of the physiological nature of life in humans and develop an understanding of form, function and adaptation in organ systems central to the maintenance of life and interaction with the environment.                  
This module will introduce you to some basic concepts of recombinant DNA technology at both the theoretical and practical level. It will provide you with a solid grounding of the different mechanisms involved in the control of gene expression in pro- and eukaryotes, and how dysfunction in these processes can lead to human genetic disorders. Additionally, you will be introduced to the concepts of genomics and bioinformatics and DNA instability and mutation and their role in human pathologies such as cancer.                  
The aim of this module is to study the principles of haematology and blood transfusion, selected important diseases associated with them and their application in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.                  
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the concepts of chemical and biochemical tests and their relevance to clinical diagnostics, to develop your knowledge and understanding about biochemical changes in disease, and to learn practical techniques in clinical biochemistry.                  
This module will develop an understanding of the pathophysiology of selected organ systems; develop an understanding of the principles of a range of diagnostic procedures as well as allowing some diagnostic tests to be performed and others to be observed during hospital visits. It also provides the basis for understanding the pharmacological and complementary treatments of these conditions.                  
This module will help you to develop a range of subject-specific and generic research skills appropriate to the biomedical science discipline. These include: ethics, governance, audit, experimental techniques and design, statistical analysis of data, literature searching and critical evaluation, scientific communication and making preparations in advance for your final year project.      

Year 3                    

In this module you will be introduced to medical and public health microbiology, practical skills, methods of isolation, identification and typing of bacteria from various sources.                  
This module aims to provide a framework for the development of detailed and specific knowledge of the role of cellular pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. You will develop an understanding of theoretical principles and of current and new methodologies for microscopical preparation and analysis of cells and tissues, in order to recognise pathological conditions.                  
This module looks at mammalian immunological mechanisms, the roles played by T and B cells/Lymphokines in generating an immune response and helps you develop an understanding of the genetics of antibody diversity, HIV pathogenesis and the current immunodiagnostic assays for infectious and non-infectious diseases.      
The aim of this module is to develop specialised knowledge and understanding of the pathobiology of viruses and cancers in order to appreciate analytical and pharmacological aspects of antiviral and anticancer treatments. You will also learn how modern analytical methods are applied in clinical chemistry/biochemistry.        

You will then select a 20 credit research project module plus an optional module from the list below:  

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of selected human physiological systems including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and the methodology used to monitor and assess cardiovascular and respiratory function.                  
This module will study the biochemical origins of the biochemical processes that occur in certain metabolic diseases, and the treatment of some diseases and analytical methodologies through practical experimentation of detecting the diseased state.                  
This module will introduce you to historical and current developments in cancer biology. You will examine critical signaling pathways that govern neoplastic transformation and how some of these pathways hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment.                  

Part-time structure                    

If you are studying part-time you select two to four modules from each year of study, completing the rest of the modules for the year in the following year. This leads to a maximum six-year duration for a part-time degree. If studying part-time you do not have the placement option.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
European Baccalaureate Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English language and maths at grade C or 4 or above
UCAS tariff points 120 points including A2 Biology or equivalent
GCE A level 120 points including A2 Biology or equivalent. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma DDM- must include 4 good Science Modules
BTEC Higher National Diploma Possible entry to year 3
Foundation Degree Possible entry to year 3
Scottish Highers 120 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects
Irish Leaving Certificate 120 points from Higher Level including a science subject
International Baccalaureate 30 points with at least one science subject from Group 4

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Applicant profile

We are looking for students who have a clear wish to become a biomedical scientist and who are motivated enough to undertake the degree and associated portfolio work to become a registered member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).


If you are currently employed in an IBMS accredited pathology lab, this programme is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship. In order to apply for the apprenticeship route, please email us at or alternatively, complete our online enquiry form here. Please do not apply through UCAS for this mode of study as this is not the correct route to apply for a Degree Apprenticeship programme. For more information on all of our apprenticeship programmes, please visit our website.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses 
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Find out more about Biomedical Research at Salford

You will learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory classes
  • Small group tutorials
  • Research projects
  • Guided reading


Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years 1 and 2 and up to a half in year 3. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year 2 (25%) and year 3 (75%) performances.


Nazesh Kanwal

BSc Biomedical Science alumni

Because the degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, it’s really important to have a pre-registration portfolio. I secured myself a 12-month post as a trainee biomedical scientist with Manchester Royal Infirmary. When combined with my degree, this placement made me exceptionally employable and I was offered a full time role as a biomedical scientist at the same lab after graduation.

Career Prospects

Graduate employability drives the course emphasis on developing your laboratory skills, while integrating modern and contemporary research methods and procedures for biomedical practise into your degree. IBMS accreditation of the programme provides a guarantee of quality sought by employers and enhances graduate employability as a biomedical scientist. Those who complete the IBMS registration portfolio on placement can to apply directly for grade 5 biomedical scientist positions and HCPC registration.  Salford University Biomedical Science graduates have also gone in to a wide range of careers including in the research industry, the NHS (various roles), teaching, management and postgraduate medicine and dentistry.

Alumni Profile

Placement Opportunities

At the end of your second year you can decide to undertake a year away from University on an appropriate placement. After the placement, you will return to complete the final year, making a four year course overall. In many cases the placement may be a salaried position, or may have financial support  linked  to  a public health laboratory or a hospital. As a university, we have long-standing placement arrangements with leading laboratories at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Aintree Hospital and other institutions, and many of our students have completed or are completing placements  in  these  organisations.

Students benefit from completing a placement year as they are more able to relate what is learnt on the course to a real-world situation, gaining experience that is highly valued by prospective employers. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

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