Learn the mechanisms of human health and disease from renowned research scientists in outstanding facilities, translating laboratory discoveries into clinical application.
Bristol is in the UK's top 10 for Biological Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).
Turn science into medicine
Work with experts to understand the cellular and molecular basis of disease and how discoveries can be translated into life-changing applications.
Gain practical experience in specialist labs with state-of-the-art Human Patient Simulators and a unique online lab manual.
Biomedical Sciences courses for 2024
Biomedical Sciences at Bristol
During a critical time for the study of human health and disease, this stimulating degree allows you to gain a firm foundation in a broad variety of subject areas, from biochemistry to virology. You will experience biomedical research first-hand, developing critical and analytical skills.
You will be taught by renowned research scientists and clinicians in outstanding facilities. We offer state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, well-equipped lecture theatres and a specialist library.
We provide you with an environment in which you learn to think like a scientist, developing skills that are highly valued by employers in the field.
We welcome applications from students who are also applying for medicine. For degrees with a more focused approach, view our Cellular and Molecular Medicine courses.
We provide an excellent foundation for careers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or food industries; biomedical research; patient examination; science communication or medicine.
Many of our graduates go on to pursue a PhD or MSc as the first stage of a career in biomedical research. Other graduates find employment in industrial, academic or clinical laboratories or choose to use their transferable and problem-solving skills in non-scientific careers. A significant number of our graduates go on to study medicine.What our students do after graduating
You'll take a broad, common first year including practical lab training and a range of units that introduce you to biochemistry; cell biology; medical microbiology and infectious diseases; pharmacology; and physiology of body systems.
Year two will build on the foundation of year one, with a Recombinant DNA Technology unit and another called Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skills, which prepares you for your research project and future employment. You will also choose optional units on one of three pathways which will prepare you for the final year.
In the final year, you will complete an original research project, giving you invaluable experience applying your skills to real-life problems. In addition, you will take optional units chosen from those available on your pathway.
Sample units may include:
- Cancer Mechanisms and Therapeutics
- Frontiers in Infectious Diseases
- Advanced Immunology
- New Horizons in Medicine
- Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders.
Forefront of knowledge
At Bristol, current innovative practices and industry developments enhance our research-informed teaching. You'll join a close-knit and supportive community. Our staff take pride in being friendly and approachable and will always be available to support you.