BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences (Biomedical Sciences)

Biomedical science is at the heart of medical breakthroughs in some of the world’s most significant diseases – including cancer, diabetes, stress and a range of other medical conditions.

In this one-year intercalated BSc (Hons) research-focused degree, you will gain expertise in the processes underpinning health and disease at the cellular and molecular level, covering themes such as cancer biology, infectious disease, immunology, and neuroscience.

About the programme

This degree programme is specifically designed for you to explore a number of themes of your own choosing. You will undertake an independent research project within one of the four themes of immunology and infection, neuroscience, cancer biology or molecular aspects of disease/cell biology. You can decide from a selection of specially curated modules addressing themes of cancer, immunology, neuroscience, genetics, pharmacology, ageing and regenerative medicine or molecular mechanisms underpinning the development of novel therapies.

This degree will help you develop your academic research skills, including critical analysis and data analysis in addition to experimental design and practical laboratory skills.

All teaching will be undertaken within the Department of Biology, University of York. Hull York Medical School staff from the Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine group contribute significantly to the teaching you will receive within the department. On successfully completing the programme, you will graduate with a BSc (Hons). All our degrees at Hull York Medical School are awarded by both our parent universities – the University of Hull and the University of York.  

How is the programme taught

Teaching within the department is delivered in thematic modules via a mix of lectures and workshops.  Laboratory practicals also provide a basis for learning for modules at Level 5. You will also be expected to undertake self-directed learning to consolidate your learning.   

How is the programme assessed  

Learning for each module will be assessed by at least one assessment, which will vary between modules. Examples of assessment include essay/coursework, closed examinations and open assessments designed to test your skills in data analysis, experimental design, synthesis, evaluation or application. The research project is assessed by a dissertation and an oral assessment.


The Department of Biology continually reviews the modules it offers to students. The modules detailed below may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of staff. We will endeavour to keep you updated with respect to any changes that may affect these intercalated programmes.

Module Core/OptionalLevelCredits 
Research project Core 6 40
Immunology and infection* Optional 5 20
Pharmacology** Optional 5 10
Tutorials Optional 5 10
Advanced topics in neuroscience Optional 6 20
Ageing and regenerative medicine Optional 6 20
Cancer cell and molecular biology Optional 6 20
Mechanisms to therapies Optional 6 20
Haematology and immunology in health and disease* Optional 6 20
Advanced topics in pathogens and pathogenesis* Optional 6 20
Human genetics Optional 6 20

Level 6 modules may have Level 5 modules as a pre-requisite.

*Level 6 Haematology and Immunology in Health and Disease and Advanced topics in Pathogens and Pathogenesis must be selected with the pre-requisite Level 5 Immunology and Infection. The research project may be undertaken within a number of themes including cancer biology, immunology and infection, molecular aspects of disease/cell biology or neuroscience.  Further details can be found in the research projects section.

**All modules will run throughout the autumn, spring and summer terms except for Pharmacology which runs during the spring summer term only.

About the Department of Biology at the University of York

Teaching within the Department of Biology is delivered by researchers from four departments with outstanding biomedical research activity: the Department of Biology, Hull York Medical School, the Department of Health Sciences, and the Department of Psychology. Biology at York is highly active in both research and teaching.    

The department was ranked 1st for overall satisfaction in Biosciences in the Russell Group in the NSS 2021. The department is also ranked 6th in the UK for Biosciences by the Guardian University Guide 2021, 10th for Biological Sciences by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and is currently 15th for Biological Sciences in the Complete University Guide 2021.    

The most recent external review of research – the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – placed Biology at York in the top 10 in the UK. Moreover, Biology at York was ranked 1st in the UK for research impact; our research has had major influence on environmental policy, industry and health.

Researchers within the department of Biology, along with Hull York Medical School's Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine researchers are active within the recently established York Biomedical Research Institute.    

Further information about the Department of Biology is available on the University of York website.

Entry requirements

You can intercalate after successfully passing your second year of your MB BS Medicine or equivalent degree.

Tuition fees
    The tuition fees for 2022 entry are:
  • UK (Home): £9,250
  • International (including EU): £24,000