Biological and Biomedical Sciences

No.1 for Teaching Quality

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2nd for Course Satisfaction

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Industry Accreditation

UG courses accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

Our courses provide you with the essential skills required by professional biological and biomedical scientists at our purpose designed Science Centre. 

You'll be a biological problem solver; able to use your training, laboratory and fieldwork experience to make a real difference. Plus, both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are accredited by professional bodies, demonstrating their quality and workplace relevance. 

At Undergraduate level choosing to study on our Biomedical Science, Biological Science (Ecology and Environmental Management), Biological Science (Genomics), Biological Science (Pharmacology), Biological Science (Pre-Med) or broader Biological Science course could be the first step you take towards an exciting, diverse, and successful career.  Our facilities are second to none - excellent teaching rooms, specialist laboratories, and our very own nature reserve.  This will allow you to study and perfect the skills you will need to become a professional biologist in the 21st century.  Combined, our staff have over 100 years of teaching and industry experience that will ensure that the courses you study are taught effectively and are relevant for the future you want.  

Our expertise includes  

  • Genomics and Genetics
  • Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Pharmacology
  • Forensic Biology
  • Healthcare Science

On selected courses, we are offering a new way to complete your degree: using pathways. This is an alternative route that you can choose to take in the second year of your full-time undergraduate degree. It will tailor the modules you take in the rest of your course to focus on an area that you are passionate about, or want to base your future career around.



Studying Biological & Biomedical Science - The Highlights

Studying Biological & Biomedical Science - The Highlights


Discover the best bits of our Biological and Biomedical Science degrees according to our students.



Biological Science BSc (Hons)/ MSci

Optional pathways in Pre-Med, Genomics, Pharmacology, Ecology and Environmental Management.

Study options
Foundation year
Placement year
Integrated Masters

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)/ MSci

Study options
Foundation year
Placement year
Integrated Masters

Geography, Climate Change and Society BSc (Hons)

Study options
Placement year


Taught courses

Applied Research MSc

Study options
Full-time, blended learning
Part-time, blended learning

Molecular Biology MSc

Study options
Full-time, distance learning

Research courses

Healthcare Science Professional Doctorate

Study options
Full-time, blended learning
Part-time, blended learning

Our research creates impact in the areas of health, education and the environment through work in biomedical science, biological sciences, ecology and environmental management. Our one health focus on research benefits organisations, communities and the environment through leading developments in a range of biological and biomedical sciences.


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Work experience and careers

Work experience

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career. 

This work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could be a broader experience designed to develop your employability skills. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience. 

On our Biology courses opportunities for placement vary between laboratory research, teaching experience, running school science clubs and volunteering on nature research projects. 

Work experience opportunities 

We hope to secure you the best position that matches your career goals, in the past our students have worked with: 

  •  Stafford County Hospital 
  • University Hospital of North Staffordshire 

  • Royal Air Force 

  • Cobra Biologics and Pharmaceutical Services 

  • RSPB 

  • Patterson Cancer Research Laboratories 

  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS 

Biological and Biomedical Science

Biological and Biomedical Science


Find our more about the wide range of Biological and Biomedical Science undergraduate degrees available at Staffordshire University.


Our graduates move into careers such as research and development across the public and private sectors. 

Typically, graduates find work in NHS or private medical laboratories or go on to study further at a doctorate level. 

That’s not all; our undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications lend themselves to future careers in various scientific, academic and management. 

Employment opportunities 

Our past students have secured roles including: 

  • Clinical researcher 

  • Teacher 

  • DNA analyst 

  • Environmental consultant 

  • Medical sales representative 

  • Microbiologist 

  • Toxicologist 

  • Nature conservation officer 

  • NHS Biomedical Scientist

Our students

For me, the large range of modules and pathways available is one of the best aspects of Biological Science. It allows you to create a degree tailored to your specific scientific interests, or to explore new fields that you may have not have previously considered. Having a wide variety of choices allows you to take a more specialised path or to study more broadly depending on your interests or career goals.  

Becky Snow

BSc (Hons) Biological Science

I got so much lab time that it’s unbelievable.

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

The lecturers were amazing, always have time for you and you feel part of the family.

After a series of difficult life situations I decided I wanted to change my life but wasn’t sure how. I went to an open day at Staffordshire university and was hooked.

The lecturers were amazing, always have time for you and you feel part of the family. So much so I'm lucky enough to call my core lecturers my friends. Staffordshire University excels at allowing students with additional needs to reach their potential, by removing barriers to HE and always supporting you to achieve your best!

