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Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Course length

Full time: 3 years (plus 1 year optional placement)

Part time: part-time study is possible


Department of Biological and Medical Sciences


Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Institute of Biomedical Science


The Biomedical Science (BSc) degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Accreditation means professional recognition, which enhances your career prospects on graduation.  

This course is delivered with the support of laboratories within the Oxford University NHS Trust. The course team includes internationally recognised scientists researching in areas such as: 

  • molecular drug delivery systems
  • neuroscience
  • DNA structure 
  • parasite biology

This degree focuses on modern clinical research. You will be supported by some of the best learning resources in the country. You’ll have access to the UK's largest science collection at the Radcliffe Science Library. 

You can apply for exciting work placements or projects. We have strong links with local hospitals and bioscience organisations. 

You'll develop practical skills that employers need. You'll gain extensive practical experience using a range of essential equipment. We keep our practical classes small, so you will get to know the other students and lecturers on your course. 

How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Preferred subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Human Biology and Physics.

Students studying more than one science subject may receive a lower offer.
We seek to admit students who have the potential to make good scientists and accept that qualifications are not the only indicator of future potential. Other typical offers include:

  • A-level grades BB plus 2 AS-levels at grade C (equivalent to 112 UCAS Tariff points)
  • 1 12-unit vocational A-level grade BB plus 1 A-level or 2 AS-levels at grade C
  • other recognised qualifications, eg BTEC Nationals or Scottish qualifications (equivalent to 112 UCAS Tariff points).

If your combination of qualifications doesn't match our typical offer, please contact our admissions tutor.

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C), or above, including Mathematics, English Language and 2 Sciences

You must have studied science post-16, either at A-level or equivalent. If you do not have a background in science we encourage you to consider our Life Sciences foundation year taught at Abingdon and Witney College.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Questions about fees?

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+44 (0)1865 483088
Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Additional costs

You will need to buy some basic personal protection equipment for laboratory practicals (lab coat, safety glasses), at a cost of around £25.

Learning and assessment

The Biomedical Science degree will prepare you for a career in a hospital or research laboratory environment but can also lead to many other careers in biological, clinical, pharmaceutical or medical areas. The course is taught at the University by our own staff, with some aspects taught by health professionals from the local hospitals.

A feature of Year 1 is a series of tutorials with your academic adviser (a member of the teaching staff who is responsible for overseeing your academic progress while you are at university). The tutorials are designed to help you adjust to academic life at university and establish good study habits.

This lays the foundation for the advanced modules in Year 2 and your final year where these themes are further developed. The emphasis is on the interdisciplinary nature of causes and treatment of disease, so that you become aware of the many ways in which our understanding is applied to medicine and other health-related disciplines.

Year 3 can be an optional professional placement in a laboratory concerned with research or clinical work.

Student at a desk writing

Study modules

Year 1

Biology of Cells (double)*

This module presents students with a general introduction to cell structure and the control of cell function, with an emphasis on mammalian cells.

Chemistry of Cells (double)*

A general introduction to the chemical principles that underpin a contemporary understanding of cell function at the molecular level. These include stoichiometry and reactions, chemical bonds and structures, chemical equilibrium, chemical change (kinetics and mechanisms), energetics and metabolism, and the organic chemistry of macromolecules.

Human Structure and Function (double)*

This module provides an introduction to human physiology, with emphasis on the relationships between human structure and function.

Scientific Skills*

Professional and Experimental Skills*

Year 2

Biochemistry of Cell Function (double)*

Biomedical Laboratory Placement (only for 4 year sandwich mode)*

Cellular Pathology*

Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology (double)*

Haematology and Immunology*

Infection, Immunity and Immunology*


Molecular Biology and Genetics (double)*

Molecular Biology of Cancer*

Project (double)*

Research Methods for Life Scientists*

Plus two of the the following modules*

Evidence-based Medicine and Diagnostics, Genomic Medicine, Molecular Medicine

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Work placement

During the second year of your course you will have the opportunity to register your interest in extending your course to four years by taking the following year as a work placement. This may allow you to complete the IBMS portfolio of competences in readiness for registering with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on graduation. Although Oxford Brookes will support you academically during your year out, you will need to organise the placement and fund any associated expenses.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Choose from the modules listed in year 2

* = Required

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • practicals
  • tutorials
  • seminars 
  • surgeries

Biomedical science is a practical subject and we have a very good range of equipment, including:

  • high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • confocal and electron microscopes

And specialised laboratories for: 

  • tissue culture
  • microbiology
  • physiology
  • biochemistry
  • cell/molecular biology
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 27%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 73%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 27%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 73%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 0%
  • Placement - 100%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 82%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.


Assessment methods used on this course

The course includes a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods.

Assessment methods include:

  • essays 
  • reviews 
  • exams 
  • laboratory 
  • field notebooks 
  • scientific reports 
  • posters
  • oral presentations 

Reflective learning is encouraged through use of:

  • self reflection
  • peer or staff formative feedback
  • group work
  • project work
  • reflective diaries
  • Written
  • Coursework
  • Practical

Year 1

  • Written - 45%
  • Coursework - 55%
  • Practical - 0%

Year 2

  • Written - 45%
  • Coursework - 55%
  • Practical - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written - 0%
  • Coursework - 0%
  • Practical - 100%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written - 41%
  • Coursework - 59%
  • Practical - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

A degree in Biomedical Science from Oxford Brookes University is the first step to a career as a biomedical scientist in the NHS. Many leading universities around the world now have graduate medical schools, and this degree is also an excellent preparation for entry.

Our students pursue a wide diversity of career options. Opportunities include biomedical research and professional paramedical fields such as clinical biochemistry, clinical microbiology or pathology, where you would be involved in cutting-edge health care delivery in a hospital.

As many as fifty per cent of our graduates each year are appointed to research posts in universities, research institutes or biotechnology companies, while others pursue careers allied to medicine and health care.

Our courses are designed to equip you with the skills you need for employment. We put a strong emphasis on developing the multidisciplinary graduate attributes needed to keep ahead in a rapidly changing workplace.

Further study

Graduates often go on to further study including master's degrees, such as the MSc Medical Genetics & Genomics at Oxford Brookes, PhDs and graduate medicine or dentistry.

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.