Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences courses for 2018

Single Honours

  • You will take a common first year, studying units from across the breadth of the subject
  • You will be taught by world-class research scientists and clinicians
  • We offer a variety of different types of research project
  • Our outstanding facilities include state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, well-equipped lecture theatres and a specialist library

Why study Biomedical Sciences at Bristol?

The Biomedical Sciences programme is flexible and after the common first year you will choose from a variety of optional units as your interests develop. 

Lectures are at the forefront of knowledge about the mechanisms of human health and disease. Our teaching reflects our research, much of which aims to translate laboratory discoveries into clinical application.

Tutorials and workshops provide opportunities to improve your communication skills, strengthen teamwork and gain confidence in data handling and interpretation.

Laboratory sessions underpin learning in the first two years and are integrated with eBiolabs, a dynamic laboratory manual. Through project work you will develop experimental design and problem solving skills.

Your academic personal tutor will follow your progress and be available to give you advice and support throughout your time at Bristol.

International students who are offered a place can apply for an Undergraduate International Scholarship.

What kind of student would this course suit?

You will be well suited to this course if you are interested in human health and disease, and the biomedical sciences including biochemistry, cell biology, cancer biology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and virology.

The course will also appeal to you if you enjoy practical laboratory and project work. There are also project opportunities for those who prefer reading and exploring a specific subject in depth, or who would like to teach.

We welcome applications from those of you also applying for medicine and those who wish to go on to graduate-entry medicine.


Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Each first and second year unit involves lectures, tutorials or workshops, and laboratory practical sessions, as well as independent study. There are chances for group work and opportunities to present a topic in detail.

Assessment occurs throughout the year and includes essays, data handling exercises, oral presentations in tutorials, laboratory practical write-ups, eBiolabs pre-lab and post-lab work, and unit assessments.

You will also take written exams during the January and May-June exam periods.

The final year includes research project work which you will write up as a dissertation. You will also take advanced lecture units which are assessed in final exams.

What are my career prospects?

Many of our graduates go on to pursue a PhD or MSc as the first stage of a career in biomedical research. Other graduates find employment in industrial, academic or clinical laboratories, or choose to use their transferable and problem solving skills in non-scientific careers. A significant number of our graduates go on to study medicine.

Our graduates are highly sought after and most find employment or further study quickly.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

Subject leaflet

Download the Biomedical Sciences leaflet 2017 (PDF, 277kB)


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