Biomedical Science

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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:
23 September 2024

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National Student Survey 2023 - Biosciences

Real-world research

You can even use real cancer cells to investigate treatments

Top 10 for Student Satisfaction and Graduate Prospects

Complete University Guide 2025 - Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical scientists are leading the fight against disease and their work touches on the lives of virtually everyone in the UK.

Whether analysing blood samples, examining tissues at molecular level or monitoring the effects of a major virus, biomedical scientists’ results provide the basis for 70% of all diagnoses within the NHS.

Now’s your chance to make a difference by joining the experts winning the battle against national and global health challenges.

From day one on the course, you’ll be treated as a University scientist and will be part of our research community. We won’t just get you to study Biomedical Science – you’ll be doing it for real.

You could be working with real human cancer tissue to gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a cancer scientist. After learning how to culture the cells, you’ll apply a particular treatment.

You could also be investigating actual pathogens like E. coli or exploring how probiotics can help people lead healthier lives. Through your degree, you’ll be generating new knowledge for science.

Whether analysing blood samples, examining tissues at molecular level or monitoring the effects of a major virus, biomedical scientists’ results provide the basis for 70% of all diagnoses within the NHS.

Now’s your chance to make a difference by joining the experts winning the battle against national and global health challenges.

From day one on the course, you’ll be treated as a University scientist and will be part of our research community. We won’t just get you to study Biomedical Science – you’ll be doing it for real.

You could be working with real human cancer tissue to gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a cancer scientist. After learning how to culture the cells, you’ll apply a particular treatment.

You could also be investigating actual pathogens like E. coli or exploring how probiotics can help people lead healthier lives. Through your degree, you’ll be generating new knowledge for science.

Whether analysing blood samples, examining tissues at molecular level or monitoring the effects of a major virus, biomedical scientists’ results provide the basis for 70% of all diagnoses within the NHS.

Now’s your chance to make a difference by joining the experts winning the battle against national and global health challenges.

From day one on the course, you’ll be treated as a University scientist and will be part of our research community. We won’t just get you to study Biomedical Science – you’ll be doing it for real.

You could be working with real human cancer tissue to gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a cancer scientist. After learning how to culture the cells, you’ll apply a particular treatment.

You could also be investigating actual pathogens like E. coli or exploring how probiotics can help people lead healthier lives. Through your degree, you’ll be generating new knowledge for science.

Whether analysing blood samples, examining tissues at molecular level or monitoring the effects of a major virus, biomedical scientists’ results provide the basis for 70% of all diagnoses within the NHS.

Now’s your chance to make a difference by joining the experts winning the battle against national and global health challenges.

From day one on the course, you’ll be treated as a University scientist and will be part of our research community. We won’t just get you to study Biomedical Science – you’ll be doing it for real.

You could be working with real human cancer tissue to gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a cancer scientist. After learning how to culture the cells, you’ll apply a particular treatment.

You could also be investigating actual pathogens like E. coli or exploring how probiotics can help people lead healthier lives. Through your degree, you’ll be generating new knowledge for science.

On successful completion of your 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

You’ll be expected to complete 105 hours’ worth of work placements. Opportunities could also include internships and volunteering.

We work with a range of local, regional and national employers and can support you to find your placement. Our industry links include the prestigious companies at Alderley Park in Cheshire, the UK’s largest single-site life science campus. Our students have also done placements in NHS labs where they perform graduate-level roles.

Some have worked for companies like Cobra Biologics, which specialises in materials used for gene therapy and was a manufacturer for the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

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

First year:
We will introduce you to molecular and cellular biology, looking at how organisms exist. You’ll also explore genetics and the role of DNA and RNA in explaining how we get to be who we are. After understanding what’s ‘normal’, we start to look at genetic damage and cancer.

You’ll look at the interaction between disease, health and the environment. Though climate change, for instance, mosquitoes have spread disease to new places.

