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Biomedical Science (with foundation year) BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): B941 (full-time)
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: Four years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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During the foundation year, you will develop core bioscience and study skills using an active and collaborative approach to your learning. This will enable you to build your skills and knowledge before you move onto BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science in Year Two. You’ll study key aspects of disease and disease prevention, including immunology, virology, haematology and cellular pathology. Focusing on clinical diagnosis scenarios, you’ll get lots of hands-on experience working with our lifelike human body and organ models.

Biomedical science is the application of science to health. It is focused on studying the human body in health and disease, including the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases and complex health problems such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  At NTU we focus on teaching you the practical skills you’ll need to be successful in this field.

If your mission is to save lives, then you’ll get all the practical experience you need on our course. You’ll get to use our industry-standard equipment right from the very start of your course, such as our Haematology and clinical chemistry analysers, as used in NHS testing laboratories. This means you’ll stand out from the crowd when applying for placements and positions after graduation. You’ll be familiar with how a professional lab works and already know how to follow laboratory processes and protocols used in the workplace.

When you are working in our lab facilities, you are becoming familiar with the same equipment you’ll find in an NHS, research or industrial lab – giving you a head start when you graduate.

If you change your mind at the end of your foundation year you can transfer onto one of our other BSc Bioscience courses at NTU.

Why study Biomedical Science at NTU?

Get involved in our research

Our research is tackling real-world issues – and you can get involved. Our John van Geest Cancer Research Centre is saving lives by improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In your final year, you can collaborate with this research centre and be at the forefront of new discoveries.

Work-like experiences

As well as using industry-standard equipment, you’ll also be learning in a way that encourages problem-solving and develops practical skills that you’ll be using when you graduate. By working on clinical diagnosis scenarios and with our life-like 3D-printed human body and organ models (developed here at NTU) we are teaching you to think and work like a biomedical scientist.

Take a work placement

Placements tell future employers you know how to do it as well as why. Our industry connections as well as the support you'll get from our Employability team all add up to a valuable work placement experience.

You'll be supported throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary during your placement. When you successfully complete your placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

Meet our staff

Whether your interest is working in the NHS, research or in the industry we have experienced staff from a wide range of backgrounds. In fact, some of them are also working within the NHS so they’ll be teaching you the latest thinking in the biomedical science field. Their contacts help you find great placement opportunities too.

Not only that, but our staff are prize winners too! Our Biomedical Science team won the Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Practice Team award – recognising their commitment to outstanding teaching and practice.

Industry focused

We don’t work in isolation from employers. Our strong working relationship with the NHS and local employers benefits you in lots of ways.

  • We meet regularly with employers within the NHS and the wider biomedical industry to keep our courses current - this means you are learning with the most up-to-date teaching materials and practical skills.
  • We have staff who are currently working or have previously worked in the NHS and related areas. These links give you access to the latest industry knowledge and projects that mirror workplace-like experiences in the NHS. This all adds up to give you an insight into where you could be working after graduation.

Develop your portfolio

While you are at NTU you’ll compile a Skills Portfolio. This is where you’ll keep evidence of all the techniques and skills you’ve mastered. These portfolios help you to document and develop your skills while you are with us, honing the skill set of a graduate Biomedical Scientist. They are a valuable tool when you graduate too, as they can be used to show future employers you are ready to work in a professional environment.

  • 100% of our Biomedical Science students (Sandwich) were in work or further study 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020/21)
  • 93% of Biomedical Science students were positive about the teaching on their course (NSS2023)

Course accreditation

Professional accreditation

We are seeking accreditation from the Institute of Biomedical Science during the summer of 2023. Accreditation is a seal of approval from professional bodies and our assurance to you that your course is relevant and valued by the NHS.

If you want to be an NHS Biomedical Scientist, this accredited degree is a requirement for your registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You’ll also need experience working in an NHS laboratory and a completed training portfolio. We can support you to get both of these before you graduate by taking a work placement in an IBMS-approved laboratory, where you can complete your training portfolio.

The Royal Society of Biology has accredited this course. This accreditation is a seal of approval from professional bodies and our assurance to you that your degree is relevant and valued by the industry. With this accreditation, you can be sure that your degree will give you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a successful career in biomedical science.

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What you’ll study

During your time at NTU, you’ll be studying the key aspects of disease, disease prevention and complex health issues such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The course covers all the major areas of biomedical science including cellular pathology, clinical biochemistry and immunology. You’ll be able to recognise common illnesses and disorders through their key symptoms, use state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques such as histopathology, blood counts and clinical biochemical analysis to confirm the diagnosis, and even suggest suitable treatments.

