BSc Biomedical Sciences (B900)

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UCAS code B900
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course.
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 N/A (new course)

About BSc Biomedical Sciences

In the first year you will study subjects across the breadth of the biology related to human health and disease. This will provide a sound, broad background in biochemistry, cell and cancer biology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and virology.

As a second year student you will study molecular genetics and a range of biomedical sciences units. Your choice will be guided as your interests develop. You will also receive training in transferable and employability skills.

There is a strong emphasis on the development of practical skills and our eBiolabs dynamic laboratory manual is available to help you prepare for practical laboratory sessions in the first and second year. You will also develop research skills to prepare you for a project in the third year.

In the final year, you will choose options from a list of units that reflect our research strengths and a project in a related discipline.

More about Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Find out more about studying Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year 

  • Biochemistry: Cellular composition
  • Biochemistry: Cellular processes
  • Normal and Tumour Cells
  • Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of Body Function

Second year

  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skills

    Plus guided choice of optional units including the following:

  • Infection and Immunity
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Gene Expression and Rearrangement
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Pharmacology of the Nervous System
  • Pharmacology of the Body Systems
  • Neurophysiology
  • Integrative Physiology
  • Languages

Third year

  • Research Skills, including a research project and data interpretation
  • Guided choice of four units chosen from a variety of research informed biochemistry, cellular and molecular medicine, neuroscience, physiology or pharmacology units.


Typical offer for BSc Biomedical Sciences - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics. Alternative offer AAB including Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics plus EPQ grade A in a science topic if third A-level is a non-science subject.
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including Chemistry and at one other science or Mathematics. Alternative offer of ABB including Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics plus EPQ grade A in a science topic if third A-level is a non-science subject.
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 points overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 points overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 30 credits at Distinction, including at least 12 credits in Chemistry and 12 credits in one other science or Mathematics, and 15 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DDD in Applied Science, plus grade A in A-level Chemistry
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics, and AH: AA in Chemistry and another science subject or Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalentGrade B in Mathematics and Science, and Grade C in English Language. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements and policies for 2018 entry will be published in summer 2017. Statements and policies for 2017 entry are available for information:

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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