“The facilities are excellent and the teaching staff are very friendly. I am really enjoying the course.” Kimberley Hassen, Biomedical Science student
Supported by our team of biomedical science researchers, BSc Biomedical Science will equip you with the full range of techniques required to pursue a career in hospital laboratories and scientific research.
The course is fast-paced and hands-on, providing you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to work safely and effectively in a hospital laboratory.
Our lecturers have worked in a range of scientific backgrounds as research scientists and even medics, and within labs across the biomedical science field. Our teaching is informed by the research that is taking place on campus, such as the development of affordable treatment for AIDS-related cancer patients in developing countries.
We use real clinical laboratory challenges as the starting point for teaching, so you will learn through practical examples. Our small class sizes mean you receive high levels of support and ensure your learning is tailored to your interests.
The course is fast-paced and hands-on and provides you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to work safely and effectively in a hospital laboratory. You will be assessed through a combination of written assignments, poster and oral presentations, portfolio and laboratory reports, and practical and written examinations.
Students who do additional placement time in a hospital laboratory (either on the Clinical Laboratory Placement programme of Biomedical Science, or by working in an accredited hospital laboratory after graduation) will gain Health Professions Council registration so they can work as a professional biomedical scientist.
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the biomedical profession and employment opportunities. In addition, the module facilitates development of basic laboratory skills, safe laboratory practice, and appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress, and to work in a clinical laboratory environment.
This module provides students with the skill and underpinning knowledge to pursue further studies in biological and biomedical sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on the basic principles of biochemistry for life sciences and genetics.
The course combines practical clinical sessions and laboratory classes with lectures, seminars, and visits to biomedical science laboratories. You will work on problem-solving exercises and case study analyses, take part in class discussions and presentations, and build up a portfolio of work. Some work will be done in groups. An important part of the course involves designing and undertaking your own research project in your final year; you will also undertake personal study in your free time.
You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend the third year doing a work placement, for example in a commercial, research or NHS pathology laboratory. Applied Biomedical Science students will do a placement in a local NHS hospital pathology laboratory while they are studying.
You will be assessed on a wide variety of work, including practical examinations, theoretical examinations, project work and research, your portfolio of written work, laboratory reports, case studies and presentations.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects including Science
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental and Public Health foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Employment prospects for biomedical scientists are excellent. You could find yourself working in laboratories (for universities, hospitals and research centres), and also within the National Health Service, public health, veterinary and agricultural, pharmaceutical or forensic fields. Some graduates have pursued careers in education, and have also moved into roles as sales representatives for biomedical or bioscience companies. Our graduates now work for organisations such as the Anthony Nolan Trust, NHS Hillingdon, Boots, and NHS Whittington.
They also go on to further academic research on PhD and MSc programmes at universities across the UK and abroad.
Our students have fantastic opportunities to go out on placement in prestigious London hospitals such as The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children; University College London Hospital; The Royal Free, Hampstead; The Whittington, and Chase Farm Hospital. Students who go on placement tell us how much they gain from seeing the theory learnt at Middlesex being put into practice in a hospital laboratory.
Throughout your degree you will work in NHS pathology laboratories in north and central London.
"The support you receive is really good. I found that lecturers are at hand and you can always drop them an email or find them in the office. It might take a bit of initiative, but you can always find them and get the help you need.
"A lot of the lecturers are involved in their own research if they're not teaching, so they supervise students during their dissertations through their own research. The things you're being taught and learning for your dissertation often come straight from the research they're doing that they're really passionate about and are experts in, so you're in good hands."
"This degree is for those aspiring to be part of a very challenging and dynamic future in Biomedical Science. I chose this course because it was accredited by the IBMS and found through my own research that the facilities and academic staff were excellent. I could also stay at home in London, saving me money.
"Having been fascinated by the sheer marvel of the human architecture and mechanisms of disease I felt compelled to study this course. I would like to further myself, ultimately specialising in an area such as haematology. As I am only in my first year I am keen to discover what my strengths and weaknesses are, then choose a direction."
"I am really enjoying the course. The learning structure is excellent and we have things like laboratory log books and problem-based questions to answer. This helps us to put the theory into practice so we have a better understanding. I looked at a couple of other universities but I wanted to know that after three years' study I was going to be state registered.
"The teaching facilities are excellent and teaching staff are very friendly. Advice for any applicants going through the UCAS system would be to go and visit the university on an open day. This will give you the chance to speak with academics and look around the facilities for yourself."
The Biomedical Science Research Centre at Middlesex consists of two research teams: The Molecular Pathology group, led by Dr Bali Rooprai, and the Biomodelling/Bioinformatics and Environmental Health group, led by Professor Nick Priest and Professor Richard Bayford. These groups are linked by their common objective to find better biological or imaging (bio) markers of disease and disease processes, sharing common analytical techniques and bio-informatics in the analysis of large multi-component data sets.
Biomodelling/Bioinformatics and Environmental Health Group
(Prof Bayford, Mr Tizzard, Prof Priest, Prof Hamilton).
This Biomodelling/Bioinformatics and Environmental Health group has received substantial funding from the European Commission and UK research councils. The group also has considerable experience in air quality particulate pollution, the chemical nature of which not only acts as a physical irritant but also as a micro carrier of toxic organic compounds. Previous work has involved modelling pollution measures by biosensors and predicting asthma incidence/severity of attacks with a view to preventative warning (telemedicine) protocols in order to reduce exposure to environmental triggers.
Molecular pathology group
(Prof Ivan Roitt FRS, Dr M. Naase, Dr L. Ghali, Dr F. Hills, Dr S. Docherty, Dr D. Yagnik)