Biomedical Science

Accredited by two industry bodies, our Biomedical Science degree is top in Scotland for student satisfaction.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Award Title

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

B901

Why Study Abertay's BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science?

Our Biomedical Science degree offers an exciting, fast-paced learning experience and provides you with a deep understanding of the science behind human health and disease.

We teach you how to explore the biochemical processes that occur in the human body. You will learn how the human body responds to disease, and how to use your knowledge to help identify diseases of all kinds.

Extensive training in our new £3.5m science labs is a feature of all four years of your degree. This is combined with rigorous study of the body in health and disease at all levels (body, organ, tissue, cellular and molecular).

Biomedical scientists are responsible for conducting vitally important scientific tests, which underpin the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. This cutting-edge scientific analysis contributes greatly to the clinical outcomes of patients.

Taught by a combination of academic experts and clinical professionals, this wide-ranging programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Our BMS degree has consistently rated over 90% for student satisfactionAbertay University ranks in the top three Scottish Universities for Student Satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS).

Following a common pathway for two years, you’ll take either the Standard or the Applied programme route.

The Applied route includes an 18-week placement in one of our partner hospital laboratories and is particularly relevant if you want become a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS.

While both degrees are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), (essential if you want to work in the NHS), the Applied route is also approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Our teaching quality is amazing:

  • UK University of the Year 2021 - Teaching Quality (The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide).
  • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction & Teaching (Guardian Good University Guide 2021).
  • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020).

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  • Subject and course presentations and videos.

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  • What the city of Dundee is like to live in.

Take your time to soak it all in. 

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How the Course Works

Please note: The degree award title for the Standard route is BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science. For the Applied route, the degree award title is BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science.

The Applied route allows you to apply for HCPC registration as soon as you gain your degree. Standard route graduates who gain employment in the NHS as trainee biomedical scientists may apply for HCPC registration following 12-24 months of training.

Learning and Assessment

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Enquiry-based learning (EBL) and problem-based learning (PBL) approaches are used at appropriate points in the curriculum.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework assignments, class tests, presentations and examinations. On average, 22% of assessment is by examination (averaged across four years of the programme).

Accreditation

Entry Requirements

Please note:  All applicants must have passes in English and Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.  National 5 ESOL is accepted in lieu of National 5 English. Lifeskill Maths not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Republic of Ireland applicants, click on the UK tabs and scroll down to find your Entry Requirements.

See information about studying and applying to Abertay for International students.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher (standard entry) BBBB Biology or Human Biology at Higher and Chemistry at Nat 5 C or better
Higher (minimum entry) We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria. Find out if you're eligible for minimum entry (see below). BBC Biology or Human Biology and Chemistry at Nat 5 C or better
A-Level CCC Biology or Human Biology at A Level and either Chemistry, Combined Science, Additional Science or Further Science or Double Science GCSE at C or better
Irish Highers H3H3H3H3 Biology and Irish Ordinary Chemistry at C or better
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Applied Science or Applied Science (Forensic Science) or Applied Science (Medical Science)
International Baccalaureate 28 Points Biology at S5 or H4 and Chemistry in Middle Year programme at 4 or better
AHEAD Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP Access BBB Life Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Sciences, Biological Sciences, Science, Technology and Health
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher BBB Biology and Chemistry
A-Level BBB Biology and Chemistry
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Applied Science (Medical Science)
HNC/HND Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses
Qualification Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HND courses

Non-country specific qualifications

 

International Baccalaureate

28 points including S5 or H4 in one of the required subjects:

Country Specific Requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants from over the world. Select your country from the below options.