Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

BSc Integrative Biomedical Sciences (based in China)

UCAS code: Not applicable

Duration: 4 years

School: Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

College: Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Introducing BSc Integrative Biomedical Sciences (based in China)

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

Biomedical scientists integrate knowledge gained from research across a range of related disciplines and apply it to 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 treatment of illness.

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 Integrative Biomedical Sciences 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 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 the first of its kind for both universities, making this a unique opportunity for students of biomedical sciences.

Biomedical sciences is the study of the human body at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels in health and disease. Biomedical scientists use skills and knowledge from a range of related disciplines like physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience. The research output of biomedical sciences is fundamental for understanding key physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms, and 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 treatment of illness. The aim of this dual award programme is to produce highly-skilled scientists who will be the future leaders in biomedical sciences.

Year 1

This year's theme is the importance of biomedical sciences to medicine and health. You will learn about fundamental concepts in biomedical sciences, the structure and functions of the major organ systems, and key concepts in molecular and cell biology.

You will take five compulsory courses:

  • Integrated Biomedical Sciences 1
  • Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biomedical Horizons - a course that will give you a broad overview of the biomedical challenges facing society today.

Year 2

This year's theme is foundational understanding of biomedical sciences. You will build on your knowledge and skills, learning about the theory and practice of techniques in basic and applied biomedical science research; key concepts in biology such as development, evolution, and the genetic basis of life; further study on important body systems; modern human molecular genetics; and the fundamental characteristics of microorganisms involved in human disease.

You will take five compulsory courses:

  • Applied Biomedical Sciences 2
  • Integrated Functions of Body Systems 2
  • Building an Organism 2
  • Biomedical Genetics 2
  • Microorganisms and Immunity 2

Year 3

This year's theme is developing knowledge from experiment. You will continue to develop the attributes of a biomedical scientist - depth and breadth of knowledge, analytical and critical skills, communication, and research and enquiry. There is a strong practical component in Year 3, designed to hone your practical laboratory skills and your understanding and application of experimental design.

You will take three compulsory courses:

  • Integrated Biomedical Sciences 3
  • Human Disease: From Research to Clinic 3A
  • Human Disease: From Research to Clinic 3B

as well as two options from a choice of four. Option courses are focused on neuroscience, endocrine and reproductive biology, molecular biology and epigenetics, and infectious diseases.

Year 4

This year's theme is research in practice. You will take a selection of compulsory courses to extend and reinforce your knowledge, and critical and communication skills, as well as option courses that discuss cutting-edge topics in depth. In addition, with one-to-one supervisor support, you will complete a major research project that involves original laboratory-based research.

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 as a biomedical scientist, and as an individual, is fostered through: - lectures and tutorials that deliver specific biomedical sciences 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 design and execution of laboratory-based experimental investigation - 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 sciences 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.

A large proportion of biomedical sciences graduates choose further study before entering academic or industry-based research careers or healthcare-related professions.

Graduates enter employment that requires an understanding of biomedical processes and the ability to research the background relating to novel questions using scientific literature and other data sources.

These careers include laboratory research, disease diagnosis, the pharmaceutical industry and scientific publishing.

The skills and knowledge gained also equip graduates for employment in the non-science sector, including teaching, marketing, accountancy, and policy research.

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:

ZJU-UoE Institute - fees and scholarships


For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding