Biomedical Science

Address the critical challenges facing human health in this research-intensive, laboratory-focused course.

Key information

Award

BSc

Duration

3 years

full-time

Minimum entry

Three A-level offer: AAA

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

14 : 1

Based on 2017 entry data

  • UCAS course code: B101
  • ECTS: 180-181
  • Start date: September 2019
Apply on the UCAS website
Introduction to Medical Biosciences
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Overview

This interdisciplinary course allows you to explore the science underpinning human health and its related fields. You'll also explore the principles and practice of biomedical science, and how they are applied in research, policy and industry.

This exciting new course will open up the potential for you to become one of tomorrow’s leading scientists, by allowing you to develop pure scientific rigour and skills, as well as the analytical ability, professional outlook and interpersonal intelligence required to succeed in a changing world.

It is taught in our Faculty of Medicine, one of the world’s most respected – Imperial currently ranks fourth in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

Our teaching taps into the cutting-edge research programme being conducted by internationally recognised experts within the Faculty. This gives you access to the very latest developments in the subject field.

Mobile technology is also central to the course, so you will be provided with a tablet computer to allow you to engage with a blended syllabus of online and in-class learning.

We also offer this degree with Management, which includes a fourth year in Imperial College Business School that's designed to complement your scientific and clinical skills with business acumen.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Study programme

Biomedical Sciences studentThe first two years cover topics in fundamental human biology and the molecular basis of human disease.

You also complete an extensive laboratory programme in our bespoke Lab Pod, which is designed to integrate theory and practice. This enables you to work on real life research questions in a learning environment that mirrors an authentic research laboratory.

In your third year you can choose from a range of specialist modules, each of which examines a global health problem, and you will also complete a final-year project. This can be an intensive research project, a placement, or a dissertation on a biomedical science-related topic.

Placement possibilities may include industry, hospitals, publishing houses, museums, charities and government agencies.

Transfer between courses

You are able to transfer between our two Medical Biosciences courses up to the Easter of your third year. There is no benefit in applying to more than one Medical Biosciences course so you should only apply for one course.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Structure

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Chemistry of Biological Interactions
  • Integrative Body Systems
  • Lab Pod I
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Statistics

Year 2

Core modules

  • Cancer Biology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Lab Pod II

Optional modules

You choose four from the list below.

  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Biology
  • Immunology and Inflammation
  • Microbiome in Health and Disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Stem Cells and Reproductive Biology

Year 3

Core modules

Project modules

You choose one module from below.

  • Laboratory Based Research Project
  • Literature Based Research Project
  • Work Placement Based Project
Compulsory modules

If you choose a literature based or work placement based research project, you study both of the modules below.

  • Creative Reflection for Professional Practice
  • Science Communication and Public Engagement

Optional modules

You choose three modules from below.

  • Biology of Ageing
  • Designing Drugs for the 21st Century
  • Global Health
  • Nanotechnology and Bioengineering
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Science Communication and Public Engagement*
  • Precision Medicine
  • Targeting Antimicrobial Resistance

* If you choose the laboratory based research project this module becomes available as an optional module.


Download the programme specification‌ [PDF] – this is the most up-to-date version available for this course. It may change for your year of entry. If/when changes to this course are approved by the College, we will update this document and the information on this course page.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We teach using blended methodologies, sometimes referred to as flipped learning. We provide you with factual information that you would traditionally receive in a lecture on-line in advance, and then consolidate your knowledge through active learning with the academics leading the modules and your colleagues in class. You will be provided with a tablet computer to enable you to fully engage with our e-learning materials.

Theoretical knowledge and practical transferable skills will increase in complexity over the three years so that you gradually develop your critical thinking, analytical skills and ability to evaluate information. Transferable skills are weaved throughout the programme, most notably in the Lab Pods in Years 1 and 2, and “Conference Weeks”, which happen just before the Easter break.

The Lab Pods are an innovative laboratory-based programme that place you in a research-like environment, working on a research project rather than learning techniques in isolation from the word go – you will spend 1 day per week in laboratory environments during the first two years.

You can also choose to undertake a 20-week long final-year laboratory-based research project embedded in real work environments such as research teams based within Imperial or other academic or pharmaceutical organisations.

Alternatively, you can spend 14 weeks in a work placement inside or outside a research environment, or writing a literature review on a biomedical science-related topic and further engage in two very exciting modules in the areas of creative reflection, science communication and public engagement.

Teaching, independent study and placement hours

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures, seminars and similar284 hours284 hours58 hours
Independent study1,216 hours1,216 hours722 hours
Placement720 hours
Based on the typical pathway through the course

Assessment

You can expect a variety of different types of assessment methods.

