Your first year studying Biomedicine

You are on your way to studying Biomedicine with Salford. Ready to learn more about what to expect?

We've gathered some essential info, including a look at your first year modules, some tips about making the most of your time studying with us, and a few stories from students who’ve been there and done it.


    Your First Year

    Studying biomedicine changes the way you see the world. You become more objective, develop analytical and critical thinking, and get better at finding solutions - skills that are in great demand. 

    Let's take a look at what you will cover during your first year.

    Biomedical science

    BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (BS)

    BSc (Hons) Human Biology and Infectious Diseases (HBID)

    During year one, you will study six modules packed with essential theory and practice about human anatomy, genetics, molecules and microbes.

    Genetics - Genetics is a fascinating topic, not only in science, but also in data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. In this core module, you will look at DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, ethics and conservation biology.

    Molecules to Microbes - Explore the 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 - This fascinating module provide a systems-led approach to understanding basic human anatomy, embryology and the structure function relationships therein. In the second trimester, you will explore the microscopic level through studying the histology of human tissue

    Cell Biology - Build broad knowledge about cell biology and gain a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to modules later on in your studies

    Professional Skills - This module provides you with an introduction to professional conduct required for life at university, and beyond. You will develop skills in academic writing, career management, group work and resolving ethical dilemmas

    Biological Skills (HBID only) -  Develop practical laboratory skills employed in biological laboratory practice and relevant to cell, organismal, micro and molecular biology, which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work

    Biomedical Skills (BS only)- Get hands-on in our Bodmer labs.  You'll be supported by our tutors and technicians tutorials, as you complete virtual laboratory simulation, topical discussion and reflection, in relation to the HCPC standards of proficiency

    Scientific testing

    Foundation Year Pathways

    If you are planning to study either our BSc Biomedical Science with Foundation Year or our BSc Human Biology and Infectious Diseases with Foundation year, your first year with us will be a bit different. 

    Our foundation year pathways are carefully designed to prepare you for study at a higher level.  You will focus on six modules that deliver essential scientific  knowledge and study skills. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full BSc (Hons) degree.

    Biological Principles - Explore  a range of ecosystems and the characteristics of plant and animal cells that form building blocks of all life forms

    Chemical Principles - Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the periodic table, classification within chemistry, reaction processes and quantities

    Scientific Methods - Develop practical laboratory training, including the use of glassware and instrumentation, developing data recording and analysis,  and writing-up experiments

    Professional Communications - Build the academic practice and professionalism required for successful study at university

    Data Handling - Learn to apply statistical and mathematical methods and practises, using technology to present and communicate data and ideas

    Science for Health - Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health, including pollution, nutrition and drug development 

    Get Involved

    Students in the library

    University life is not just about study - it's about meeting new people too!

    Our students run a range of societies, from academia to sports, politics to the environment, performance to faith, where you can find like-minded students (or totally different!) and create a place to socialise, relax or even gain extra skills.

    We're biased but we're especially proud of our Biomedical Society. Check out the Bioscientist magazine they put together with the help of a grant from the Institute of Biomedical Science.  You can also follow their latest developments on Instagram and Twitter.

    Study Stories

    University of Salford student, Karolina

    Salford is a great place to start your biomedicine journey - but don't just take our word for it!

    Read about what some of our alumni felt about their Salford study experience.

    >> Farah's Biomedical Science experience

    >> Karolina's Human Biology and Infectious Diseases experience