Another module will cover the practical skills for life scientists, include lab safety and risk assessments. You will carry out some research to put your knowledge into action.

Second year:
With six hours in the lab each week, you’ll begin to explore more challenging questions.

To experience the feel of a real scientific workplace, we’ll also get you to work as part of a team in a simulated pathology lab. You could be doing a cross-match on a blood type or determining the bacteria on a slide. You’ll also develop professional skills such as time management and project management.

You’ll look at specific human diseases and how you detect and treat them. For one assignment, you’ll be given a patient’s history and diagnosis and will then piece together what happened.

Third year:
For diagnostic pathology, which brings together health and disease management, you’ll analyse case studies to reinforce your understanding and practice critical workplace skills.

We also cover current advances and bioethics. Science can pose huge ethical problems – are the risks, such as side-effects, worth the rewards? You could also be delving into vaccine challenges by studying data for measles outbreaks and vaccine rates.

You’ll complete an in-depth life science research project. It could anything from working on real cancer cells through to the role of AI in healthcare settings.

There are several optional modules as well, covering areas such as cancer biology and regenerative medicine and also immunotherapy.

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.

Foundation year:
We’ll give you an introduction to applied science, covering everything from pharmaceutical science to food science. It will include methods used by forensic scientists and how biomedical scientists diagnose and treat disease.

There will also be modules exploring physical and life sciences, along with maths and data handling. These will provide you with a foundation for higher level study.

We’ll equip you with skills to communicate science to a range of audiences, and will also explore academic and digital skills.

First year:
We will introduce you to molecular and cellular biology, looking at how organisms exist. You’ll also explore genetics and the role of DNA and RNA in explaining how we get to be who we are. After understanding what’s ‘normal’, we start to look at genetic damage and cancer.

You’ll look at the interaction between disease, health and the environment. Though climate change, for instance, mosquitoes have spread disease to new places.

Another module will cover the practical skills for life scientists, include lab safety and risk assessments. You will carry out some research to put your knowledge into action.

Second year:
With six hours in the lab each week, you’ll begin to explore more challenging questions.

To experience the feel of a real scientific workplace, we’ll also get you to work as part of a team in a simulated pathology lab. You could be doing a cross-match on a blood type or determining the bacteria on a slide. You’ll also develop professional skills such as time management and project management.

You’ll look at specific human diseases and how you detect and treat them. For one assignment, you’ll be given a patient’s history and diagnosis and will then piece together what happened.

Third year:
For diagnostic pathology, which brings together health and disease management, you’ll analyse case studies to reinforce your understanding and practice critical workplace skills.

We also cover current advances and bioethics. Science can pose huge ethical problems – are the risks, such as side-effects, worth the rewards? You could also be delving into vaccine challenges by studying data for measles outbreaks and vaccine rates.

You’ll complete an in-depth life science research project. It could anything from working on real cancer cells through to the role of AI in healthcare settings.

There are several optional modules as well, covering areas such as cancer biology and regenerative medicine and also immunotherapy.

 

First year:
We will introduce you to molecular and cellular biology, looking at how organisms exist. You’ll also explore genetics and the role of DNA and RNA in explaining how we get to be who we are. After understanding what’s ‘normal’, we start to look at genetic damage and cancer.

You’ll look at the interaction between disease, health and the environment. Though climate change, for instance, mosquitoes have spread disease to new places.

Another module will cover the practical skills for life scientists, include lab safety and risk assessments. You will carry out some research to put your knowledge into action.

Second year:
With six hours in the lab each week, you’ll begin to explore more challenging questions.

To experience the feel of a real scientific workplace, we’ll also get you to work as part of a team in a simulated pathology lab. You could be doing a cross-match on a blood type or determining the bacteria on a slide. You’ll also develop professional skills such as time management and project management.

You’ll look at specific human diseases and how you detect and treat them. For one assignment, you’ll be given a patient’s history and diagnosis and will then piece together what happened.

