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About the course

Biomedical scientists play a leading role in developing our knowledge of human illness. As a biomedical science student here at Solent, you’ll build a detailed understanding of the causes of human disease and how these diseases produce symptoms. You’ll also explore the way that disease can affect human cells, tissues, and the body as a whole.

Our expert teaching teams will help you to develop the skills required to succeed in biomedical science. You will be supported to develop practical and analytical skills, exploring the latest technologies and experimental treatments. You’ll learn to undertake biomedical science research that can lead to the development of new diagnostic procedures or therapeutic intervention strategies. You’ll also look at the way that advances in technology can support the self-management of health.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to study in our bespoke laboratory facilities. These have been created specifically to support small groups of students as they build their portfolio of lab experience. Your competency will be developed through practical classes and reinforced by our virtual learning environment. Professional development and reflective practice assignments ensure that you are able to apply what you have learnt.

Employability sits at the heart of our teaching. An individual final year research project and work-related laboratory assignments mean that you’ll graduate feeling ready to take the next steps in your career. You will work with biomedical science practitioners and other professionals throughout all three years of the course.

As a graduate from an accredited biomedical science programme, you will have a strong foundation of scientific knowledge coupled with proven technical skills. This provides a starting point for a wide-range NHS, pharmaceutical or biotechnology careers.

Registering as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is required for many NHS careers. The IBMS Registration Training Portfolio must be completed in an IBMS accredited laboratory following graduation from Solent.

IBMS accredited

 

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Learn from biomedical science practitioners and other visiting professionals throughout all three years of your course.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates leave this course well prepared for a scientific career. What you learn will be relevant to a wide-range of NHS, pharmaceutical or biotechnology roles:

  • Biomedical scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Physician associate
  • Laboratory technician
  • Pharmaceutical technician
  • Research scientist
  • Toxicologist

Who is this course for?

To be considered for this course you will usually need to have studied A Level chemistry or biology (or equivalent). Candidates should be passionate about scientific research and the study of disease.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs

Laboratory coat and safety glasses: £30

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels (including A-level chemistry or biology), a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above. (Previously grade C).
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until then end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
    By the end of this module, you will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of human genetics and contemporary research approaches and methods for studying cells and genes.
  • Fundamental Biochemistry 
    This module will introduce you to several fundamental principles of biochemistry including the structure and function of major classes of biomolecules, the role of enzymes, enzyme kinetics as well as covering the key foundations of chemistry.
  • Blood Sciences
    You will learn the fundamentals of haematology and importantly, explore the rationale for laboratory testing in routine and specialised investigation to examine different components of blood in healthy and diseased states.
  • Microbiology and Immunology
    This module has practical classes in both microbiology and immunology, enabling you to develop the core lab skills associated with these specialisms.
  • Scientific Skills
    This unit will teach you all the core practical skills that underpin every other practical on the course. You will be introduced to relevant IT software and what scientific literature is, how to search it and how to write about it in an academic style.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    This module will allow you to explore and explain the relationship between anatomical structure and physiological function. Learning that how tissues and organs are structured (anatomy) is key to what function each performs (physiology).

Year two

Core modules
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
    This module builds on the fundamental molecular biology you started in the first year and will encourage you to dig deeper into the applied science of cell and molecular biology in relation to human health and disease.
  • Clinical Biochemistry
    This module will introduce you to a number of specific biochemical tests used to diagnose, monitor and guide treatment of several diseases and organ function including but not limited to kidney disease and liver function.
  • Advanced Blood Sciences
    Through this module you will learn how haematology is interconnected with other related areas, such as cell and molecular biology, clinical biochemistry, oncology and immunology, which is reflective of the practice of a multidisciplinary pathology department.
  • Cellular Pathology
    You will learn about the structure and organisation of different cells that make up the variety of systems of the human body through visualisation of tissue samples under a microscope.
  • Research Methods and Professional Development
    This module prepares you to develop and practice research skills required to propose, undertake and defend an independent research project in your final year of study.
  • Infection and Immunity
    You will explore pathogenetic mechanisms of infectious diseases in normal hosts and immunocompromised patients and will study the fundamentals of diagnosis, treatment and prophylaxis of a number of common infections in human

Year three

Core modules
  • Biology of Disease
    This module allows you to review molecular, cellular and clinical aspects of a range of non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, considered to be the major causes of morbidity and mortality in Western populations.
  • Medical Microbiology
    The aim of this module is to bring you up-to-date with understanding pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnostics, treatment and prevention options for microbial diseases that are of current concern.
  • Clinical Genetics
    During this module you will explore DNA analysis technologies, genetic markers, example diseases as well as some of the ethical considerations of genetic and genomic medicine.
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
    Through formal lectures, you will develop a critical understanding of the underlying principles of pharmacodynamics (what drugs do to our body), pharmacokinetics (what our body does to drugs), and toxicology (adverse effects of drugs).
  • Research Project
    This module will provide you with an opportunity to gain experience of undertaking a degree-related independent investigation in either a work-based, or academic environment.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Vadim Taraban academic profile Vadim Taraban Course Leader View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Jamil Jubrail academic profile Jamil Jubrail Lecturer View profile
Dr Hannah Perry academic profile Hannah Perry Technician Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

You will make extensive use of our specialised biochemistry and biology labs. You will also have full access to our general facilities. These include a 24-hour library, computer resource centres, bookable study spaces and comprehensive sport/exercise facilities. You’ll also benefit from our academic support and career development services.

Develop your own research and prepare for a range of postgraduate study options or careers.

Your future

This broad scientific programme provides the foundation for a wide range of scientific careers. You could be working within the NHS, pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. You could also choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level. 

Registering as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is required for many NHS careers. The IBMS Registration Training Portfolio must be completed in an IBMS accredited laboratory following graduation from Solent.

  • Biomedical scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Physician associate
  • Laboratory technician
  • Pharmaceutical technician
  • Research scientist
  • Toxicologist

Industry links

Employability sits at the heart of our teaching. An individual final year research project and work-related laboratory projects mean that you’ll graduate feeling confident and ready to take the next steps in your career. You will work with biomedical science practitioners and other professionals throughout all three years of the course.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day