BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate, Part-time

Develop your understanding of the scientific investigation of human health and disease and prepare for a career at the forefront of biomedical science.

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  • Duration:

    6 years

  • Award:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

Biomedical science, although well established as a scientific discipline, is also a rapidly advancing subject constantly striving towards improving human health and creating a need for highly skilled biomedical scientists.

This course gives you a broad understanding of the scientific investigation of human health and disease. It covers the key aspects and principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and physiology and their application to the causes and management of disease. This course is studied on a part-time basis and generally lasts six years.

Your learning is supported by our research teams, who are at the forefront of biomedical research and contribute to all aspects of teaching, both lab and non-lab based.

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to develop a career in biomedical science or progress to postgraduate study.

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As well as developing an understanding of the scientific investigation of human health and disease, you will gain more specific knowledge of disease processes from the study of clinical laboratory specialities, such as cellular pathology, clinical biochemistry, immunology, genetics and medical microbiology.

This enables a biomedical scientist to understand the science of the causes, consequences, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

You’ll be equipped with the skills necessary to plan and perform a research project for publication and be aware of the need for good laboratory practice, health and safety and legal and ethical considerations.

You’ll have the flexibility to study different areas of biology and tailor the course to your own interests. You'll also benefit from studying in the heart of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside which is rich in biodiversity.

You’ll generally come in to Edinburgh Napier one day per week, and it will take around six years to complete your degree. You'll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. With the support and guidance of our tutors you will develop a programme of study that best suits you.

The applied nature of this course encourages the development of skills that make you more employable including problem solving, research, team working, communication and IT. As well as specialist analytical and numerical skills, you will be able to collect biological data and communicate scientific information.

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What you study

New Programme from 2017 for first year entry

Common foundation year
  • Foundation in Science
  • Life on Earth
  • Comparative anatomy and physiology
  • Scientific enquiry
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Cell biology 


Year 2 (from 2018)

  • Genes and Inheritance
  • Biochemistry 
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Symbiosis
  • Physiology, Adaptation and Disease
  • Option module
Year 3 (from 2019)

  • Research Methods
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Immunology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pathobiology and Therapeutics
Year 4 (from 2020)

  • Professional Practice
  • Research methods in Biomedicine 
  • Trends in Biomedical Sciences
  • Project (60 credits) 
  • Genes and Inheritance

2017 Direct Entry Programme (second, third and fourth year)

Year 2

  • Microbiology 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Physiology and the Environment 
  • Biology of Disease 
  • One Practical Module 
One optional module from:
  • Animal Behaviour 
  • Microbes and Man 
  • Clinical Care of Exotic Species 
  • Valuing the Earth 

Year 3

  • Molecular Genetics 
  • Medical Microbiology 
  • Scientific Communication: Dissertation and Statistics 
  • Immunology 
  • Clinical Biochemistry 
  • Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
Year 4

  • Applications of Molecular Biology 
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology 
  • Cellular & Molecular Immunology 
  • Honours project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

The skills you gain will prepare you for work in a number of areas, including biomedical sciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries.

The emphasis on research in this course equips you with the knowledge and skills required to continue on to postgraduate study, including possible PhD study at Edinburgh Napier University and a further academic career.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBB including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

National 5 C in Maths, English, Biology & Chemistry.

A Level

BCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics. 

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths, English, Biology & Chemistry (or Double Award Science at C/4)

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

Grade B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

C2 at Ordinary Level in Maths, English, Biology & Chemistry.

New Grading System

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in English, Maths, Biology & Chemistry.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths, English, Biology & Chemistry (or Double Award Science at C/4)

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science^ at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL Maths, English, Biology and Chemistry.

European Baccalaureate

70% with Grade 7 in three subjects including Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

Grade 6 in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry also required.


Animal Care with B in the graded unit for year 1 entry.

National 5 C in Maths, English, Biology & Chemistry also required.


Animal Care with BB in the graded units for year 1 entry.

National 5 C in Maths, English, Biology & Chemistry also required.

Minimum year 2


Pass in a related subject* with Grade B in the graded unit.

*Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Biology

A Level

BBB including Biology

Minimum year 3


Pass in a related subject** with Grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units

**Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences

English Language Requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

^Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, or Physics

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £305 £305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,157
Overseas £1,992 £2,060
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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