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Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

About the course

Biomedical Science Undergraduate Courses

Biomedical Science (BMS) degree has been taught at De Montfort University (DMU) for over 25 years and the programmes of study have equipped graduates with an appropriate educational background for a wide variety of careers.

Biomedical Science graduates are eligible to register as a Biomedical Scientist with Health and Care Professions Council | (HCPC) after a period of clinical laboratory training.

You will gain a fundamental understanding of the following: 

  • Cell and organ function
  • Cellular biochemistry
  • Microbiology 
  • Basic analytical skills of modern biomedical science.

Why study Biomedical Science at DMU

  • Graduates are eligibile to register as a Biomedical Scientist  with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) after a period of clinical laboratory training
  • Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Extensive links with local NHS hospital pathology centres
  • *90 per cent of graduates seeking to enter employment or further study are successful within six months of graduating.

*(DLHE 2012/2013)

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Key facts

UCAS course code: B940

Duration: Three years full-time, three years part-time, four years sandwich placement (optional)

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

2015 entry


  • Five GSCEs at grade C or above including Maths and English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 260 points from at least 2 A levels including Human Biology, Biology or Chemistry at grade C or above


  • BTEC National Diploma - Science BTEC Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Science BTEC Distinction/Merit/Merit

International Baccalaureate
28+ with 6 higher level points in Chemistry or Biology

Access course (started before September 2014)
Pass in Access to Science. English and Maths GCSE equivalency of 12 level 2 credits in each subject required.

Access to HE Diploma - started from September 2014
Pass a Science Access qualification, e.g. AHE (Science) or AHE (Health Professions), with GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

Interview: No

Work Experience: No

International students:
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience.

Teaching and assessment

You will benefit from teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer-based learning, as well as extensive laboratory-based work. Our Virtual Analytical Laboratory (VAL) skills package also enables you to develop practical laboratory skills in a virtual environment.

Assessment is based on coursework, group assessment, presentations and exams. You will normally attend around 20 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 15 hours of independent study.

Course modules

First year

  • Basic Microbiology - introduces the fundamentalsof microbiology, microbes and contamination, as well as basic microbiological laboratory techniques
  • Structure and Function of Cells and Tissues - provides an introduction to cells and tissues,including histology and cytology in the laboratory
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology - provides an overview of biochemistry and cell biology, including laboratory work
  • Molecular Sciences - provides an introduction to molecular chemistry andlaboratory techniques
  • Professional and Quantitative Skills - develops your research and scientific skills, with anemployability strand

Second year

  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Biochemical Disease Processes
  • Organ Systems Physiology
  • Inflammation and Immunobiology
  • Professional Skills 2
  • Bioanalytical Instrumentation and Techniques
  • Optional sandwich work placement year

Third year

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Histopathology and Cytopathology
  • Immunopathology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Transfusion Science
  • Haematology
  • Research Project

Sample timetable

Below is a sample timetable for a first year [Course Title] student.

The timetable as an idea of the types of classes you may attend and an indication of contact hours per week. You will be expected to complete at least [X] hours of self-directed study in addition to these schedules classes.

Sample Timetable

Work experience and placements

This course offers an optional sandwich year; usually as an employee of an approved NHS pathology centre or a research or industrial laboratory.

Students undertaking the sandwich year often benefit from their placements being funded. Previous opportunities have included placements with:

  • Health Protection Agency
  • Wickham Laboratories
  • Rutland Biodynamics
  • Local NHS Trusts

Graduate careers

Our graduates are highly sought after by NHS| Pathology centres and work in diagnostic laboratories in both the public and private sectors, research institutions and the biotechnology industry.

Recent graduates have progressed into roles such as biomedical scientists, laboratory assistants, associate practitioners and pharmacology technicians in NHS| pathology centres.

Our postgraduate courses offer opportunities to progress onto further study, including; the Advanced Biomedical Science MSc|.

Fees and funding

Fees 2015

Full-time £9,000
Part Time 2014
4 Year Course £5,925
6 Year Course £3,950
Per Module (15 Credits) £988
Band 2 £11,750

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Investment of £12 million in our first-class facilities helps develop your practical laboratory experience. 

Our modernised Microbiology and Virtual Analytical laboratory resources provides current clinical laboratory teaching, with some final year teaching sessions being delivered by external experts.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website ucas.ac.uk|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website ucas.ac.uk or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal|.

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Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

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T: +44 (0)116 250 6070
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Programme Study

The BMS courses offered at DMU include honours degree programmes in Biomedical Science and Applied Biomedical Science which is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), and Biomedical Studies. Biomedical science is the term for the investigations carried out by biomedical scientists, usually working in the NHS, on samples of tissue and body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients.

The accredited programme of study is usually taken over a three year time period with an opportunity to spend an additional year (usually between years 2 and 3) either in industry or in a NHS laboratory.

A certain number of places on this course are funded and supported by the NHS and include vacation-based training in hospital pathology centres. This is termed the 'integrated' Applied Biomedical Science coterminus route.

If you put De Montfort University as your first choice you may indicate interest in the 'integrated' funding on your UCAS| form and email a statement of interest to Mr Peter Chimkupete via email at pchimkupete@dmu.ac.uk|. Prospective coterminus applicants will then undergo an interview selection procedure, as there are limited funded places.

Other course variations include the integrated vocational pathway BMS degree. This is usually taken by employees of NHS pathology laboratories and includes one day of study per week at DMU with vocational assessment of laboratory competence. In addition, the specialist modules can also be taken by those individuals requiring continuing professional development or ‘top up’ to make their own degrees suitable for registration purposes.

A MSc programme|, again accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, is also available for experienced biomedical scientitsts in NHS pathology laboratories in all the major pathology specialities who require a postgraduate qualification for career advancement. A professional doctorate programme is also available for NHS pathology biomedical scientists.

Students pursue their own research interests in a final year project working closely with staff at the university, or out on project placements, for example in local hospital laboratories.

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