Undergraduate study - 2017 entry

BSc Biomedical Sciences

UCAS code: C190

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

College: Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Study abroad

Introducing BSc Biomedical Sciences

Understanding the functioning of the human body at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels in health and disease is the ultimate aim of biomedical science.

Biomedical scientists integrate knowledge gained by research across a range of related disciplines and apply this knowledge in the analysis of disease mechanisms. The basic research carried out by biomedical scientists is fundamental for new developments and innovation in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Biomedical scientists develop individual scientific, experimental and critical skills that have the potential to facilitate major contributions to improvements in human health and the prolonging of life.

Year 1

The main theme you will study is the importance of biomedical sciences to medicine and health. You will learn how biomedical science discoveries and breakthroughs in understanding have led to medical and scientific advancement. You will take three compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences 1; Molecules, Genes & Cells 1; and Medical Biology 1 plus others from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical courses. Students will also be expected to take at least one course in biological chemistry.

Year 2

The theme of your second year is foundational understanding of biomedical sciences and it includes essential learning applicable to biomedical disciplines.

You take three compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences 2; Microorganisms, Infection & Immunity 2; and Cells to Organisms 2. You will choose other courses from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical options.

Year 3

You study the compulsory course Biomedical Sciences 3, the cornerstone to the theme of developing knowledge from experiment. You will develop key graduate attributes, such as analytical skills, communication, and research and enquiry and study additional compulsory and option courses to broaden your understanding of the subject.

Year 4

The final year theme is research in practice. You study two compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences and Critical Analysis Skills in Biomedical Sciences, together with two option courses covering cutting-edge topics in more depth.

With individual supervisor support you will complete a major research project that involves original laboratory-based or library-based literature research.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme structure (2016/17)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place at both the University’s Central Area and the King’s Buildings campus. You will have access to the University's libraries and computer laboratories. Study materials are available online.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Europe, North America and Asia. An exchange programme with Sweden's University of Uppsala offers up to four student places each year.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical work, problem-based learning and computer-assisted learning. In the third and fourth year, there is more emphasis on self-directed study and discussion sessions with internationally renowned research scientists.

How will I be assessed?

In-course assessment and exams are used in all years of the programmes. Your degree classification will be based on your performance in Years 3 and 4.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB by the end of S5 or AAAA/AAABB in S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting.
  • IB: 36 points overall with HL Grade 6 biology and chemistry.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, to include Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. Qualified applicants are advised to take Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher level where possible. Standard Grades: Mathematics at Grade 2. English at Grade 3 (or National 5 Mathematics at Grade B and English at Grade C).
  • A Levels: ABB, in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. GCSEs: Mathematics at Grade B and English at Grade C.
  • IB: Overall score of 32 points, including HL Biology and Chemistry, one at Grade 5 and one at Grade 6. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. SL: English at Grade 4 and Mathematics at SL Grade 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

International qualifications

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AB to include Biology and Chemistry.
  • A Levels: AAB, in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry.
  • IB: Overall score of 36 points, including HL Grade 6 Biology and Chemistry.

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with minimum 23 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 169 in each component * Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinction in all four components

  • About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Please apply for only one Biomedical Sciences programme. You will have the opportunity to switch between programmes in later years provided the required courses have been passed.

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Tuition fees for BSc Biomedical Sciences

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Fees and funding