8 Top Universities to Study Biomedical Sciences

By Dukes Medical Applications

Biomedical Sciences is a sought after degree at most medical schools. We look at eight of the top Biomedicine degrees in the UK

According to the QS university rankings for the top 25 universities to study Biomedicine, five of those were based in the United Kingdom. In this blog we will examine these top choices, along with others that are well known to be a great places to study this particular course.

Biomedicine is a degree that can lead to a vast array of jobs in various fields, the most obvious choice being a biomedical scientist, working for the various employers to carry out experiments on tissue samples and help clinicians diagnose and treat diseases. Biomedical Sciences can also specialise in fields such as haematology, immunology and toxicology.

1. University of Cardiff
2. University of Oxford
3. University of Edinburgh
4. University College London
5. Imperial College London
6. University of Sheffield
7. University of Bristol
8. University of Manchester

We will take a look at the different courses at each university, the unique opportunities that each course involves, as well as the differences that students might want to consider when choosing a University.

University of Cardiff

Entrance Requirements: AAB including Biology or Chemistry with (where applicable) a pass in the practical element of the A level. If only one science is held, an A will be required in either Biology or Chemistry.

Cardiff has an impressive reputation when it comes to Biomedical Sciences. It boasts an impressive variety of options when it comes to degree specialisms. At Cardiff, you have the option to choose between anatomy or physiology, with the added option of changing to Biological Sciences. Cardiff is also home to both the Welsh Centre for Anatomical Education and the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, organisations that lend themselves specifically towards the study of Biomedical sciences.

University of Oxford

Entrance requirements: A*AA excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies. Candidates are required to have two of their A-levels from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

The University of Oxford has an internationally recognised reputation for Biomedical Sciences. The Medical Sciences School research receives more than £340 million per annum in funding, meaning that it is at the forefront of ground-breaking research in Medical Sciences. They also place an emphasis on diversity, both in their staff and students. At Oxford, you can choose in your third year whether you wish to graduate with a BA degree in Cell and Systems Biology, or a BA degree in Neuroscience.

University of Edinburgh

Entrance requirements: ABB, in one sitting, to include Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended. GCSEs: Mathematics at Grade B or 6 and English at Grade C or 4.

Edinburgh Medical School offers a variety of different options when it comes to courses within the Biomedical Sciences. Years one and two of the course provide a grounding in Biomedical understanding, helping you to build the skills required for the rest of the course. In years three and four you will have the opportunity to branch into specialist disciplines. At Edinburgh, you can study the function of the human body at a molecular and cellular level, as well as infectious diseases, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and reproductive biology.

University College London

Entrance requirements: AAA, Biology and Chemistry are required, plus Mathematics or Physics preferred.

UCL prides itself on being ‘internationally recognised for its strength within the field of biomedical research’. Similar to Edinburgh, once you have completed your first year, you will have the opportunity to transfer to one of their nine specific degree programmes, or alternatively stay in the general Biomedical Sciences programme. By having such diverse options within the School of Biomedical Sciences, you are encouraged to understand how the different subjects interact and inform each other, giving you a broad understanding within specific disciplines.

Imperial College London

Entrance requirements: AAA with an A in Biology or Human Biology, and an A in in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Physics.

Imperial College London have split their Biomedical Sciences degrees into two different courses: Medical Biosciences and Medical Biosciences with Management. Both are taught in the Faculty of Medicine, however, unsurprisingly, the Medical Biosciences with Management includes an extra fourth year in the Imperial College Business School, which is designed to complement the scientific skills with business acumen. You will be taught by experts in the fields of Medicine, and have the opportunity to explore both the principles and practice of Biomedical Science.

University of Sheffield

Entrance Requirements: AAB including two from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Sheffield offers a Biomedical Science course, along with the option for an incorporated year abroad or a year in industry. The university places a big emphasis on practical sessions, offering the only course in the UK that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to perform a cadaveric dissection. The university believes that giving you this opportunity will benefit you later in your studies by applying this knowledge to forensic science, for example: facial reconstruction, forensic anthropology, DNA fingerprinting and weapons analysis. This hands on approach separates Sheffield from many other biomedical courses, who choose to focus on the academic principles of the subject.

University of Bristol

Entrance requirements: AAA including Chemistry and another science/mathematics subject.

One of the ways in which Bristol stands out for studying Biomedicine is through its state of the art facilities. The Biomedical Sciences Simulation Centre gives students the opportunity to simulate human patient interaction. The ‘Virtual Microscope’ allows student to access (and add to) an expanding digital archive of educational images. This focus on technological resources is carried through the course, with the ‘eBiolabs’ being another invaluable collection of online resources and learning tools. Quizzes, assignments, and other interactive media help inform students throughout the course.

University of Manchester

Entrance Requirements: AAA-ABB, including two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths (‘the Hard Sciences’). You must have a grade A in at least one Hard Science and pass the practical assessments in these subjects.

Manchester offers a wide range of medical disciplines, including not not limited to physiology, microbiology, genetics, neuroscience, anatomy and histiology. The faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health is a pioneer in research, with 83% of research deemed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Their facilities include atomic force microscopy imaging, mass spectometry systems, and the fly facility which is one of the largest in the UK. The course prides itself on flexiblity, with students being able to transfer between most of the Biological Sciences degree programmes at the end of the first year.

A career as a doctor is challenging and requires dedication and perseverance. There will be hurdles along the way, but remember you have a very exciting career ahead of you and that is the ultimate goal to aim for. Good luck! If you want to talk to one of our consultants about your options, we will be happy to talk to you.

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