Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Life Sciences

The term Biomedical Sciences encompasses a broad range of closely inter-related life sciences disciplines, concerned with the structure and function of the human body in health and disease.

Biomedical scientists will play increasingly important roles in the 21st century as the results of their research, particularly at the molecular and cellular levels, lead to new and improved ways to diagnose and treat human diseases and contribute to improvements in human health and well-being in general.

At Dundee the biomedical sciences are concerned with:

  • the structure and normal function of the human body
  • the effects of disease and ways to prevent and treat disease
  • the study of anatomy in relation to health, disease and human identification
  • the study of physiology from the molecular level to that of the whole organism, in relation to health, sport and exercise
  • understanding how the brain and nervous system function in health and disease
  • understanding how drugs work.
"This unique opportunity to work in a real research environment, and the practical skills and understanding I developed during my project, helped me secure a one-year industry placement with a global medical technology company."
Jack Wright, Biological Sciences Graduate

What is so good about this course?

Flexible pathways

The Biomedical Sciences degree gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of different aspects of the life sciences, or to delay your subject specialisation until you have gained experience of a variety of different subject areas.

You can choose either to specialise later in your studies and study for a more specifically named degree (see related courses below), or if you wish to maintain a broad learning experience, you can graduate in Biomedical Sciences.

Laboratory teaching

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on laboratory teaching, and you will be encouraged to see how the blending of field and laboratory based research is essential to the training of a properly rounded biomedical scientist.

Top-rated research staff are involved in planning and teaching our degree programmes, and recent research developments are reflected in our teaching, particularly at the advanced levels.

Degree Combinations

  • Biomedical Sciences (with a year in industry) BSc (Hons)

The Biomedical Sciences degree is a broadly-based programme which allows you to combine a wider range of subjects than a single Honours degree.

If you choose to leave at the end of Level 3 with a non-Honours degree, you will graduate with a BSc Ordinary degree in Biomedical Sciences that reflects the breadth of subjects you studied at Level 3, as well as the core knowledge and skills gained throughout your degree programme.

If you are aiming for an Honours degree it is likely that this will be in a single named subject e.g. BSc (Hons) Pharmacology.

However, there are also options to study a combination of two main subjects at Levels 3 and 4, e.g. physiology and pharmacology, and graduate with a BSc Honours degree that reflects your subject choice e.g. BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Physiology and Pharmacology).

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course procedures. Regular in-course assessments (e.g. practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises) provide feedback on your progress and help you prepare for end-of-module examinations.

Online assignments are used extensively at Levels 1 and 2, with access via a PC on or off campus. Peer assessment operates in many team projects.

How you will be taught

We use a variety of teaching methods, with lectures and practicals forming the core. In addition, we use workshops, tutorials, computer-aided learning, and field excursions, as appropriate to each module.

What you will study

Typical Degree Programme

Levels 1 and 2

All Life Sciences degree programmes share common core modules at Level 1 that provide a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practical work and field excursions.

At Levels 3 and 4 you will study a combination of modules appropriate to your chosen degree subject within the biomedical sciences theme.

Group A

If you are reading for a single Honours degree in either Anatomical Sciences or Forensic Anthropology, you will study within a common curriculum at Level 3, which will include in-depth study of human anatomy.

If you are reading for a degree in Anatomical and Physiological Sciences you will take a combination of human anatomy and physiology modules.

Group B

If you are reading for a single Honours degree in one of these subjects you will take modules in your main subject combined with modules in other subjects in this group, or combined with Level 3 modules in an appropriate biological sciences subject.

Statistics for recent years show that our graduates find employment or postgraduate training opportunities in a wide variety of destinations, particularly related to biomedicine and healthcare, and including:

  • research in universities, research institutes and the pharmaceutical industry
  • teaching in schools, colleges and universities
  • graduate entry to a degree in medicine or dentistry

Biomedical sciences graduates will also be valued for their scientific training and problem-solving skills by many potential employers in fields that are not directly related to the specific degree subject.

Please note that the Biomedical Sciences degree offered by the University of Dundee is not accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS). IBMS accredited courses focus on the specific vocational training required to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in a pathology or biomedical laboratory within (or serving) the NHS.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.

Courses starting 2016

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
GCE A-Level A Levels can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences or for advanced entry into Level 2 (see below), depending on the grades achieved.
IB Diploma IB Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences or for advanced entry into Level 2 (see below), depending on the grades achieved.
Essential Subjects Biology and Chemistry (Higher, ILC Higher) plus Mathematics and Chemistry (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate 2/National 5 at C, ILC Ordinary Level at C)
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units
Scottish Baccalaureate
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6
EDEXCEL BTEC Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences.
Advanced Diploma
Welsh Baccalaureate
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AB (AH) + BB (H) in different subjects
GCE A-Level Minimum Grade: ABB
Typical Grade: AAB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Biology and Chemistry (AH or A-Level or IB Higher level) plus Mathematics (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate 2/National 5 at C, GCSE at C, or IB Subsidiary Level at 4)
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 (grade C)
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules
Advanced Diploma Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C
European Baccalaureate 75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

Your personal statement should demonstrate an interest in the subject you are applying for and a commitment to the study of that subject. How did your interest in the subject arise, and do you have a particular career path in mind?

You should comment on your participation in both school/college/work and extracurricular activities and on the extent to which they have aided in your personal development and the acquisition of skills that will be of value to you as a life sciences student.

  • Do you have an enquiring mind?
  • Do you have good analytical skills and problem-solving ability?
  • Are you self-motivated and able to work independently?
  • Are you a good team player?
  • Do you have good communication skills?

If you are planning a gap year, comment on the intended activity and the benefits that you think you are likely to gain from the experience.

Give careful consideration to both the style and content of your personal statement as it can be an indicator of your ability to communicate as well as providing an account of your personal achievements and skills.

  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowBiomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)B900
Apply NowBiomedical Sciences (with a year in industry) BSc (Hons)B901