Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

BSc Biological Sciences

  • Hello and welcome!

    Please find your induction timetable below, as well as important pre-course information and optional workshops and events that you can take part in to help you get ready for semester one.

    Please bring with you some photographic ID (passport, driving licence or national ID card).

    Don't forget to enrol online before arriving!

  • The BSc Hons Biomedical Science degree is Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

    The course focuses on key areas that align closely with Biomedical Science (BMS) professions in the NHS. It explores human disease, diagnosis and treatment at a molecular level and includes:

    • Medical microbiology
    • Clinical biochemistry
    • Pharmacology
    • Transfusion science
    • Haematology
    • Cellular pathology
    • Cytology
    • Virology
    • Immunology
    • Evidence based medicine
    • Medical genetics

    Induction Timetable

    Monday 17 – Friday 21 September: Induction Week (Week 0)



    Arrival and welcome from academic staff
    CLC G.03, Clerici Building, Headington Campus

    Small group discussions led by student guiders  

    CLC G.03, Clerici Building, Headington Campus 

    Safety talk   

    CLC G.03, Clerici Building, Headington Campus 


    Student Support Coordinator talk  CLC G.03, Clerici Building, Headington Campus
    11.50 Upgrade Study Advice talk 

    CLC G.03,Clerici Building, Headington Campus 


    Student's Union talk  CLC G.03, Clerici Building, Headington Campus


    Refreshments  CLC G.03, Clerici Building, Headington Campus 


    Mini tour of useful places 
    CLC G.03, Clerici Building, Headington Campus 


    Enrolment  Ground Floor, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus 

    10.00 - 11.00

    Subject Meeting Learning Studio, CLC 1.12, Clerici Building, Headington Campus

    11.30 - 12.30

    Sinclair Lab tour and Health and Safety talk
    (Single Hons)
    SNC 2.01, Sinclair Building, Headington Campus

    14.00 - 16.00

    Meet your Academic Adviser

    To be notified at subject meeting


    11.30 - 13.30

    Drop in Sinclair Lab tour and Health and Safety talk 

    SNC 2.01, Sinclair Building, Headington Campus

    Programme information

    The new timetable for the academic year 2018-2019  is being finalised.  It is anticipated that attendance will be for a full timetable across the weekdays. We have included here the module flowchart for the BSc Biomedical Science.  The course  is taught by lectures and practicals. Lectures are in three hour slots, once a week for each module (going across both semesters for a double module).  Practicals are only in certain weeks of the semester. Below is an example of how the modules have run previously in a first year semester.



    Put theory into practice through work experience, project and placement

    The Biomedical Labroatory Placement module U14665 is an optional, one year 'sandwich' module which can be taken after the second year.  This module supports students undertaking up to one year of work experience in a laboratory, such as a research, developmental or hospital laboratory. Students will have the chance to gain insight into various aspects of work within a laboratory and develop new practical laboratory skills. You will come to appreciate the long term goals and day-to-day life within a laboratory and, by working with professionals, to apply your current learning and skills to the development of your own abilities and, potentially, to contribute to the work of the hosting laboratory. A placement experience can give you the opportunity to learn about wider career paths, to expand or crystallise your own developing aspirations, and give you the tools to a successful career. The placement is particularly useful for students who are aiming for registration as a biomedical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), as they may be able to gain experience in an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)-accredited hospital training laboratory, and gather evidence that can support their IBMS Certificate of Competence Registration Portfolio. Completion of this Portfolio, along with a BSc Honours degree in Biomedical Science from Oxford Brookes will enable you to apply for HCPC registration at graduation. This module also includes a series of compulsory seminars during the two years prior to the placement year, which will help you think about whether a placement is right for you, and if so, how you can search and apply for a placement. We will also explain how you will be supported during your placement and what the assessments are for the module. There will also be key seminars explaining the path to registration with the IBMS as a biomedical scientist and the structure of the IBMS Portfolio.


    Graduates from this degree are recognised as eligible for employment in an IBMS training lab - with a view to state registration as a BMS with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

    Can lead you to career paths such as MSc and MRes degrees, PhD research, school teaching, further education teaching, pharmaceutical scientist, business development, physicians assistant, science illustrator, medical technologist, dentistry, veterinarian, medicine, optician, podiatry, pharmacy, epidemiology, public health, genetics counsellor, cardiologist, audiologist, community college teaching, clinical trials coordinator, science writer, market researcher, science policy analyst, quality control, sales, patent or medical law, bioinformatics, lobbyist, book editor, research council administration, volunteering, inventor.