Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: B900 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: B902 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: B903 4 years with foundation year
BSc (Hons) UCAS: B904 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
Surrey’s School of Biosciences and Medicine achieved 90 per cent overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019. The University of Surrey has a longstanding reputation for inspiring teaching and pioneering research in the field of biomedical sciences.
As a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science student at Surrey, you’ll be able to pursue the areas of scientific study that interest you most, plus have access to our recently opened £10m Innovation for Health Learning Laboratories.
What you will study
Our fully-accredited BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course has been developed to allow you the option of pursuing a career as a registered biomedical scientist in the healthcare sector, as it satisfies the requirements of the Institute of Biomedical Science. This is in addition to the many other career options open to students graduating from this course.
In your first year, you’ll develop a broad range of skills that give you an excellent foundation on which you can build across the rest of your course. The modular structure of the BSc (Hons) or MSci (Hons) Biomedical Science programmes allows you to pursue the subjects essential to your qualification while also giving you the flexibility to study other topics that interest you.
"Through the experiences of mixing with such a spectrum of unique individuals at Surrey and immersing myself in the American culture for my placement, I have evolved a distinctive principled outlook and discovered I have a voice.” Sophia Fochler, student
BSc (Hons) - Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) - Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Biomedical science graduates can follow a number of diverse career paths.
Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science courses are in-depth science degrees, which can lead to further study and research for a higher degree. We developed the course to allow you to obtain a professional qualification that will enable you to successfully pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in the NHS, a path that now offers excellent career prospects.
In addition, some of our previous graduates have pursued a medical career by applying for entrance onto a medical programme.
Graduates have typically gone on to become, for example, postgraduate researchers or biomedical scientists within the NHS. Many have entered the related pharmaceutical industry, and some have gained entry to medical and dental courses.
Our recent biomedical science graduates have gone on to roles such as:
Biomedical Scientist, Ashford and St Peter's NHS Trust
Senior Assistant Technician Officer, Viapath
Medical Laboratory Assistant, Medway Maritime Hospital
Product Stability & Data Scientist, Allergy Therapeutics Ltd
Biomedical Scientist, Charing Cross Hospital
Laboratory Scientist, Francis Crick Cancer Research UK
Clinical Project Administrator, Sanofi
Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry at grade B and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.
Foundation year: A-level CCD (or equivalent) to include one Science A-level.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Biomedical Science placements
Our experienced Professional Training tutors will help you choose between, and apply to, a well-vetted selection of impressive placements in the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and in academia.
You’ll have the opportunity to apply for placements both in the UK and in other countries such as Finland and the US. Regular placements include Harvard University and Cornell University.
If you’d like to prepare a Health and Care Professions Council registration portfolio, there are a limited number of accredited placements available during the Professional Training placement.
Most of our placements are paid, and to ensure that your Professional Training placement is successful, you will get around two tutor visits during the year.
Examples of organisations that have participated in the scheme include:
Harvard University Medical School
Public Health England
Trinity College Dublin
University of Barcelona
Texas A&M University
"I’m leaving Surrey as a more fearless, confident, knowledgeable and open-minded person." Divyanshi Karmani, student
"I’m always trying to put myself outside of my comfort zone and undertaking a placement in New York was the biggest leap I’ve ever taken.” Sai Save, student
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to spend your Professional Training placement working in another country. Students have travelled to the US, Australia and many European countries, and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution.
"The placement year was by far the best part of my course. I learnt so much being in a working lab that you can’t learn in lectures or teaching labs.” Rebecca Ellerington, graduate