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What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Science is the biological basis for health and disease. It includes core subjects such as cell biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and immunology which underpin understanding of pathobiology, ageing and healthy living. As well as the core subjects, biomedical scientists may specialise in a variety of subject areas including clinical chemistry, haematology, medical microbiology, histopathology and cytology, parasitology, nutrition, pharmacology, biotechnology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, and human population and environmental biology.

Biomedical Science is the fastest growing and most highly funded research discipline in modern science due largely to its pivotal position in the promotion of health, and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, as well as its associated impact on economic development through knowledge transfer via the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It is one the most popular undergraduate and postgraduate bioscience programme areas on offer throughout the world and leads to a wide range of career opportunities. Biomedical Science graduates work in a variety of professional settings: hospital laboratories, government agencies, medical research institutes, biopharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies and universities.

The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) is the professional body for Biomedical Scientists in the UK and is closely involved in the development and accreditation of Biomedical Science degree programmes. A full list of IBMS accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degrees may be downloaded here.