Royal Society of Biology & Institute of Biomedical Sciences
Why this course?
Our Biomolecular Science degree programmes will equip you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours needed for careers in all branches of bioscience and allied professions.
The MSci programmes are appropriate if you're interested in pursuing an academic or research-related career.
You can defer your choice of degree specialisation until the end of Year 2, giving you the option to progress to single, joint Honours or an Integrated Masters degree in any of the biomolecular sciences.
Our courses have a strong research base and benefit from excellent links with industry, the NHS and international partners. Student exchange programmes offer you the chance to study and take part in lab-based research abroad.
You can choose from the following degree programmes all of which have a common curriculum in Years 1 and 2. This means that whichever degree you apply for, you can defer your ultimate choice of degree until you have experienced introductory classes in each of the subjects.
MSci/BSc Single Honours Degrees
BSC Joint Honours Degrees
Biochemistry & Immunology
Biochemistry & Microbiology
Biochemistry & Pharmacology
Immunology & Microbiology
Immunology & Pharmacology
Microbiology & Pharmacology
BSc Honours Degrees
We offer opportunities for you to engage with research full time in the summer preceding your final year. Since 2010, 47 undergraduate students have benefited from summer internships, of which 27 were funded by external organisations (including the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Carnegie Trust and professional societies) and others received internal funding (including the University's ResearchInterns@Strathclyde).
You'll receive in-depth training through the host lab as well as skills development workshops on public engagement, networking and poster/presentation preparation. Additionally there are opportunities for students to participate in the ERASMUS scheme. Students have worked in universities from Poland to Portugal, from the Czech Republic to Spain.
You'll have the opportunity to take part in a Vertically Integrated Project – VIP@Strath. These projects give students from first year through to postgraduate level the opportunity to work with staff in multi-disciplinary teams on cutting-edge research and development projects.
By taking part in the VIP project, you'll be able to:
learn & practice many different professional skills
make substantial technical contributions to a project
experience many different roles on a large design team
interact & receive support from more senior students &, in some instances, receive mentoring from PhD students involved in the project
contribute to the completion of large-scale design projects that are of significant benefit to the research programmes of staff members
Students from these courses have gone on to Masters postgraduate studies including MSc in Biomedical Science, Industrial Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Forensic Science. A number of students have pursued PhDs at a number of universitities. Many students also go on to study for a PGDE in order to qualify as future science teachers.
Prizes for the best students are awarded each year by a number of societies including British Society of Immunology, British Physiological Society, the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology. Students are encouraged to enter a number of competitions such as Findacure Essay competition and Life Sciences CV Competition.
The programme has five major subject strands:
You can choose to specialise in two of the four biomolecular science subjects to joint Honours or in one subject to single Honours. These degrees take four years.
There's also an option to continue to a research-based fifth year and graduate with an MSci.
The four-year BSc Honours Biomedical Science programme has its own curriculum from Year 3. It's accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology and is designed to equip graduates with the skills for future NHS employment.
In Years 1 & 2 all biomolecular students study the same classes.
You'll be introduced to fundamental biological concepts in biomolecular sciences and biological chemistry. Laboratory classes combine specialist and transferable practical skills with statistical analysis and data interpretation and presentation. You'll also choose two elective subjects from other departments across the University.
You'll take classes in the four subject disciplines in Introduction to Immunology, Pharmacology, Microbiology and Biochemistry. Laboratory classes will develop the skills acquired in Year 1 and introduce some discipline-specific techniques.
In lectures, you'll develop the discipline-specific knowledge acquired in Year 2, taking two classes per discipline stream. Laboratory classes cover the skills required; those on the IBMS-accredited Biomedical Science degree stream will take classes in Biomedical Microbiology, Immunology, Biochemistry and Fundamental Bioscience Haematology, Immunohaematology, and Immunodiagnostics.
You can opt to specialise in particular disciplines or focus on topics within biomolecular sciences that match your career expectations. To progress to single Honours, you'll take three types of discipline-specific classes – Advanced, Clinical and Applied and an option class. The research project class will develop research skills in preparation for the final-year project.
Our classes are assessed in a variety of ways. In addition to essays and MCQ in exams we also use laboratory reports, problems solving, critical analysis and presentations.
Learning & teaching
As well as lectures and laboratories, we use a variety of workshop styles, tutorials, online activities and group work.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
Year 1 entry: AAAB/AABBC (Chemistry B, Biology/Human Biology B, Maths Nat 5 B/Int 2 B, English Nat 5 B/Int 2 B)
Year 2 entry: AB (Chemistry B, Biology/Human Biology B, plus Year 1 above)
Year 1 entry: ABB-BBB (Chemistry B, Biology B, GCSE Maths 6/B, GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B)
Year 2 entry: AAA-ABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)
34 (two sciences - Biology/Chemistry/Physics HL5, Maths SL5, English SL5)
Year 1 entry: HNC, Graded Unit A/HND, Graded Units BB
Year 2 entry: HND, Graded Units AB
Year 3 entry: HND, Graded Units AA
Year 1 entry: AABB/AAAC (two sciences – Biology/Human Biology B and Chemistry B; Maths Nat 5 B/Int 2 B; English Nat 5 B/Int 2 B)
Year 2 entry: BB (Chemistry B, Biology/Human Biology B, plus Year 1 above)
Year 1 entry: ABB-BBB (two sciences – Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not at A Level) GCSE 6/B; GCSE Maths 6/B, GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B)
Year 2 entry: AAA-ABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)
32 (two sciences - Biology/Chemistry/Physics HL5, Maths SL5, English SL5)
Year 1 entry: HNC, Graded Unit B
Year 2 entry: HNC, Graded Unit A or HND, Graded Units BB
Year 3 entry: HND, Graded Units AB
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the
University of Strathclyde.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
University preparation programme fees
International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Course materials & costs
Lab coats and safety goggles
PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)
Masters of Pharmacy students must pay for a PVG certificate during their first semester at a cost of £57. This is applicable across all schools of pharmacy.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
Many of our graduates work in the development of drugs, food processing, protecting the environment, fighting disease or slowing the ageing process. They work in a variety of positions including:
research in academia
NHS & private sector laboratory technician
clinical support worker
We also have graduates working in areas such as medical writing, clinical drug trials, medical sales, and production control.
Institute of Biomedical Science accreditation of the BSc Honours in Biomedical Science ensures that this degree meets the academic requirements for registration as a biomedical scientist. This is required if you wish to obtain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Registration with the council is essential if you wish to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in an NHS laboratory.
Skills you'll gain on this degree will also prepare you for careers in finance, management, marketing, sales, business and media.
All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
It costs £12 to apply for a course
The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
The deadline is 15 January each year
This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
You might be asked to attend an interview
Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
There’s three types of decision
unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.
You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.
You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body.
However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
We welcome applications from international students