Biomedical science courses and careers in the UK


Biomedical science honours degree courses have been producing highly skilled and flexible graduates in the UK for over forty years. UK biomedical science honours degrees have proven to be extremely popular with both employers and students as an academically rigorous and stimulating degree programme that offers a wide range of career opportunities upon graduation. The first Masters programmes in biomedical science in the UK were established in the mid-1980s and have been growing in popularity ever since. Today there are over 50 UK universities offering biomedical science undergraduate degree programmes and over 40 offering biomedical science Masters courses.

“Biomedical scientist” is a statutorily protected title in the UK. This means that anyone who wishes to be employed in a pathology or biomedical laboratory in or serving the National Health Service (NHS) must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  To become registered with the HCPC registration, your degree must be acceptable to the HCPC.

UK honours degree courses in biomedical science that are accredited by either the IBMS or approved by the HCPC will meet the HCPC’s criteria for registration. Students completing degree courses that are not approved by the HCPC or accredited by IBMS will need to undertake supplementary modules from an IBMS accredited or HCPC approved degree in order to meet HCPC educational criteria for registration as a biomedical scientist.