Biomedical scientists are at the forefront of our modern healthcare system working in partnership with medical practitioners and health care professionals, to perform many different roles in the NHS, as well as in academia and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. As a biomedical scientist you are likely to be involved in the diagnosis of disease, supporting the work of clinical departments, and developing and evaluating the next generation of treatments that could improve patient outcomes. A biomedical science degree also provides the foundation for graduate entry programmes, including medicine, dentistry or the more recently established Physician Associate (PA) programme for clinical practice within the NHS.
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The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree is designed to equip you with a fundamental understanding of how science underpins the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. The degree reflects both the theoretical knowledge and applied clinical laboratory skills required to be a biomedical scientist.
Teaching and learning will involve lectures, small group tutorials, e-learning, independent study and a final year research project. Teaching will be research led, involving research active staff with subject specific expertise who will also act as academic advisors and provide additional pastoral support.
Our purpose-built £330 million brand new campus completed in September 2018 alongside the Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) gold award will enable us to deliver innovative teaching using state of the art facilities, including new molecular biology laboratories with facilities for tissue culture, DNA extraction, PCR and other modern lab techniques.
The programme provides a comprehensive range of benefits to new starters, including a new laptop or an equivalent bursary to be used towards the cost of accommodation or other living costs. Students will be provided with a lap coat and core textbooks will be available in the library to ensure students do not face any additional costs on top of accommodation and student fees. The University of Northampton, the birthplace of Francis Crick, also provides additional perks, including free access to sports and a regular student/staff shuttle bus service around campus or to and from the train station.
A biomedical science degree provides the foundation for a wide range of career choices. Our newly established degree programme places a strong emphasis on current and future developments in biomedical science and will develop students’ research skills, transferrable skills and laboratory skills to prepare them for the broadest possible range of careers, including scientific journalism, postgraduate research, or working in the NHS. It will also provide the foundation for graduate entry programmes in medicine or dentistry or working in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you are expected to have studied a science subject (preferably Biology or Human Biology) or Psychology or Sport Science in an A Level at grade C or equivalent qualification.
For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) for study at undergraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.