Bachelor in Biomedical Science


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Program Description

The Course

The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree at Lincoln is designed to lay the foundations of knowledge needed to understand and investigate the human disease. It aims to prepare students for careers as biomedical scientists in the NHS or as scientific researchers.

This course offers a broad scientific base for the investigation of human diseases. Students study topics such as haematology, clinical biochemistry, cellular pathology and medical microbiology.

A multidisciplinary approach incorporates lectures, seminars and laboratory-based work. Students may develop transferable skills in information retrieval, data analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking.

There is also an overseas field trip available in your final year as part of the optional 'Overseas Field Course' module. This will allow you to study and test biological phenomena in their natural environment. Further details on the Overseas Field Course, including costs, can be found in the Features tab.


The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) is the professional body for those who work within the field of biomedical science.

An IBMS accredited degree programme provides students with a wide-ranging, research-informed scientific education, covering the molecular, cellular and systemic basis of disease and the application of scientific principles and techniques to its investigation, diagnosis and treatment.

IBMS accreditation is an internationally recognised quality benchmark, which ensures a biomedical science degree programme is taught to a high standard, relevant to current professional practice and anticipates future developments in the scientific field.

IBMS accreditation ensures that your honours degree course meets the academic requirements for registration as a biomedical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

In order to register as a biomedical scientist, you would need additionally to complete the IBMS registration portfolio in an approved laboratory.

How You Study

The first year introduces the key areas of biomedical science, including cell biology, genetics and disease. Students have the opportunity to develop the research skills that are vital for a practising scientist.

In the second year, students study pharmacology, immunology and disease biology and can be introduced to analytical techniques.

In the final year, students examine topics such as infection science, haematology and cellular pathology, in addition to completing an individual research project.

This course is delivered through lectures, practical classes, workshops, seminars and tutorials. The course will also include inter-professional education and problem-based learning using case studies.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

Students on this course are assessed through written assignments, unseen examinations, practical assessments, presentations, online assessments, reports and dissertations. The course is typically 50% coursework and 50% examinations, but this will vary from module to module with some modules being coursework only.

The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.


You will be taught by academics who are considered to be at the forefront of their respective fields. Many publish their findings widely, contribute to policy advisory bodies and regularly communicate science to the general public.

Overseas Field Course (Optional Module)

This optional module in your final year involves an overseas field trip. This will provide the opportunity to do research in a novel environment and to study local plants and animals. Destinations may vary, but in 2018 included the cloud forests of Ecuador, the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, and Peniche in Portugal.

Students who opt to undertake a field trip overseas will be expected to cover transport costs (including flight costs). These costs will vary depending on the location of the field trip. Accommodation and meals at the field sites are fully funded by the University.

Students may be required to pay for overnight stays, local travel and food close to the destination if their flights arrive the day before the team are scheduled to meet. Students may bring personal items of clothing and travel equipment, some of which may be specialised for the environment they are travelling to, and recommended medicines and travel toiletries such as anti-malaria medication, vaccinations, insect repellent and sunscreen. These costs will depend on what you choose to bring.

Included in your fees:

  • Lab coat and safety glasses.
  • All costs associated with any day-trips included in modules.
  • Core first-year Anatomy & Physiology and Biology e-texts and access to Pearson’s Mastering Biology and Mastering Anatomy & Physiology e-learning resources.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BBB, to include a minimum grade B in Biology or Chemistry. Practical elements must be passed.
  • International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall to include Higher Level grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science*: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
    *not all modules are accepted. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (
    A BTEC Diploma Applied Science, acceptable with other qualifications. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Biology or Chemistry

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

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Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Read less