Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)

4 years including placement year, starting in September 2019

You can apply for this course from September 2018.

Gain an understanding of human health and the causes, prevention and treatment of disease. You’ll be prepared for roles in biomedical research.

This course is for you if you’d like to work in a field that tackles global health challenges such as curing cancer and Parkinson’s disease. You’ll be trained to be a research scientist of the future by exploring aspects of modern biosciences related to humans and medical research.

The curriculum covers a broad range of topics, including human genetics and genomics, physiology, cancer biology, pathology, anatomy, immunology, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and pharmacology. This course has been developed specifically for Biomedical Sciences students with the Department for Health at Bath to give you a greater exposure to subjects in human biology.

In the first two years, you will study a set of core units from the Departments of Biology & Biochemistry, Pharmacy & Pharmacology and Health. This will give you a broad practical knowledge base of biomedical sciences and is enhanced in the second year with optional units.

In the final year, you’ll have the opportunity to carry out a research project within either the Department of Biology & Biochemistry or Health. You'll also be able to choose from a broad range of final year units.

This course has a research career focus and is not intended for subsequent registration by the Health and Care Professions Council. Instead, you’ll develop fundamental scientific and experimental skills, preparing you for work as a practical scientist in biomedical research.

There are lots of reasons to study biosciences at Bath. Read our top 5.

Teaching

You’ll learn from researchers who specialise in different areas of the biosciences, including cell and developmental biology, evolution and biodiversity, infection and immunity, and medical and industrial biotechnology. Their international collaborations and interdisciplinary research activities feed directly into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Facilities

You will undertake practical classes in our well-equipped teaching laboratories, and will have access to specialist technology in a dedicated computer laboratory for bioinformatics.

You’ll be supported during your studies by regular small group tutorials and one-to-one meetings with a Personal Tutor. 91% of biosciences students agreed they were able to contact staff when they needed to (National Student Survey 2017).

Careers

You will develop the knowledge and skills enabling you to work in a variety of fields. These could include industries such as pharmaceutical, education, environment and biotechnology. You’ll also be well suited to roles in agricultural, medical and chemical laboratories. Many of our graduates choose to go on to postgraduate study in preparation for academic or industry-based research careers.

The range of skills developed whilst taking a biosciences degree equips you for many other graduate careers, for example, business management and science teaching.

Find out more about what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2019 and ends in 2023. Induction week starts on 23 September 2019.


Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

At Bath, our courses are made up of units of study. Compulsory units cover core concepts that you'll need to understand as part of your degree programme. Some of our courses also offer the opportunity for you to study optional units. These allow you to specialise in particular areas of knowledge that interest you.

As an undergraduate, you will be expected to take 60 credits (ECTS) in each academic year. These are usually split into 30 credits for each semester you study. Sixty credits are the equivalent of 1200 notional hours of study; this includes contact time with staff and your own independent learning.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Optional course units

You'll be able to choose from a number of optional units in years 2 and 4. Here are some examples of the units our students are currently studying.

Placement


You may gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market by taking a placement year. You’ll work full-time in a role that might be undertaken by a graduate, where you’ll broaden your experience and transferable skills. 97% of biosciences students agreed their placement was valuable in helping their learning (National Student Survey 2017).

You may be able to choose from a wide range of roles to match your interests, from working in marketing for a pharmaceutical company to a lab-based role at a research institute. Recent employers include Cancer Research UK, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Inc, Lilly, Sanofi and Anthony Nolan.

Placement opportunities can't be guaranteed but you will receive tailored support from our specialist team to help you secure a placement.

Read more about placements.

Learning and assessment


Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination
  • Other

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam

% practical exam

% coursework

Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 58% 14% 28%
Year 2 90% 8% 2%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 38% 0% 62%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching

% time in independent study

% time in placement/year abroad

Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 28% 72% 0%
Year 2 24% 76% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 23% 77% 0%
Cerian Williams
‘It wasn’t until I visited Bath that I realised the broad range of options a course in Biomedical Sciences offers. The course consists of interesting modules which I can tailor to my own interests.’
Cerian Williams BSc Biomedical Sciences with placement year (2019)

Entry requirements


Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying biomedical sciences. This might include relevant reading, voluntary or work experience, areas of interest from your current studies or other relevant extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. You will need a strong performance in both Biology and Chemistry as part of your entry qualifications.

Origin of qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

British qualifications

A level Typical offer

AAA or A*AB

AAA or A*AB in three A levels including A in Biology and Chemistry

If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

A level Alternative offer

AAB

AAB in three A levels including grade A in Biology and Chemistry plus one of the following:

  • Grade A in an EPQ
  • Grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • Grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Typical offer

36 points

36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 or 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry.

We cannot accept Standard Level Chemistry for this course. If you are not studying Biology at Higher Level and you are taking it at Standard Level we may be able to consider you for this course. In this case the typical offer is 36 points with 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Chemistry plus 7 in the Standard Level Biology.

BTEC Typical offer

D*DD

D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF).

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Applied Science. It is important that you are covering enough of our essential and preferred optional units to make sure that you have sufficient Biology and Chemistry preparation for our course. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of your optional units before making an application.  

You must also have achieved a grade B or 6 in GCSE Mathematics. If you are taking ‘Unit 7: Mathematical Calculations for Science’ as part of your BTEC (QCF) qualification, then we can consider you with a grade C in GCSE Mathematics.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U Typical offer

D3, D3, D3 or D2, D3, M1

**D3, D3, D3 or D2, D3, M1 in three principal subjects including grade D3 in Biology and Chemistry.

Cambridge Pre-U Alternative offer

D3, D3, M1

D3, D3, M1 in three principal subjects including grade D3 in Biology and Chemistry plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Scottish Highers Typical offer

AA in Advanced Highers

AA in two Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry plus AAAAB in five Scottish Highers.

Access to HE Diploma Typical offer

36 credits at Distinction

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Science and Engineering), with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above. This must include at least 30 credits achieved at Distinction from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) units, of which at least 9 credits must be from Biology units and 9 credits must be from Chemistry units.

Open University credits Typical offer

Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 Chemistry and Biology unit.

You are typically expected to study at least 120 credits including at least 30 credits at Level 2. You should ideally be taking units including S112: Science: concepts and practice and S215 Chemistry: Essential Concepts and a Level 2 unit/s in Biology. This information is a guide and we consider students applying with Open University Credits on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Combinations of qualifications Typical offer

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • AA in A level Biology and Chemistry plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF). We cannot consider BTEC qualifications in Applied Science alongside Biology and Chemistry A levels
  • AA at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U principal subject including Biology and Chemistry
  • AA at A level plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate including Biology and Chemistry. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AA in A level Biology and Chemistry plus A in the LIBF Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS). While we can consider this qualification as an equivalent to a third A level, please see the information above for guidance about preferred subjects

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

GCSE requirements

GCSE Mathematics grade C or 4 plus GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from category C).

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Irish qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2 in Biology and Chemistry .

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Hong Kongese qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

555 in Biology, Chemistry and a third elective subject or 5*5 in Biology and Chemistry plus 5 in any Mathematics extended paper.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

French qualifications

French Baccalaureate

15 overall with 15 in Physics/Chemistry and 15 in Biology (Life and Earth Sciences).

Option Internationale Baccalaureat (OIB)

14 overall with 15 in Physics/Chemistry and 15 in Biology (Life and Earth Sciences).

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

European qualifications

European Baccalaureate

82% overall with 8.5 in Biology (4 periods) and Chemistry (4 periods).

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Indian qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 85% in Biology and Chemistry.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, CISCE boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

American qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Biology and Chemistry.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 720 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Singaporean qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects including Biology and Chemistry.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.4 overall in either Biotechnology or Biomedical Science with a minimum B+ in Biology and Chemistry.

We are unable to consider applications for entry into year 2 with a Polytechnic Diploma for this degree.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Turkish qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 80% with 85% in Biology and Chemistry from the final year.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Greek qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in A level Biology and Chemistry.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Cypriot qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in A level Biology and Chemistry.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

German qualifications

Abitur

1.4 overall with 13 in Biology and Chemistry.

The required grades in Biology and Chemistry must be achieved in your final examinations if you take them. If you do not take one of these subjects in your final examinations, you will need an average grade across 4 semesters in it.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Spanish qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 9 in Biology and Chemistry.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Fees and funding


Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying an undergraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. This is in addition to your student loan and you do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information



Selection process

We will usually assess you based on your UCAS application. If you are studying certain qualifications, such as a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma, you may be invited to attend an interview as part of our selection process so we can better assess your studies and experiences. If you are studying a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma, please make sure that your UCAS application is submitted by 15th January 2019: if you apply after this deadline, then it may be too late for us to include you in our interview process.

Very exceptionally we may invite you to an interview if you have circumstances we cannot assess from an application alone.

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