Biomedical science is concerned with understanding the causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Our programme has been accredited by the prestigious Institute of Biomedical Sciences and is co-taught between the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
You will initially study subjects including human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, genetics and pharmacology. In your final year you will study specialist modules in topics such as endocrinology, genomics, neuroscience, cell pathology and cancer biology. Many of our graduates progress onto medicine and dentistry programmes and the programme has been designed with this in mind.
- Top 15 graduates are guaranteed an interview for the 5 year Medicine MBBS degree at Barts and the London, based on performance in the first two years and subject to obtaining an upper second class BSc
- Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences
Your degree award
Following student feedback, from 2017-18 we will no longer offer different streams for Biomedical Sciences, which gave students the chance to specialise in cancer, immunology, pharmacology or molecular medicine in their final year. We will only offer Biomedical Sciences BSc, which is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, unlike programmes that specialised in one of the above streams. Module options will stay the same. This is an amendment to earlier versions of our printed prospectus for 2017 – 18 entry.
The programme structure outlined below is indicative of what you will study. It may change slightly from year to year as new topics are introduced and after we have listened to current student feedback on teaching.
- Essential Skills for Biomedical Scientists
- Chromosomes and Gene Functions
- Human Anatomy
- The Human Cell
- The Microbial World and Humans
- Biomedical Physiology I
- Biomolecules of Life
- Tissue Biology
- Biomedical Physiology II
- Human Molecular Biology
- Techniques in Biomedical Sciences
- Basic Immunology
- Clinical Microbiology
- Essential Biochemistry for Human Life
- Biomedical Pharmacology
- Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics
- Comparative and Integrative Physiology
- Human Genetic Disorders
- Advanced Immunology
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Endocrine Physiology and Biochemistry
- Human Genetics and Genomics
- Molecular Clinical Microbiology
- Receptors and Mechanisms of Cell Signalling
- Oral biology
- Cancer Biology
- Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs
- Drug Discovery and Design
- Molecular Basis of Personalised Medicine
All third year students must complete one of the following:
- A-levels: Typically AAB and above at A2 level from three subjects, including biology and one other science subject (chemistry, maths, further maths, physics or psychology)
- International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall including grade 6 in biology (Higher Level) and grade 6 in one other science subject (Higher Level)
- BTEC: We do not accept BTEC qualifications
- Access to HE Diploma: We do not accept Access qualifications for this programme.
Visit our frequently asked questions page for answers to our commonly received queries about entry requirements.
Students from outside the United Kingdom must give evidence of their English language ability by producing an English language test score. The university provides guidelines for English requirements for all degree programmes.
Students may enter this degree programme via admission to the QMUL Science and Engineering Foundation Programme. Students must complete the foundation year and meet the required progression criteria.
If you have qualifications, which are not listed above, please contact us to check your eligibility:
Tel: +44(0) 207 882 5511
Learning and teaching
All our programmes involve a mixture of classroom activities and laboratory work. A variety of teaching styles are employed, which vary slightly among modules and programmes. Most material is delivered via lectures. These last around 50 minutes each and, typically, you would have two lectures per day.
Lectures are backed up with small-group tutorials and workshops, where you have the opportunity to ask, in a relatively relaxed and small group setting, about material in lectures that you did not understand, to go through problems and practise past exam papers. In general, lectures, tutorials and workshops take place in the mornings and laboratory classes in the afternoons.
A typical weekly workload would be:
- Eight one-hour lectures
- 9-12 hours of practical laboratories or workshops
- 18-20 hours of private study/coursework.
For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
For all programmes, you must take 120 credits (normally eight modules) in each academic year. Each module is assessed through a combination of theory examinations (typically accounting for 70-90 per cent of the final mark) and coursework (for example practical reports, problem sheets, online exercises and tests). Theory examinations are normally two and a half hours long.
Final year BSc students may undertake a research project worth 30 credits, while final year MSci students undertake a project worth 60 credits; these projects are generally assessed by a combination of detailed written report, a seminar presentation, a poster and an interview.
