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Brunel University London

Biomedical Sciences (Human Health)

UCAS Code: B990
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Others in subjects allied to medicine
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£22k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

including grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

including grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science

BTEC Diploma

in any BTEC subject with an A level grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science. Applicants with a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science with a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or an A level subject not listed above may be considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

in Applied Science only

International Baccalaureate

including Higher Level 5 in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Brunel is ranked 6th in London for Biological Sciences (The Complete University Guide 2018). Biomedical Sciences is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human health and sits at the forefront of modern science. Within the Genetic Pathway you’ll learn how genetic mutations alter cellular processes and biomechanical pathways in normal metabolism and how these pathways may be altered during specific human diseases. Biomedical Sciences is an expanding and forward-looking division at Brunel where we promote a commitment and passion for science. Our enthusiastic academics are research-active in cancer genetics, diagnosis and treatment, infection and immunity as well as human health and ageing. We also have experts in genomic medicine, structure and stability, DNA repair and stem cell biology. All our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This means you’ll graduate from an academically excellent programme with the skills that your future employers are looking for. We are also ranked second in London for overall student satisfaction in BioSciences (The Complete University Guide 2016). On our courses, you can follow the core pathway and study a variety of biomedical science subjects; or you can specialise in the area of health and disease that most interests you. Either way, you’ll develop expert scientific knowledge as well as practical, transferable skills that are applicable to any career path. We also offer the following degrees: Biomedical Sciences BSc, Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry) BSc, Biomedical Sciences (Human Health) BSc and Biomedical Sciences (Immunology) BSc. We have great links with a wide range of organisations and pharmaceutical companies. You’ll have the option of undertaking a placement during the course (between Levels 2 and 3) and we will work with you to help you find the placement that is right for you. Our students have undertaken placements with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Mars, Parexel and Bayer in Germany. They have also worked with medical research companies in cancer research, heart disease, infant and foetal research, HIV/AIDS, public health, genomics, diagnostics, food science, environmental science and clinical data management. If you join one of our Biomedical Sciences courses, you can be sure you’ll receive the highest standard of teaching. Our teaching team received the Higher Education Academy’s Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2016, which recognises outstanding teamwork in teaching. You’ll benefit from our newly refurbished teaching and research laboratories. As part of your final year project you’ll carry out hands-on research, supervised by an expert academic. Our aim is to support your development as a confident individual able to critically analyse, interpret and communicate science. The first year modules are common to all pathways. In Years 2 and 3, you’ll take some common modules plus others that are relevant to your specialism. Our courses will prepare you for employment in a wide variety of graduate-entry career paths. Our graduates have begun their careers in pharmaceutical and biotech research, cancer research, infectious diseases, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Others have continued to PhD research or further study in areas such as medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology or teaching. For those wishing to pursue a career as an NHS medical laboratory officer, please note that this course is not IBMS accredited.


Typical Modules include: <p> Level one (year one): The Human Body: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology; Biochemistry: Structure and Function; Research Skills; Practical Skills in Biomedical Sciences; Biology of the Cell; Critical Thinking 1 <p> Level two (year two): Career Skills; Critical Thinking 2; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Genetic Engineering and Immunobiology; Principles of Human Disease; Medical Microbiology Options; Analytical Biochemistry; Genetics and Development; Metabolic Regulation<p> Level three (year three): Compulsory Final Year Project; Microbial Pathogenesis; Genomic Medicine; The Biology and Treatment of Cancer; Cellular Pathologies; Endocrine Disorders; Medical Immunology; Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology<p> See the Brunel website for more information.

Brunel University London

Main Concourse

Situated on the edge of London, Brunel University is a short journey from the vibrant capital, offering the perfect balance between cosmopolitan city living and a tight knit diverse community. The uni boasts well-known lecturers including Will Self, Benjamin Zephaniah and Fay Weldon. Brunel is home to world-class sports facilities, including one of the few 132m indoor sprint tracks in the country.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
88% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
11% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
375 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% MED
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Graduates who are therapy professionals


Graduates who are health professionals


Graduates who are customer service occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
These statistics refer to the prospects of graduates from a range of degrees including environmental health, counselling and occupational therapy, but the numbers of students taking these subjects tend to be quite small. Occupational therapy is an exception, with 1,060 degrees awarded in 2015. There are also usually a larger number of mature students, particularly with counselling-related degrees. We don't have enough occupational therapists to meet demand in the UK and numbers training are falling, so if you're looking at a role in the health sector this is a good option to consider.
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