Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Science

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Six year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2023

Introduction

In a nutshell

Biomedical science is a vital part of modern medicine, enabling diseases to be diagnosed, monitored and treated. Develop your understanding of healthcare and human disease processes with a Biomedical Science degree.

You will cover a 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 and genetics. Your studies will be 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.

This Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited course is structured to take account of the integrated and multidisciplinary nature of biomedical science. In the early stages you will acquire a broad understanding of the normal functioning of the body to prepare you for the later introduction of more specialised medical and pathological aspects of human disease. There are a range of module options that you can take in your second and third year according to your interests.

Start your study journey 

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying biomedical science, explore our facilities and meet the course team 

You will:

  • Develop the lab skills needed to become an employable biomedical scientist or for a career in medical laboratory research
  • Have the opportunity to include a placement year, which you can include in the IBMS registration portfolio
  • Learn from research-active tutors involved with science projects across molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology and cell biology
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations

Institute of Biomedical Science accreditation logo

This is for you if...

1.

You want to develop your understanding of human disease processes, diagnostics and treatments

2.

You have a strong interest in how modern research underpins the development of new therapies to improve future healthcare

3.

You are passionate about science and want to pursue a career that is aligned to solving public health issues

Course details

All about the course

Biomedical Science

Course Delivery

Across three years of study - or four, if you choose to include an industry placement, you will explore fascinating biomedical science topics including pathophysiology, immunology, clinical and molecular genetics and cell pathology. You will gain insight into disease processes, and how they are diagnosed and treated all while refining your practical laboratory and research skills. 

Learn more about the modules you will study in the section below. 

Learning Experience 

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

Throughout the degree you'll take modules that help you to hone these practical skills. For example in your final year you will complete a module called 'Applied Biomedical Science', where you will develop an understanding of important analytical and diagnostic methods used in a clinical setting. You will also develop your research design, problem solving and critical analysis skills by completing a final year project on a topic of your choice. 

Biomedical science

Industry Placement

On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. In our experience, placement students achieve better final degree results and employment prospects. 

Building on our industry-focused approach, we have developed longstanding connections with regional health and scientific research organisations. Recent biomedical science students have completed placements with leading laboratories at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, and Aintree Hospital.

Degree Apprenticeship

If you are currently employed in an IBMS accredited pathology lab, you can apply to study this course through our Degree Apprenticeship pathway.  Please do not apply for the apprenticeship pathway via UCAS. 

Learn more by completing an online enquiry, or by contacting us at: apprenticeships@salford.ac.uk.

Year one

Genetics

Genetics has become a central topic not only in biological science, but also for topics such as data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. It is central to all areas of biology, from cellular development and reproduction to conservation and biodiversity. In this core module, we will provide you with the framework of this diverse area, covering areas from DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, to ethics and conservation biology. We will expose you to the latest research in the area of molecular genetics and provide the foundation for your future. 

Molecules to Microbes

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.

Human Anatomy

In the first trimester, this module is intended to provide a systems-led approach to understand basic human anatomy, embryology and the structure function relationships therein. In the second trimester, this is further explored at a microscopic level through studying the histology of human tissues. 

Biomedical Skills

This practical based module will allow the development of key laboratory skills in the context of working as a biomedical scientist. Hands on practical lab experience and skills assessment are supported by tutorials, virtual laboratory simulation, topical discussion and reflection, in relation to the HCPC standards of proficiency.

Professional Skills

This module provides students with an introduction to professional conduct required for life at university and beyond. Students will gain skills in academic writing, career management, group work and resolving ethical dilemmas.  

Cell Biology

This module provides a broad cell biology knowledge base, building a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to subsequent modules within several bioscience degrees.

Year two

Clinical and Molecular Genetics

Clinical and Molecular Genetics will enable students to gain practical skills in molecular biology and bioinformatics, through linked laboratory and computer sessions. The lecture programme is delivered by three academics, each an expert in their specific area of clinical and molecular genetics. Topics covered include, current molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques, the control of bacterial and eukaryotic gene expression and the effect of mutations on gene expression and how this can lead to human genetic diseases.

