BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE BSC
Full-time 2019 entry
Biomedical Science involves the study of life processes in humans and provides an understanding of the causes and consequences of human and animal
disease, including infection, cancer and neurological decay.
The application of new biological concepts in medicine is an ever-growing and exciting process. Developments in molecular, genetic and cellular biology research continue to drive progress in areas such as vaccine development, neurogenerative diseases and metabolic diseases. Drawing on a spectrum of modules, you’ll develop an understanding of the nature and extent of human and animal disease, both locally and globally. You can opt to take a year-long industrial placement or study abroad between your second and third years. Our four-year MBio gives you the opportunity to undertake an additional final-year research project or industrial placement.
A core syllabus is offered in the first year for all degree courses providing the essential foundations in biology, biochemistry, genetics and chemistry. The same content in the first year means that it is often possible to transfer between the different degrees at the end of the first year.
Year 1: four core modules and minimum of one option modules; Year 2: four core modules and one option module; Year 3: Research project, 2 core modules and optional modules.
Students learn through a combination of tutorials, lectures, laboratory work, and independent and group research.
In your first year, lecture sizes are typically 280 students. The modules you take in years 2 and 3 will vary in class size. The maximum number is typically 100 and the minimum 10 students.
12 - 16 hours per week over 25 weeks. In your first year you should expect around 10 lectures a week, a full day in the laboratory and a taught tutorial with your personal tutor and 6-7 of your peers. Independent learning, reading and preparing for lectures and preparing assessments will occupy the rest of your study time.
Approximately 35% of marks will be assessed by course work throughout the degree. The final degree classification is determined by Year 1 (10%), Year 2 (30%) and your final year (60%).
Students can opt for a study abroad placement at the end of year two at one of the School or University partner institutions. They are given support to secure a placement.
Students may take a year to gain industrial experience in any science related area will be offered support and guidance to achieve that. There is also the opportunity to study abroad in partner institutions across the world.
A level: AAB to include Biology or ABB to include Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science. Statistics, Geology). You must also achieve a pass in the science practical (if applicable).
IB: 36 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.
You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
Molecules, Cells and Organisms
You will study this module as the essential foundation for most other modules taught in the School of Life Sciences. You will gain the basic knowledge you need of molecular and cellular aspects of biology, and also become familiar with whole-organism and developmental biology, in the context of evolution.
Agents of Infectious Disease
You will start by gaining a thorough foundation in microbiology and virology, using infectious diseases as a common link to promote your understanding. Through your study of epidemiology, you will learn to appreciate the way that diseases spread and the methods used to investigate this spread. On completion, you can expect to understand the role of various structures associated with the bacterial cell in causing a range of diseases, and appreciate the structure of viruses and how this relates to their capacity to cause disease and the host response to viral challenge. This will equip you with the necessary theoretical foundations to underpin your future studies.
Physiology and Metabolism
On this module, you will learn how parts of the body function and work together in the whole organism. You will study the physiology of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and special senses. Your study of metabolism will help you to understand the generation of energy within the body, anabolism, the role of enzymes, and specific functions such as glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, pentose phosphate pathway and photosynthesis. You will then combine your learning to gain a thorough understanding of the way the body adapts to environmental conditions such as altitude, depth, cold and heat.
Quantitative Skills for Biology
All biological scientists need to understand and analyse quantitative data. So, this module will see you learning to use statistical methods for analysing and summarising experimental data (for example, from your lab classes), and learning the basic principles for modelling biological populations.
Human and Animal Physiology
On this physiology module, you will gain a broad overview of neurobiology, the linked blood and circulation systems. You will study the physiology of the nervous system and undertake detailed analysis of the cell and molecular biology underlying the development and functions of the nervous system, leading to an all-round understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the linked blood (haematological) and circulation (cardiovascular) systems.
Immunology and Epidemiology
On this module, you will study the innate and adaptive immune system at both the molecular and cellular level. You will also learn basic clinical immunology (hypersensitivity and autoimmunity), epidemiology and modelling of infectious disease.
On this module, you will study the physiology of important viruses, anti-viral therapies and diagnosis through ‘real-life’ case studies. You will also learn about a range of important microparasites, the diseases they cause and how the parasite, host and environment interact to govern their biology. You will also cover various approaches that are used to control these diseases.
Molecular Cell Biology
On this module, you will gain a sound knowledge of the organisation, complexity and essential processes that occur in the genomes and information-processing mechanisms in all three domains of life. You will study the molecular biology that underlies fundamental cellular processes, including the cytoskeleton in cellular structure, function and motility, the mechanisms that control cell proliferation and genome stability, protein processing in secretory pathway organelles, and programmed cell death in eukaryotic cells.
One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases
On this module, you will learn the important concepts in population biology and epidemiology that are key to understanding medical and veterinary infectious disease transmission, treatment and control. In your studies, you will pay particular attention to current efforts to improve world health, with a focus on tropical diseases.
Modern Approaches to Human Disease
On this module, you will engage with two major themes in modern medicine: evidence-based medicine and medical ethnics. You will achieve this through in-depth study of the medical specialities of reproductive medicine, renal medicine and central nervous system (CNS) medicine.
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
- Science Communication
- Health and Community
- Clinical Microbiology
- Genetics and Genomics
- Molecular Endocrinology Advanced Immunology
- Integrative Neuroscience
- Medical Virology
- Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology
- Interdisciplinary and Business modules
Graduate Job Titles include: Graduate Scientist; Research & Development Associate; Editorial Assistant (Science Publisher); laboratory Technician; NHS Research Project Assistant; Management Development Associate; Recruitment Consultant; Seed Pathology Technician; NHS Assistant Theatre Practitioner.
Graduate Destinations include: AstraZeneca; Diabetes UK; GlaxoSmithKline; RAGT Seeds; NHS; Oxford BioMedica; Brainlabs Digital Advertising Agency; Lloyds Bank; Mantlepiece PR.
The School has a dedicated careers advisor, offers careers-focused tutorials and runs network events with past students and relevant employers to help career decisions.
A level AAB to include Biology or ABB to include Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science. Statistics, Geology). You must also achieve a pass in the science practical (if applicable).
IB 36 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
All students in Life Sciences are strongly encouraged to buy a computer, at an approximately cost of £600. Students are expected to have suitable clothing for field trips, including waterproof footwear. Recommended text books are estimated to cost a total of £250. There is a mandatory trip to Wales in year 2, at a cost of £175. Non-compulstory field trips cost approximately £50.
This information is applicable for 2019 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.