Choosing a biomedical sciences course that enhances your employability


The wide range of biomedical science courses in the UK means lots of choice, but how do you choose the course that’s right for your future career?

The study of biomedical science in the UK is becoming increasingly popular, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Although the broad focus of all courses is on the understanding of disease mechanisms and their diagnosis, courses differ from institution to institution. So how do you pick the right one for the career you want?

Some courses concentrate on the laboratory tests that are carried out as part of routine service work in hospital pathology laboratories. The content of these courses is usually based on histopathology, blood sciences, medical microbiology and immunology. They prepare you for work in hospital diagnostic laboratories.

Other courses integrate aspects of clinical and routine laboratory diagnosis with a holistic view of biomedical sciences. They include details of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of disease and of the analytical techniques that are used to study these mechanisms. These broader courses prepare you for a wider range of careers, including university research, government- funded research laboratories, and a whole range of careers in the global pharmaceutical and biosciences industries.