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Perhaps you studied biology in school and it sparked an interest in how the human body works and functions. Now, you want to understand things on a deeper level. If so, our (BSc) Biomedical Sciences degree is for you. On the course, we grapple with big questions such as ‘How are diseases caused?’ and ‘What tools can we use to understand symptoms?’
Through a mix of academic and practical learning, you’ll gain the skills employers look for. These include lab techniques, data handling, computing, report writing, oral presentations, and teamwork. With accreditation from the Institute for Biomedical Science (IBMS), you can be confident that you’ll benefit from highly rated teaching.
The broadness of the degree opens up many possible future pathways. Using their strong links with industry, our academics have helped students find valuable work experience.
Better diagnosis means better treatment for patients. That’s the difference we’re making to people’s lives. Are you ready to join us?
Why Oxford Brookes University?
The degree is rated 4th in the UK for teaching (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2021). 87% of students said staff are good at explaining things.
Continuous peer review and quality enhancement ensures professional standards of education and training standards that are suitable for employment in the biomedical science sector, under the protected title of Biomedical Scientist.
Our graduates are highly prized in the workplace. 80% of students were in work and/or study within 15 months of graduating.
Strong industry links
Students go on to work for local hospitals and research institutions. We also regularly welcome guest lecturers from industry.
Practical exercises bring key academic lessons to life. Sharpen your skills using state-of-the-art technology and equipment.
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.
You may be able to go on an international study exchange while you are at Brookes. However, recently for Biomedical Science this has proved not possible due to a lack of overseas BSc Biomedical Science degrees that are IBMS accredited, taught in English and have a compatible course structure. We are investigating new links and will help as much as we can with your plans, but ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding any study abroad.
Throughout the degree, we focus on modern diagnostics. We’ll equip you with a broad understanding of disease causes and treatment, but also specific skills for the 21st century.
Core first year modules will ground you in important basics. You’ll explore cell biology and genetics, biochemistry, and human structure and function.
Through a mix of lectures and lab practicals, you’ll take a deep dive into subjects in your second year. These will include molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, cellular pathology, haematology and immunology, and microbiology.
From the mutation and repair of DNA, to modern approaches to diagnosing blood cell disorders, our teaching staff will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery. In your third year, you’ll have the fantastic option of going on work placement.
Alongside further advanced study, your final year will focus on your independent research project. You’ll see yourself transition from student to professional.
Learning and teaching
Teaching and learning methods include:
Biomedical Science is a practical subject and we have a very good range of equipment, including:
- confocal and electron microscopes
- spectrophotometers, pH meters and bioanalyzers
- centrifuges, balances, micropipettors
- agarose (DNA) and polyacrylamide )protein) electrophoresis equipment
- incubating water baths, ovens
- confocal and electron microscopes.
And specialised laboratories for:
- tissue culture
- microbiology (including a Category 2 containment laboratory)
- molecular biology.
The course includes a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Assessment methods include:
- laboratory notebooks
- scientific reports
- oral presentations.
Reflective learning is encouraged through use of:
- self reflection following feedback
- peer or staff formative feedback
- group work
- project work
- reflective diaries.
Our (BSc) Biomedical Sciences degree prepares you for a career at the cutting edge of biomedical science. Alongside training you in theory and practice, many of your modules will also help prepare you for the world of professional work.
Our graduates are highly prized by industry and the NHS. The course IBMS accreditation is recognised by the NHS. And gives graduates an advantage if they want to work in the NHS to start the NHS Biomedical scientist training programme.
We’ll arm you with the skills you need to keep ahead in a rapidly changing workplace. Many have gone on to work in biological, clinical, pharmaceutical, or medical areas.
Popular roles include:
- biomedical scientist
- medical research scientist
- lab technician
- forensic scientist
- clinical research associate
Many leading universities around the world now have graduate medical schools, and this degree is also a great way to prepare for entry.
Our own MSc Medical Genetics & Genomics degree is an excellent next step for graduates, who want to explore the modern world of genetics.
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Specific entry requirements
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.
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.