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Biomedical science degrees

What is biomedical science?

Biological and biomedical sciences, also known as life sciences, are at the heart of science and medicine. They include biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, and pharmacology.

Biomedical science represents an opportunity to put scientific knowledge into practical use. It performs a key role in medical healthcare and offers career satisfaction for many in the profession.

Why study biomedical science?

A biomedical scientist is a scientist trained in biology, particularly in the context of medicine. These scientists work to gain knowledge on the main principles of how the human body works. They try to find new ways to cure or treat disease by developing advanced diagnostic tools or new therapeutic strategies

As a biomedical scientist, your skills and qualifications will be recognised across the UK and worldwide. It’s a dynamic profession with diverse career prospects in management, research, education, advanced roles and specialised laboratory work.

UK biomedical scientists are employed in NHS and private sector laboratories. They also work in organisations such as the National Blood Authority, Health Protection Agency and Medical Research Council.

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Why biomedical science at Strathclyde?

Studying biomedical science at the University of Strathclyde, you'll be learning at an award-winning academic institution. A 5-star QS-rated university, we were named Times Higher Education University of the Year 2019 - the only university to win the award twice.

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences is a leading centre for research focused on new medicines, better medicines and better use of medicines. We offer innovative teaching by experts who are actively researching in their topic of study. Our researchers work with businesses including AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Cancer Research UK.

Our Biomedical Science BSc is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology. We're also ranked in the UK's top 10 for biological sciences in the Complete University Guide 2020.

Biomedical scientist salary

As a biomedical scientist, you can expect to earn the following*:

  • starting salaries in the NHS range from £22,128 to £28,746 (Band 5)
  • with experience and/or specialist knowledge, you can earn a salary of £26,565 to £35,577 (Band 6)
  • as a senior biomedical scientist, you can expect to earn £31,696 to £48,514 (Band 7/8a). Salaries for consultant biomedical scientists, who have reached the top of their profession, are higher

*Information taken from Prospects and intended only as a guide (last accessed 14 November 2019)