Biomedical scientists are at the forefront of our modern healthcare system working in partnership with medical practitioners and health care professionals, to perform many different roles in the NHS, as well as in academia and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. As a biomedical scientist you are likely to be involved in the diagnosis of disease, supporting the work of clinical departments, and developing and evaluating the next generation of treatments that could improve patient outcomes. A biomedical science degree also provides the foundation for graduate entry programmes, including medicine, dentistry or the more recently established Physician Associate (PA) programme for clinical practice within the NHS.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree is designed to equip you with a fundamental understanding of how science underpins the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. The degree reflects both the theoretical knowledge and applied clinical laboratory skills required to be a biomedical scientist.
Biomedical scientists are at the forefront of our modern healthcare system working in partnership with medical practitioners and health care professionals, to perform many different roles in the NHS, as well as in academia and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.
As a biomedical scientist you are likely to be involved in the diagnosis of disease, supporting the work of clinical departments, and developing and evaluating the next generation of treatments that could improve patient outcomes. A biomedical science degree also provides the foundation for graduate entry programmes, including medicine, dentistry or the more recently established Physician Associate (PA) programme for clinical practice within the NHS.
Methods of Learning
Teaching and learning will involve lectures, small group tutorials, e-learning, independent study and a final year research project. Teaching will be research led, involving research active staff with subject specific expertise who will also act as academic advisors and provide additional pastoral support.
Our purpose-built £330 million brand new campus completed in September 2018 alongside the Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) gold award will enable us to deliver innovative teaching using state of the art facilities, including new molecular biology laboratories with facilities for tissue culture, DNA extraction, PCR and other modern lab techniques.
Students will be provided with a lap coat and core textbooks will be available in the library.
The department is located close to Northampton General Hospital and enjoys good links with the NHS and commercial partners providing opportunities for undregraduate and postgraduate students for collaborative research.
Linking human health and disease to underlying biology, is the holy grail of biomedical science. Clearly, new developments in regenerative medicine, genome editing, molecular medicine and the 100,00 genomes project for example, are not only transforming our understanding of biology but also having an impact on society and in understanding complex disease, personality and physical traits.
The course will closely follow these developments and build up knowledge of complex systems at the level of the individual cell, tissues and the whole organism through the core disciplines of basic medical sciences, including cell biology, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology. Through levels 5 and 6 specialist modules in cancer biology, medical genetics and bioinformatics will be offered alongside generic courses on statistics and research methods. The final year of the degree will offer an opportunity to undertake a laboratory based research project.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you are expected to have studied a science subject (preferably Biology or Human Biology) or Psychology or Sport Science in an A Level at grade C or equivalent qualification.
For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
For more information on how to apply as an International student, please visit our How to Apply page.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
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|Number of Staff||1,611|
|Number of Students||11,984|
|Number of International Students||1000|
|Graduation Employment Rate||95%|
|Student Satisfaction Rate||89%|
|Academic Programs Offered||Undergraduate and Postgraduate|
|Mode of Programs Offered||Full time, Part time and Distance|
|Medium of Instruction||English|
|Average Tuition Fee for International Fee||GBP 12,000 - GBP 15,000|
|Proficiency Test for English Language||IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE|
|Financial Aid||Scholarships, Funds and Loans|
For all the prospective candidates for the institute, an estimated cost of living in the UK is as cpmipield below.
The tuition fee varies from one course to another. Following are some of the popular courses along with the tuition cost:
University of Northampton Undergraduate Courses
|BA and BSc Degrees||GBP 12,900|
|BSc Podiatry / BSc Occupational Therapy||GBP 13,900|
|BSc Nursing||GBP 15,750|
|Sandwich / placement Year||GBP 1,000|
University of Northampton Graduate Courses
|MA or MSc Degrees||GBP 13,750|
Basic list of expenses apart from tuition fee are as follows:
|Type of Expenditure||Cost (in GBP, per week)|
|Accommodation (includes basic facilities)||130 to 300|
|Food||36 to 52|
|Mobile phone||4 to 14|
|Books and supplies||Around 11|
|Clothing and personal care||16 to 26|
Basic Admission Requirements
The outcomes of the English proficiency tests taken by all of the international applicants. IELTS, TOEFL iBT, and Pearson PTE are acceptable tests. The minimal IELTS scores needed to get admitted are as follows:
|Academic Programs||Minimum Score|
|Undergraduate||6.0 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section|
|Postgraduate||6.5 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section|
|Research||7.0 overall and not less than 6.5 in each section|
|Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average)||MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452|
|Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK||£850 to £1,050 a month|
|Entrance Exams in UK||TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590|
|Work and Study in UK||Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.|
|Post Study Work Permit in UK||2 Year after graduation depending on the course.|
|Cost of Student Visa in UK||£348|
|Student Visa in UK||Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.|
|Intakes in UK||There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.|
|Top Job Sectors in UK||IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.|
|Economy in UK||Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal|
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