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Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)

Typical offer for 2024
UCAS code

Suitable for applications.

You get so much support from academics, from pastoral care and that sort of thing which is absolutely brilliant – it makes you feel like you're a part of your course. You're not just learning here, they make you feel like you're a colleague. Olivia, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Entry requirements

Typical offer - 112 UCAS tariff points.


A levels

BBC to include A level in a relevant Science subject at grade B or above.

T levels

Merit - with subject specific requirement in Science.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DDM in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (please list units on your application so we can assess).

Applicants on Access Programmes

112 UCAS tariff points. Applicants must be studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Science subject and achieve a minimum of 12 credits of Biology or Chemistry at Distinction.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points to include HL Chemistry or Biology at grade 6.

Plus HL3 or 4 in Maths and English Language, and Literature A or English B.

Plus minimum of

A level / BTEC Extended Diploma applicants - GCSE English, Mathematics and two Sciences at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Access programme applicants - GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

CIFS entry requirement

If you are an International student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies (CIFS)

80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus Maths and 2 Science qualifications equivalent to GCSE Grade C.

UKVI approved IELTS of 5.0 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus ONE from the following modules:

  • Foundation in Human Biology
  • Foundation in Chemistry

And ONE additional module from the following:

  • Foundation in Human Biology
  • Foundation in Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Global Business Environment
  • Foundation Mathematics 2

Foundation Year entry

If you are a UK student and do not meet the entry requirements for this course, our Foundation Year has a route to Biomedical Science BSc (Hons).

Foundation Year entry requirements

72 UCAS points or equivalent plus an English Language, Maths and Science qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade 4.

Study and progression requirements

Pass each module and achieve a programme average of at least 50%.

In addition to the relevant core modules, you must study Introduction to Life Sciences, Foundation in Human Biology, and Foundation in Chemistry.

If you are an international student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, you may be interested in our International College.

Transferring from another university

If you are currently studying at another university and would like to transfer to the University of Bradford, this course accepts students into the second or third year. This is called advanced entry.

Applications for advanced entry will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must include an official transcript (not a screenshot of a portal), all module descriptors, and relevant qualifications. Module descriptors must include learning outcomes.

To be considered for Year 2 or 3 entry, your previous degree study must be IBMS accredited.

Applications must be submitted through UCAS and the required documents emailed along with your UCAS Personal ID no later than 31 August prior to the course starting in September. Relevant documents should be emailed to

Placement Year

Some students choose to use the experience gained in the first and second years of the course to work in an industrial or research laboratory, although this is not a requirement of the course (for compulsory placement see Healthcare Science).

This optional year outside the University gives you the opportunity to explore potential careers in research and diagnostics, and gain valuable experience useful in the laboratory-based final year project.

Students who wish to complete a year-long placement module will transfer to a 4-year version of the degree.

In the past, students have found a wide range of placements in hospitals (Yorkshire and Humber or local to their home), universities and companies including Astra Zeneca, Covance, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Mast Laboratories, Nestlé and the Sanger Centre in Cambridge.

We strongly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity. Your placement module leader will advise and help you organise your placement. We fully expect you will find the whole experience of great benefit to you, increasing your subject-specific skills and confidence - both as an individual and in your career.

Learning and assessment

Formal lectures will facilitate your acquisition of knowledge and understanding and discipline specific skills.  Laboratory sessions run in conjunction with the theoretical components will give you the opportunity to enhance your understanding of particular topics.

You will be examined, primarily, on the breadth of knowledge via MCQ and short answer examinations. Coursework assignments will give you the opportunity to gain experience in report writing and data handling and interpretation. As you progress through the programme you will have the opportunity to demonstrate increasing skills of analysis, synthesis and criticism through a wide variety of assessment strategies, including written and oral examinations, report writing, case studies, group work, essays, including a dissertation, oral presentations and the project report. The project report provides a major opportunity to demonstrate autonomy in data handling and critical interpretation in a research context.

Course assessment

The majority of modules contain exam and coursework assessment, particularly important for a laboratory based science course. Overall 48% of the course is assessed by coursework. The percentage assessment by coursework increases on progression through the course to reflect development of independent laboratory and study skills.

Our facilities

Our Microbiology Lab is home to research which focuses on understanding how bacterial pathogens cause disease, and investigating the way in which colonisation of people and surfaces can be reduced.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 


Our research expertise covers a range of areas including microbiology, cancer research, skin sciences and cardiovascular disease research. You can find out more about two of our research areas below:

Celebrating 50 Years: 50 Stories

Professor Laurence Patterson talks about Bradford’s longstanding expertise in cancer medicines discovery and development, and explains how researchers are working hard to find novel cancer treatments:

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.