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Biomedical Science (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



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.

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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.

Class size

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.

Contact hours

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.

  • 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, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
  • 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. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

  • Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Agents of Infectious Disease
  • Physiology and Metabolism
  • Quantitative Skills for Biology (Chemistry for Biologists is compulsory for entrants without A2 level Chemistry)

Year 2

  • Human and Animal Physiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Immunology and Epidemiology
  • Infection

Year 3

  • Research Project
  • Modern Approaches to Human Disease
  • One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

  • Science Communication
  • Health and Community
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Molecular Endocrinology Advanced Immunology
  • Oncology
  • 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

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

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.