Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Science with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




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Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Learn how to apply biology based science to clinical medical situations. Our biomedical science foundation year pathway aims to build foundational knowledge and understanding of the biological and chemical principles that underpin the biomedicine field before you progress onto the full BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree course.

This pathway is recommended if you want to study the full honours degree, but don’t meet the direct entry requirements. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will have the knowledge, practical and analytical skills required to confidently and effectively progress to study biomedical science at degree level.

Integrating our industry-focused approach to learning, our Biomedicine courses include visits to local pathology laboratories and the contribution of external NHS specialists and biomedical scientists, with whom we have strong and longstanding links. 

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:

  • Gain a broad understanding of biological and chemical principles to prepare you for advanced study
  • Develop the lab skills needed to become an employable biomedical scientist or for a career in medical laboratory research
  • Learn alongside research active academics and technicians in our advanced Bodmer laboratories

options available

Course accreditations

Institute of Biomedical Science (accreditation programme) logo

This is for you if...


You are from a non-scientific background and would like to pursue a career in science


You are returning to education or seeking to take your career in a new direction


You did not meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree

Course details

All about the course

Biomedical science

Foundation year 

The introductory foundation year is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of human and natural sciences, taking into account the integrated and multidisciplinary nature of biomedical science.

Following a carefully-designed suite of modules, you will strengthen your knowledge of biological and chemical principles, and feel confident in a live laboratory environment. Alongside building biomedical knowledge, you will also develop communication and study skills so you can succeed at a higher level.

If you successfully complete and pass the foundation year, you will automatically progress on to the full BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree course. 

BSc degree

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

Read about student Sara's study experience at the university.

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.

Foundation year

Biological Principles

Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.

Chemical Principles

This module will help you develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the periodic table, classification within chemistry, reaction processes and quantities, and the fundamentals of organic chemistry through lectures, laboratory workshops and independent study via an interactive learning platform.

Scientific Methods

This module will help you develop practical skills in the fields of biological, chemical and environmental science. It includes the use of glassware and instrumentation, developing data recording and analysis skills, and foundational laboratory-training. It also aims to train all students on how to write-up experimental work via an interactive learning platform, which includes pre- and post- laboratory training exercises. 

Professional Communications

This module will provide students with a structured and supportive environment in which to develop their academic practice and professionalism. This will be achieved through a series of lectures and tutor-led seminars that will equip students with the skills required for successful study in Higher Education.

Data Handling

Develop skills for the application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective the presentation and communication of data and ideas.

Science for Health

Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.

Year one


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

The module aims to introduce aspects of Human Anatomy/Embryology and enable the appreciation of structure-function relationships at the level of the cell, tissue, organ, system and organism. The lectures in the first trimester will introduce Gross Anatomy and Embryology using a system-based approach and the second trimester will detail the Histology at cellular and tissue level. The collective systems led approach will provide a good understanding of the macroscopic and microscopic structure-function aspects of the human body.

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 Practice

This work-based module delivered both at university and in the workplace. Regular tutorials and workshops will support your development of critical study skills for your degree including scientific writing, numeracy and effective data handling. This module also provides apprentices an introduction to the professional conduct and fundamental academic skills required for life at university and beyond. Apprentices will complete the module with an understanding of academic writing, professional standards, regulatory bodies, ethical dilemmas, and independent and collaborative learning which will contribute towards the IBMS registration training portfolio.

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 about biochemical changes in disease, and you will learn practical techniques used in clinical chemistry laboratory. This module is a combination of lectures and practical sessions.

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.


In this module you will learn the inter-related nature of human disease and major diagnostic approaches.  Assessment is via a series of case studies to develop awareness of disease processes on a cellular level and their manifestation into localised and systemic clinical symptoms.  Students gain insight into clinical diagnostic techniques and their underpinning principles.

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 and design, statistical analysis of data, literature searching and critical evaluation and scientific communication. Additionally, you will be introduced to the portfolio as a learning resource and shown how to relate this to professional practice.

Human Physiology

Physiology is the science of life. During the Human Systems Physiology module, you will explore the function of each major organ system. You will discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlay this function, and how organ systems are integrated and regulated to maintain homeostasis, while allowing the human body to adapt to changing metabolic and environmental demands. Laboratory classes use cutting-edge equipment that allow you to see “physiology in action” and develop competence in the techniques used by physiologists to advance the field.  

Year three

Medical and Public Health Microbiology

In this module you will be introduced to microbes that cause disease both in a clinical and public setting.  You will learn essential microbiology practical diagnostics skills, methods of bacterial 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. This module is a combination of lectures and practical sessions and brings together key concepts from the different clinical specialisms.

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

The final year year-long  research project is often the most exciting part of your degree and enables you to develop many cutting edge technical and transferable skills that employers are seeking. Throughout this module you will also gain considerable and detailed knowledge of your subject area and it application to fields of academic and clinical research. In this module you will plan, execute and report on an ethical study to answer a research question in an area of Biomedical Science under the supervision of one of our research active academic staff. This will be a substantial undertaking with significant independent work carried out across the academic year. It will involve the generation of novel data, its analysis, interpretation and dissemination in a presentation and dissertation.

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.

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?






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 one and two and up to a half of your marks in year three. Continuous assessment includes:

  • Research project
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations
What you want to know

Frequently asked questions

What is a foundation year? 

A foundation year offers a year of studying to gain an understanding of the programme before progressing to the full three-year studies. You'll get the chance to understand the way higher education studying works and gain the relevant skills and knowledge needed to undertake the full degree. 

What is biomedical science? 

Biomedical science focuses on the development of knowledge, interventions, and technology for application in healthcare. On our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme, you will learn about a range of biological principles and various medical and disease related topics including pathophysiology, cell pathology, clinical immunology, haematology, microbiology and genetics. 

What job can I get with a biomedical science degree? 

Our alumni often go into the following roles after graduating with a degree in biomedical science: 

  • Biomedical Scientist 
  • Microbiologist 
  • Forensic Scientist 
  • Biotechnologist 
  • Medical Research Scientist 

and more... 

Is biomedical science a good degree? 

Studying biomedical science is an exceptional pathway to a world of exciting opportunities and a chance to make a positive impact on the world. With this degree, you will immerse yourself in a dynamic field that combines biology, medicine and technology for real-world application. 

Is biomedical science hard? 

Studying biomedical science can be challenging yet offers many rewarding benefits. At the University of Salford, you will be at the cutting-edge of research and the projects you will undertake will be exciting and inspiring.   

Despite the challenging and busy nature of our biochemistry programme, it can be very rewarding as you’ll be building your knowledge and making an impact in such an important field.  By the end of your degree, you will have developed many key skills including teamwork, communication, numerical and data analysis and independent thinking.

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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.


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?



With growing interest in biomedical science fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research and work opportunities will arise worldwide. With our emphasis on developing your laboratory skills, 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.

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.

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.

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. 

A taste of what you could become

A biomedical scientist

A biotechnologist

A forensic scientist

A healthcare scientist

A microbiologist

And more...


What you need to know

International applicants

This course isn’t suitable for international students.

If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please consider our International Foundation Year course.

Applicant profiles

We are looking for students who have a clear desire 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).

English language requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.  

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. 

Standard entry requirements


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

64 points

A level

64 points

BTEC National Diploma


Access to Higher Education

64 points from QAA approved course

Scottish Highers

64 points from Higher Level

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points from Higher Level

European Baccalaureate

Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification

International Baccalaureate

26 points

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 2024/25 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.
Part-time 2024/25 Part-time costs will be calculated on a pro rata basis
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.

Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID B950

Institution S03