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Guide to studying Biomedical Sciences

Study Biomedical Sciences, and you'll cover both the structure of the internal body systems and how those systems work.

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  1. What's Biomedical Sciences?

  2. Why study Biomedical Sciences?

  3. What jobs can you get as a Biomedical Sciences graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?
  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Biomedical Sciences?

Biomedical Sciences is a line of science concerned with the bodily structure of living things. It looks at the cells, organs and structures of the internal body and how these systems work.

Without a deep understanding of what goes on inside the human body, health professionals cannot truly evaluate, diagnose and treat illnesses. Biomedical Sciences is the fundamental building blocks of medical practice.

Similar courses for Biomedical Sciences include: 

  • Anatomy
  • Blood sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Anatomy
  • Pathology
  • Physiology 

Why study Biomedical Sciences?

If you're fascinated by the way the body works, this could be the subject area for you. Biomedical Sciences will give you an insight into the complex nature of the human body and the countless different systems that make it up. It's crucial for medicine, and through studying and working in the field, you'll be helping to improve other people's health and wellbeing.

Read our five reasons to study Biomedical Sciences for more information on studying this course.

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What jobs can you get as a Biomedical Sciences graduate?

Biomedical Sciences graduates typically work in the medical and care sector. Among the jobs that are directly related to a degree are nurse, pharmacist, physician and dietitian.

As a Biomedical Sciences graduate, you can choose to transfer to a Medicine or Dentistry degree, where you could work towards becoming a dentist or doctor.

What qualifications do you need? 

You'll usually need at least an A Level (or equivalent) in Biology, and another in a science-related subject.

Always check with the university/course you're interested in, as grades and other requirements vary from institution to institution.

What degrees can you study?

  • BSc Biomedical Science
  • BSc Biomedicine
  • BSc Anatomy
  • BSc Human Physiology
  • BSc Neuroscience
  • BSc Pathology

There are also many joint honours degree programmes available for Biomedical Sciences, as well as courses that include a placement year.

How will you be assessed?

Written and spot-test examinations are common, as well as poster and oral presentations. Dissections are sometimes assessed, and at some universities, you may have to complete a final-year dissertation project.

As well as this, your performance throughout the year in seminars and tutorials is often observed.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Postgraduate options include:

  • MSc Anatomical Sciences
  • PhD Anatomical Sciences
  • PgCert Physiology
  • MRes Biomedical Research
  • MSc Biomedicine

Some UK universities offer a medicine conversion course which allows the best graduates from similar courses (such as Physiology or Biology) to enrol on a Medicine course. This is a highly sought after course, and a Biology A Level is a prerequisite.

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