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Biomedical Science and Biomedical Sciences

Subject Benchmark Statement

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies.

Below you will find the full Subject Benchmark Statement for Biomedical Science and Biomedical Sciences. Alongside it, we have also published a summary designed to provide a short and accessible overview of the main Statement for students, employers and academics.

Subject Benchmark Statement: Biomedical Science and Biomedical Sciences

Publication date: 08 Mar 2023

Subject Benchmark Statement: Biomedical Science and Biomedical Sciences - the basics

Publication date: 08 Mar 2023

About this subject


Biomedical science includes key clinical laboratory specialities such as medical microbiology (including virology), clinical biochemistry, haematology and transfusion Science, clinical immunology, cellular pathology/histopathology and clinical genetics. It enables graduates to achieve the academic requirements needed to register with the Health & Care Professions Council as a Biomedical Scientist.

Biomedical sciences is generally broader and may encompass other human biology courses.

Graduates in Biomedical Science(s) will develop the qualities of professionalism, critical independent thought, and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances. These graduates enter a rapidly changing employment environment in which lifelong learning plays an essential role.

Professor Mary Hannon-Fletcher – Chair of the Advisory Group
Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Ulster University

This new Statement offers clarification between Biomedical Science and Biomedical Sciences courses for the first time. It encompasses the broad range of disciplines in Biomedical Sciences and the specific disciplines in Biomedical Science including new technologies, excellence in clinical practice and research-informed teaching, and innovative teaching delivery. Importantly, it also reflects the subject’s strengthening attention to equality, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability.

We hope that the revised Statement will provide the framework to support the delivery of future-proofed Biomedical Science(s) programmes across the UK and drive excellence in this field.

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