Written assessment

  • Essays
  • Lay articles/press releases
  • Grant applications
  • Digital storytelling
  • Written examinations
  • Report writing
  • Scientific papers

Oral assessment

  • Oral presentations
  • Digital storytelling
  • Poster presentations
  • Laboratory practicals

Assessment types

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Coursework42%40%70%
Practical5%6%30%
Written53%54%
Based on the typical pathway through the course; percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number

Staff expertise

At Imperial, you will be taught by a range of teachers of all levels from Professors to PhD students, including some who undertake groundbreaking research and are regarded as experts in their field.

You may also experience peer teaching and be taught by specialists external to the College.

Associateship

As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Imperial College School of Medicine (AICSM).

Find out more about Associateships.

Compare this course

See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats Key Information Set (KIS).

You can use the KIS to find out how this course compares in areas such as the proportion of time spent in timetabled teaching and independent study, how the course is assessed, student satisfaction and what our graduates are doing six months after completing this course.

Please note this course is new and therefore the employment and student satisfaction data provided below is an illustration of provision in the subject area rather than specific data for this course.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

A-levels

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2019 entry is AAA overall, to include:

  • A in Biology or Human Biology
  • A in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Further Mathematics
  • A in another subject (if your second choice is Mathematics or Further Mathematics, your third choice must be a non-Mathematics subject)

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Typical offer range

As a guide, here are the typical offers made in 2017 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels:

Three A-level offer: AAA

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

The practical endorsement is part of the reformed English linear A-levels.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2019 entry is 38 points overall, to include:

  • 6 in Biology at higher level
  • 6 in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at higher level

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2017 to at least 85% of applicants studying IB was 38 points overall.

Advanced Placements

The grades detailed below are the minimum requirements for students offering only Advanced Placements as their exams for entry to Imperial.

If you are studying a High School Diploma that is accepted by Imperial alongside Advanced Placements, requirements may apply to both your Diploma and Advanced Placements.

Please consult our country index to check whether we accept your High School Diploma programme for admission.

Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Biology
  • 5 in Chemistry
  • 5 in a Mathematics or Science subject

Selection process

Assessing your application

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant.

Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three As at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.

A typical range of offers made by this Department in 2017 (encompassing at least 85% of applicants who studied A-level or IB) is shown above.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students who apply for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
£9,250 per year

The UK government has confirmed that EU students entering the university in 2019 will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition for the duration of their course.

Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually by an amount linked to inflation and approved by Parliament under the Student Fees (Inflation Index) Regulations 2006 – currently the measure of inflation used is the RPIX.

Government funding

If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course.

You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.

The UK government has confirmed that access to government funding will remain unchanged for EU students entering the university in 2019 throughout the duration of their course. This includes access to the Tuition Fee Loan for EU students who have resided in the European Economic Area for at least three years prior to study, and access to the Maintenance Loan for EU students have been resident in the UK for at least five years.

For the latest updates on the implications of ‘Brexit’, please see the Imperial and the European Union webpages.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
£30,000 per year

The tuition fees for Overseas and Islands students are set by Imperial College London.

You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year by an inflationary amount. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Additional course costs

This section outlines any additional costs relevant to this course, which are not included in your tuition fees. It is possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the figures provided are usually based on the cost in the most recent academic year. These are likely to change from year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their approximate cost to help you budget for student life at Imperial.

This section indicates whether any additional costs that apply are mandatory or optional. Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you will be free to opt out of these.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Personal Protective Equipment Mandatory Provided
Placement (travel) Optional Varies
Tablet computer Mandatory Provided
Please review the information below for more information on the costs listed in the table.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing personal protective equipment is compulsory for some activities on this course. Where this applies, we will provide you with the necessary PPE free of charge. This includes a lab coat.

Tablet computer

All students on this course will be provided with a tablet computer for the duration of their studies. This will be provided free of charge.

Travel to placement

There are three project options in your third year (see Structure – Year 3).

The placement project option will involve travel to and from your placement, which you should expect to budget for.

The other placement options will not require you to budget for travel expenses, and can be completed at Imperial College.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

Over 90 per cent of Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Careers

Our courses are designed to educate future leaders in research and industry, policy makers and science communicators.

Medical Biosciences graduates may, for example, pursue careers as academic researchers, in technical and managerial industry roles, or as journalists and museum curators. The programme also provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate study, enabling you to progress to Master's and PhD courses.

Our courses' emphasis on developing highly sought transferable analytical and research skills will also equip graduates to enter careers in the professional and charitable sectors and in small and medium enterprises.

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: B101
  • UCAS institution code: I50
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UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can view this course on the UCAS website.

Application deadlines

All applications, other than those which include choices for medicine at Imperial, must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2019 for entry in September 2019.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2019 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2018.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:

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Admissions team
T: +44 (0)20 7594 7259
E: medicine.ug.admissions@imperial.ac.uk

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