BSc Hons Biomedical Science (Extended)

University Of Greenwich

Program Overview

Our extended degree in biomedical science explores human health and disease. We focus on many areas of medical and biosciences, examining the mechanisms of disease, diagnostic pathways and therapeutic intervention. Our lecturers are experienced academics in areas including cell biology, cancer biology, microbiology and haematology.


This extended biomedical science course begins with a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level learning. After this, you'll progress to our three-year degree, which includes practical modules, real-life clinical case studies and a research project. The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, a leading professional body in the field.


We provide exciting work experience opportunities at a range of organisations, from multinational firms, government agencies and the NHS to smaller companies engaged in research, analytical services and manufacturing. You'll graduate ready for roles in the public and private healthcare sectors, from the NHS, Medical Research Council and Health and Safety Executive to forensic laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. Former students have gone on to work for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Dyson, Eon, PS Analytical, E-liquids and NHS hospitals.


LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,100


IELTS: 5.5

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Year 0

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Introduction to Biology (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (30 credits)
  • Introductory Practical Science (30 credits)
  • Foundation Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Learning Skills for Science (15 credits)

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Biochemistry 1 (15 credits)
  • Biochemistry 2 (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Biology and Physiology (30 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry for Life Science (15 credits)
  • Practical and Academic Skills (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Medical Science (15 credits)

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology (Level 5) (15 credits)
  • Physiological Systems and Regulation (15 credits)
  • Metabolism and Disease (15 credits)
  • Bioanalytical Techniques (15 credits)
  • Genetics (15 credits)
  • Infection and Immunity (15 credits)
  • Haematology I (15 credits)
  • Research and Professional Skills in Life Science (15 credits)

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Project (Life Sciences) (30 credits)
  • Advanced and Clinical Immunology (15 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology (15 credits)
  • Medical Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Haematology and Blood Transfusion (15 credits)


Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Pathophysiology of Disease (15 credits)
  • Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (15 credits)
  • Analysis of Nucleic Acids (30 credits)
  • Stem Cells (15 credits)
  • Neuropharmacology for Biomedical Science (15 credits)


Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

  • Science Internship Course (15 credits)
  • Employability and Governance (15 credits)

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate and must include one of the following:


A level: 64 Points from related subjects, e.g. biology, sports science, human biology, or physics.


BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science.


A level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 16 Points from a science related subject.


International Baccalaureate: requiring Higher Level Science grade 3 and Standard Level English grade 4.


Access to Higher Education Diploma: Science.


Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.


We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels.
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, and Access to Science.
  • Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree, with which you may be able to enter this degree in Year 3.
  • Applications from mature students.

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.


2022/23 fees
Full-time (per year)    
Home    £9,250     
International    £15,100 


Part-time (per 30 credits)
Home     £2,313 

Fees information International fees
Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.


Accommodation costs
Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Funding your study
There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Other costs
Safety equipment
Science students are provided with lab coat and safety glasses free of charge. You'll be expected to pay for prescription safety glasses (approx. £90+) if you choose to purchase them.


Field trips
The cost of field trips is activity dependant. Some are free, while others may require a contribution. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.


Professional memberships
The standard professional memberships attached to accredited courses are covered by your tuition fees. You are welcome to take up additional professional memberships at your own cost.


Course texts and other study resources are available from the Drill Hall Library. You may wish to purchase your own copies. You also receive an allowance for printing costs, which you can top up if required.

Will I have a work placement?
Students go to a range of companies and organisations of varying sizes for their placements, including large multi-national firms, government agencies, the NHS and small to medium sized companies engaged in research, analytical services and manufacturing.


  • Previous students have worked in: Eon, Dyson, ADEY, PS Analytical and E-liquids, GSK, NHS hospitals.
  • IAESTE (British Council) placements to Brazil, Dubai and Poland.
  • We have a dedicated team to search for and inform students about relevant opportunities and help students prepare for interviews.


How long is my placement?
Students can undertake a summer placement for between 6 weeks and 3 months, which can be related to a credit rated course at Level 6, or can be undertaken for work experience and acknowledged by a Certificate of Industrial Experience.


You are also encouraged to apply for sandwich placements lasting 9-12 months, which sit between the second and third year of the degree.


What are the financial arrangements?
We expect students to be treated like other employees of the company or organisation, wherever possible. It is also expected that students on sandwich placements will be paid throughout their time with the company. In some cases, students on summer placements have had expenses only covered by the company.


Students on sandwich placements pay a reduced fee to the University for their placement year.


What sort of careers do graduates pursue?
This course will prepare you for employment in both the public and private healthcare sectors, including in the National Health Service, National Blood Service, Health Protection Agency and Medical Research Council, veterinary service, the Health and Safety Executive, forensic laboratories and the pharmaceutical industry.


Are internships available?
Interns can gain valuable employment experience within the faculty – subject to resources. Personal tutors will be able to advise students on where to access programme internships.


Do you provide employability services?
We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. Our Employer Partnerships Manager develops relationships with companies to provide placement and employment opportunities. Other members of the team help you to understand the jobs market and HR selection processes, produce effective CVs and cover letters, and prepare final-year students for graduate job and placement applications.

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