Third year:
For diagnostic pathology, which brings together health and disease management, you’ll analyse case studies to reinforce your understanding and practice critical workplace skills.

We also cover current advances and bioethics. Science can pose huge ethical problems – are the risks, such as side-effects, worth the rewards? You could also be delving into vaccine challenges by studying data for measles outbreaks and vaccine rates.

You’ll complete an in-depth life science research project. It could anything from working on real cancer cells through to the role of AI in healthcare settings.

There are several optional modules as well, covering areas such as cancer biology and regenerative medicine and also immunotherapy.

Fourth year:
You can tailor your learning by picking a specialist area. Topics include big data, advances in the biopharmaceutical industry, personalised medicine, and the impact of travel on health.

You’ll also get to complete a research assistantship, where you will carry out and report on a substantial research project.

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

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification goes towards the academic and experience requirements for membership. It can also count towards gaining Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status in future.

Also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) following an independent and rigorous assessment. The IBMS advises people to take a degree accredited by the institute if they want to work in biomedical science.

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

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification goes towards the academic and experience requirements for membership. It can also count towards gaining Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status in future.

Also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) following an independent and rigorous assessment. The IBMS advises people to take a degree accredited by the institute if they want to work in biomedical science.

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

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification goes towards the academic and experience requirements for membership. It can also count towards gaining Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status in future.

Also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) following an independent and rigorous assessment. The IBMS advises people to take a degree accredited by the institute if they want to work in biomedical science.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Royal Society of Biology logo Institute of Biomedical Science logo

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification goes towards the academic and experience requirements for membership. It can also count towards gaining Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status in future.

Also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) following an independent and rigorous assessment. The IBMS advises people to take a degree accredited by the institute if they want to work in biomedical science.

Adam Olivier - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Adam Olivier - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

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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 where available.

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 where available.

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 where available.

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

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 where available.

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

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. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies.

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

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. This route is useful if you have only studied sciences up to GCSE level or have had a break in your studies.

  • 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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Careers

Many of our graduates go on to work within the NHS. They may begin as medical laboratory assistants and, after completing their portfolio, apply for biomedical scientist roles.

Common employment routes include specialised areas such as the Blood Transfusion Service, microbiology, immunology and clinical biochemistry, working in either NHS, governmental or private laboratories.

A degree in Biomedical Science can lead to lots of exciting careers in healthcare, education, research and development, the life sciences industry, medical writing, technical sales and many other fields.

As a graduate in the subject, you will be a data-confident communicator, with the critical thinking skills needed to thrive in modern workplaces. You may even choose to follow your entrepreneurial dreams and carve out a novel niche for yourself as the world of employment continues to evolve.

The degree can also be an excellent springboard into postgraduate opportunities, including graduate medicine and research degrees.

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught using a range of innovative practicals, simulation based workshops and both face to face and digitally enhanced learning techniques. You will spend a large amount of time in our specialist facilities within our £30 million pound science centre developing hands-on practical skills that are essential for your future career in Biomedical Science. Alongside this, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor on a regular cycle to help develop and embed your understanding and ensure you are getting the most from your learning journey. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Our Biomedical Science courses are accredited by the IBMS and RSB.

You will be taught using a range of innovative practicals, simulation based workshops and both face to face and digitally enhanced learning techniques. You will spend a large amount of time in our specialist facilities within our £30 million pound science centre developing hands-on practical skills that are essential for your future career in Biomedical Science. Alongside this, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor on a regular cycle to help develop and embed your understanding and ensure you are getting the most from your learning journey. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Our Biomedical Science courses are accredited by the IBMS and RSB.

You will be taught using a range of innovative practicals, simulation based workshops and both face to face and digitally enhanced learning techniques. You will spend a large amount of time in our specialist facilities within our £30 million pound science centre developing hands-on practical skills that are essential for your future career in Biomedical Science. Alongside this, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor on a regular cycle to help develop and embed your understanding and ensure you are getting the most from your learning journey. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Our Biomedical Science courses are accredited by the IBMS and RSB.

