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Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours

Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours

This accredited 2+1 Biomedical Sciences degree explores the human body’s function in health and disease. It equips you with specialist knowledge about how diseases occur, and how researchers and clinicians develop new treatments.

Course overview

The course you will study is equivalent to the one delivered at our medical school in the UK. Following the successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the degree BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences by Newcastle University, UK.

The BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences (BMS) degree programme offered at NUMed Malaysia is split into two parts:

  • Part I – two academic years, which mirror exactly the programme offered in the UK, delivered at the custom-built 13-acre NUMed Malaysia campus in Iskandar Puteri, Johor.
  • Part II – one academic year at the Newcastle UK campus with research-led teaching and an intensive research project in one of the highly regarded research laboratories at Newcastle University Medical School.

Programme structure

Our Biomedical Sciences programme is divided into two phases:

  • Phase 1 (Stage 1 and Semester 1 of Stage 2)
  • Phase 2 (Semester 2 of Stage 2 and Stage 3)

The first two years of the programme (Stage 1 and Stage 2) will be taught at NUMed Malaysia and the third year (Stage 3) of the programme will only be taught at Newcastle UK.

In order for you to progress to the third year of the programme in the UK, you must have successfully completed the first two years of the programme in Malaysia and have obtained the relevant visa for you to enter the UK.

Although Newcastle University and NUMed Malaysia will make every effort to assist you with your application to obtain a visa to enter the UK, this cannot be guaranteed. You are advised to read carefully the UK government guidance for obtaining a visa.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes and small group seminars.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments
  • Case studies
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation or research project
  • Essays
  • Examinations – practical or online
  • Group work
  • Practical sessions
  • Presentations
  • Report

Skills and experience

Professional skills

In Stage 3, you'll select a module, designed to boost your professional skills in an employment area that we know many of our graduates progress to, for example:

  • Business Enterprise for the Bioscientist
  • Research in Biomedical Sciences
  • Healthcare Organisation and Practice
  • Science Communication
  • Bioethics
  • Bioinformatics

Year in the UK

Your third year of Biomedical Sciences will be carried out at Newcastle University in the North-East of the UK. The university has a wide range of support services that can help you with your transition to study in the UK. Your studies will be based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences at the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Find out more about the Newcastle University campus.

Quality and Ranking

  • 11th in the UK - Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 (Subjects Allied to Medicine category)
  • Top 125 for Clinical and Health – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
  • 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • Global Top 125 University - QS World University Rankings 2023

Professional accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

Accreditation by the RSB recognises academic excellence in the biosciences that educates the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

*All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Your future

There is a great demand for graduates in the biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the research community, health services and industry – particularly leading or working as part of research teams, and many of our students choose this career path.

A large proportion of our graduates choose to take a further degree – either a medical, master's, PhD or teaching qualification – before embarking on permanent employment.

Recent Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences BSc and MSci Honours graduates have taken up roles such as:

  • clinical specialist
  • laboratory analyst
  • research technician
  • clinical data associate
  • trainee clinical scientist
  • research PhD student

Work in a range of industries

Sectors employing bioscientists include:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology
  • education
  • healthcare
  • chemical
  • cosmetics and toiletries
  • food and drink
  • scientific writing
  • research and development

Career support

Career support provides an opportunity to foster skills towards career development. In addition to the resources available here, you can also take advantage of the Newcastle University UK careers service.

We aim to support you by providing:

  • Career support appointments
  • Career workshops
  • Inter-professional education (IPE)
  • Biomedicine+ talks
  • Summer research internship opportunities
  • NUMed research fellowships
  • Professional placement year
  • NCL+ Awards
  • NCL+ advanced award in research
  • Research and further education
  • Alumni interaction

Additional information

Transfer to our medicine degree

Students on the BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programme may apply for transfer on to the MBBS degree programme offered by NUMed Malaysia at the end of the first year of study. This is a competitive scheme with a limited number of places and students are selected on the basis of academic performance in the first year, a personal statement and an interview.

There are also graduate entry routes into medicine available at NUMed and Newcastle University, UK.

Entry requirements

Students who have completed SPM, O-Level or equivalent programmes must first complete a recognised pre-university qualification as a basic requirement for entry to an undergraduate degree at NUMed Malaysia.

Whatever pre-university qualifications you offer, they should include the science subjects of Biology and Chemistry and one other subject at a level equivalent to A-Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma or STPM.

A UCAT result is currently not required for entry to NUMed Malaysia. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

English Requirements

Please refer to the table below on the English Requirements for MBBS programme:

TestExamination BoardMalaysian StudentsInternational Students

SPM1119

Cambridge International Examinations

B

N/A

IGCSE English - First Language

Cambridge International Examinations

C

N/A

IGCSE English - Second Language

Cambridge International Examinations

B

N/A

MUET

Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia

3

N/A

IELTS

Cambridge English Language Assessment / British Council

6.5

6.5

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Educational Testing Service

90

90

Pearson Test of English Academic

Pearson

62

62

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE),

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE),

Cambridge Linguaskill

Cambridge English Language Assessment

176

176

Cambridge Linguaskill

Cambridge English Language Assessment

176

176

*IELTS 6.0 in each of the four elements of the test is required.

Age Requirements

You must be at least 17 years old at the time of enrolment or shortly thereafter.

Fees and funding

The overall tuition costs of obtaining the Newcastle University BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Sciences on the joint 2+1 programme with NUMed Malaysia is around 40% less than the cost of studying for the same degree for three years in the UK.

Tuition fees

A single inclusive fee is charged to cover the costs of tuition, library, laboratory, placements, examination, administration fees and all other academic-related charges. There are no hidden extra costs.

Malaysian students

RM41,400 per annum, for each of the three years of the programme (both Malaysia and UK campus).

International students

RM46,000 per annum, for each of the three years of the programme (both Malaysia and UK campus).

Year abroad and additional costs

You should note that the fees don't include the cost of your living accommodation in either Malaysia or the UK.

There is a range of accommodation at varying prices for you to choose from at NUMed's own managed apartments, the Student Village at EduCity or local private accommodation.

Newcastle University, UK, has a wide range of accommodation options to suit a range of budgets and a choice of locations with the majority of university accommodation being within 10 minutes’ walk of the campus and city centre.

Get in touch

By phone

Telephone (MY): +607 555 3800
Telephone (WhatsApp): +6011 1231 5411; +6012 784 9456

By email

Email us at: admissions@newcastle.edu.my