Medical Biochemistry

You will be introduced to the concepts of chemical and biochemical testing and their relevance to clinical diagnostics. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of biochemical changes in disease, and you will learn practical techniques used in clinical chemistry laboratory.

Haematology and Transfusion

Biomedical scientists collect and analyse blood samples for the diagnosis of diseases or ensure blood for patient transfusion is available and safe. In this module you will investigate the formation, composition, function and diseases of blood and how it is identified, separated and stored for donation.

Pathophysiology

This module will provide students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the wide range and inter-related nature of disease and major diagnostic approaches. Students will use a range of primary and secondary information sources and group-based discussions to develop a transferable understanding of pathophysiology. This module is delivered into different programme pathways including campus based full-time and part-time studies, and work-based part-time studies, eg apprenticeship. The precise mode of delivery, and support for module content and its assessment will depend on the pathway being taken. Your learning will be supported by lectures, workshops and online material, alongside guided independent reading. On completion you will be sufficiently informed about the multidisciplinary aspect of laboratory investigations in achieving a complete diagnosis, across a range of diseases from different physiological systems. 

Translational Research Skills

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, design, statistical analysis of data, literature searching and critical evaluation, scientific communication, and making preparations in advance for your final year project.

Human Physiology

This highly interactive core 2nd year module enables students to gain understanding of the physiological systems of the human body. The module includes content at molecular and cellular levels, for example from how cells communicate and protect us from infection, and how we feel pain to protect us from danger, to how our hormones regulate our heartbeat. Anatomical and histological structures of our systems are studied and related to how they determine the functions of our organs to culminate the beautiful body which we occupy. Clinical testing methods are learned during controlled investigations of environment change and physical activity. Assessment of the module uses real lab data to enable students to develop both their analytical and critical narrative skills. Special features of the module include cardiovascular investigations in the Health School human performance lab, and a feature guest lecture from a clinical expert at the North West Lung Centre. 

Year three

Medical and Public Health Microbiology

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.

Cell Pathology

Biomedical scientists collect and analyse samples of tissue for the diagnosis of diseases. In this module you will investigate the features and changes that occur in cells and tissues, which can be used as markers of disease and gain understanding of the techniques used to obtain, prepare and examine them.

Applied Biomedical Science

This module will help you develop an understanding of important analytical and diagnostic methods used in a clinical setting and on completion you will be able to critically compare different analytical methods and explain the principles of therapeutic drug monitoring applied to selected diseases.

Clinical Immunology

Immunology is the study of the immune system. It is now a well-developed basic science, which is useful for the diagnosis and management of a great number and variety of human diseases. This module is designed to give an in-depth view of the basic components of the immune system and how these influence human diseases. Research-based discussion will be part of this module in understanding immune mechanisms in defense against human diseases and how these mechanisms can be dysregulated. Understanding the immune system leads to better clinical diagnostic and monitoring possibilities. Towards the end of the module you will also be given an overview of how the immune system can protect the body from developing cancers.  

Research Project

You will have the opportunity to conduct an in-depth, independent piece of research aligned to your degree. You will develop skills in research design, project management, organisational and time management, creative ideas and problem solving.

Choose one option from the following

Cancer: Bench to Bedside

Students will learn the critical biological capabilities that enable tumour cancer initiation, maintenance and progression, and how some of these hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. The module contains an overview of the basic biology of cancer and applicable therapeutic strategies, with attention paid to relevant current technologies and future directions in cancer biology. Lectures will be complemented with tutorials where students will be involved in critical reading of scientific papers, while learning to evaluate scientific data and familiarise themselves with a variety of modern techniques.

Human Genetics

The role of genetics and genomics has now become mainstream and is at the forefront of healthcare and disease management strategies. In your final year, the human genetics module will expose you to the recent developments in the field, together with the foundations of human genetics. The rapid advancement of genomics has also enabled data-based discovery of genetic information. In view of that, you will have a dedicated part of the content focused on data science and analysis strategies including the R statistical package.

New

Educational Principles and Practice in STEM

The module will provide you with an introduction to teaching and learning at key stage 4 (level 2 GCSE qualifications) through the application of core educational concepts. You will design and deliver an educational activity for a laboratory, workshop or through an online interactive system. The module will provide a taster for students considering teaching as a career.

And choose one option from the following

Advances In Pathophysiology

This highly interactive optional final year module allows students to explore methods used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory (thoracic) diseases. Assessment of the module uses real case studies to enable students to develop both their analytical and critical narrative skills. Students will learn mechanisms of disease, how these relate to clinical outcomes, how patient care plans are developed, and the future approaches of thoracic medicine. Special features of the module include full CPET testing in the Health School human performance lab and the opportunity to visit to the North West Lung Centre to engage with clinical pulmonary testing.  

Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease BSc Hons

This module will provide a contemporary overview of some important disease processes and associated drug intervention mechanisms.

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.

What will I be doing?

40%

Coursework

60%

Examination

TEACHING

The co-creation of knowledge is an overarching learning and teaching strategy at Salford. We encourage you to see yourself as a producer of knowledge and a collaborator in your learning experience.

Learning methods are designed to train you to assess real-life situations and provide measures that would lead to improved professional practice.Typical methods will include:

  • Lectures which will introduce you to core topics, with seminars and tutorials providing opportunities to discuss them with your tutors and other students in smaller groups and develop your understanding
  • Laboratory practicals delivered in our Bodmer Laboratories will enable you to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios, build proficiency using equipment  and complete project work

ASSESSMENT

Assessment strategies are designed to develop your skills for future employability and assessment success. Feedback is regularly provided in the form of personal written communication, online notes, and group-based feedback.

Typical assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years one and two and up to a half of your marks in year three. Continuous assessment could include:

  • Research project
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations 

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Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

Facilities

As a biomedicine student, you will be based in our advanced, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. This specialist, purpose built facility ensures that you benefit from the latest technologies to keep teaching and learning apace with cutting-edge innovation and discovery.

 

Industry collaboration and research

When you start this degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of bioscience issues and challenges.

Discover how you are part of something bigger.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Scientist

EMPLOYMENT

Now is an exciting time to begin a biomedical science career. With major interest and investment in science driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, many new research fields and projects will arise worldwide over the next few years. 

With our emphasis on developing your laboratory skills during the course, and by integrating modern and contemporary research methods and procedures for biomedical practice into your degree, you will have plenty of options available to you once you graduate. Many of our biomedical science graduates have progressed to work in a wide range of careers, including medical research, roles in the NHS, teaching, management. Some have also chosen to complete postgraduate study in related fields, such as medicine and dentistry.

IBMS course accreditation provides a guarantee of quality sought by employers and enhances graduate employability as a biomedical scientist. If you choose to complete the IBMS registration portfolio on placement, you can to apply directly for grade 5 biomedical scientist positions and HCPC registration.

FURTHER STUDY

You might find you want to learn more about biosciences. Building on our scientific expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni also qualify to receive a generous fees discount. 

Biomedical Science graduates can also choose to follow a research programme with our Biomedical Research Centre to further their knowledge in topics such as microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, cancer and cell biology. Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

A taste of what you could become

A biomedical scientist

a microbiologist

a forensic scientist

a biotechnologist

a medical research scientist

And more...

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about science and want to become part of the force bringing new solutions to help tackle global health challenges like pandemics. You will be motivated to complete the degree, ready to build an associated portfolio of work to become a registered member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

COURSE ACCREDITATION

IBMS course accreditation provides a guarantee of quality sought by employers and enhances graduate employability as a biomedical scientist. If you complete the IBMS registration portfolio on placement, you can to apply directly for grade 5 biomedical scientist positions and HCPC registration.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above. Equivalents are accepted.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

104 - 112 points

A level

104 -112 points, including Biology grade C. A pass in the practical element of science A Levels must be achieved.

 

BTEC National Diploma

MMM - DMM in a suitable science subject, which must include four good science modules such as biology, chemistry, physiology and anatomy.  

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Possible entry to year three

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year three

Scottish Highers

104 -112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

104 -112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Biology

 

International Baccalaureate

30 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject

Access to HE

Pass with 104 - 122 UCAS points in QAA-approved science-based programmes

 

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you could take the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

Alternative entry requirements

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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2023/24 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £16,380per year
Part-time 2023/24 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying

Additional costs

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

International Student Scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2023

UCAS information

Course ID B900

Institution S03