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Biomedical Sciences (Deferred choice) BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: B902
  • Full time
  • 3 years

This Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours degree prepares you for studies in biomedical and biomolecular and allows you to choose your specialist area after the first year, so you know you're making the right decision for you.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024

Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25800

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Our Biomedical Sciences (deferred choice) BSc Honours degree allows you to explore all of the biomedical and biomolecular specialisms we offer to develop a broad understanding of the subjects. You can then choose the area of study you wish to focus on for the remaining two years of your degree. 

We are a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and you will be taught by our world-leading and expert staff, so you will graduate with a cutting-edge knowledge of the industry.

All of our biomedical sciences programmes benefit from research-led teaching, which will equip you with a wide range of skills ready to take into your career. 

Students working in the lab

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Professional accreditation and recognition

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Additional information

Transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degrees

You'll transfer to one of our biomedical or biomolecular degree programmes at the end of the first year.

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 UCAT score, a personal statement and, if shortlisted, an interview.

Find out about transferring courses

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

The first year of our Biomedical Sciences (deferred choice) degree follows the same curriculum as all of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Science courses, so you'll develop your practical skills and study topics such as: 

  • biochemistry
  • genetics
  • microbiology and immunology
  • cell biology
  • pharmacology 
  • physiology

At the end of Year 1 you choose the degree you wish to study for the remainder of your time at university, you can choose from degrees in: 

  • biochemistry
  • biomedical genetics
  • biomedical sciences
  • pharmacology
  • physiological sciences


Compulsory Modules Credits
Biochemistry 15
Genetics 15
Microbiology and Immunology 15
Cell Biology 15
Professional and Practical Skills for Bioscientists 30
Pharmacology 15
Physiology 15

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

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 methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Practical sessions

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll have the opportunity to work alongside industry-recognised scientists in one of our research institutes while completing your research project in the discipline you have chosen. 

You will develop advanced research and scientific skills as well as gaining an insight into a research-focused career. 

Business skills

We make sure you have plenty of opportunities to gain work experience to enhance your employability while studying. This includes:

  • vacation studentships in a University research laboratory
  • paid work in one of our research institutes through our Laboratory Assistant Scheme
  • employability ambassador scheme
  • student mentoring scheme

Research Skills

As a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research, you're guaranteed an education right at the cutting edge of the discipline, so you'll always be aware of the latest developments and innovations in the field.


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. We offer a wide range of destinations and opportunities for students, and we can help you decide which option would work for you (including free language courses before you go, and helping you apply for funding). You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas. You can even take a summer placement in an overseas research laboratory.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year, and your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


You'll be based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at our city-centre campus. The Faculty is also home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Pharmacy, making it a vibrant environment for learning and research.

Our facilities include:

  • a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
  • spacious modern teaching laboratories
  • hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces
  • cutting-edge research laboratories and equipment facilities
  • flexible student social spaces
  • being less than two minutes’ walk of the sports centre

Find out about the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences


You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.

We have study skills ambassadors; peers who can help you with your studies including maths support.

We also have Phase Advisors who monitor your academic progress, and in-school Wellbeing Advisors who can help you manage issues affecting you during your studies.

Your future

There is a great demand for graduates of 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.

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

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

Make a difference

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Careers support

Throughout your studies, there will be many opportunities to engage with industry including:

  • site visits
  • guest lectures
  • employability fairs
  • industrial placements
  • internships
  • advice from industry

Develop your employability with the support of the School through:

  • summer placements
  • internship opportunities
  • SOLAR – a student-led outreach group teaching school children science
  • opportunities to participate in clinical work shadowing
  • becoming a student rep or ambassador
  • mock interviews
  • CV interviews
  • careers clinics
  • earning open badges
  • enterprise challenge events
  • assistance with applying to medicine/dentistry/postgraduate study

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BSc Honours

Home students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)


International students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)


Year abroad and additional costs

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. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.


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