There are presently no mid-session exams and the main examination period is in May/June, with the additional possibility of deferred exams and resits in August for first and second year students. The format of undergraduate examinations varies from module to module and may include multiple choice questions (MCQ), short answer questions, problem solving or essays.
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Our graduates progress into a range of sectors, including clinical and laboratory work, as well as postgraduate research and study and science communication. Others transfer their skills into sectors such as marketing and finance. The latest data show that 94 per cent* of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation.
Progression onto medicine and dentistry programmes
Many of our graduates progress onto studying medicine or dentistry and this programme has been designed with this in mind. The top 15 Biomedical Sciences graduates, based on performance in the first two years, are guaranteed an interview for the 5 year Medicine MBBS degree at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, subject to obtaining an upper second class BSc.
Recent graduates of our Biomedical Sciences BSc have moved into a wide range of careers, including:
- Trainee Biomedical Scientist – Queen’s NHS Hospital
- Medical Laboratory Scientist
- Clinical Research Assistant - University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
- Assistant Biomedical Scientist - King Edward VII's Hospital
- Case Handler – Deloitte
- Research Assistant
- Editorial Assistant - Biochemical Society
Recent graduates have gone on to study:
- Medicine (Graduate Entry Programme) MBBS
- Medicine MBBS
- Dentistry BDS
- Clinical Neuroscience PhD
- Cancer Therapeutics MSc
- Dental Technology MSc
- Neuroscience MSc
- Molecular Medicine MSc
- Pharmacology MSc
- Infection and Immunity PhD
QMUL is part of the prestigious Russell Group and our graduates are consistently in the top ten graduate starting salaries in the UK (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016). QMUL graduates have a strong earning power, with an average salary of £23,580.* You will also have access to QMUL’s specialist Careers and Enterprise team to help prepare you for internships and graduate employment.
*Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013/14
Naila Aslam, Biomedical Sciences BSc, class of 2008
Currently working as: doctor specialising in paediatrics, after progressing onto Graduate Entry Medicine (MBBS)
- What did you enjoy most about your time here?
"Everything! I think the best part was what you learned outside the lecture theatres. QMUL gives you the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and learn about them as well as yourself. It’s more than just a university, it’s an amazing experience."
- What did QMUL do to prepare you for work?
"Let’s put it this way – I wouldn’t be a doctor if it wasn’t for QMUL. The Biomedical Sciences course really helped me to prepare for the graduate entry medicine course. That’s what I did and I have never looked back.
- Could you provide a brief description of your current role?
"At the moment I am working in neonatology. I get to go to deliveries and save newborn babies! It just doesn’t get any better."
Hitesh Mistry, Biomedical Sciences BSc, class of 2013
"I chose QMUL because it is the only London-based university which has all the main facilities, accommodation and departments on one campus. Additionally, the fact that the lecturers are conducting research which is being published means that we are being taught by people who have direct first-hand experience in their areas of expertise.
"The best thing about the course is the variety of modules. I am able to study a range of different aspects of biology, yet still see how they integrate with each other. I also think that the course is well structured, QMUL is well organised and the newly updated buildings have all the facilities we require.
"The most interesting thing that I have done on my course was the practical sessions of my Human Anatomy modules. We were given access to pro-sections and skeletons in order for us to learn and visualise the location, shape and attachment of various muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and much more. This practical experience was enjoyable and really helpful."
Kelechi Nwankpa, Biomedical Sciences BSc, class of 2016
- What's it like being a student in London?
"Being part of the University of London gives me access to a wide range of student facilities across the city, including different libraries and study facilities. Equally importantly, I can also visit student unions in London and take part in student events bigger and better than any other city."
- What do you think of the facilities at QMUL?
"The facilities are amazing I pretty much never have to leave the campus, with a state of the art library and a variety of coffee and food shops."
- How do you think your QMUL qualification will help your future career?
"I plan on going on to study medicine, and biomedical sciences has laid a brilliant foundation for going on to do that. Thanks to compelling modules my interest in science has grown. Also the degree has given me such useful skills for working in a laboratory that I can take to any science workplace."