The Biomedical Science degree is structured to prepare you for a career in a hospital or research laboratory environment, but can also be a valuable passport 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.
As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.
Year 2 and final year
- 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 following:
- Evidence-based Medicine and Diagnostics
- Genomic Medicine
- Molecular Medicine
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.
Great opportunities to study or work 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.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you may be able to gain credits which count towards your degree, but only if the exchange course is also IBMS-accredited.
The university has more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
You will need to buy some basic personal protection equipment for laboratory practicals (lab coat, safety glasses), at a cost of around £25.
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