You’ll also gain an understanding of the underlying principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology which will lay the foundations for your biomedical science knowledge.

Applied Biology

Using case studies, you’ll consider the science and ethical considerations in bioscience and medical fields, research and therapeutics as well as topical issues in environmental science. In addition to exploring a variety of topics in health and disease such as infectious diseases inherited and non-inheritable disorders, you will touch on therapeutic approaches.

Data Handling and Analysis

This module will use group work and problem-based learning to give you a strong base of mathematical skills can be applied in biosciences. You’ll learn concepts such as rearranging equations, concentration calculations, metric prefixes, probabilities and exponentials through the lens of real-world biology labs and data analysis of disease scenarios.

Introductory Science for Biologists

This module focuses on the key scientific principles of physics and chemistry that are vital to Bioscientists. In the physics part of the module you’ll be introduced to topics such as wave motion, vibration and methods of heat transfer. The Chemistry part of the module covers some inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, providing biochemical foundation knowledge.

Foundation Biology

You’ll be introduced to core concepts across different areas of biology to ensure you have a broad core biology knowledge. Practical classes in our labs put the theory you’ve learned into context and you’ll also learn good laboratory practice, basic laboratory skills and problem-solving.

Professional Practice and Skills

Bioscientists require an understanding, and in many cases experience, of working in a laboratory environment. This module give you a chance to evidence your practical skills as well as drawing on topics and techniques used in other modules. You’ll work on a group project that will give you experience of working on all elements of a project e.g. research , design, development, testing, evaluation and presentation.

Introduction to Biochemistry

Study the key aspects of macromolecules, cell structure and function, and inter-relationships in both practical and theoretical contexts.

Practical Techniques for Biology

Considers the principles of experimental design, data collection and analysis, including techniques in centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, microscopy and radiobiology.

Genetics and Immunology

Develops genetic concepts and introduces basic aspects of the immune system, including the molecules, cells and interactions involved.

Introduction to Microbiology

Study various groups of microbes, their function and roles, and consider the importance of the microbial world, the biology of micro-organisms, and medical, environmental and industrial microbiology.

Living Systems

Introduces levels of biological organisation from molecules to cells and ecosystems, providing a platform for knowledge and skills
upon which other modules are developed.

Human Physiology

Introduces the physiology of human organ systems (respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, urinary, endocrine and muscular) and examines the process of homeostasis.

Biomedical Science in Practice

Learn about key disciplines and current research topics in biomedical science as well as aspects of professional practice which
form an important part of your preparation for employment.

Metabolism and its Control

Explore the central pathways of oxidative catabolism and anabolism of carbohydrates and fats in eukaryotic cells, and cover the biochemical basis of cellular signal transduction.

Biomolecular Structure and Function

Learn about the functions of polymerases, binding proteins, helicases, ligases, topoisomerases and chromosomes in DNA replication as well as RNA polymerases.


Considers disordered cellular and tissue physiology resulting from disease and drugs that can treat those diseases. You’ll develop an understanding of health and common illnesses.

Clinical Biochemistry

Study a variety of disorders and learn about their clinical symptoms, biochemical and molecular defects, detection, diagnosis and treatment.

Clinical and Public Health Microbiology

Learn the principles and applications of diagnostic and analytical microbiology in the monitoring and control of diseases caused by microbes.

Research Project

Learn practical research techniques, including a review of scientific writing and critical appraisals of published work, as well as oral presentations and plagiarism.

Immunology and Virology

Explore the molecular and cellular mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunology, analysing immune responses to infectious agents and cancer, and review the principles of vaccination.

Haematology and Transfusion Practice

Study the biological basis of diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs, and the principles of the techniques used in their investigation.

Cellular Pathology

You’ll explore the key topics in cellular pathology, with particular relevance to current medical and diagnostic practice. Apply your specialist knowledge to critically analyse data and information. This will include an appreciation of the laboratory role in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, alongside the fundamental issues associated with modern laboratory.

Infectious Diseases and their Control

Covers the significance of infectious diseases in human medicine and looks at mechanisms of control of pathogenic microbes and how they can be used in prevention and treatment.

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How you’re taught

You will typically study six modules in Year One and Two. Each module involves substantial amounts of practical work, in addition to around 20
one-hour lectures. In your final year, you’ll study five modules and a research project. You will also take part in regular seminars and tutorials to support you with your studies.

Hands-on learning

The course is very practical and you’ll be spending lots of time in our industry-standard laboratories. This is because we believe the amount of time you spend getting hands-on experience in a laboratory is very important to prepare you for the world of work.