I left Staffordshire University a different person and went on to become a teacher and now a senior teacher who specialises in SEN and behaviour! Staffordshire empowered me so much, I've decided to come back and do my MSc and hopefully PhD!

Gianni Frary

Biological Sciences graduate

The lecturers were incredibly supportive and made me believe in myself.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Staffordshire University. I loved studying Biology and getting that crucial practical experience in the lab which proved essential for my career.

As a mature student I was anxious about returning to full time education, but the lecturers were incredibly supportive and made me believe in myself.

After graduating I was able to pursue a career in science and I love my job working in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory. I can't recommend this university enough, so if you are thinking about higher education then go for it!

Emma Stanfield

Biological Sciences graduate

I’m still at the UHNM to this day, thanks to the solid foundation the University gave me.

With the help support and guidance of the team at Staffs Uni I achieved more than I expected. Having completed my HND in Applied Biology, I then pursued and gained my BSc in the same subject. I used this as a springboard to enter a career in Pathology at the University Hospital of North Midlands. I’m happy to say that Staffs Uni supported me further by allowing me to participate in a post graduate modular framework course, which allowed me to covert my degree to the equivalent of a BSc in Biomedical Science.

I’m still at the UHNM to this day, thanks to the solid foundation the University gave me. It built my confidence, skill set, knowledge and understanding. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities given to me and those that opened up for me because of my time there. 

Kieran Bolton

Biological Sciences graduate

All of the lecturers are so supportive and really do want the best for you.

To this day doing my undergraduate degree at Staffordshire University was the greatest three years of my life. It has changed me in more ways than even I can comprehend.

All of the lecturers are so supportive and really do want the best for you. It's not like other universities where you are just known by your student number, they want you to matter and they know a lot about every student, which made my experience extremely personal.

The degree was fantastic and it has led me on to achieve great things. I just qualified as a Teacher of Science at Secondary School but I hope one day I will find my way back to Staffordshire University as I feel inspired to become a lecturer after meeting such a wonderful team of people.

Jade Parks

Biological Sciences graduate

Studying at Staffordshire University provided me with the knowledge and skills to make my mark in the workplace. During my time at university, I discovered what I am passionate about and I chose my career based on that. Without my education and experience at Staffordshire University, I would not be where I am today!

Nikita Sinha

BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science Biomedical Scientist

The great content in the modules, along with the high quality of academic staff and interesting laboratory sessions, helped deliver a very rounded experience which prepared me for a number of roles. I’m grateful for this experience as no doubt without this; I would not be where I am today.

Ashay Patel

Sales Executive, Randox Biosciences

Our staff

Ian Davies

Senior Lecturer

My expertise is within clinical pathology laboratories and the use of biomedical investigations in the diagnosis and investigation of disease. I'm Module Coordinator for Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists and Cellular Pathology.

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Dr Sarah Williams

Course Director

I joined the team here at Staffordshire University in May 2013 as a Lecturer in Biomedical Science. I'm a member of the British Society for Immunology and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.

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Dr Richard Halfpenny

Senior Lecturer

Richard spent 16 years working in a business setting before returning to university studying a PhD on the species discrimination of cryptic Culex mosquito species using non-molecular methods, and their olfactory mediated sugar feeding behaviou…

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Dr Angela Priestman

Head Of Department - Biological Sciences

Angela has a number of research specialisms, including Biochemistry of Haematophagous insect cuticular lipid, Semiochemicals in mating recognition and choice, and Mosquito biology with special interest in British mosquito ecology and behaviour.

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Dr Gavin Mcstay

Associate Professor

Gavin's research interests focus on the roles mitochondria play in aspects of eukaryotic life, ranging from their origin, metabolism, biogenesis and role they play in cell death pathways. These are interrogated using biochemical, molecular bi…

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Dr Arthur Hosie

Course Director

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Dr Dave Skingsley

Senior Lecturer

Dave is a entomologist with an background in physiology and pharmacology of invertebrates. He lectures at all levels of Biology.

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Our graduates

Sarah Clinton

Molecular Biology, 2005

Sarah has progressed her career in genetics, and is currently a training manager for a regional genetics laboratory.

Sarah's story

Andrew Triggs Hodge

Environmental Science, 2000

The motivation that rowing brought to Andrew’s life whilst at university allowed him to achieve both double degrees, and double World and Olympic gold medals.

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Ian Marsden

Biochemistry and Microbiology, 2000

World record holding powerlifter and more recently Paralympic paracanoe medallist, Ian Marsden began his career as a Staffordshire University graduate

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