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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 biomedicine. 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.

We are seeking accreditation from the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). 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.

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.
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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 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

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 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2018/19 costs were:

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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, 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.
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Key entry requirements

112 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.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above. (Previously grade C)

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 19 in each individual 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.

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 Ask Solent team:

admissions@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 units
  • Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Blood Sciences
  • Introduction to Microbiology and Immunology
  • Introduction to Professional Skills for Biomedical Science
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

Year two

Core units
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Advanced Blood Sciences
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice in Biomedical Science
  • Infection and Immunity

Year three

Core units
  • Biology of Disease
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Research Project

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
Suzy Moody PhD academic profile Suzy Moody Senior Lecturer View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Lecturer View profile
Dr Robbie Baldock academic profile Robbie Baldock Lecturer View profile
Luke Evans academic profile Luke Evans 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.

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