Abertay University Biomedical Science

By | 3rd April 2017

Abertay University Biomedical Science


Why choose this course?

  • It is taught by a combination of academic experts and clinical professionals.
  • It is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), and the Applied degree route is also ‘Approved’ by the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC).
  • The Applied route additionally provides an 18-week clinical laboratory placement in Year 3 of the programme, and allows you to apply for Registration with the Health Professions Council (HCPC) as soon as you gain your BMS degree*.
  • The standard route provides you with a broad education and training in bioscience relevant to medicine.
  • Standard route graduates who gain employment in the NHS as Trainee Biomedical Scientists may apply for HCPC Registration following 12-24 months of training.

*Around 10-15 placements are normally expected to be available per year. Note that, where applicants for the Applied route exceed available places, entry will be competitive, based upon a selection process during year 2 that will normally comprise an interview and consideration of academic performance in year 2.

Biomedical Science (BMS) is a highly exciting, fast-paced discipline that will give you a deep understanding of the science behind human health and disease.  A key feature of our degree is the extensive training in laboratory-based skills provided in all four years of your studies.  After following a common pathway for two years, you will take either the ‘Standard’ or the ‘Applied’ programme route.  The Applied route includes a placement, and is particularly relevant for those aspiring to the role of Biomedical Scientist in the NHS.  Both routes are professionally accredited.

It is important to not that the degree award title for the Standard route is BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science; for the Applied route, the degree award title is BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science.


The course is currently accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS); the Applied degree route is also ‘Approved’ by the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC).

What you study
You will study the human body at several levels, in the context of both normal functioning and disease.  Diagnostic and treatment aspects are emphasised, particularly in the more advanced stages of the course.  All relevant aspects of human biology are covered.

There are practical training runs throughout all four years.  Our focused curriculum has a strong research emphasis and will equip you with valuable skills to offer prospective employers.

For those taking the Applied route, the clinical placement provides a unique training and educational experience in the setting of a modern hospital laboratory.

For more information on the course content, download the Programme information – BSc with Honours in Biomedical Science

How you learn and are assessed
Learning is facilitated by a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals.  Enquiry-based learning (EBL) and problem-based learning (PBL) approaches are used at appropriate points in the curriculum.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework assignments, class tests, presentations and examinations.  Averaged across the 4 years of the programme, 22% of the assessment is by examination.