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Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme is designed to enable students to develop, integrate and apply scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to the multi-disciplinary investigation of human disease and disorder. The course will prepare students for further training, research or employment in various scientific disciplines

Course Content

Foundation Year (Year 0):
This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0) for those students who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a science based honours degree programme within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required to enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme.

Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page (under Key Facts) and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


Year One:
Students will gain an understanding of human physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology and immunology. Laboratory and teaching sessions will provide students with the scientific knowledge and technical skills that will prepare them for Years 2 and 3. In addition, you will be able to develop relevant analytical, communication and transferable skills.

Year Two:
You will gain more understanding of molecular biology and acquire expertise in a range of specialist investigative techniques; epidemiology & data analysis; and research methods. Coverage of subjects such as medical biochemistry, cellular pathology, haematology, transfusion science, medical microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and toxicology will explore the nature, importance and treatment of disease processes. In addition, a professional development module will encourage students to consider their own career aspirations, and help them to develop key transferable skills that will assist in their preparation for future employment.

Year Three:
The final year focuses on the integration of previously acquired knowledge to provide students with an appreciation of the multidisciplinary approach to research, diagnosis and management of disorder and disease. Subjects covered will include the laboratory investigation of disease, bioinformatic analysis, translational research and a selection of topics of current relevance to biomedical science. The final year research project will further encourage independent learning, the continued development of technical skills and critical analysis.

Learning & Teaching

A range of teaching and learning methods are employed throughout the programme. These include lectures, tutorials, workshops, group tasks and a significant number of laboratory-based practical sessions. The Blackboard VLE is also used to provide students with key information relating to programme modules, careers advice information and administrative information relating to their programme of study. All students are assigned a personal tutor when they first enrol, who will remain their tutor and provide pastoral support throughout their studies. Students produce a PDP (Personal Development Portfolio) during year 1, and the personal tutorial system encourages students to continue to develop their interpersonal and reflective skills throughout their studies. In addition, we are proud of our ‘Open Door Policy’ which actively encourages students to contact staff for advice and guidance whenever they require it.


Students are assessed using a mixture of methods: some modules employ written assignments such as essays and literature reviews, others involve examinations, practical reports, presentations, case studies and (in the final year) an important component is the completion of a scientific research project & poster.

Employability & Careers

Biomedical Science is a continually changing, dynamic scientific discipline concerned with understanding how diseases develop and how they may affect the normal functioning of the body. The aim of this discipline is the investigation of the disease process and, ultimately, the development of methods for monitoring, diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.

Graduates may use their expert scientific knowledge and analytical skills to investigate diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, exercise. They are able to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and support the research and development of new diagnostic tests or pharmaceutical products.

Graduates will also be equipped to find employment in a variety of contexts, including pathology laboratories, research laboratories, the food industry, forensic science, pharmaceuticals, health and safety, commerce and teaching. In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to study for higher degrees, including graduate entry medicine and dentistry degrees, and further professional qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Foundation route:

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including Mathematics, Science and English Language (or Welsh First Language) plus one of the following:

  • 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
  • 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
  • Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.

For specific information on entry requirements, please refer to the UCAS website.


Applicants who wish to undertake this course without the foundation should have five GCSEs (or equivalent) to include GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent, as well as one of the following:

  • UCAS Tariff 260 points from at least 2 A levels to include a grades CC in Biology and Chemistry; or 280 points from at least 2 A levels to include a grade C in Biology and an equivalent Science where AS Chemistry has been taken and achieved a grade C. (Physics, Psychology, IT, Maths, Food Technology, Environmental Science or Geography)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences programme
  • BTEC QCF Diploma / Extended Diploma 260 points within a Applied Sciences
  • 260 points from Highers within the Irish Leaving Certificate to include Biology and Chemistry. Higher Level subjects considered only with a minimum grade C2.
  • Access Course with 45 credits at Level 3 within a Science subject (preferably passed with Merit or Distinction)
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

We also welcome applications from students with qualifications equivalent to the above or from those who do not hold formal qualifications but have experience in a relevant area.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this degree upon successful completion. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a UCAS application form.

Key Facts

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

UCAS Code(s): B900
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time including foundation.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Sally Hicks:
Tel: 029 2041 6848

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If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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