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Biomedical Science Degrees

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Biomedical Science involves the study of life processes in humans and provides an understanding of the causes and consequences of human disease, ranging from infection to cancer, to neurological decay.

The application of new biological concepts in medicine is an ever-growing and exciting process. Developments in molecular, genetic and cell biological research continue to drive progress in areas ranging from vaccine development to neurodegenerative diseases and metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

"The combination of molecular biology and its application to medicine is a very attractive aspect of this degree."

Sanjna Gupta
BSc Biomedical Science

Year One core modules

Laboratories and Assessed Work (30 CATS)

Physiology and Metabolism (18 CATS)

Molecules, Cells and Organisms (24 CATS)

Quantitative Skills for Biology (12 CATS)

Agents of Infectious Disease (12 CATS)


Optional modules

Animal Anatomy and Histology (12 CATS)

Environmental Biology (12 CATS)

Health and Community (12 CATS)


Year Two core modules

Tutorial Assessments (15 CATS)


Blood and Circulation (15 CATS)

Molecular Cell Biology (15 CATS)

Epidemiology and Public Health (15 CATS)

Immunology (15 CATS)

Virology (15 CATS)

Microbial Pathogens (15 CATS)

Optional modules

Neurobiology (15 CATS)

Evolution (15 CATS)

Clinical Microbiology (15 CATS)

Genetics and Genomics (15 CATS)

Molecular Endocrinology (15 CATS)

Neuropharmacology (15 CATS)

Year Three core modules

Research Project (30 CATS)

Modern Approaches to Human Disease (15 CATS)

Laboratories and tutorials Year 3 (15 CATS)


Optional modules

Oncology (15 CATS)

Extreme Environment Biology (15 CATS)

Integrative Neuroscience (15 CATS)

Principles of Development (15 CATS)

Dynamics of Biological Systems (15 CATS)

System Interactions in Human Disease (15 CATS)

Virology and Immunology (15 CATS)

Synthetic Biology (15 CATS)

Protein Targeting (15 CATS)

Business Studies 1 (15 CATS)

Science Communication (15 CATS)

Biological Clocks (15 CATS)

Bacteria: genes to behaviour (15 CATS)

One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases (15 CATS)

Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology (15 CATS)

IATL module (Any of the modules available from this list, in their 15 CAT version)


BSc Biomedical Science with placement year (Year 3)

Study Year Abroad or Work Placement (120 CATS)

MBio Biomedical Science department based (Year 4)

Extended Research project (80 CATS)

Research Skills (28 CATS)

Research Proposal and Funding (12 CATS)


MBio Biomedical Science with industrial placement (Year 4)

Extended research project in industry (90 CATS)

Research Skills (18 CATS)

Research Proposal and Funding (12 CATS)


Students take a minimum of 120 CATS per year (CATS = credits).

Students who do not have A2 Chemistry (or equivalent) will have to take and pass an additional module Chemistry for Biologists (PASS/FAIL).

Progression requirements are in place for MBio students at the ends of their second and third years. If requirements are not met then students move to a BSc degree.

With permission, students can take additional modules such as language modules; these require specific approval from the School of Life Sciences.

Our course and module content and schedule is continually reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research expertise at Warwick. So it is therefore very important that you check back here for the latest information before you apply and when you accept an offer (as set out in our terms and conditions).


BSc Biomedical Science (B900)

BSc Biomedical Science with Placement Year (CB19)

MBio Biomedical Science (C1A3)

MBio Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement (C1A7)

Duration: BSc 3 or 4 years / MBio 4 years
Typical offer for BSc: AAB - ABB
Typical offer for MBio: AAA - AAB
Starts: October

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All of our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) and our MBio degrees hold advanced accreditation. RSB accredited degrees undergo rigorous, independent assessment to ensure a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

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