UCL Division of Biosciences


Biomedical Sciences BSc

This BSc will introduce you to a variety of subjects including anatomy, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, immunology and infection, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and psychology.

Biomedical Sciences BSc Degree Overview

This degree offers you an opportunity to study a variety of scientific disciplines including anatomy, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, immunology and infection, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and psychology. You can choose to specialise after the first year if you wish.

Course benefits

  • UCL is a long-standing centre of excellence for biomedical science subjects. It is internationally recognised for its strength within the field of biomedical research.

  • We are internationally recognised for biomedical research. You will learn from experts who are currently conducting world-leading research in these specialist areas, and will also discover how the subjects overlap and interact. This will give your studies both breadth and depth.

  • Our foundational first year ensures all students receive a strong grounding in scientific disciplines as well the opportunity to explore multiple areas of science. This enables students to make an informed decision as to whether they would like to specialise and if so in which area.  

  • National Student Survey results:
    - 84% of students were satisfied with the teaching on their course. (NSS 2022)
    - 91% of students were satisfied with the learning resources provided on their course. (NSS 2022)


Year 1

BIOC0001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
CHEM0010 Chemistry for Biology Students
BIOL0003 Introduction to Genetics
ANAT0001 Introduction to Human Anatomy
PHAR0002 An Introduction to the Mechanisms of Drug Action
PHOL0001 Mammalian Physiology
CELL0008 Introduction to Cell Biology


Year 2

The second year offers five streams of study:

Stream 1: Organs and Systems
Stream 2: Control Systems
Stream 3: Developmental Biology
Stream 4: Drug Mechanisms
Stream 5: Cells and Molecules

Pathways options

You can remain on the Biomedical Sciences BSc degree or transfer to a specialist degree programme:

Human Genetics
Immunology and Infection
Molecular Biology
Physiology and Pharmacology

Year 3

Compulsory module(s)

Either a Laboratory-based Research Project (45 credits) or a Literature-based Research Project (30 credits).

Optional modules

You will select from a wide range of optional modules in your chosen stream of study and from other approved disciplines within UCL, to the value of either 65 or 90 credits depending on your chosen project.


Career Opportunities

You will develop the critical and analytical skills necessary to confront complex problems, equipping you for further study, research, or for a wide variety of careers such as those associated with medical research. The training in skills such as logical thinking and decision-making will be valuable in many fields.

A degree in biomedical sciences opens doors to many career possibilities. Graduates may enter the broad biomedical science field - such as within healthcare or the pharmaceutical industry - or use their skills in careers like scientific journalism or management.

The degree also provides excellent preparation for postgraduate research.