Biomedical Science at Bradford
The University of Bradford has a strong reputation in the education of healthcare professionals, with research-standard labs available for teaching and professionally qualified or practising lecturers delivering our courses.
Bradford was the first university in the UK - and one of the first in the world - to introduce an undergraduate degree course in Biomedical Science.
Biomedical Science Facilities
We are fully equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories for cell culture, human tissue handling, microscopy, molecular biology, and biochemistry.
Our researchers and students have access to our Ethical Tissue Bank, the University's Analytical Centre for high quality sample analysis, and our Bio Imaging suite.
You will learn in dedicated multi-million pound teaching laboratories, and have access to world class research labroatories, where you will learn from our researchers involved in advanced healthcare.
You will also have access to our Simulation Suite, with a human patient simulator (iSTAN) and a touch table for virtual anatomy and dissection.
Explore our facilities using this 360° tour, or delve into our full Virtual Experience.
Many students choose to use the experience gained in the first and second years of the course to work in an NHS, industrial or research laboratory, although this is not a requirement of the Biomedical Science course.
This optional year of paid employment outside the University gives you the opportunity to explore a potential career and gain valuable laboratory experience.
You do not pay fees for this period (often referred to as an intercalated year) as it does not form part of the course. Neither is it assessed, although many employers like you to submit a written report at the end of your time with them. As this is an extramural year, not a sandwich course, you will not be formally visited by a member of the Bradford School of Medical Sciences, but we are always at the end of the telephone, and you are welcome to contact us if you have any problems.
You may find that taking this optional year out gives a maturity which helps you tackle your final year with a greater motivation, giving you more confidence in your studies. This may improve your chances of obtaining a good degree. Furthermore, employers look for the qualities which a year of laboratory experience provides and you may find that choosing this option makes it easier for you to enter your preferred career.
In the past, students have found a wide range of placements in Hospitals, Universities and companies including Astra Zeneca, Covance, Fisons, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Mast Laboratories, Nestlé and the Sanger Centre in Cambridge.
We strongly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity. Your tutor will advise and help you organise your placement. We fully expect you will find the whole experience of great benefit to you, both as an individual and in your career.
Careers and Employability
A degree in biomedical sciences will prepare you for a number of career paths, from scientific and clinical research to scientific management and communications.
Whether your interests lie within a laboratory or in a non-laboratory setting, our biomedical science graduates go on to enjoy successful careers in a number of disciplines.