Biomedical Sciences (Nutrition, Health and Exercise)

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The BSc Biomedical Sciences degree at Aberystwyth University allows you to explore the progression and treatment of human diseases through the study of how cells, organs and systems function in the human body. Throughout the degree a particular focus is placed on age-related diseases. You will also explore the different treatments methods and lifestyle considerations used to aid healthy living and aging. Further still, you will gain the laboratory skills required for the identification and treatment of human disease.

You will explore the delivery, partitioning, metabolism and elimination of drugs in the context of both their clinical use and drug design. You will also be able to investigate how nutrition will impact human health as well as the development and application of experimental approaches used to assess gene function through genome sequencing and mapping. From these analyses, information will inform new predictive strategies, identifying new and useful genes and potential drug targets; understanding of gene behaviour, and the development of novel therapeutic products will also be provided.

Course Overview

Why study Biomedical Sciences at Aberystwyth University? 

  • You will study a Biomedical Sciences degree with a unique focus on human biology, health, exercise and nutrition;
  • You will be taught by passionate, engaged and friendly staff with expertise across the full range of biological topics;
  • You will be part of the IBERS department that has a designated Well-being and Health Assessment Research Unit;
  • Your academic studies will be bolstered by a wealth of laboratory and field-work which build real scientific skills essential for your future;
  • Our teaching and e-learning facilities provide you with an outstanding learning experience integrating the classroom sessions and a vast repository of study resources;
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor who can guide you through your time at Aberystwyth and help you to settle in when you first arrive;
  • Aberystwyth is a vibrant university town that provides an excellent student experience and stunning environment to live and learn;
  • After the degree you will be well placed to pursue a career in health and medical related industries, postgraduate-level study or medical school enrolment.
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff in the Department of Life Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry. The Department has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules September start - 2024

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Biological chemistry BR17320 20
Cell Biology * BR17520 20
Genetics, Evolution and Diversity BR17120 20
Human Anatomy and Kinesiology BR16420 20
Human Physiological Systems BR16320 20
Skills in Nutrition, and Science Communication BR17420 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics BR20620 20
Cell and Cancer Biology BR25920 20
Immunology BR22220 20
Research Methods * BR27520 20
Sport & Exercise Physiology BR27420 20
Sport and Exercise Nutrition BR22520 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Sports Nutrition BR30920 20
Research Project * BR36440 40


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics BR37120 20
Injury and Rehabilitation BR32020 20
Microbial Pathogenesis BR33720 20
Molecular Biology of Development BR36020 20
Molecular Pharmacology BR36120 20
Parasitology BR33820 20
Training and Performance Enhancement BR34420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Potential Careers

Our graduates become strong candidates for the following fields:

  • Bio-Medicine;
  • Health and Allied Professions;
  • Education.

Students who have completed a biology degree could also progress to further training in Medicine.

The University has an excellent Careers Advisory Service and we have our own dedicated, professional Careers Advisor. We also have a member of staff who is Director of Employability for IBERS and we are constantly striving to embed and enhance the delivery of real-world skills into every module we offer.

What skill will I develop from studying Biomedical Sciences?

Employability is embedded in our teaching. Our students leave Aberystwyth University with the skills including:  

  • Research and data analysis skills;
  • Enhanced mathematical and computational skills;
  • Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills;
  • Thorough grounding in information technology skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance;
  • Team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Find out about the various opportunities that our Careers Service offer and how you can enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and Year in Employment Scheme (YES).

Teaching & Learning


The indicative content required for a Biomedical Sciences degree, including human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, cell and molecular biology and bioinformatics are covered by the scheme’s core modules. There are also a choice of optional modules that will help you learn about clinical assessment with a client/patient and/or develop laboratory-based clinical skills.


The Biomedical Sciences degree is structured to test your knowledge, develop independent thought and skills acquisition and to provide the sort of transferable information useful to employers. How you will learn will take various forms in some or all of the following modes:

  • Laboratory and/or fieldwork reports;
  • Dissertation report;
  • Work experience assessment;
  • Observed practice;
  • Laboratory and/or field skill competencies;
  • Online activities;
  • Essays, summaries and assignments;
  • Data interpretation exercises;
  • Critical analysis of case studies;
  • Oral, poster and other presentations such as journal articles;
  • Unseen examinations, seen or open-book examinations, computer-based assessments.

Further Information

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP). This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh, Science and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDD-DDM in a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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