You will be taught using a range of innovative practicals, simulation based workshops and both face to face and digitally enhanced learning techniques. You will spend a large amount of time in our specialist facilities within our £30 million pound science centre developing hands-on practical skills that are essential for your future career in Biomedical Science. Alongside this, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor on a regular cycle to help develop and embed your understanding and ensure you are getting the most from your learning journey. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Our Biomedical Science courses are accredited by the IBMS and RSB.

Assessment

Each module includes practice or ‘formative’ opportunities, for which you receive feedback from your tutor that will support you with your learning and development. Formative opportunities help to instil confidence in your abilities and help you to perform at your best in your final summative assessments. We are proud of our varied and innovative approach to assessments which include essays, scientific articles, reports, professional portfolios, case-based discussions, class tests, academic posters, oral presentations, final year independent projects, and practical and written examinations. We work hard to ensure that your assessments reflect industry practice so that your assessments themselves provide you with the skill development opportunities and will help you to succeed in your future career.

Each module includes practice or ‘formative’ opportunities, for which you receive feedback from your tutor that will support you with your learning and development. Formative opportunities help to instil confidence in your abilities and help you to perform at your best in your final summative assessments. We are proud of our varied and innovative approach to assessments which include essays, scientific articles, reports, professional portfolios, case-based discussions, class tests, academic posters, oral presentations, final year independent projects, and practical and written examinations. We work hard to ensure that your assessments reflect industry practice so that your assessments themselves provide you with the skill development opportunities and will help you to succeed in your future career.

Each module includes practice or ‘formative’ opportunities, for which you receive feedback from your tutor that will support you with your learning and development. Formative opportunities help to instil confidence in your abilities and help you to perform at your best in your final summative assessments. We are proud of our varied and innovative approach to assessments which include essays, scientific articles, reports, professional portfolios, case-based discussions, class tests, academic posters, oral presentations, final year independent projects, and practical and written examinations. We work hard to ensure that your assessments reflect industry practice so that your assessments themselves provide you with the skill development opportunities and will help you to succeed in your future career.

Each module includes practice or ‘formative’ opportunities, for which you receive feedback from your tutor that will support you with your learning and development. Formative opportunities help to instil confidence in your abilities and help you to perform at your best in your final summative assessments. We are proud of our varied and innovative approach to assessments which include essays, scientific articles, reports, professional portfolios, case-based discussions, class tests, academic posters, oral presentations, final year independent projects, and practical and written examinations. We work hard to ensure that your assessments reflect industry practice so that your assessments themselves provide you with the skill development opportunities and will help you to succeed in your future career.

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. These include study skills (such as active 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 Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback, designed to help your continuously progress through your studies, 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, designed to help your continuously progress through your studies, 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, designed to help your continuously progress through your studies, 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, designed to help your continuously progress through your studies, 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

36% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
64% of time in independent study
0% of time in work based learning

Year 2

34% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
66% of time in independent study
0% of time in work based learning

Year 3

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in work based learning

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 assessments
58% coursework
33% written exams

Year 2

33% practical assessments
50% coursework
17% written exams

Year 3

25% practical assessments
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 which are, in turn, aligned with the requirements of developing your career in this exciting field. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. The same teaching team also teaches our Healthcare Science Degree Apprenticeship and so are in very regular contact with employers and staff working in this field, helping ensure that your learning will always be aligned with the needs of employers and that you will be work-ready.

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Course Director

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Fees

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 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 £16,750 per year of study

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 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 £16,750 per year of study

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £5,950 per year of study

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 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 £16,750 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.

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:
  • Textbooks 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
  • Textbooks 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
  • Textbooks 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
  • Textbooks 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. 

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 reading our additional funding web pages, or 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.

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

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 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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