Studying Biomedicine at Salford

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Thank you for choosing a biomedicine course at Salford as a study choice. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make your decision.

To help you make your choice, we’ve got some more information about studying biomedicine at Salford, including a look ahead to your first year of study.

Remember, if you have any questions about your application, you can email our friendly team at or call us on 0161 295 4545.


First Year Snapshots

Get a glimpse of first year life as a biomedicine student.

Explore the modules you will take, how your weekly timetable might look, plus more about what it's like to study at Salford.

>> Biomedicine Courses

>> Human and Natural Sciences with Foundation Year


How much time will I have in the labs?

Your learning will be split between practical lab sessions where you will learn to use the equipment and carry out your own research projects, and lectures which will give you the theoretical foundation and knowledge for each module. 

See our labs >>

Are there any benefits to taking a placement year in the biomedical field?

Yes, and we encourage each of our students to undertake a placement between years two and three as employers want you to have experience. Placement opportunities can be found across a wide range of areas in the biomedical field and some of our previous students were able to complete their Institute of Biomedical Science Certificate of Competence, meaning they could register as a biomedical scientist upon graduation.

Hear from BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science students, Thomas Mault's experience during his time on the course, and Zahra Alhumaidi's experience on placement with the NHS.

Watch Tom's video >>

Read Zahra's blog >>


Will the university help me to find work experience and industry placements?

Whilst students are responsible for securing their own work experience and industry placements, our tutors will guide and support you through the process. Industry experience not only enables you to apply your knowledge in real-world situations but allows you to form those vital connections early on in your career. We have links with a range of leading organisations and, where possible, will assist students in securing placements.

What are my career prospects after graduation?

Our Biomedicine programmes provide graduates with an excellent basis for a wide range of careers. Depending on your chosen course, you will be able to pursue a career in biomedicine, biotechnology, conservation, the pharmaceutical or food industries, forensic science, sports science, health care or research. Hear from BSc (Hons) Human Biology and Infectious Diseases student Karolina on her plans after she graduates.

Read Karolina's blog >>

What will my timetable in first year look like?

Your timetable will typically be a mixture of laboratory classes (roughly a couple of three-hour sessions a week) Lectures (a few two hour lectures a week) and tutorials. The ratio of lecture to labs depends on the module. Typically, a module will have around 12 two-hour lectures and around four three-hour labs. Some modules are entirely practical based - such as the first-year skills module which aims to give you all the practical skills you will need during your time at the university.

What level of difficulty can I expect in the first year?

The first year is designed to provide a solid foundation on which to build your degree. Many modules are fundamental (cell biology, genetics etc.) and we will be building on existing knowledge you have. There are also two modules designed to help you adapt to life as a university student. One teaches you how to learn in an independent way and the other gives you loads of practical skills you can use during your time here and take forward into a science-based career.

Do we need to purchase anything in advance of starting the course?

Nothing in particular, you will just need to bring usual equipment of pens, pencils, etc. We will provide you with a lab coat and for each module you will receive a reading list but any book on the list is also in the library.



Learn alongside biomedical researchers in our world-class research and teaching laboratories


Receive medicine mentoring programme support for your future application for graduate entry medicine


Choose to include an industrial placement year between years two and three to boost your future employability

Our facilities

As a biomedicine student, you’re going to spend lots of time in laboratories. So, we’ve made sure that you will learn and study in some of the best around.

Our newly refurbished and well-equipped, purpose-built Bodmer Lab ensures that you benefit from using the latest technologies, and that your learning remains on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

Need more general information?

If you have any questions, just contact our friendly team at, or by phone on +44 (0)161 295 4545.

You can also join our Facebook group - a space to meet other applicants planning to join Salford in September.