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.

UCAS tariff
320
UCAS course code
B900
Institution code
P60
Duration
3 years
(+ optional placement)
Course type
Full-time
Location
Plymouth

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.
  • LABplus is a unique open access laboratory and resource centre designed for students studying science and engineering courses. The lab provides a flexible workspace, computing facilities, specialist software, access to microscopes, microscope cameras and bespoke resources. 
  • 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

      To introduce the learner to key elements of investigation and experimentation within the biomedical sciences and to support the development of the basic skills and knowledge required for effective practice in these discipline areas

    • BHCS1002 Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells to Systems

      This module offers an introduction to the key anatomical features of the body and how physiological function is controlled to maintain homeostasis and health. It will commence with an exploration of cell and tissue biology and the founding principles of genetics, embryology and human development. The module will conclude with an exposition of anatomy and physiology of the major human organ systems.

    • BHCS1005 Human Disease

      This module provides the learner with the key concepts associated with altered health states in humans. Genetic, developmental and environmental causes of human disease are introduced and the pathological changes effected at cellular, tissue and organ level are discussed. The module introduces the learner to a range of physiological dysfunction associated with human disease and how this in turn informs clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

    • BHCS1003 Human Metabolism

      This module offers an introduction to the biochemistry underlying human metabolism. In particular, the module explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the human body extracts energy from nutrients to sustain life. The significance of metabolic dysfunction in relation to human disease pathology and diagnosis is emphasised.

    • BHCS1006 Infection and Immunity

      This module introduces the student to infection & immunity and the study of microorganisms with a particular emphasis on food-borne pathogens. It explores concepts of food safety, gut organisms, infectious disease and the body¿s ability to resist and repel such disease via a range of immune responses.

    • BHCS1004PP Introduction to Human Pathology

      This cross-disciplinary module provides the learner with an introduction to the study of human disease, exploring historical, social and scientific perspectives as well as an opportunity to explore how modern pathology services are structured and operated.

  • 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

      This module will explore the biology relating to a range of disorders and emphasize the integrated nature of the investigation and study of disease.

    • BHCS2004 Cell Biology in Health and Disease

      This module examines the fundamental principles of cell biology in health and disease. It will include the theory and practice of cellular laboratory science and introduce the scope and practice of light microscopy and histology in clinical investigation and cellular pathology.

    • BHCS2005 Clinical Haematology and Biochemistry

      Clinical laboratory tests for a wide variety of biochemical and haematological parameters play an important role in disease diagnosis. This module will investigate both the scientific theory underlying commonly used tests and their application in biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science laboratories.

    • BHCS2002 Evidence-Based Practice in Biomedical Science

      This module continues the processes of understanding, acquisition and development of the skills and personal attributes necessary for a biomedical sciences practitioner. It also provides a greater understanding of research theory and methodology.

    • BHCS2003 Genetic Continuity and Diversity

      Processes which maintain genetic stability or promote genetic variation at various levels of biological organisation are considered. An appreciation of the applications of advances in genetics is developed by discussing topics such as genomics, recombinant DNA technology, developmental genetics, and human genetic diversity.

    • BHCS2006 Infection, Immunity and Disease

      This module is to develop an in-depth understanding of the immune system and pathogenic infection. It highlights the integrated cellular responses that prevent infection and the underlying principles that govern these actions, and It looks at measures to prevent and control infections.

  • 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

      This module provides an opportunity for professional training of at least 26 weeks duration with an approved company or host organisation between Stage 2 and 5. While on placement, students will gain work experience related to their degree programme, be able to apply their biological knowledge and expertise, and learn further skills and relevant techniques.

  • 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

      The module requires students to perform a self-directed research study project that includes the design, implementation, collection, analysis and interpretation of scientific data. It also involves the evaluation and interpretation of scientific literature, evaluation of current issues and concepts and the ability to reflect upon continuing professional and personal development.

    Optional modules
    • BHCS3006 Cellular Basis of Immunity

      This module provides theoretical skills that will enable students to explore immune processes focussing on the role of immune cells and their molecules in host immune defences to pathogens and chronic diseases. Contemporary immunology research issues and their translation to clinical practice will be explored in a critical manner.

    • BHCS3003 Clinical Microbiology

      This module provides knowledge and skills that will enable students to operate effectively in a modern infection sciences laboratory. The module will develop an in-depth understanding of the commonly encountered infections, tests to identify the disease agents and the principles of antimicrobial therapy.

    • BHCS3008 Current Developments in Biomedical Science

      The module will promote an up to date understanding of research developments in aspects of blood, infection or cellular sciences. Students will have a choice of topics to focus on.

    • BHCS3007 Current Issues in Neurobiology

      This module provides an in depth understanding of the molecular, cellular and systems mechanisms that underlies nervous system function and dysfunction related to key contemporary issues in neuroscience

    • BHCS3009 Medical Genetics

      Medical genetics explores how genetics affects human health. Techniques and procedures of human genetic analyses are considered and chromosomal, single gene and multifactorial disorders reviewed. The impacts of new technologies (gene therapy, genomics, genetic testing) and their implications for society are examined.

    • BHCS3002 Molecular and Cellular Pathology

      This module provides knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of a range of common altered health states. Current methods and techniques for investigative pathology will also be explored in a critical manner.

    • BHCS3004 Specialist Biochemistry and Screening

      This module provides theoretical and practical skills that will enable students to operate effectively in a modern blood sciences laboratory. Current practice in clinical biochemistry, pregnancy and paediatric blood sciences will be explored in a comprehensive and critical manner.

    • BHCS3005 Transplantation and Transfusion Science

      This module provides theoretical and practical skills that will enable students to operate effectively in a modern blood sciences laboratory. Current practice in transfusion and transplantation science including haematology and transplantation immunology will be explored in a comprehensive and critical manner.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Biomedical Science 3628

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 

IB
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.   

BTEC
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.

GCSE
Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.


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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.

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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

    Placement

    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.

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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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Research

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