Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) or MSci (Hons) – 2022 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2022

BSc (Hons) UCAS: B900

3 years

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: B902

4 years with professional training

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: B903

4 years with foundation year

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MSci (Hons) UCAS: B905

4 years

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MSci (Hons) UCAS: B906

5 years with professional training

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: B904

5 years with foundation year and professional training

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Why choose this course

  • Select modules tailored to your interests, including advanced technologies in gene expression, neuroscience, pharmacology and toxicology. 
  • Access our £10 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory to use equipment used by the NHS and research labs across the world. 
  • Gain industry experience through our Professional Training placements and work with one of our partners who offer roles exclusively to students aspiring to become biomedical scientists. 
  • Complete an integrated masters, which incorporates an additional research-focused year of study, to prepare you for a technical research career in industry or academia. 
  • Get the academic requirements needed to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a biomedical scientist in the NHS once you’ve graduated. 
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What you will study

In your first year, you’ll study topics that are fundamental to biomedical science, including bacteriology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, human physiology, microbiology and physiology, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree.

During your second year, you’ll explore analytical biochemistry, pathology and virology. You’ll also have the option to study pharmacology, to gain an understanding of the effect drugs have on the various systems in our bodies, or microbial communities, learning about antimicrobial resistance and biofilms.   

In your third year, you’ll select two modules, exploring topics such as advanced pharmacology, circadian rhythms, immunology, microbial sciences and toxicology. You’ll study these alongside compulsory modules investigating cancer pathogenesis and treatment, the epidemiology of infectious diseases, our immune system and immunohaematological diseases, and pathogen interactions. You’ll also get the opportunity to work alongside a supervisor to conduct your own scientific research project, performing experiments, and critically evaluating data and literature. 

Facilities 

You’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our £10 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory, where TV screens are used to show you how to conduct experiments and follow scientific protocols. 

The Laboratory is fitted with the latest industry equipment, that you’ll use to conduct a full range of experiments with. You’ll complete your first practical within your first two weeks. 

The time you spend in our facilities will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with biomedical science methodology and develop the practical laboratory experience that’s essential in a research career and valued by a wide range of employers.  

In your final year, depending on your research project, you may also get to our dissertation laboratory. 

Teaching staff 

We have a research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers. These may include Dr Kikki Bodman-Smith (an immunologist with expertise in inflammatory diseases) and Dr Alison Cottell (an expert in epidemiology and antibiotic resistance, who’s previously worked as a biomedical scientist). 

Integrated masters 

With this course, you have the option to complete an integrated masters, which incorporates an additional research-focused year of study. This will prepare you for a technical research career in industry or academia, with many using this as a gateway to postgraduate research.  

During the year, you’ll cover advanced techniques in biomedical science, learn how to effectively communicate scientific findings, and complete a laboratory-based dissertation, which will account for 50% of your studies. 

Foundation year 

On this course, you can choose to study a foundation year, designed to develop your skills and make it easier for you to get started at university. As a foundation student, you’ll study full-time for one year at foundation level. After successful completion of this year, you’ll move onto your chosen version of this course. 

Find out more about our entry requirements, fees and how to apply.

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), which means that on successful completion of your studies, you’ll have the academic requirements needed to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), to work as a biomedical scientist in the NHS. 

97% of our biosciences and medicine graduates go on to employment or further study.* Typical roles include biomedical scientists, data scientists, drug safety specialists and laboratory analysists. 

Our alumni can be found in hospital, academic and industrial research laboratories around the world, with recent graduates working for Cancer Research UK, Eli Lilly, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Syngenta and Thermo Fisher Scientific. 

With the critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, decision-making, and communication skills learnt throughout the course, several graduates have sought alternative careers in management, publishing and teaching. Many students also use this course to apply for further study including postgraduate research, and graduate dentistry and medicine programmes. 

