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Biomedical Sciences undergraduate courses

Brunel offers five specialist pathways in biomedical science: biomedical sciences, biochemistry, genetics, human health and immunology. You can boost your employability by opting for a placement year, as well as network with big industry names at our annual Biomedical Sciences Careers Fair. Our commitment to course excellence and career readiness is evident in our rankings; we’re Top 5 in London for biosciences (NSS 2023) and 3rd in London for biochemistry graduate jobs and further study (LEO 2023).

Bring scientific theory to life with a biomedical sciences degree

If you’re looking to make an impact in the world of science, Biomedical Sciences at Brunel offers you the highest standard of teaching combined with an extensive range of industry-grade laboratories. Learn about the most up-to-date scientific discoveries in a fast-moving field, where our academics teach you ground-breaking research through practical experience.

Inspirational teaching

Our academics are active researchers who have published in high-quality scientific journals and textbooks in areas such as the genetic basis of diseases, immunobiology, personalised medicine, treatments for 21st century diseases, cancer biology and treatments and ageing diseases. You’ll benefit from an award-winning learning experience that reduces the burden of assessments and refines your skills in evaluation, communication and using complex information. In recognition of our innovative approach to teaching and learning, our Biomedical Sciences teaching team won an award for Teaching Excellence from the Higher Education Academy.

Industry recognised degrees

Our undergraduate courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology in recognition of our academic quality. This means you can be confident that your degree will prepare you for the working world – with your prospective employers recognising your degree as a mark of excellence. You’ll also receive a one-year’s membership as an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology once you graduate, integrating you into the sector with access to key contacts and up-to-date knowledge.

Flexible courses

At Brunel, we understand that at the beginning, your interest in biomedical sciences may be very broad and perhaps you’re not ready to specialise yet, or you may even change your mind about your specialist area. For this reason, we have made our courses flexible. As you study through your degree, you can pick your own module options and tailor your course to fit your interests. You can even switch specialist pathways or take our general biomedical sciences degree in the second year – so there’s no need to feel pressurised to commit to a specialist area until after your first year.

Brilliant scientific facilities

From day one, you’ll start learning to use basic lab equipment and work your way up to more specialist forensic equipment throughout your degree. Our range of purpose-built labs feature advanced equipment for hands-on molecular biology, cell culture, microscopy, and genetics research. You'll benefit from access to laminar flow hoods, incubators, and various cell types in our tissue culture laboratory. Our microscope lab boasts 2D and 3D fluorescence microscopy and you can explore genetics using fruit flies in our dedicated fly laboratory. We also have qPCR machines, DNA sequencers, and cell sorters for the study of genetics and DNA.  

Practical, real-world experience while you study

Opt for a placement year, and you'll graduate with a years' work experience already under your belt. All our undergraduate programmes offer placement opportunities, providing valuable experience to enhance your employability. Like some of our former students, you could spend a year working at some top companies such as Mars, Parexel and Astra Zeneca. Additionally, if you’re looking for industry experience a little further afield, there are chances to work abroad. Some of the opportunities our students have benefited from have included laboratory work in Sicily, positions at a cytogenetics firm near Milan, and roles with Bayer in Berlin.

Setting you up for future success

Whether you want to work as a cancer research scientist, forensic scientist or science journalist – you’ll be fully prepared for the working world here at Brunel. We have a strong focus on developing you for your future career goals – with support ranging from employability modules focused on improving your CV and interview skills, to meeting potential employers at our annual Biomedical Sciences Careers Fair, where you’ll be able to network with some of the biggest industry names, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Parexel, Age UK and Royal Brompton Hospital NHS Foundation, among others. 

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