Biomedical Science

Study options

Award

Key facts

UCAS code:
B900
UCAS code:
B901
UCAS code:
B908
UCAS code:
C900
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus, with a placement year
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year at City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Start date:
13 September 2021

Industry experience

You'll have the opportunity to apply for an overseas traineeship placement

Expert Teaching

You will be taught by Award Winning Innovative Learning and Teaching Professionals

Industry recogised

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Science

Our Biomedical Science degree provides you with the essential skills required by professional biomedical scientists at our purpose designed Science Centre.

Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree can lead to a wide range of exciting careers in biomedical sciences. You’ll study in our purpose-built Science Centre under the guidance of specialist academics. Our expertise includes clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology, clinical immunology, cellular pathology and molecular diagnostics. A high proportion of your class contact time will be in the laboratory.

Towards the end of Year 1, you’ll be able to apply for a competitive place on our Applied Biomedical Science route. Ideal if you are looking to become a registered biomedical scientist with the NHS, this route involves taking a 14-week clinical placement and completion of the registration portfolio, which will make you eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration when you graduate. 

If you do not meet our direct entry requirements for degree level study, then a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available.  You’ll study your first year at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and on successful completion join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke-on-Trent university campus. High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study. The foundation year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree can lead to a wide range of exciting careers in biomedical sciences. You’ll study in our purpose-built Science Centre under the guidance of specialist academics. Our expertise includes clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology, clinical immunology, cellular pathology and molecular diagnostics. A high proportion of your class contact time will be in the laboratory.

Towards the end of Year 1, you’ll be able to apply for a competitive place on our Applied Biomedical Science route. Ideal if you are looking to become a registered biomedical scientist with the NHS, this route involves taking a 14-week clinical placement and completion of the registration portfolio, which will make you eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration when you graduate. 

If you do not meet our direct entry requirements for degree level study, then a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available.  You’ll study your first year at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and on successful completion join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke-on-Trent university campus. High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study. The foundation year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree can lead to a wide range of exciting careers in biomedical sciences. You’ll study in our purpose-built Science Centre under the guidance of specialist academics. Our expertise includes clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology, clinical immunology, cellular pathology and molecular diagnostics. A high proportion of your class contact time will be in the laboratory.

Towards the end of Year 1, you’ll be able to apply for a competitive place on our Applied Biomedical Science route. Ideal if you are looking to become a registered biomedical scientist with the NHS, this route involves taking a 14-week clinical placement and completion of the registration portfolio, which will make you eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration when you graduate. 

If you do not meet our direct entry requirements for degree level study, then a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available.  You’ll study your first year at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and on successful completion join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke-on-Trent university campus. High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study. The foundation year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree can lead to a wide range of exciting careers in biomedical sciences. You’ll study in our purpose-built Science Centre under the guidance of specialist academics. Our expertise includes clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology, clinical immunology, cellular pathology and molecular diagnostics. A high proportion of your class contact time will be in the laboratory.

Towards the end of Year 1, you’ll be able to apply for a competitive place on our Applied Biomedical Science route. Ideal if you are looking to become a registered biomedical scientist with the NHS, this route involves taking a 14-week clinical placement and completion of the registration portfolio, which will make you eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration when you graduate. 

If you do not meet our direct entry requirements for degree level study, then a BSc (Hons) with a Foundation Year is available.  You’ll study your first year at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and on successful completion join the BSc (Hons) course at the Stoke-on-Trent university campus. High levels of tutor support and guidance will prepare you for degree level study. The foundation year for this course has a long successful track record in providing a smooth transition onto our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Biomedical Science

Work placements

The Biological Sciences Department works with local, regional and national employers alongside international university partners to provide students with placement and work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad. Previous years’ locations have included Spain, The Netherlands, Finland and Turkey with repeat visits planned for 2019/20.

Work placements

You will attend a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll cover the principles of biological and biomedical science that will underpin the rest of your course. You’ll learn through experience-based activities with a core programme of practical workshops, supplemented by lecture material.

In Year 2, you'll address the biology and diagnosis of disease and focus on practical training through clinically based modules. You’ll also complete a short work placement.

