Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons)

As a biomedical science student at ARU, you’ll learn about the human body at molecular, organ and systems levels, and how to investigate and treat disease.

Course details

Our passionate, highly-qualified lecturers will teach you the latest findings about conditions such as cancer, diabetes, antibiotic resistance and haemostasis.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

We’ll begin by studying general biology, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and cellular and molecular biology. Then we turn our attention to modern diagnostic techniques, and learn about biomedical disciplines including haematology and transfusion science, clinical biochemistry, cellular pathology, medical genetics, medical microbiology and clinical immunology.

In your final year, with support from a supervisor, you’ll carry out a research project and explore an area of biomedical science that’s of particular interest to you.

There’s also the option to take a placement year as part of this degree, and gain valuable work experience.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Biology.

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


Studying an accredited degree sets you up for a trainee position in an NHS laboratory as a Health and Care Professions Council-registered biomedical scientist after you graduate. Our three-year course in Cambridge is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, and we are awaiting accreditation in Peterborough.

In Cambridge, both our three-year and four-year (placement) courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, preparing you for a wide range of biomedical roles or further study. If you pass the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and have relevant work experience in the healthcare sector, you can apply for a four- or five-year accelerated programme at a UK medical school after graduation.


You’ll also learn the core mathematical methods you need to succeed as a scientist, and how to work safely, competently and effectively in the lab.
Modules are subject to change and availability.

You’ll be assessed on essays, exams and practical analysis, so we can make sure you’re developing the knowledge and skills you need.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Core Biology
  • Mathematics for the Biosciences
  • General Microbiology
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level 4
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Diagnostic Techniques in Pathology
  • Metabolism and its Control
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Principles of Pathology
  • Physiology of Organ Systems
  • Laboratory Techniques in DNA Manipulation
  • Preparation for Research
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level 5
  • Human Pathology
  • Specialist Topics in Biomedical Science
  • Undergraduate Project
  • Blood Sciences
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Current Advances in Biomedical Science
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Microbial Pathogenicity
  • Biomedical Case Studies
  • Pharmacology and Translational Medicine