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Bachelor of Biomedical Science - 4 years
Bachelor of Biomedical Science - 4 years

Bachelor of Biomedical Science - 4 years

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

English Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 with each band at 6.0

Course Information

Begin your career in the NHS or another health-related institution with our dual Royal Society of Biology (RSB) and Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited* course. Our Biomedical Science degree covers a range of disciplines including microbiology, physiology and immunology.

This course is avaible for 2 options: Study 3 years or 4 years with placement year

Placement Year

By studying at Aston, you’ll have the opportunity to gain invaluable real-world experience in the NHS or industry through an optional placement year: giving you the platform for a career that saves and transforms lives.

Designed to make you stand out in the graduate crowd, you could undertake a placement in a hospital, industrial or research laboratory, or in a non-laboratory setting.

Our students have completed placements in:

  • Clinical trial companies
  • Research institutes
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical sales
  • Biotechnology companies
  • NHS organisations

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Year 1

Learn from a range of bioscience academics and complete a number of specialist sessions with practicing biomedical scientists. You’ll study the key biology topics that will form the basis of your biomedical science education, preparing you for specialist modules in later years. You will also develop the knowledge to undertake laboratory work safely.

Core modules:

  • Biomolecules
  • Cells to Systems
  • Microbiology and Genetics
  • Metabolism and Physiology for Biomedical Science

Year 2

Study new specialist subject areas and revisit previously studied topics at a deeper level. You’ll learn how to select appropriate experimental approaches and test hypotheses, in addition to participating in Problem Based Learning (PBL), where you (as part of a group) will be set a problem and asked to provide a solution through independent research.

Core modules:

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Mechanisms of Pathology
  • Cell Signalling and Physiology
  • Clinical Genetics and Human Disease

Year 3- Placement Year

Placement year (optional)

Gain valuable career boosting experiences by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals.

This course is available as 3 year BSc without placement, or 4 year BSc with integrated sandwich placement. Both options are available to home, EU, and international students.

For students who wish to practice as a biomedical scientist in the NHS, this year is your opportunity to complete an IBMS registration training portfolio in a UKAS accredited CPA hospital laboratory. Students who achieve minimum set grades and complete an accredited placement will graduate with a BSc Applied Biomedical Science qualification and be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a biomedical scientist.

The availability of NHS placements are limited and highly competitive. You will have to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and occupational health checks; the cost of these checks will be payable by the student.

Final Year

Acquire the skills required to undertake an individual original research project, study a small number of advanced topics, in addition to critically reflecting on the enhancement of patient care and the importance of codes and acts in biomedical science.

Core modules:

  • Immunology and Inflammation
  • Clinical and Food Microbiology
  • Research Project Preparation
  • Research Project
  • Professional Skills for Biomedical Scientists.


In addition you will complete one of the following two modules*:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Bench to Bedside.


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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our biomedical science graduates often work in health, pharmaceuticals, or as HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists* within the NHS. Others choose careers in scientific writing, research or undertake further study including teaching qualifications, MSc, PhD or graduate entry medicine.

Recent gradate employers include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • National University Health Systems
  • NHS trusts such as: Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Public Health England
  • Raffles Diagnostica
  • Randox Testing Service
  • Secondary schools
  • The Binding Site.


*If you complete an unaccredited placement, or choose not to complete a placement at all and later wish to practice as HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist, you will have to complete the following post-graduation:

  • IBMS training and registration portfolio in an approved clinical laboratory
  • Achieve a Certificate of Competence awarded by the IBMS

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance Single: 300 GBP/year

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