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Health and Life Sciences

Undergraduate Pathway in Health and Life Sciences

Birmingham City University’s Health and Life Sciences research teams work directly with industry – including NHS trusts, sports teams and health charities – to improve outcomes for both patients and athletes.

City South Campus is home to specialist biomedical engineering labs and over £250,000 worth of cutting-edge technology and equipment.

Strong partnerships with medical device firms and healthcare providers means you will have ample opportunities for work experience and networking.


  • Two semesters


  • September
  • January

Entry Points

  • Foundation or International Year One

Progression Degrees

BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering

This degree explores the design, manufacture and maintenance of medical equipment and devices to support patients of all ages, from newborn to the elderly. You will develop the skills and expertise needed to work in a range of specialist areas, including:

  • Assistive technology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical imaging and robotics
  • Cardiopulmonary engineering
  • Orthopaedic implants
  • Regenerative medicine/ tissue engineering.

Find out more: BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

You will learn about how the human body functions in health and disease, and develop your understanding of the diagnosis, management and treatment of a range of diseases. The degree is taught by expert academic staff who boast significant experience in the biotechnology industry, clinical sciences, education, and research.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

Life Sciences at Birmingham City University

Programme Details

Foundation Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

Throughout this module, you will learn the academic skills needed for success at a UK university, such as:

  • Time management
  • Public speaking techniques
  • Appropriate language styles
  • Professional communication and presentation
  • Researching and referencing techniques.

Business Studies

You will learn to define what a business is and its functions in relation to the different types of business costs. You will also be introduced to marketing, the marketing mix and product life cycle.

ICT Skills

This module will introduce you to the concepts of ICT skills, including applications and reporting mechanisms.

Numerical Techniques 1

This module will introduce you to basic mathematics and mathematical applications – including equations, algebraic problems and trigonometry.

Physics 1

This module defines the basic laws of physics. You will learn how to describe the fundamentals of mechanics and thermofluid mechanics.

Design Concepts

This module will introduce you to design, the importance of design and the fundamentals of technical drawing.

Biology 1

This module covers some of the fundamental aspects of biology, including:

  • The principles of homeostasis and how this is regulated
  • The principles of nutrition, enzymatic digestion and absorption
  • The physiology of blood and the circulatory system.

Biology 2

This module explores further aspects of biology, including the rules of biological classification, evolution by natural selection and the concept of species.

International Year One Modules

You will be studying BCU modules together with direct BCU students. For information on the modules, check the BCU course page for your chosen degree.

In addition to the BCU modules, you will study Interactive Learning Skills and Communication with BCUIC.

Career Prospects

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Community Health Worker
  • Biostatistician
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmacy Sales Representative

Industry-standard Facilities

Birmingham City School of Health Sciences is based on the City South Campus, walking distance from the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Take a look at where you will be studying and the facilities available to you.

Our Facilities – City South Campus
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