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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
- 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.
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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.
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.
- Lectures and seminars
- Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)
Year 3 (optional placement year)
Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)
Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.
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
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.
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.
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For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.