Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

Being taught by lecturers who are well known in their fields is a major plus point. All of the tutors provide a solid support system, and having a personal tutor with such a passion for their subject has helped me to stay focused.

What you'll study

Our Bioscience programmes are ranked in the top 10 in the Complete, Guardian and Times and Sunday Times University Guides 2017. As a student of Biomedical Science at Surrey, our innovative programme will encourage you to pursue the areas of scientific study that ignite your passion.

Programme overview

Surrey has a longstanding reputation for inspiring teaching and pioneering research in the field of biological sciences.

Our Biomedical Science programme has been developed to allow you to obtain a professional qualification to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in the NHS and has been designed to satisfy the requirements of the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Our modular structure helps you develop a broad range of skills in your first year. This ensures you have a solid foundation on which to build for your final-year specialisation.

The programme allows you to pursue the subjects essential to your degree and offers you the flexibility to study other topics of interest.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Professional recognition

The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredits this degree programme.

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Accredited Programme

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20
  • Grand total: £20

The equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock.


We offer a modular degree based on a structured programme of advanced study, which allows you to pursue the subjects essential to your particular degree, but at the same time offers you the flexibility to study other subjects of interest.

During your first year, about a quarter of your time is spent in laboratory practicals. In your second year, this decreases to around a fifth of your time. In your final year, you will conduct your own scientific research project, usually in one of our state­-of-­the-­art research laboratories.

Watch a video of a microbial sciences lab session.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


Our laboratories are equipped with state-­of­-the­-art technology and audiovisual equipment. Our commitment to the development of your practical skills means that you will spend a great deal of time utilising these facilities.

For your research project in Year 3, you will work within our research laboratories alongside active and internationally recognised researchers. 

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have travelled to the USA, Australia and many European countries, and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution.

If you work in another part of Europe in a foreign university laboratory you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if undertaking an unpaid research placement.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Our experienced Professional Training tutors will help you choose between, and apply to, a strictly vetted selection of impressive placements in the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and academia.

You have the opportunity to apply for placements both in the UK and in other countries such as Finland and the USA. Regular placements include Harvard University and Cornell University.

If you wish to prepare a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration portfolio, there are a limited number of accredited placements available during the Professional Training placement.

Most of our placements are paid, and to ensure that your Professional Training placement is successful, you will get on average three tutor visits during the year.

Watch a video of a Biomedical Sciences student on placement.

Graduate prospects

Biomedical Science graduates can follow a number of diverse career paths. The programme was developed to allow you to obtain a professional qualification to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in the NHS, a path that now offers excellent career prospects.

It also provides an in-­depth science degree in its own right that can lead to further study and research for a higher degree.

In addition, some of our graduates decide to pursue a medical career by applying for entrance onto a medical programme.

Graduates have typically gone on to become, for example, postgraduate researchers or biomedical scientists within the NHS. Many have entered the related pharmaceutical industry, and some have gained entry to medical and dental programmes. Our recent Biomedical Science graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • Cardiff University School of Medicine, Research Assistant
  • GlaxoSmithKline, QA Microbiologist
  • Frimley Park Hospital, Biomedical Scientist
  • Guy’s Hospital, Clinical Research Assistant
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Development Scientist
  • Pascual General Hospital, Biomedical Scientist
  • Public Health England, Research Scientist
  • Frimley Park Hospital, Biomedical Scientist

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


AAB with Biology or Chemistry A-level or

ABB with Biology or Chemistry, and a second science or Mathematics A-level are required.

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

34 overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers


Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates may be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years B900 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years B902 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the fees page for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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