Biomedical Science

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

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Award Title

BSc (Hons)



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

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.

Our Biomedical Science degree is the top programme in Scotland for student satisfaction (NSS 2017). It offers an exciting, fast-paced learning experience and provides you with a deep understanding of the science behind human health and disease.

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).

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

After 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,  some taking place in award winning laboratoriesand is particularly relevant for those keen to become a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS. The Applied route is Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).



Missed the 15 January UCAS deadline or changed your mind about where you want to apply? Don't panic, we are still taking applications through UCAS for September 2019 study.

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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.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher BBBB Biology or Human Biology at Higher and Chemistry at National 5 level or better
A-Level CCC Biology or Human Biology at A Level and either Chemistry, Combined Science, Additional Science or Further Science GCSE at C or better (A Level Medical Science in lieu of Biology SB)
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

Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Your Journey Starts Here

Biomedical scientists are key to keeping us alive and healthy. They conduct scientific tests to help diagnose and treat diseases. If you have a love for science related to human health and medicine, this is the degree for you.

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay University degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined below, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules. 

Key Modules (2018/19)

Biology 1: Biology Principles and Practice (LSC101)

A broad introduction to the theory and practice of biology. Module content includes: the principles of cell biology; an overview of the major forms of life and their taxonomic relationships; introductory microbiology; basic laboratory techniques; health and safety in the laboratory; data handling and numeracy skills for laboratory work.

Human Physiology (LSC102)

Provides students with fundamental knowledge of the main physiological processes necessary for life and for maintaining whole body homeostasis. Module content includes: cardiovascular physiology; respiratory physiology; reproductive physiology; neuro and sensory physiology; skeletomuscular system.

Molecular Biology and Genetics (LSC201)

An introduction to the fundamental concepts in both medical and forensic genetics. Module content includes: genes and gene expression; human genomics and bioinformatic analysis; genetic engineering and other analytical techniques.

Clinical Biochemistry and Cellular Pathology (LSC301)

Designed for students on biomedical courses or similar, this provides an understanding of the cellular, tissue and molecular bases of disease and dysfunction in humans. It considers approaches for diagnosis and monitoring and focuses on selected pathologies in an integrative context ( i.e. pathogenesis, diagnosis, monitoring, clinical consequences ).

Clinical 2 : Haematology & Transfusion Science (LSC303)

The clinical detection, diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of a variety of human diseases is studied. A practical study of blood and constituents in normal and diseased states and diagnostic investigations.

Advanced Medical Genetics (LSC403)

An advanced insight into current and emerging advanced aspects of human medical genetics. Provides a critical understanding of the molecular basis, screening, investigation and treatment of genetic diseases.

Honours Project (1) (LSC402)

Develops the ability to apply intellectual, organisational and communications skills within a specified area of study to enhance the capacity for independent thought, innovation and critical analysis of original and published data.

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.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme information - BSc with Honours in Biomedical Science.

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).


Our Facilities

When you study with us, you're in good hands. Our £3.5m facilities are exceptional. We have equipment that you'll find readily available in industry laboratories, which means your transition from student to worker will therefore be much less of a challenge - and you can get hands-on straightaway. 

Science laboratory

Teaching Area with Two Brand New Labs

Our facilities are perfect for carrying out experiments and gaining practical skills in biomedical science. They feature two new labs designed specifically for teaching our biomedical and forensic science students. Both labs are equipped with state-of-the-art features, including controllable and fixed cameras, independent monitors, and 15 IT display screens, which are use to display teaching material, experiments and video clips.

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Learning and Social Area

This multi-purpose area includes an 84-inch screen, lockable mobile phone charging stations, and a kitchen to prepare or store refreshments. A corridor links round all of the labs, and incorporates contemporary seating and 62 lockers. 


Student satisfaction - the top BMS degree in Scotland for satisfied students


We've recently invested millions into teaching facilities and technology


The number of weeks of clinical placement enjoyed by Applied BMS students

Programme Fees for 2019

Scottish & EU students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year. 

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students must also purchase a laboratory coat (cost around £15) and a laboratory notebook.

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year. 

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students must also purchase a laboratory coat (cost around £15) and a laboratory notebook.

International Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year. 

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Students must also purchase a laboratory coat (cost around £15) and a laboratory notebook.


Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 



The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.


This degree equips you with the skills to enter various bioscience-based careers, including scientific work in university and commercial laboratories. Some of our past graduates have opted for other bioscience-related routes such as secondary school teaching, medical sales, and postgraduate medicine. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue Masters or PhD studies in the bioscience field.


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Choose Your Path

The degree’s professional accreditation also means that graduates can apply for employment as biomedical scientists/trainee biomedical scientists within the NHS.

Such posts are only open to those with an IBMS accredited Honours degree in Biomedical Science. Many of our past graduates have taken the biomedical scientist career path where, after gaining the Specialist Skills Diploma, they are eligible for promotion to Specialist Biomedical Scientist. With further progression, you could ultimately attain a Specialised Consultant post.


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Industry Links

The programme has very strong links with local industry. In particular, laboratories at Ninewells Hospital (Europe’s largest teaching hospital), Kings Cross Hospital, Perth Royal Infirmary, and Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

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Unistats collates comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The core information it contains is called the Unistats dataset (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)).

Programme Leader - Biomedical Science

Dr Kevin Smith

Dr Kevin Smith

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Senior Lecturer

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