BSc Biomedical Science


(Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science)

Entrance Requirements

Biomedical Sciences

  • A-level
    AB (in any order in Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry) B + GCSE Mathematic
    A (Biology or Chemistry) AB including a second science subject + GCSE Biology and Chemistry or Double Award Science + GCSE Mathematics.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
    AB2 (in any order in Biology and Chemistry) B2B2B2 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade C in Mathematics.

For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click here

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The Subject Biomedical Science comprises the sciences related to medicine and in particular the specialist disciplines of diagnostic Biomedical Science as practiced in Health Service Laboratories: Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion Science, Clinical Bacteriology and Immunology, and Histopathology and Cytology.

Course Content

The Biomedical Science Course at Queen’s is based on a foundation knowledge of Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology, mammalian Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, and Micro-organisms. This theme is continued at level-2 with an integrated presentation of human disease mechanisms (Pathobiology), specialist knowledge of all the individual disciplines within diagnostic Biomedical Science (Biomedical Science in Practice), the core Biomedical Science subjects of Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, and finally a stand-alone module in Immunobiology, which provides an underpinning for much of our teaching in human disease as well as modern assay techniques. The clinical disciplines of Clinical Biochemistry, Bacteriology, Haematology and Histopathology are further developed at level-3 in conjunction with a double module of individual research by every student in a final year laboratory project. This course has been developed to provide our graduates with the key skills to function effectively in diagnostic and research laboratories within the National Health Service, Pharmaceutical Industry or Academia. Our students demonstrate practical laboratory skills in addition to a deep understanding and ability to communicate their underlying scientific principles.

In addition to the specific course content, there is an emphasis in our study modules on team-work and communication skills, problem solving and IT skills which should assist graduates in careers beyond those immediately related to medicine.

Special Features

The School has excellent research facilities as well as strong links with clinical departments. Our teaching staff comprises of enthusiastic  teachers combined with world-class researchers in the Biomedical Sciences.  Professional Biomedical Scientists from NHS laboratories also make a major contribution to the programme.  A limited number of places are also available each year for students to spend a non-credit bearing, voluntary year out working in a research laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Students are paid a stipend and the School contributes to the cost of one return journey.

Opportunities for Careers And Further Study

The new degree programme in Biomedical Science at Queens is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in diagnostic laboratory science as Biomedical Scientists within the National Health Service, research or management careers in the Pharmaceutical Industries or Academic Research. The degree also affords opportunities for careers in the broad field of medicine and medically-related subjects. Many students continue their studies leading to a higher degree and perhaps a research career. However, there are many career options in both the public and private sectors including, for example, the pharmaceutical industry, medical and scientific publishing, insurance, teaching and the Civil Service.