In Year 3, you’ll apply the practical skills you’ve developed to conduct your own independent piece of research. In addition you will gain more in-depth knowledge of specialisms within biomedical science. For those looking to study an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters award in Biomedical Science. Through research methods and specialist topics, you’ll gain hands-on experience of advanced techniques and will be encouraged to undertake a substantial research assistantship or placement.

In Year 1, you’ll cover the principles of biological and biomedical science that will underpin the rest of your course. You’ll learn through experience-based activities with a core programme of practical workshops, supplemented by lecture material.

In Year 2, you'll address the biology and diagnosis of disease and focus on practical training through clinically based modules. You will take a 12-month placement between Years 2 and 3. The placement will further develop your applied scientific knowledge and enhance your employability skills.

In Year 3, you’ll apply the practical skills you’ve developed to conduct your own independent piece of research. In addition you will gain more in-depth knowledge of specialisms within biomedical science. For those looking to study an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters award in Biomedical Science. Through research methods and specialist topics, you’ll gain hands-on experience of advanced techniques and will be encouraged to undertake a substantial research assistantship or placement.

In Year 1, you’ll cover the principles of biological and biomedical science that will underpin the rest of your course. You’ll learn through experience-based activities with a core programme of practical workshops, supplemented by lecture material.

In Year 2, you'll address the biology and diagnosis of disease and focus on practical training through clinically based modules. You’ll also complete a short work placement.

In Year 3, you’ll apply the practical skills you’ve developed to conduct your own independent piece of research. In addition you will gain more in-depth knowledge of specialisms within biomedical science. For those looking to study an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters award in Biomedical Science. Through research methods and specialist topics, you’ll gain hands-on experience of advanced techniques and will be encouraged to undertake a substantial research assistantship or placement.

In Year 1, you’ll cover the principles of biological and biomedical science that will underpin the rest of your course. You’ll learn through experience-based activities with a core programme of practical workshops, supplemented by lecture material.

In Year 2, you'll address the biology and diagnosis of disease and focus on practical training through clinically based modules. You’ll also complete a short work placement.

In Year 3, you’ll apply the practical skills you’ve developed to conduct your own independent piece of research. In addition you will gain more in-depth knowledge of specialisms within biomedical science. For those looking to study an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters award in Biomedical Science. Through research methods and specialist topics, you’ll gain hands-on experience of advanced techniques and will be encouraged to undertake a substantial research assistantship or placement.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 academic credits with a smaller number of 40 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 academic credits with a smaller number of 40 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 academic credits with a smaller number of 40 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 academic credits with a smaller number of 40 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Royal Society of Biology logo Institute of Biomedical Science logo

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Institute of Biomedical Science logo Royal Society of Biology logo

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Royal Society of Biology logo Institute of Biomedical Science logo

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Royal Society of Biology logo Institute of Biomedical Science logo

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Applied Scientific Practice (Advanced Skills) 40 credits
Global Issues And Professional Development 20 credits
Health And Disease (Development And Detection) 40 credits
Interventions And Disease Management 20 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Applied Scientific Practice (Advanced Skills) 40 credits
Global Issues And Professional Development 20 credits
Health And Disease (Development And Detection) 40 credits
Interventions And Disease Management 20 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Biological/Biomedical Placement Year 120 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Academic And Digital Skills 20 credits
Applied Science 20 credits
Biology 20 credits
Chemistry 20 credits
Communicating Science Project 20 credits
Maths And Data Handling 20 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Applied Scientific Practice (Advanced Skills) 40 credits
Global Issues And Professional Development 20 credits
Health And Disease (Development And Detection) 40 credits
Interventions And Disease Management 20 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Applied Scientific Practice (Advanced Skills) 40 credits
Global Issues And Professional Development 20 credits
Health And Disease (Development And Detection) 40 credits
Interventions And Disease Management 20 credits

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer:112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science
  • Typical UCAS Offer:112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points
  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points
  • A levels: ABC
  • BTEC: National Diploma DDM

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

Careers

Recent graduates have secured employment with the Paterson Cancer Research Laboratories and Cobra Biologics. Many of our other Biomedical Science graduates have found employment in specialised areas such as the Blood Transfusion Service, microbiology, immunology and clinical biochemistry. Our graduates also pursue further study on research degrees.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year independent project, and practical and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year independent project, and practical and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year independent project, and practical and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year independent project, and practical and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.