*Graduate Outcomes survey 2020, HESA.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 

Modules

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

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information relating to FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6, including learning outcomes, aims and module information please view the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of: 

  • Group work (e.g. discussion groups) 
  • Laboratory-based practicals 
  • Lectures 
  • Online learning 
  • Seminars 
  • Tutorials. 

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays, laboratory write-ups and reading. 

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way. 

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including coursework, essays, examinations, practical write-ups and presentations. 

We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.  

Check individual module information to see full details at a module level. 

Contact hours

You’ll spend almost half of your first-year teaching in laboratory-based practicals and around a quarter throughout your second year. 

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 modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall: 

  • BSc (Hons): BBC.
    • Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry at grade B and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.
  • MSci (Hons): BBB.
    • Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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

Foundation year: A-level CCD (or equivalent) to include one Science A-level.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: 

  • BSc (Hons): DMM in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC).
  • MSci (Hons): DDM in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC).

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 

  • BSc (Hons): 31.
    • Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.
  • MSci (Hons): 32.
    • Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4. Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 

  • BSc (Hons): 72%.
    • Required subjects: At least 75 in Biology or Chemistry and at least 7.5 in a second science or Mathematics.
  • MSci (Hons): 75%.
    • Required subjects: At least 75 in Biology or Chemistry and at least 7.5 in a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English 6 (Language 1/2) or 7 (Language 3), and Mathematics 6. Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 

  • BSc (Hons): QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 21 at Distinction and 24 at Merit.
    • Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in Biology or Chemistry and 15 credits in a second science or Mathematics.
  • MSci (Hons): QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit.
    • Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in Biology or Chemistry and 15 credits in a second science or Mathematics.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: 

  • BSc (Hons): BBBBB.
    • Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.
  • MSci (Hons): ABBBB.
    • Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Maths Scottish National 5 - C. Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: 

  • BSc (Hons): Pass overall with BBC from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
    • Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.
  • MSci (Hons): Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
    • Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

This route is only applicable to the MSci course.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you may be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2022

BSc (Hons)

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BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

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BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)

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MSci (Hons)

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MSci (Hons) (with professional training year)

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BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

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View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2020/21 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 – equipment pack (includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock). You are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment.

Grand total: £20

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2020 and apply to the 2021 year of entry. Costs for 2022 entry will be published in September 2021.

Placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Biomedical science placements

You can choose to work for a range of employers, including pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and academic institutions, to practise and enhance your skills. 

We work with industry leaders to offer accredited placements exclusively to Surrey students looking to become biomedical scientists after graduating. These can be used as evidence in your portfolio when registering with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Previous students have gained placements with: 

  • AstraZeneca UK 
  • GlaxoSmithKline 
  • Public Health England 
  • Sanofi. 

We also have an extensive number of partner institutions that offer placements exclusively to Surrey students, giving you access to research laboratories across the world. Our partner institutions include: 

  • Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore 
  • Alliance for Research and Conservation in the Amazon (ARCAmazon), Puerto Maldonado, Peru 
  • Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, USA 
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
  • Okayama University, Japan 
  • University of Sydney, Australia. 

You can also explore your transferrable skills by working in other fields, including scientific communications, marketing and data analysis.

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and procedures, the student regulations , and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) from the 2020/2021 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us and before you accept an offer. Read more.

In particular we wish to draw your intention to the following matters affecting the academic year 2021/2022:

  • Covid-19 - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/2021 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach, details of which can be found here [link]. It is anticipated that these programme changes and the hybrid learning approach will be adopted throughout the academic year 2021/2022, however, given the changing nature of the pandemic, this is being kept under continuous review. Detailed information on all changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the coronavirus course changes page. The linked pages set out information relating to general University changes and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
  • Brexit - The UK is now no longer part of the EU. We are awaiting further information and instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. EU students applying for programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 and students applying for courses with placements abroad should visit our dedicated webpages for the latest information on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect their courses.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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