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Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Pathway courses

Choose to focus on key fields of study within selected courses and tailor your degree

Learning environment

Study in our purpose-built £30m Science Centre

Workplace learning

Take the opportunity to complete a work placement on every course

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.


Work experience and careers

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 

Our students

Ashay Patel
Sales Executive, Randox Biosciences

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.

Nikita Sinha
BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science Biomedical Scientist

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!

Becky Snow
BSc (Hons) Biological Science

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.  

Adam Olivier
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. 

Our staff

Ian Davies
Ian DaviesSenior Lecturer and Healthcare Science Course Lead

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
Dr Sarah WilliamsSenior Lecturer and Biomedical Science course Lead

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
Dr Richard HalfpennyLecturer

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 behaviour. Throughout his PhD he was involved in teaching and developed a genuine love of those interactions with students, which he is delighted to continue as a lecturer.

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Dr Angela Priestman
Dr Angela PriestmanHead 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
Dr Gavin McStayAssociate 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 biology, genetic and cell biology techniques.  He incorporates these interests into classes he teaches to provide an understanding of practical techniques and also the current literature in the field.  He is also a strong supporter of scientific communications and outreach to disseminate scientific developments and knowledge to a broader audience with the goal of increasing the general support of the scientific process. 

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Dr Arthur Hosie
Dr Arthur HosieSenior Lecturer

Arthur is an experienced research scientist and higher education lecturer with an interest in molecular microbiology.

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Dr Dave Skingsley
Dr Dave SkingsleySenior Lecturer and Biological Science Course Lead

Dave's expertise include Natural History with a particular focus on Entomology and Malacology, and Invertebrate Mucus and FTIR spectroscopy 

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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.

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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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