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Undergraduate courses

BSc, MSci and Certificates in Higher Education

The department offers undergraduate degree pathways in biomedicine to suit students coming from all backgrounds. Some of our best students have come to us through unconventional study routes. Even if you don’t have A or O levels, we'll consider your application if you’re over 21, providing you have a genuine interest in science and a commitment to study it at university level. You can find out more about course entrance requirements on course prospectus pages.

For students who have been away from study for some time, or who do not meet the direct entry criteria for the BSc, we offer foundation year entry or an alternative certificate pathway. For students looking for a degree with more research experience, our MSci programme enables students to undertake an extended, independent project within one of our research teams.

Royal Society of Biology accreditation for BSc Biomedicine

Our BSc in Biomedicine has gained interim accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology, which recognises those degree programmes which provide an outstanding education in bioscience, giving graduates enhanced employability.

Head of Department, Professor Carolyn Moores, describes the key advantages of studying biomedicine at Birkbeck.


  • Biomedicine involves applying scientific knowledge to tackle problems in health and disease.
  • You will study a wide range of subjects including molecular and cell biology, physiology, genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.
  • Extensive hands-on practical experience in our excellent teaching labs will give you the chance to develop your technical skills and confidence.
  • The degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology recognising that graduates will have the skills and knowledge to thrive in a global work market.
  • Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers in industries and sectors including: microbiology, healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry and education.
  • We offer full-time and part-time routes, plus different programmes depending on your experience and future plans.
  • Our students benefit from Birkbeck Futures which combines a career service, recruitment team and support for entrepreneurship projects.
  • Browse our undergraduate Biomedicine courses

Certificates in Higher Education

  • Studying science should be for everyone: our Certificates in Higher Education provide a great starting point for a whole range of career options in science.
  • The Certificate in Higher Education - Life Sciences (subjects allied to Medicine) will give you the biological and chemical knowledge you need for your next step.
  • You'll learn both the theory and practical aspects of each subject through classes and practical work in our laboratories.
  • Certificates can be taken over one or, in some cases, two years.
  • Our students benefit from Birkbeck Futures which combines a career service, recruitment team and support for entrepreneurship projects.
  • Browse our Certificates in Higher Education - Life Sciences in subjects allied to Medicine
Watch the video to find out how we provide real-world lab experience for our students: