Want to study biomedical and biomolecular sciences at Newcastle but not sure which degree you want to study? This degree lets you delay choosing your specialism until the end of the first year.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 34-35 points
All our degrees cover the same content in the first year. You'll study a broad curriculum that introduces the different areas of biomedical sciences.
- spend your first year exploring all our specialisms
- decide which topics interest you most at the end of first year
- choose which specialism to study for the rest of your degree
We offer a wide range of degrees. They cover a diverse range of subjects related to medicine and life processes. It is an interesting and vital area of study.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
We are a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research.
We rank in the top ten in the UK for Biomedical Sciences in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 (in the Subjects Allied to Medicine category).
Newcastle achieved a 93% overall student satisfaction score in the 2017 National Student Survey, ranking us in the top 20 in the UK (in the Subjects Allied to Medicine category).
Boost your employability with a work placementBoost your employability with a work placement
Apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so.
You’ll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability, however it isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad.
Find out more about Work Placements.
Study at the cutting edgeStudy at the cutting edge
Scientists working in biomedicine are at the forefront of medical developments that can save lives.
By studying one of our degrees, you're taking your first step towards a rewarding career in science.
We'll make sure you get the best start by providing expert teaching at the cutting edge of the subject.
We're a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and our world-leading expert staff teach at all levels on our degree programmes.
This means you graduate with the latest knowledge in human health and disease.
Get work experience whilst you studyGet work experience whilst you study
We provide lots of work experience opportunities here at the University, to help you boost your employability alongside your studies.
- vacation studentship opportunities in one of the University's research laboratories
- paid part-time work in one of our research institutes through our Laboratory Assistant scheme
- employability ambassador scheme
- student mentoring scheme
The University has an award-winning Careers Service. They can help you find suitable work, provide interview training and offer advice on your CV and application forms.
Develop advanced research skillsDevelop advanced research skills
In your final year you complete a research project on a topic that interests you. This gives you practical experience of planning and conducting research, boosting your CV with desirable research skills.
Most students do their project work in one of our research institutes. Here, you're working alongside leading scientists. You'll develop advanced scientific skills and get an insight into a career as a researcher.
Your project may be:
- a laboratory project in one of our internationally rated research institutes
- a laboratory project in a research laboratory abroad
- a clinical study under the supervision of one of the medically qualified staff working within our Faculty
- a project with a local school or college
- an IT-based project
Study abroadStudy abroad
UK and EU students can experience life in another country as part of their degree. You can choose to work or study abroad.
A year abroad boosts your CV, your confidence and your communication skills. It shows employers you embrace new experiences and gives you intercultural awareness.
We have partners across Europe and in Australia and Singapore. You can:
- study abroad at a partner university
- take a summer placement in a research laboratory overseas
Transfer to Medicine or DentistryTransfer to Medicine or Dentistry
There is flexibility to transfer between our degree programmes at the end of the first year if you find your interests change.
You can also apply to transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degree. This opportunity is open to UK, EU and international students. It is competitive, with a limited number of places available. Students are selected on the basis of academic performance in the first year, a UKCAT score, a personal statement and, if shortlisted, an interview.
You'll be based in the School of Biomedical Sciences. The School is in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which is also home to Dentistry, Medicine and Psychology.
Situated alongside Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.
Our facilities include:
- a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
- large teaching laboratories
- hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces
Newcastle's vibrant city centre is just a few minutes' walk away.
Support and settling inSupport and settling in
We provide plenty of support to help you successfully move from school to university study. We’ll help you settle in quickly and are here if you have any issues.
We support you through:
- a personal tutor – a member of academic staff who can help with academic and personal issues
- a peer mentor – a fellow student who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have
- specialised course advisers and tutors - who operate an open door policy for all students
- our student-run society – to help you make friends with your course mates through social events
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Modules for 2017 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2017 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2018).
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
What you will studyWhat you will study
Our degrees are divided into two Phases.
All of your first year, and the first half of your second year.
We introduce you to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules covering:
- cell biology
- microbiology and immunology
- practical skills in biomedical and biomolecular science
The second half of your second year, and the remainder of your degree.
This phase is specific to the individual degree that you choose.
You'll study a range of specialist modules - see the individual degree listings for more information about what each degree offers.
You also complete a research project in an area linked to your degree that interests you.
Some modules are compulsory to make sure you get all the essential knowledge you need. Optional modules let you tailor the degree towards your personal interests.
- BGM1002 Biochemistry
- CMB1004 Cell Biology
- BGM1004 Genetics
- CMB1005 Practical Skills in Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences 1
- CMB1003 Microbiology and Immunology
- PED1003 Pharmacology
- PSC1002 Physiology
- CMB1006 Practical Skills in Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences 2
At the end of Stage 1 you choose the degree you wish to study in Stages 2 and 3. You can choose from degrees in:
Guide to Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences at NewcastleGuide to Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences at Newcastle
Not sure which degree is right for you? Find out a bit more about our different subject areas below.
Remember, all our degrees share the same Phase 1, so you can transfer to a different degree if you find your interests change (up until the end of Phase 1).
Modern medicine depends on the advances made by scientists working in the biomedical sciences. You'll study anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and physiology. This multidisciplinary approach helps us understand disease processes and find new treatments for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and TB.
- Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours (B940)
- Biomedical Sciences (Integrated Master's) MSci Honours (B900)
- Biomedical Sciences with Industrial Placement Year (B942)
Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level. You'll study how genes and proteins regulate cells, tissues and whole organisms like you. Have you wondered what causes diseases such as cancer and diabetes? Would you like to help develop new drug treatments? Biochemistry provides the key to understanding how diseases arise and can be treated.
DNA is the genetic ‘blueprint’ that ensures the continuity of life from parent to offspring. Genetics is the study of how DNA is transmitted between generations. And how it's decoded to determine our individual characteristics. We have a strong research and teaching reputation in this field. The Institute of Genetic Medicine plays a major role in our degree programme.
- Biomedical Genetics BSc Honours (B901)
- Biomedical Genetics (Integrated Master's) MSci Honours (B903)
Do you enjoy biology? Are you interested in the biomedical or biomolecular aspects of the subject? Want to study these further at university? If you are not quite sure which area will suit you best, the Medical Science (Deferred Choice) programme could be ideal for you. It allows you to study the common first year before deciding which subject area to specialise in at later stages.
Pharmacology involves the study of the action of drugs on the body and vice-versa. An understanding of drugs and their actions allows us to use them safely and effectively. It is thanks to pharmacologists that you can take an aspirin when you get a headache or have an anaesthetic when the dentist gives you a filling.
Physiology is the study of how the body functions. Physiologists study the processes essential to human life such as breathing, digesting food and sensing the world around us. You'll focus on human physiology, which underpins our understanding of how the body works in health and disease.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes and small group seminars.
You also have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.
Assessment is by examinations and coursework assignments. These include:
- practical assessments
- seminar tasks
- written work
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.
A LevelsA Levels
AAA-AAB including Biology or Chemistry, plus at least one from: Mathematics or Further Mathematics; Physics; Psychology; Biology; or Chemistry. General Studies, Use of Mathematics, World Development, Communication and Culture and Critical Thinking not accepted. GCSE Chemistry and Biology (minimum grade A or 7) and GCSE Mathematics and English Language (minimum grade B or 6) required if not offered at A or AS level. GCSE Combined Science (minimum grade A or 7) may be accepted.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAAAA-AAABB at Higher Grade including Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and English required at National 5, minimum grade B (or grade 2 Standard Grade or Intermediate 2 equivalent) if not offered at Higher Grade. Where a candidate bypasses the assessment for National 5 qualifications, a minimum of grade C in the Higher in Mathematics and English is required. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
34-35 points with Biology or Chemistry and another science at Higher Level grade 5 or above. We regard Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Biology and Chemistry as acceptable science subjects. Standard Level Chemistry and Biology required at grade 5 and Standard Level Mathematics or Mathematical Studies and English required at grade 4 if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
H1H1H1H1H2 at Higher Level, including Biology and Chemistry.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
45 level 3 credits at Distinction including 15 credits in biology and 15 credits in chemistry.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended DiplomaPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma
Not acceptable for entry to this subject.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3, D3, D3 - D3, D3, M2 in Principal Subjects including Biology or Chemistry plus at least one from: Mathematics or Further Mathematics; Physics; Psychology; Biology; or Chemistry. GCSE Chemistry and Biology (minimum grade A or 7) and GCSE Mathematics and English Language (minimum grade B or 6) required if not offered at a higher level.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
If you offer the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification, we will vary our offer to recognise this. Your project can be in any topic.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB including Biology or Chemistry, plus at least one from: Mathematics or Further Mathematics; Physics; Psychology; Biology; or Chemistry. General Studies, Use of Mathematics, World Development, Communication and Culture and Critical Thinking not accepted. GCSE Chemistry and Biology (minimum grade A or 7) and GCSE Mathematics and English Language (minimum grade B or 6) required if not offered at A or AS level. GCSE Combined Science (minimum grade A or 7) may be accepted.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
PARTNERS - BTEC Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended DiplomaPARTNERS - BTEC Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma
Not acceptable for entry to this subject.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent including 6.0 in each of the four elements of the test.
If you need help to meet our English Language requirements, we can provide support with extra tuition.
Read more about UK visas and immigration requirements.
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a pre-sessional course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Medical science careers
There is a great demand for graduates in the biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the health services and industry, particularly leading or working as part of research teams, and many of our students choose this career path.
Industries employing bioscientists for research and development include:
- cosmetics and toiletries
- food and drink
In addition, with a biosciences-related degree you could undertake medical, veterinary and agricultural research in universities and research institutes. Hospital and public health laboratories also employ a large number of bioscientists.
A large proportion of our graduates choose to take a further degree (either an MSc or PhD qualification) before embarking on permanent employment. This is a step in a career path which can lead to senior, decision-making roles. Each year some students use our degrees as a route for graduate entry into medicine, dentistry and PGCEs.
Apart from laboratory work, there are many other ways to use your degree. Some of our graduates choose to enter the legal side of the subject, using their scientific knowledge to advise on patenting, and others opt for careers such as scientific journalism.
Our graduates also embark on careers unrelated to the biomedical sciences, for example in management, accountancy and IT. Whichever career you choose, you can be sure that you will receive our advice and whole-hearted support.
Find out more about the career options for Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
£9,250 in 2017-18
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£21,000 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
On the UCAS website you can also find out more about: