Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

BSc Biomedical Informatics (based in China)

UCAS code: Not applicable

Duration: 4 years

School: Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

College: Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Introducing BSc Biomedical Informatics (based in China)

Biomedical informatics encompasses the study of managing, analysing, and interpreting data in the biomedical field. Its researchers study and manage information, study behaviour related to decisions, and develop computational methods and use them to generate knowledge. During this programme you will work with computers and build tools to manage and analyse biological and biomedical data.

Study in China

This programme is taught in English by staff from Zhejiang University, the University of Edinburgh and the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJU-UoE Institute). It will be based entirely in Haining, China.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded BSc Biomedical Informatics from both Zhejiang University and the University of Edinburgh.

ZJU-UoE Institute

The ZJU-UoE Institute is a collaboration in the field of biomedical sciences and biomedical informatics between Zhejiang University and the University of Edinburgh. Together, we have established an international research institute at the International Campus of Zhejiang University in Haining, China, that builds on the existing strengths of our institutions and aims to foster collaboration in teaching and research.

This is a new and exciting collaboration and is the first of its kind for both universities, making this a unique opportunity for students of this field.

The programme aims to be an exciting exploration of the application of biomedical informatics.

Year 1

In Year 1 the programme incorporates key elements to provide an Introduction to Biomedical Informatics 1, while developing your underpinning knowledge and skills in Biomedical Sciences and Cell and Molecular Biology. You will also study key requirements in mathematics, statistics and chemistry that are requirements for all students studying in China.

The Year 1 courses embed opportunities to encourage your development of graduate attributes and autonomous learning skills including information gathering, academic writing and reflective practice, as well as managing and documenting computational projects.

Year 2

In Year 2 the focus is on building foundational knowledge in biomedical informatics and data science, and linking through to physiology, genetics, genomics and proteomics through courses in Database & Software Technology and Genomics & Proteomics.

Year 3

In Year 3 you will explore computational and systems biology approaches and an understanding of human disease through biomedical informatics approaches with courses such as Computational & Systems Biology and Biomedical Informatics 3. You will also choose two option courses.

Year 3 aims to be an exciting exploration of the application of biomedical informatics to biomedical sciences, facilitating your development by learning from experiment in key areas for application.

Year 4

In Year 4 you will focus on key compulsory courses and options in biomedical informatics, including a project where biomedical informatics approaches are applied to a research question.

Our facilities

Your studies will take place in state-of-the-art facilities at the new Zhejiang University International Campus. Situated in Haining, China, between Hangzhou and Shanghai, the campus features on-site accommodation, shopping, restaurants, a fitness centre, and a library cafe, as well as newly-built research and project laboratories.

How will I learn?

Your development in Biomedical Informatics, and as an individual, is fostered through: lectures and tutorials that deliver specific biomedical informatics knowledge and its underlying scientific principles; problem-based learning opportunities which develop learning skills that encourage an analytical and interpretative approach to problem solving; practical skills related to the building of tools to manage and analyse biological and biomedical data; and research in practice: the understanding of the research methodologies that govern the quantification, analysis and interpretation of scientific data.

Upon graduation, you will have acquired a level of understanding of Biomedical Informatics that will enable you to contribute to, and guide, public debate on issues that affect healthcare for present and future generations.

How will I be assessed?

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

Graduates with a Biomedical Informatics dual award from the University of Edinburgh and Zhejiang University will have attributes that are highly valued in all biomedical disciplines.

The ability to think critically about the scientific basis of bioinformatics and biomedical sciences in relation to clinical practice and the research training with its emphasis on analytical and scientific skills will have a positive influence on your career development.

Applications and admissions for Chinese nationals will be through the usual Chinese national university admission process.

International applicants (non-Chinese passport holders)

These are the requirements that students must have (or be predicted to attain) to be considered for entry. Each year there is a specific number of places available and where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places then a selection process based on academic achievement, personal statement and references will be used. Meeting the entry requirement does not guarantee a place on the programme.

SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or AABB/ABBBB by end of S6, to include Biology and Chemistry at B. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Higher Mathematics or Physics and Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry are recommended. National 5s: Mathematics at B and English at C.

A levels: ABB, in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry at B. Mathematics or Physics is recommended. GCSEs: Mathematics at B or 6 and English at C or 4.

IB: 32 points with 655 at HL to include Biology and Chemistry, one at 5 and one at 6. Mathematics or Physics is recommended. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 4. From 2021, both the Mathematics Analysis & approaches and Applications & interpretation pathways will be accepted.

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.


For SQA, GCSE and IB 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 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 23 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 169 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)

Applications should be submitted through the ZJU-UoE Institute website.

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Additional costs

You will be responsible for the cost of your accommodation and living expenses on the International Campus of Zhejiang University in Haining, China.

Fees and scholarships

You can find information on fees and scholarships for this programme on the ZJU-UoE Institute website:

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Fees and funding