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Biomedical Science BSc Hons

What will you study?

Lancaster’s Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and laboratory techniques associated with Biomedical Science – a subject dealing with the study of life processes within the context of human health and disease.

Taught jointly with clinical and biomedical staff from local hospitals, our Biomedical Science degree is a very structured scheme in which the majority of modules are compulsory. Our degree is designed to focus on the key aspects of modern day biomedicine. It is ideal for students with a broad interest in human life processes and disease as teaching places an emphasis on the molecules and mechanisms fundamental to life processes and how these are disrupted by disease.

You’ll begin your degree with the study of 15 wide-ranging modules, including an Introduction to Biomedical Science, Biomedicine and Society, and Diagnosis in Biomedical Science.

In the second year of your course, you’ll move on to study subjects such as Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology, and Medical Microbiology. Finally, in this highly specialised degree scheme, you’ll focus even more on aspects of human disease by taking modules in Cancer, Medical Genetics, and Pathobiology.

As part of your Biomedical Science degree, you will also carry out a laboratory-based project and can draw on the expertise of our academic staff who have vast biomedical research experience. This includes research into skin, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers; Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases; arthritis; hydrocephalus and other human conditions and diseases.

Where could it take you?

Our IBMS accredited degree is a path to employment as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS. Also this particular degree opens up research-based careers in the biochemistry of human diseases and conditions, as well as in biomedicine. In addition to postgraduate study for MSc or PhD qualifications, there are many opportunities in management, finance, marketing and the pharmaceutical industry, with recent graduates employed by Glaxo SmithKline and Alcontrol Laboratories.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2015:

A-level: AAB.To include a minimum of AS level or Sl Chemistry (at grade C) and two science A-levels/HLs from Biol/Human Biol/Geog/Maths/Physics/Psychology/Env.Sci/Computing or IT

General Studies: Only accepted if taken as one of four A levels

Key skills: Not included in offer

GCSE: Maths (B) and English Language (C)

Scottish Highers: ABBBB to include Chem and at least one other science

Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects, to include Chem and one other science. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

International Bacc: 35 points overall with 16 from the best three HL subjects (including at least two sciences). Chem to be taken to at least SL

IELTS: 6.5 overall (with at least 6 in each element)

BTEC: DDD. To include sufficient Chemistry modules. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

Mature students: Applications welcome. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

It is recommended, but not compulsory, that students join the Biochemical Society. The cost for this will be approximately £20. Biological Sciences students have the option to attend the LEC field trip and students will need to pay for travel costs.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.