Medical Biosciences
  • Undergraduate
  • BSc

Medical Biosciences

Assess the critical challenges facing human health and develop your management potential.

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

Benefit from a blended active learning approach offering a mix of online and face-to-face teaching

Examine a global health problem in depth on an intensive research project or placement

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Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • BSc

  • Duration

    3 years

  • Start date

    October 2025

  • UCAS course code

    B101

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • Not set Home

    • Not set Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • Hammersmith

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    7 : 1 (2023)

Minimum entry standard

  • AAA (A-level)

  • 38 points (International Baccalaureate)

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Course overview

Examine the science underpinning human health and its related fields on this interdisciplinary course.

You'll explore the principles of biomedical science, and how they are applied in research, policy and industry.

This course is designed to build your potential towards becoming a science leader. You'll develop your ability to think like a scientist through a research-intensive, laboratory-focused curriculum. You'll also build key skills in science communication and ethics.

You'll have access to the latest developments in the field on a programme that taps into the cutting-edge research being conducted by internationally recognised experts at Imperial.

The first two years will develop your understanding of fundamental human biology and the molecular basis of human disease. You'll also work on real-life research questions in a learning environment that mirrors an authentic research laboratory.

In your final year you will have your own research project to run and the option to specialise across a range of optional modules.

This provides an opportunity to explore a biomedical science-related issue in detail, and can be carried out as an external placement.

Students also have the chance to apply for an exclusive MRes scholarship, open only to BMB students and generously funded by our key industry partner AstraZeneca. The Medical Biosciences Master Scholarship allows students to continue their training in any postgraduate course at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College.

Structure

This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll study the following core modules during your first year.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules, and choose four optional modules.

Core modules

Optional modules

Core project modules

You will undertake a project from three possible options

Compulsory modules

These modules are compulsory if you are allocated a Literature Based Research Project or Work Placement Based Project.

Optional modules

You will choose three out of twelve optional modules. Students allocated a Literature Based or Work Placement Based Research Project cannot select the short module Science Communication and Public Engagement, and will thus choose among eleven optional modules.

MRes scholarship for BMB students

Students also have the chance to apply for an exclusive MRes scholarship, open only to BMB students and generously funded by our key industry partner AstraZeneca. The Medical Biosciences Master Scholarship allows students to continue their training in any postgraduate course at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College.

Core project modules

Compulsory project modules

Optional project modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Flipped classroom
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Lab pods
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials
  • Person giving seminar
    Seminars
  • Practical classes and field work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures and guest lectures
  • Individual research project
    Project work
  • Placement

Assessment methods

  • Reports
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Computer-based exams
  • Online tests
  • Essays and creative writing
  • Research project proposal document
    Business case
  • Scientific paper
  • Checklist for a practical examination
    Grant applications
  • Research preparation plan
  • Multiple-choice questionnaires
  • Person giving feedback
    Peer assessment
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Digital storytelling
  • Laboratory work and practicals
  • Group reports
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Lab work, lab books and experiment write-ups
  • Dissertation
  • Placement report
  • Data handling
  • Presentations

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

When applications open, you will be able to start your application via UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices and track your application.

Applications open on 14 May 2024

Application deadlines – 29 January 2025 at 18.00 (UK time)

Tuition fees

Home fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Home fee for 2024–25 was £9,250

Overseas fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Overseas fee for 2024–25 was £37,900

Your future career

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Gain transferable, analytical, and research skills relevant to a career in medical biosciences or similar fields.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Scientific research laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry, or technical consultancy are just some of your options.

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Other potential career paths could include non-profits, banking, and communications.

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