University of Essex Biomedical Science

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University of Essex Biomedical Science

University of Essex Biomedical Science

BSc Biomedical Science

Course options2017-18

UCAS code: B990
Duration: 3 years
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Biological Sciences (School of)
Fee (Home/EU): £9,250
Fee (International): £15,450
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 873666

About the course

From cancer-screening to blood transfusions, from infections to genetic diseases; biomedical scientists research the causes and diagnosis of diseases and the effectiveness of the medicines that cure them. You apply the concepts of biochemistry and cell biology to the study of health and disease in the human body. Our multidisciplinary approach means you learn skills that are at the forefront of advances in medical research.

At Essex, our research focuses on genetic diseases, infection and immunity, and age-associated conditions such as dementia, cancer and heart disease.

On our BSc Biomedical Science, you study areas including:

  • The structure of viruses, and how they interact with cells in infected organisms
  • The anatomy and structure of the human immune system
  • Pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria
  • Drug design

You discover the molecular basis of cellular dysfunctions, and describe modern strategies to diagnose and treat them.

“My favourite part of my degree was probably the placement year at Ipswich Hospital in their histology department. I decided that I really wanted to pursue this as a career and I was fortunate to be offered a job there.”

Sarah O’Mahoney, BSc Biomedical Science, 2012

Professional accreditation

Our course is fully accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), resulting in fast-track career progression within the NHS.

Students who undertake a placement year with the NHS also qualify for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which allows you to work as a biomedical scientist in healthcare in the UK.

Study abroad

Your education extends beyond the university campus. We support you extending your education through providing the option of an additional year at no extra cost. The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year studying abroad in an English-speaking country or employed on a placement, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.