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Biomedical Science BSc/DipHE

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BSc: C700
DipHE: B904
October 2019
EU/International induction: September 2019
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Darshna Yagnik

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.

Why study BSc/DipHE Biomedical Science* at Middlesex University?

Fast-paced and hands-on, this exciting degree will open up many opportunities for entry into a variety of careers associated with the field of biomedical science. As well as developing your specialist knowledge you'll learn techniques such as microscopy, blood typing, immunoassays, DNA analysis, coagulation tests, tissue identification and staining, ensuring that you graduate with an understanding of good professional practice and the key skills required in biomedical science today.

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.

Our course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) and provides you with a professional qualification that will support your scientific career.

*Please note this course is subject to review.

Course highlights

  • Build professional experience whilst you study via a range of placement opportunities, such as in an NHS hospital laboratory, or by completing a sandwich year
  • Our state-of-the-art bioanalytical laboratories for teaching and research are among the best in the UK
  • Work with the next generation of scientific instrumentation for molecular analysis – in line with the new focus on protein-hunting rather than gene-hunting in scientific research
  • Our supportive learning environment has seen this course receive a 90% satisfaction rate from students
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the BSc/DipHE Biomedical Science?

This 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 evaluate evidence underpinning practice and be enabled to develop your knowledge of the aetiology of disease diagnosis and treatment through the study of biomedical science specialist subjects.

What will you gain?

As well as gaining an in-depth knowledge on the subject, you will also develop scientific, intellectual and practical skills and abilities to plan and carry out laboratory investigations in biomedical science. You will have the qualities needed for employment in situations requiring professionalism and personal responsibility.


  • Year 1

    • Professional Practice for Biomedical Science (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you 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.

    • Biomolecular Science (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides 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.

    • Cell Sciences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide 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.

    • Human Sciences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an understanding of human anatomy and physiology in homeostasis and disease.

    • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module is designed to provide an understanding of different areas in biomedical science used to investigate human diseases. The module encompasses theoretical knowledge and laboratory training in medical microbiology, haematology and blood transfusion, genetics, and cellular science.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work, with the focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills include analytical techniques appropriate to individual programme requirements.

    • Molecular and Genetic Sciences (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will reinforce and expand on the Year 1 modules. The overall aim is that you will understand and gain experience in the principles, practice, quality assurance and application of commonly-employed molecular methods and techniques used in the investigation of genetic disease.

    • Cellular Sciences (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aims of this module are to give you a working knowledge of the principles and practice of cellular pathology and to gain experience in the application of commonly used techniques and the delivery of cellular pathology services. Emphasis is placed on the use of histological equipment, and on routine and special staining techniques for the demonstration of pathological conditions.

    • Blood Sciences (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to give you a working knowledge of the principles and practice of blood sciences. You will gain experience in the application of commonly used techniques.

    • Infection Sciences (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces methods that are used to investigate infections. You will become familiar with aseptic techniques and culturing, isolation, enumeration, and observation of infectious agents in microbiology laboratory.

    • Clinical Sciences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of disease processes and most common diseases. It also examines the multidisciplinary nature of disease investigation and management.

  • Year 3

    • Transplantation, Transfusion and Specialist Biochemistry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will reinforce and expand on the Year 1 and 2 modules. The overall aim is that you will understand and gain experience in a range of core and specialised methods and techniques from across the blood sciences with applications to immunology and specialist biochemistry, understanding their importance in the clinical investigation of patients.

    • Cell and Molecular Pathology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aims of this module are to develop your knowledge and appreciation of the principles of cellular and molecular pathology. Emphasis is placed on the range of pathologies affecting several organ systems, the diagnostic strategies and skills used to identify them.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you will have acquired when undertaking previous research modules and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted in completing a dissertation.

    • Medical Microbiology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of pathogenicity and emergence of bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections. In addition, you will become familiar with the principles and practice of laboratory and point- of- care test procedures used to diagnose infectious disease and monitor the effectiveness of the treatments.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BSc/DipHE Biomedical Science support your career?

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.

A number of 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.

You can also explore further academic research on PhD and MSc programmes at universities across the UK and abroad.

Those 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.

Natural Sciences Academic Society

The Natural Sciences Academic Society is the Middlesex University Student Union society that aims to Increase awareness of biosciences and their applications in jobs, research and innovation. Members and officers organise and participate in a variety of activities and events to showcase biological sciences and to illustrate that they offer more than just being enslaved to a laboratory. They aim to help students become the next generation of leading scientists by offering a spectrum of opportunities to bring out personal qualities and passions necessary for good science.

Main features of our new laboratories

  • Mass spectrometry and electron microscope suite - housing all new Shimadzu Krytos AXIMA CFR MALDI-TOF MS; LC-MS 2010A and GC-MS QP5050A instruments and a scanning electron microscope.
  • Biomedical Science teaching laboratory – A fifty-student capacity facility for hands-on laboratory skills teaching.
  • Molecular biology research laboratory housing real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction -multiplication of a small part of a gene), and gene sequencing, as well as 2D gel electrophoresis and gel visualisation and analysis equipment.
  • Tissue culture research laboratory – three class II biological safety cabinets, video microscopy and full height roller bottle and standard CO2 incubators
  • Histology research lab housing cryostats, standard microtomes and Fluorescence microscopy imaging equipment
  • General biochemistry research laboratory – housing immunoassay, Chromatography (separation techniques -separating mixtures and molecules), CZE, HPLC, FPLC, LC and general separation equipment.
  • Zeshan Ahmed

    Biomedical Science BSc graduate

    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.

  • Apdesh Landa

    Biomedical Science student

    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.

  • Kimberley Hassen

    Biomedical Science student

    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.

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