Biomedical Science with a Year Abroad

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14.9 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:3881 Duration:48 months

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Are you interested in a career in the health services, in a pharmaceutical company or in medical research? Would you like to explore the biochemical processes that occur in the human body, and particularly diseases like cancer or the response to infection? Are you intrigued to learn how medicines are discovered and how they work?

The School of Biosciences provides a stimulating, supportive research-led environment for teaching and learning, encouraging you to achieve your full academic and personal potential. We have excellent links with the local NHS trust, and with the pharmaceutical industry, and professionals from both of these important sectors teach on our programme.

Our Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). This option contains an additional year to the standard three year programme where you will study abroad either in the USA, Canada, Australia, Malaysia or Europe. In addition, it is also possible to work in one of our own research labs in the summer vacation after your second year. We have set up a fund - The Stacey Fund - to provide money for 20 to 30 eight-week Summer Studentships each year. These optional projects are an ideal opportunity to gain further hands-on research experience.

Independent rankings

Top marks for student satisfaction

In the National Student Survey 2014, our students gave us a score of 99% for overall satisfaction, which has placed us third in the UK. Our students go on to become some of the country’s most employable graduates – we are placed in the top 20 for career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2014.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 14860 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

BI300 - Introduction to Biochemistry

BI301 - Enzymes and Introduction to Metabolism

BI302 - Molecular and Cellular Biology I

BI307 - Human Physiology and Disease

BI308 - Skills for Bioscientists

BI322 - Biological Chemistry B

BI324 - Genetics and Evolution

Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

BI505 - Infection and Immunity

BI513 - Physiology

BI514 - Pharmacology

BI520 - Metabolism and Metabolic Disease

BI525 - Introduction to Laboratory Medicine A

BI532 - Skills For Bioscientists 2

BI548 - Microbial Physiology and Genetics I

BI521 - Metabolism and Metabolic Regulation

BI501 - Gene Expression and Its Control

BI503 - Cell Biology

Year abroad

The Year Abroad programme is an opportunity to study at a university in Malaysia (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, where teaching is in English) or the USA between stages 2 and 3. Taking a Year Abroad is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and become a more independent person. The courses you take when abroad will complement your studies here and provide a wider learning experience.

Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

BI600 - Biology Project

BI627 - Haematology and Blood Transfusion

BI606 - Pathogens & Pathogenicity

BI622 - Advanced Immunology

BI626 - Integrated Endocrinology and Metabolism

BI620 - Virology

BI628 - Microbial Phsiology and Genetics II

BI638 - Bioinformatics and Genomics

BI639 - Frontiers in Oncology

BI640 - Magnetic Resonance in Biosciences and Medicine

BI642 - Cancer Biology

BI643 - Neuroscience

BI602 - Cellular Communication I

BI604 - Biological Membranes

BI799 - Year Abroad Assessment

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
  • A level:ABB including Biology or Human Biology grade B
  • GCSE:Mathematics grade C
  • Access to HE Diploma:The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to pass the Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 at merit, and to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits in particular subjects at distinction or merit grade.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma):The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis. Typical offers when made are Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate:34 points overall or 16 points at HL including Biology 5 at HL or 6 at SL and Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.


Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2015 financial support package includes a £6,000 cash bursary spread over the duration of your course. For Ts&Cs and to find out more, visit our funding page.

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages. Please note that details of the scholarship for 2015 entry have not yet been finalised and are subject to change.


Accredited by: Institute of Biomedical Science

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