This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will consider in detail aspects of understanding disease processes, diagnosis and management.
Why choose this course?
The key aspects of disease and disease prevention will be studied in both practical and theoretical contexts and will be used when considering complex health issues. The course covers all the major disciplines of:
- clinical chemistry
- transfusion science
- immunology and virology.
You will develop the skills and knowledge of these specific areas and in addition gain an understanding of the underlying principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology.
- This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
- It provides you with a multidisciplinary approach to biomedical sciences.
- The key aspects of disease and disease prevention will be studied with a focus on practical work.
- Students on this course have the option to undertake a 12-month paid work placement in their third year. This is facilitated by a dedicated Placement Office and the School's excellent links with industry and the National Health Service.
- Following graduation students work towards registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. The degree is one of the key requirements for registration along with working in a suitable NHS laboratory.
- You will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 100% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact (REF 2014).
Courses in biological sciences at Nottingham Trent University were awarded a maximum score of 24 points in the latest External Subject Review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
What you'll study
What's included in the course fees?
You will need equipment to work in the laboratory classes. For example, you will need a lab coat and safety spectacles. You will be provided with the necessary personal equipment at induction. All other requirements for the labs will be provided in the laboratory session. This will include simple equipment such as forceps through to tablets.
About the Biomedical Team
You will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 100% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact (REF 2014).
Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
Introduction to Biochemistry
Study the key aspects of macromolecules, cell structure and function, and inter-relationships in both practical and theoretical contexts.
Practical Techniques for Biology
Considers the principles of experimental design, data collection and analysis, including techniques in centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, microscopy and radiobiology.
Genetics and Immunology
Develops genetic concepts and introduces basic aspects of the immune system, including the molecules, cells and interactions involved.
Introduction to Microbiology
Study various groups of microbes, their function and roles, and consider the importance of the microbial world, the biology of micro-organisms, and medical, environmental and industrial microbiology.
Introduces levels of biological organisation from molecules to cells and ecosystems, providing a platform of knowledge and skills
upon which other modules are developed.
Introduces the physiology of human organ systems (respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, urinary, endocrine and muscular) and examines the process of homeostasis.
Biomedical Science in Practice
Learn about key disciplines and current research topics in biomedical science as well as aspects of professional practice which
form an important part of your preparation for employment.
Metabolism and its Control
Explore the central pathways of oxidative catabolism and anabolism of carbohydrates and fats in eukaryotic cells, and cover the biochemical basis of cellular signal transduction.
Molecular Biology and Protein Structure
Learn about the functions of polymerases, binding proteins, helicases, ligases, topoisomerases and promosomes in DNA replication as well as RNA polymerases.
Considers disordered cellular and tissue physiology resulting from disease and drugs that can treat those diseases. You'll develop an understanding of health and common illnesses.
Study a variety of disorders and learn about their clinical symptoms, biochemical and molecular defects, detection, diagnosis and
Clinical and Public Health Microbiology
Learn the principles and applications of diagnostic and analytical microbiology in the monitoring and control of diseases caused by microbes.
This is your optional work placement year. See our excellent placement opportunities section below.
Learn practical research techniques, including a review of scientific writing and critical appraisals of published work, as well as oral presentations and plagiarism.
Immunology and Virology
Explore the molecular and cellular mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunology, analysing immune responses to infectious agents and cancer, and review the principles of vaccination.
Investigate the pathological basis of disease and how diagnosis is achieved using histopathological and cytological-based techniques. You'll also explore how information can be obtained and used for treatment.
Study the biological basis of diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs, and the principles of the techniques used in their investigation.
Infectious Diseases and their Control
Covers the significance of infectious diseases in human medicine and looks at mechanisms of control of pathogenic microbes and how they can be used in prevention and treatment.
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Careers and employability
Your career development
Our Biomedical students have entered careers in:
- hospital laboratories
- pharmaceutical industry laboratories
- management and pharmaceutical sales
- research and education.
Many also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.
Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:
- Glaxo Smith Kline - research scientist
- Nottingham University Hospitals - biomedical scientist
- UHCW NHS Trust - stop smoking adviser
- Coventry University Hospital - lab technician
- NHS - bowel cancer screening officer
- Thermo Fisher - research biomedical scientist
- NHS - medical lab assistant
- Dorset Health Care - information analyst.
Graduate salaries range from £16,000 to £30,000 per year.
Excellent placement opportunities
After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Many students impress their employers on placement and are offered jobs at the end of their course.
Recent Biomedical Science students have secured placements in the following companies:
- Leicester Royal Infirmary
- Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
- John van Geest Cancer Research Centre
- Health Protection Agency
- Centre de Biologie et de Pathologie Lyon.
What our students say
To obtain a year's worth of work experience at a reputable company such as GSK was an opportunity not to be missed.
The experience has not only boosted my scientific skills in regards to my degree, but also improved my future job prospects. It has given me a unique set of skills that others graduates will not have, allowing me to stand out from the crowd. It also enabled me to integrate with a scientific community of friends, who are willing to help me with the development of my career, and in some cases, who you know can really make the difference.
Matthew Nicklin, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
GlaxoSmithKline, Laboratory Assistant (2011)