School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

B990 BSc (Hons) 3 years


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, drug design, 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.


  • For those interested in studying medicine after graduation, the nineteen highest ranked students across Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience and Pharmacology & Innovative Therapeutics will be guaranteed an interview for the five year A100 Medicine MBBS degree (Barts and the London). Ranking, and consequent selection for interview will be based on an aggregate of academic ranking (50%) and UKCAT score (50%), and will be made at the end of the second year of study. The top five of these students will also be considered for the four year A101 MBBS Graduate Entry Programme
  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences
  • Co-taught between Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical 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.

Study abroad

You can choose to apply for this degree with an additional academic year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each degree programme may vary). Studying abroad is an excellent way to grow in confidence and broaden your outlook on life by experiencing another culture, while making friends and having fun. When you return to QMUL after this experience, you will have a new perspective on life for your final year and will be awarded the ‘with study abroad’ variant in your degree title, which will help you stand out to employers.

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL at;


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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

Elective modules:

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

Elective modules:

All third year students must complete one of the following:

*All modules are subject to change.

Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology. A second science subject at A-Level of Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology at Higher Level. A second science subject at Higher Level of Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team ( before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team ( before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team ( before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team ( is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

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.

Independent study

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 funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £21,500

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.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

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.

Graduate employment

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 95 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. 

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates of our Biomedical Sciences BSc have moved into a wide range of careers, including:

  • Trainee Biomedical Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Financial Service Auditor
  • Assurance Auditor
  • Analyst
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant

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
  • Clinical Neuroscience MSc
  • Molecular Medicine PhD
  • Pharmacology MSc
  • Infection and Immunity PhD

QMUL's Careers & Enterprise Service can help prepare you for internships and graduate employment.  Their services include support in choosing a career, CV and application writing, interview techniques and mock interviews, tailored workshops and employer-led events to help you apply for internships, part-time work, a graduate role of further study. You will also have access to a dedicated Careers Consultant and Internships Coordinator for your School who has expert knowledge of recruitment and connections to employers in the field.

QMUL is part of the prestigious Russell Group and our graduates have some of the highest starting salaries of any university in the UK (£24,000 average salary in 2015)*. Your standing among graduate recruiters is also enhanced by our membership of the Russell Group of leading universities. 

*Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015, based on UK-domiciled, full-time students


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."