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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 Biomedical Science in Practice, 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 2016:

Grade Requirements

A Level AAA-AAB including 2 science subjects and Chemistry to at least AS Grade C

International Baccalaureate 36-35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in two Higher Level science subjects and at least 5 in Standard Level Chemistry

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction including Distinctions in three Chemistry units

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.

Essential Subjects

A range of Advanced/Higher Level subjects, including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Human Biology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology is required for entry.

GCSE Mathematics (B); English Language (C)

IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each component)

Further Information

General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level

Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed

Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via ugadmissons@lancaster.ac.uk

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.