You’ll get to use our industry-standard equipment right from the very start of your course including haematology and clinical chemistry analysers, as used in NHS testing laboratories.  You’ll get to know how a professional lab works and how to follow laboratory processes and protocols used in industry – all valuable skills to have before you graduate.

We have a focus on using digital skills to support you in your practice sessions. For example, you might do an online simulation of the experiment you are going to perform in the lab. This will get you familiar with the techniques and protocols so you can be confident and really make the most of your time in our labs.

Community and support

With support from your lecturers, personal tutors and technical staff, you can be sure we'll be here for you during your studies. Alongside your lectures and lab classes, you’ll also have tutorial sessions. These are a chance to regularly meet in small groups with your personal tutor and members of your course to discuss the topics you are studying.

Got any feedback on your course? You’ll have lots of opportunities to discuss your course, for example in your tutorial sessions, with your course leader and course reps and you even have the chance to feedback on every module you study with an end of module survey.  We love to hear your feedback and how we can make improvements.  Following your feedback, we have recently added Professional Skills modules which are specific to the area of biosciences you are studying. We’ve also increased our support for your coursework assignments too, through drop-in sessions accessible when you need them most.

There’s support from your peers too. Our mentoring schemes give you support from other students on your course. Whether you need help with your studies or university life in general, they’ve been there and can give you a students’ perspective. Find out more about the support you’ll receive at NTU.

Research informed teaching

Our research is tackling real-world issues – and the people working on this research will be teaching you. It also informs the subjects you’ll be studying with us so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 99% of NTU’s Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy submission was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

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. Find out more about the ULP.

Staff Profiles

Sarah Rayment

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Find out more about Dr Sarah Rayment, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Sciences in the Department of Biosciences at Nottingham Trent University.

Daniel Dimmock

Academic Associate

School of Science & Technology

Find out more about Daniel Dimmock, Academic Associate in the Biosciences department at Nottingham Trent University.

Carl Nelson

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Find out more about Carl Nelson, Principal Lecturer, in the Department of Biosciences at Nottingham Trent University.

Mike Palmer

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Mike Palmer - Senior Lecturer in Bioscience. He teaches Haematology and Transfusion Science and a number of other areas related to biomedical science.

Matt Griffiths

School Standards and Quality Manager

School of Science & Technology

Find out more about Matthew Griffiths, School Standards and Quality Manager in the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University.

Yasser El-Sherbiny

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr Yasser El-Sherbiny (MBBCH, MSc, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences in the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University.

Jessica Dale

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr Jessica Dale is a Lecturer in Biosciences within the Biomedical Sciences group. She has research interests in Pedagogy, Virology and Immunology.

Careers and employability

Your career development

Our recent graduates have secured roles at companies including:

  • NHS
  • Nottingham Emergency Medical Services
  • Nuffield Health
  • GlaxoSmithKline

They have gone into a wide variety of job roles including:

  • Registered Biomedical Scientist
  • Health Advisor
  • Secondary Science Teacher
  • Stop Smoking Adviser
  • Bowel Cancer Screening Officer
  • Information Analyst

Many also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Excellent placement opportunities

Top 10 for the number of Biosciences students on year-long placements (HESA 2021/22)

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

On this course, after your second year, you will have the opportunity to take a year's work placement (sandwich placement). This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. You're also twice as likely to secure a graduate job within six months if you take a work placement.

Our recent students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including the NHS, Pfizer and Public Health England. They secured varied roles such as Trainee Biomedical Scientists, Regulatory Officers and Clinical Operations Placement Assistants.

You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

If your placement is in an IBMS-approved laboratory you’ll be able to complete your training portfolio as part of your registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Find out more about work placements.

Campus and facilities

Where will I study?

Teaching events are held across Clifton Campus and include interactive workshops in spaces specifically designed for collaborative, hands-on learning.

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 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

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.

Entry requirements

  • 72 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent.
  • And

  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

Contextual offers

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here but who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Find out how we assess your application.

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

This course is not open to International applicants who require a Student Visa. For alternative courses please see Nottingham Trent International College.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential textbooks, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

A good supply of these essential textbooks is available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.


If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course.  If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement. If an NHS placement is taken you may be asked to pay for an IBMS Registration Portfolio which is needed to become HCPC registered upon graduation. The cost is approximately £130.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for poster preparation in their final year - estimated costs of approximately £20 -£30.

Laboratory lockers

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5).

This course is not open to International applicants who require a Student Visa. For alternative courses please see Nottingham Trent International College.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

This course is not open to International applicants who require a Student Visa. For alternative courses please see Nottingham Trent International College.

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