Biomedical Science

Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons)

with a Sandwich Year

Our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). The course is informed by our cutting-edge research and extensive network of clinical collaborations. Our Biomedical Science degree prepares you for a career focused on human disease, whether it is in research, diagnostics or treatment.

Our modules include guest lecturers who are practicing Biomedical Scientists and clinicians to help put your learning into context and provide networking opportunities. Upon graduation you will have acquired the practical experience, scientific knowledge and transferable skills to be highly competitive for a wide range of jobs including the health service, pharmaceutical industry, postgraduate study and medicine. You will benefit from our expert careers advice to give you the best possible start when deciding on your future career.

Overview

Our degree programme

During your studies you explore the biochemical processes that occur in the human body, learn how they respond to diseases and how this knowledge can be used to identify and treat diseases. In your future career, this scientific knowledge could be put to practical use within medical healthcare.

In your first and second years, you develop your skills as a bioscientist, covering areas including biological chemistry, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, human physiology and disease, and metabolism.

After two years you undertake a placement in industry, helping you put into practice the skills you're learnt in our labs. This year gives you great opportunities to gain real-world experience as well as making contacts in industry and increasing your confidence ahead of completing your degree.

In your final year, your modules cover areas such as immunology, haematology and blood transfusion, and pathogens. Optional modules cover areas including the biology of ageing, neuroscience and cancer biology.

You also complete your own research project. Our research funding of around £4.5 million a year means that you are taught the most up-to-date science and this allows us to offer some exciting and relevant final-year projects.

We also offer between 20 and 30 paid Summer Studentships each year. You can apply to work in our research labs during the summer holiday and gain hands-on research experience before your final year of study.

By undertaking an accredited course, you will receive a wide-ranging, research informed scientific education and develop practical skills and experience that employers value.

Our facilities

We recently spent £2 million on our laboratories to ensure that you develop your practical skills in a world-class environment, getting hands on time with equipment used in industry. We give you extensive practical training and you spend up to two days a week in the laboratory.

Year abroad

You can choose to work or study abroad for a year. You are taught in English and previous destinations include universities in the US, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong and Malaysia. For more details, see Biomedical Science with a Year Abroad.

Extra activities

We have a huge range of student societies at Kent, including BioSoc, where you meet other people, indulge your passion and learn extra-curricular skills. Our societies run social events as well as industry and research talks. Find out more about the wider experience for Biomedical science students at Kent.

The world of work

Our school collaborates with research groups in industry and academia throughout the UK and Europe. It also has excellent links with local employers, such as:

  • NHS
  • GSK
  • MedImmune
  • Eli Lilly
  • Lonza
  • Aesica Pharmaceuticals
  • Sekisui Diagnostics
  • Cairn Research
  • Public Health England.

Flexible tariff

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

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    A level

    BBC including Biology or Human Biology grade B or Double Award Applied Science at grade BB including the practical endorsement of any science qualifications taken.

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    Mathematics grade C

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    The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to pass the Access to Higher Education Diploma with 36 level 3 credits at distinction and 9 at merit, and to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits in particular subjects at distinction or merit grade.

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    Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Applied Science or Biomedical Science. Please contact us for advise if you are taking a different BTEC subject. 

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    34 points overall or 15 points at HL including Biology 5 at HL or 6 at SL and Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Skills for Bioscientists, Fundamentals of Human Biology and Life Sciences (plus 50% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 4/C or equivalent).

Please contact the School for more information at study-bio@kent.ac.uk

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.