BSc in Biomedical Science


Program Description

Make a difference to humanity by studying a Biomedical Science BSc at Roehampton. Here you will discover life processes, health, disease, treatment and prevention.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and offers a strong scientific foundation in the biological aspects of health and disease, ready for building a career in the health sciences.

You will develop your knowledge in the essential functions of life, by studying cell biology and molecular biology; and gain an understanding of areas such as pharmacology, the branch of medicine concerned with the use and effect of drugs; and immunology, which studies all aspects of the immune system. There’s also an opportunity to explore the relationship between nutrition and health.

To support your studies, you will have access to modern, well-equipped laboratories, with facilities for DNA analysis, high-performance liquid chromatography, electrophysiology, microbiology, light and electron microscopy. You will have use of computer suites equipped with subject-specific software, and be supported with your work by a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians.

Research collaborations with many of London's hospitals and medical schools facilitate visits, projects and access to specialist libraries.

We offer a range of interesting modules such as Introduction to Human Disease, which looks at the immune system and patterns for diseases; and The Brain in Health and Disease, where you will be exposed to the latest developments in brain imaging and theories on brain plasticity, the ability for the brain to modify its structure in response to change.


Year one

  • Take core modules covering the foundations of the biomedical sciences, including general and biological chemistry, cell and molecular biology, nutrition and human disease.
  • A module on practical methods introduces a wide range of biological and biochemical techniques and develops laboratory skills, including the use of computer systems to present and analyse data.

Year two

  • Build your knowledge of human health aspects and study modules that focus on specific subjects such as pharmacology and toxicology, molecular biology, neurobiology, physiology and immunology.

Year three

  • Undertake a research project and study more advanced medical subjects, such as medical microbiology, molecular genetics, and practical methods in hæmatology, microbiology, histology and biochemistry.


Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Human Disease
  • Chemistry of Life
  • Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths
  • Cell Biology
  • Professional Practice for Biomedical Science
  • Biomolecular Science: Practical Methods

Year 2

  • Biosciences Research Methods
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice
  • Physiology and Metabolism
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • The Brain in Health and Disease

Year 3

  • Compulsory module:
  • Biomedical Research Project

Required modules:

  • Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Biomedical Science: Clinical Methods

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

You will be in a strong position to secure work in different areas of the biomedical sciences, such as microbiology, haematology, immunology, cellular sciences, drug discovery, genetics or neuroscience. You could also work in various roles in the NHS, or choose further study at postgraduate level.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements:

  • A-Level required in Biology or Chemistry. GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade C
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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