Why choose this course?
The key aspects of disease and disease prevention will be studied in both practical and theoretical contexts and will be used when considering complex health issues. The course covers all the major disciplines of:
- clinical chemistry
- transfusion science
- immunology and virology.
You will develop the skills and knowledge of these specific areas and in addition gain an understanding of the underlying principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology.
- This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
- It provides you with a multidisciplinary approach to biomedical sciences.
- The key aspects of disease and disease prevention will be studied with a focus on practical work.
- Students on this course have the option to undertake a 12-month paid work placement in their third year. This is facilitated by a dedicated Placement Office and the School's excellent links with industry and the National Health Service.
- Following graduation students work towards registration with the Health Professions Council, the degree is one of the key requirements for registration along with working in a suitable NHS laboratory.
Courses in biological sciences at Nottingham Trent University were awarded a maximum score of 24 points in the latest External Subject Review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In the last Research Assessment Exercise, our biomedical sciences research (subjects allied to medicine) was awarded a grade five, meaning that it is of international significance.
Questions? Just ask NTU
Telephone: +44 (0)115 8484200
UCAS code: B940 BSc/Biomed (FT) or 350C BSc/BioMed (Sandwich)
Please see the Applying
Course length: Three years full-time/ four years with a placement
Study location: Clifton campus
Fees and funding:
Please see our applying and fees section.
What will I study?
- Introduction to Cell biology
- Introduction to Biochemistry
- Practical Techniques for Biology
- Genetics and Immunology
- Human Systems
- Introduction to Microbiology
- Antibody and DNA Technology
- Metabolism and its Control
- Molecular Biology and Protein Synthesis
- Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Cells and Tissues
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Clinical and Public Health Microbiology
This is your optional work placement year.
- Research Project
- Immunology and Virology
- Infectious Diseases and their Control
For further information, download the module descriptions document
How will I learn?
You will typically study six modules each year. Each module normally has around 20 to 24 one hour lectures. In addition there are regular seminars and tutorials to help with your studies. Across the three years you will have approximately 500 hours of laboratory experience. We believe the amount of time a student spends getting hands on experience in a laboratory is very important to prepare them for the world of work, which is why we incorporate such high levels of contact time in the labs.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on a variety of components including the following.
- Laboratory reports
- poster presentations
- case studies
- final year research project/dissertation
- multiple completion tests
- formal examinations.
- Laboratory assessments
- Oral presentations
Where will I study?
You will be taught mostly on our Clifton campus. Large groups lectures will be held in John Clare, smaller groups, seminars and tutorials will be held across campus in multiple buildings. The majority of laboratory sessions will be held in the Rosalind Franklin building as well as within Erasmus Darwin laboratories.
What's included in the course fees?
You will need equipment to work in the laboratory classes. For example, you will need a lab coat and safety spectacles. You will be provided with the necessary personal equipment at induction. All other requirements for the labs will be provided in the laboratory session. This will include simple equipment such as forceps through to tablets.
About the Biomedical Team
The course leader, Philip Cheetham has over 30 years' experience working in the NHS in medical microbiology. He is a:
- Health Professions Council registered Biomedical Scientist
- Chartered Scientist
- Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science.
Philip uses this experience to ensure that the course is relevant to clinical and research practice in biomedical science.
Two other lecturers are HPC registered and have many years experience in the other areas of biomedical science. There are also a number of other staff with world renowned research who teach on the course.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
We have the stimulating and creative environment needed to equip students with the knowledge and transferable skills to put them ahead of the graduate crowd.
We provide first class facilities that enhance the quality of our education and push the boundaries of our research, these include:
Rosalind Franklin Building
The new Rosalind Franklin Building provides some of the best laboratory teaching facilities for Bioscience and Chemistry in the UK. The large teaching laboratory space is equipped with modern IT facilities and equipment to ensure that our students get excellent training in practical laboratory techniques and modern analytical methods.
Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Facility
Built in 2002 at a cost of £2.3 million, this facility supports the School's extensive biomedical research activities.
Natural Sciences Research Facility
The Natural Sciences Research Facility supports and enhances the School's research in physics, biosciences, chemistry, imaging, materials and sport.
You will gain a range of laboratory skills throughout your programme both in the Rosalind Franklin building and other laboratories. In particular you will gain key skills and experience in the final year which will be directly relevant to the different disciplines in a Pathology Department and for a career in biomedical science
You may like to know that our excellent research within the Biosciences team was awarded 90% internationally recognised, including 20% of research classed as world leading in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (Research Assessment Exercise 2008).
Your career development
Our Biomedical students have entered careers in:
- hospital laboratories
- pharmaceutical industry laboratories
- management and pharmaceutical sales
- research and education.
Many also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.
Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:
Graduate salaries range from £16,000 to £30,000 per year.
Excellent placement opportunities
After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Many students impress their employers on placement and are offered jobs at the end of their course.
Recent Biomedical Science students have secured placements in the following companies:
What our students say
"To obtain a year's worth of work experience at a reputable company such as GSK was an opportunity not to be missed.
"The experience has not only boosted my scientific skills in regards to my degree, but also improved my future job prospects. It has given me a unique set of skills that others graduates will not have, allowing me to stand out from the crowd. It also enabled me to integrate with a scientific community of friends, who are willing to help me with the development of my career, and in some cases, who you know can really make the difference."
Matthew Nicklin, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
GlaxoSmithKline, Laboratory Assistant (2011)
Find out more about placements.
You will need
- 300 UCAS Tariff points achieved from a maximum of three A-levels or equivalent, or a combination of two A-Levels and two AS-Levels. This must include A-level Biology at grade B or above.
- GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.
International students please see the English language requirements section.
Are you an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course? You can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.
How to apply
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS.
When you have applied, ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder as we may need to contact you during this time.
For further help writing your application and personal statement look at our guide to writing an effective personal statement.
Visit our international pages for a full list of alternative qualifications.
Good luck with your application.
Please note the following information for applicants
Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200
or Ask us a question
Placement: GlaxoSmithKline, Laboratory Assistant (2011)
"In today’s current economy a first-class degree does not always guarantee you a graduate job. In many cases employers need to be certain that you can do the job asked of you, and without experience this is incredibly difficult to prove. Therefore, to obtain a year’s worth of work experience at a reputable company such as GSK was an opportunity not to be missed.
"The Biomarker department where I worked utilised a range of assay platforms to provide a central focus for biomarker strategy within projects. My main role concerned assay development across a variety of platforms. After my initial training I was given my own projects with deadlines to which I had to present my results on a monthly basis. I had to create my own experimental methodology and write my own official lab books, effectively working as an independent member of staff. I was kept busy throughout the whole year, enabling me to learn a range of practical techniques.
"This has not only boosted my scientific skills in regards to my degree, but also improved my future job prospects. The experience gave me a unique set of skills that others graduates will not have, allowing me to stand out from the crowd. It also enabled me to integrate with a scientific community of friends, who are willing to help me with the development of my career, and in some cases, who you know can really make the difference."
Read more student profiles