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Biomedical Sciences in the UK

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We all know about medicines and treatment that are prescribed by a doctor or found in a chemist – in fact, these solutions to the problem of illness are so commonplace that they are taken for granted – almost as though the expression ‘miracle cure’ has some basis in fact. But where do these potentially life-saving cures come from and how are they developed? Well, behind every pill, potion and prescription there is a team of biomedical scientists. In this article, we hear from a current biomedical science student in the UK, who explains what is involved in the study of this discipline.

Biomedical scientists study the ways in which cells, organs and systems function in the human body, which in turn leads to an understanding of human diseases and how to treat them. As a biomedical sciences student, you will study life processes to gain an understanding of health and the methods for diagnosing, analysing and treating disease.

Generally, the course is designed to help you pursue a career as a professional or take a leading role in research and development. The course is supported by an internationally recognised and highly active biomedicine research group with strong links to healthcare industries, research institutes and the hospital and NHS sectors.

As 21st-century medicine and healthcare becomes increasingly sophisticated, the demand grows for highly skilled biomedical scientists capable of performing and analysing a battery of technical procedures to screen, maintain and improve human health.

Not only does this degree help you forge a good career for yourself, you also gain some very valuable transferable skills such as:

  •  analytical and problem-solving skills
  • computing and statistical skills - gained through the in-depth use of data and presentation packages commonly found in most workplaces
  • data analysis, evaluation and interpretation skills
  • project management
  • organisational skills - acquired, for example, through coping with lectures, practicals, study, part-time work and social activities
  • oral and written communication skills - including the ability to identify, select, organise and communicate information concisely
  • Team-working skills - learned through laboratory work or through activities such as sport, societies and voluntary work/placements

The mixture of skills acquired through studying biomedical sciences enables you to exercise professionalism and independence of thought, to make difficult decisions in fast-moving and pressurised environments and to take responsibility for your actions. Your ability to work methodically, efficiently and accurately is highly valued by employers.


The skills you gain will prepare you for work in a number of areas. These can include:

  • hospital laboratories
  • healthcare industries
  • National Health Service
  • Local government.

The qualification also provides a platform for further research, PhD study and a further academic career.

Some FAQs

Why study Biomedical Sciences in the UK?

 Studying biomedical science in the UK offers international students the opportunity to increase their scientific knowledge and learn how to put it into practical use within medicine or related professions.

The diversity and depth of the medical sector in the UK is ideally suited to students – unlike other countries, the UK has a public and private health sector, which creates a range of opportunities and professional pathways. All this, is in addition to the experience of a unique culture, history, scenery and social scene makes the UK an extremely attractive and rewarding destination.

Am I qualified to study Biomedical Science?

A proven ability in biology and chemistry is essential, as they relate to human health, but competent mathematical and organisational skills are also beneficial.

Applicants are also expected to demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English, plus appropriate performance in examinations such as UK  A-levels (in science subjects), GCSE mathematics or equivalents such as the international baccalaureate.

Prospectuses usually specify these requirements clearly and they can also be obtained direct from admissions offices or departmental admissions offices. These will also guide you through the application procedure.

What happens upon the completion of the course?

The course has been designed so that students first acquire an integrated understanding of biomedical science. They are then able to shape their degree towards the topics that interest them most.

 As the course progresses, increasing emphasis is placed on relating knowledge to scientific research. With that in mind, all students have the opportunity to obtain first-hand experience of laboratory research in the later stages of the course, with students free to choose their own project. Depending on the selection of second-year modules and third-year options, students will be awarded a degree in that particular field such as Neuroscience or Cells and Systems Biology.

To search for Biomedical Science courses in the UK, click here


This article was written for Hotcourses by Umar Gaba, an international student at Kingston University

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