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This is Biomedical Sciences

Understanding and overcoming illness

Biomedical Sciences studies human biology and disease and seeks to find new ways to treat patients through research. You'll learn both current techniques used in the study of human diseases in the NHS, and innovative technologies under development for experimental treatments. 

Biomedical scientists have been working tirelessly since the pandemic began to develop diagnostic tests, run COVID testing laboratories, develop vaccines and support doctors in the urgent research into treatment and prevention strategies for the virus. It is a career at the cutting-edge of medical research.

Our Biomedical Science and Healthcare Science programmes are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), and our healthcare science students spend a total of 50 weeks on NHS pathology lab placements over the course of their degree.

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. 

You get to learn how your body works on a molecular level and see how disease affects your natural body processes, how everything fits in together so nicely and works in harmony. Viktorija, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Courses in this subject

We have 2 courses in this area.

Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: C900
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: C400
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time

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.

this is where

...I found my passion for research

Raul Fulea, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science 

"I wanted to study medicine and was recommended to do a Biomedical Science degree as a pathway into it.

"I chose Bradford because there were lots of positive posts on forums about how good the course was here.

"During my first year, I became attracted to research. I did a summer studentship researching the effects of different hormones on joint cells, the outcome of which will be published in either the American or British Journal of Physiology.

If I hadn't come to Bradford, I wouldn't have had this opportunity - it was a turning point for me."

Raul Fulea, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

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...I found my confidence

Olivia Dean, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

"The idea of a Biomedical Scientist is to be able to process samples given by patients in hospitals, you process that and collect the data. Not diagnosis as such, but you look for abnormalities in, for example, blood samples and tissue samples. You then pass that on to other clinicians who are able to treat or give treatment plans for the patient.

Bradford was my top offer because of the course and the content it offered. I'd heard so many good things about the University, about how the students were actually taken care of, which is nice. Obviously, I've seen that over the three years.

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."

Read Olivia's story

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I hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and make students aware of the variety of career options that a biosciences degree offers. There are a large number of lab-based careers such as in NHS and public health labs, research and development, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and food and water industries. Dr Mark Sutherland, Assistant Professor, BSc Biomedical Science graduate

Where Biomedical Sciences can take you

Graduates have options to continue in education or research, or pursue a career in specialist healthcare science sectors. Some roles our recent graduates have taken include:

  • biomedical scientist
  • clinical trials assistant 
  • healthcare technical officer
  • medical lab assistant
  • laboratory technician
  • teacher
  • research assistant 
  • micro analyst
A male and female student in a biomedical sciences laboratory.

This is Bradford

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It’s a place where amazing things happen.

This is where you’ll expand your mind and make lifelong friends.
This is where you’ll grow, learn, experience.

This is a place you can belong.

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