Year 1

32% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
68% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

37% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
63% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

14% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
86% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, and a range of specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, and a range of specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, and a range of specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, and a range of specialist teaching areas.

Year 1

8% practical exams
59% coursework
34% written exams

Year 2

17% practical exams
67% coursework
17% written exams

Year 3

25% practical exams
67% coursework
8% written exams

Staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

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Fees

For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year at City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £5,950 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSci Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules 
  • Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year 
  • One lab coat provided for duration of course
  • Vaccinations (Applied Biomedical Science route only)
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules 
  • Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year 
  • One lab coat provided for duration of course
  • Vaccinations (Applied Biomedical Science route only)
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules 
  • Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year 
  • One lab coat provided for duration of course
  • Vaccinations (Applied Biomedical Science route only)
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules 
  • Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year 
  • One lab coat provided for duration of course
  • Vaccinations (Applied Biomedical Science route only)
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  •  Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address.
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  •  Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address.
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  •  Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address.
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  •  Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address.
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

I found the learning environment at Staffordshire University outstanding. As a mature student I had to get back in to the mindset of studying whilst also being able to juggle my family responsibilities, this can be quite daunting. With the help and dedication of university staff this transition was smooth.  

The Biomedical Science degree prepared me for my career by giving me many opportunities, including a three week placement where I was able to start my professional networking. From this I was successful in getting a job at University Hospital North Midlands prior to my graduation.

One year on and I am now working as a band 5 and about to register as a Biomedical Scientist, where I use the skills and knowledge gained at Staffordshire University to help in the diagnosis and monitoring of sick patients

Vicky Dugmore

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

The Academics had so much knowledge and are passionate about their subject areas.

I didn't think I’d say this - I actually looked forward to going to lessons, learning was fun.

I would recommend this course 1000 %. The main reason I would recommend this course is because the staff care. They are all willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed. They have high expectations of everyone and they believe in you.

Going to Staffordshire University is a great, life changing, experience. I am very grateful and proud to have gone to Staffordshire University.

Tom Watson

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

I extremely like the University’s buildings which are well-equipped with technological material accessible to everybody ranging from using the latest laptops in laboratories to borrowing laptops and cameras. Moreover, I enjoyed the facilities that I can benefit from. For example, the library has got a study skills area where there are specialised tutors in every subject, which guide me with my difficulties and needs. Another facility is the career studio situated in the Science building. In fact, I have been helped to build up my CV, to improve my LinkedIn profile and to simulate mock interviews.  

Kavindi Warnakulasooriya

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

I gained a lot of confidence when completing my project in third year, despite being pretty terrified the entire time as it was the first time completing independent lab work. I guess it was my favourite part of the course as it was the most challenging: when you're uncomfortable, you grow.

Every module was fab and taught us something new, challenging us with interesting content and encouraging further reading past the module.

The support from uni has been lovely. All the biology lecturers, lab technicians, and campus staff are really easy to talk to about any concerns about uni work or life in general.

Angela Samonte

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

I had a great three years studying Biomedical Science, completing my IBMS Registration Portfolio and being awarded the IBMS President Prize, which opened the doors to my current position.

I am now employed at the Royal Stoke Hospital as a Haematology and Transfusion Biomedical Scientist where my roles range from providing blood products in emergency situations and escalating abnormal findings such as new leukaemias to the clinical team. 

George Machin

BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science

Completing this degree has made me think about how knowledgeable I actually am and to believe in myself, I can doing anything if I put my mind to it.

One of my favourite parts of the course was getting to know the biological and biomedical team and learning about their career journeys. They were inspirational.

The support has always been there when I’ve needed it and I thank all of the team for developing me into a biologist. Thank you so much!

Chelsey Jones

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

I looked at other universities and I found that it wasn’t really the practical side, it was more the literature side, whereas I found with Staffs you get more time in the lab than anywhere else. I got so much lab time that it’s unbelievable. The experience and the knowledge that I've learnt throughout the four years, I think has prepared me for any career that I go into. 

Adam Olivier

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

I have gained so many new friends, I feel part of the community. If you aspire to do something you will be supported – everyone wants to help you succeed.

Bashaer Moledina

Biomedical Science student

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