School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Experience research-informed education by exploring the scientific basis of human health, disease and therapeutics. You'll benefit from a rich and varied learning environment that highlights recent developments and examines how these inform clinical and diagnostic practice. Receive the input of internationally-recognised researchers and NHS staff and open up a range of employment opportunities in both industrial and public research laboratories.

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3 years
(+ optional placement)
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Key features

  • Stand out with a degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
  • Delivered by Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) and enhanced by links with healthcare professionals.
  • Develop practical skills, critical thinking and professional competence.
  • Taught components of the course are enriched by the varied research activities of staff within the school.
  • Experience more with an optional placement year.
  • Ten research apprenticeships are available each year for AAB students, or those who demonstrate excellent performance during their first year on the course. These apprenticeships allow students to gain valuable research experience within the Centre for Research in Translational Biomedicine throughout their three years of study.
  • This course has competitive-entry for up to five ring-fenced places at the end of stage one for progression onto medicine and dentistry.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll start building a foundation for future learning. You'll develop key skills in communication, data acquisition and analysis.
    Core modules
    • BHCS1001 Biomedical Investigation and Experimentation

    • BHCS1002 Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells to Systems

    • BHCS1005 Human Disease

    • BHCS1003 Human Metabolism

    • BHCS1006 Infection and Immunity

    • BHCS1004PP Introduction to Human Pathology

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you'll focus on developing a deeper understanding of core biomedical disciplines,„ with an emphasis on the scientific understanding of pathological processes and diagnostic practice.„ You'll examine key laboratory techniques and acquire research skills.
    Core modules
    • BHCS2001 Biology of Disease

    • BHCS2004 Cell Biology in Health and Disease

    • BHCS2005 Clinical Haematology and Biochemistry

    • BHCS2002 Evidence-Based Practice in Biomedical Science

    • BHCS2003 Genetic Continuity and Diversity

    • BHCS2006 Infection, Immunity and Disease

  • Year 3
  • You have the option to take up a work placement as part of your degree course. This is usually done as a six or 12 month placement at the end of your second year. Upon successful completion you will gain the Certificate of Industrial or Professional Experience. Alternatively, you may choose to take a work-based learning module, working in a local host organisation, alongside your other studies. These opportunities will enrich your course and career prospects.
    Core modules
    • BHCS3030 Biomedical Sciences: Placement

  • Final year
  • Your final year will support your critical thinking and enhance your practical competency. A personal research project allows you to study an area of biomedicine in detail. You will have a choice of research-led topics that discuss current developments and the implications for human health and clinical practice.
    Core modules
    • BHCS3001 Personal Research Project

    Optional modules
    • BHCS3006 Cellular Basis of Immunity

    • BHCS3003 Clinical Microbiology

    • BHCS3008 Current Developments in Biomedical Science

    • BHCS3007 Current Issues in Neurobiology

    • BHCS3009 Medical Genetics

    • BHCS3002 Molecular and Cellular Pathology

    • BHCS3004 Specialist Biochemistry and Screening

    • BHCS3005 Transplantation and Transfusion Science

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff
320 points 

30 points including five at Higher Level Biology plus five at Higher Level second science.

A level
320 points from three A levels, biology grade A and chemistry at grade B. Excludes general studies. 
If only one science at A2: 340 points, minimum three A Levels to include grade A in biology or human biology or chemistry or physics or maths plus AS grade A in a second science.   

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM with at least six specialist units in biology and/or science.

Access courses
Pass a science Access to HE diploma with 60 credits overall, to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at distinction and 15 credits at merit or higher.  Must include a minimum 15 credits in biology units, plus 15 credits in chemistry, maths or physics.

Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Fees & funding

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Open days

A number of open day events are held each year, welcoming you to the campus to find out more about the University, accommodation, facilities and study opportunities.

Find out more from our open days section or register to come and see us using a short open day registration form.

Welcome to our school

Professor Neil Avent, Head of School for Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences discusses, alongside current staff and students, the benefits of studying with us.

Watch our welcome video.

Visit our school blog

Studying here at Plymouth

Jennifer Harris, a successful past student now studying for her PhD at the University of Cambridge, talks about our teaching and learning.

Watch Jennifer talk about studying Biomedical Sciences at Plymouth University.

Biomedical Sciences

  • Explore human anatomy and physiology

    Biomedical Sciences

    Explore human anatomy and physiology
  • Make use of cutting-edge equipment such as the transmission electron microscope in the election microscopy suite

    Election microscopy suite

    Make use of cutting-edge equipment such as the transmission electron microscope in the election microscopy suite
  • Come view health and well-being from a microscopic perspective.

    Growth plate investigation

    Come view health and well-being from a microscopic perspective.
  • Gain valuable lab experience

    Laboratory work

    Gain valuable lab experience
  • Build skills directly relevant to the workplace with work placements following your second year on the course


    Build skills directly relevant to the workplace with work placements following your second year on the course
  • Develop the skills to help diagnose and combat global health issues such as cancer

    Laboratory work

    Develop the skills to help diagnose and combat global health issues such as cancer
  • Expand your knowledge of the human body from the inside, out

    Biomedical Sciences

    Expand your knowledge of the human body from the inside, out

Holly Hardy - student insight

The modules of the course were varied and very attractive. I already had an inkling that I wanted to work in a laboratory and I decided that this course would give me the wide range of skills necessary to follow that path.


Our facilities

The School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences is based in a new, purpose-built building linked to the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth city centre.

You will find some of the best undergraduate laboratories in the country.

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Learn about our varied research topics within the Centre for Biomedical Research, which include:

Non-invasive pre-natal testing, new targets for cancer treatment, understanding macrophages, combating sepsis and self-disseminating vaccines.

Discover more about the Centre for Biomedical Research