Biomedical science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long-term career prospects that include disease diagnosis and control and specialised laboratory work, also management, education and research.
This course will prepare you for potential careers, such as:
Suitably qualified graduates can use their degree for graduate entry to medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. This degree will also provide a firm base for a higher degree such as a PhD, MSc or PGCE. Our graduates have also used their skills and knowledge to develop careers in areas such as teaching, the civil service, business and management.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: Daniel West
Course: Biomedical Science BSc(Hons) and Cancer Biology MSc
"After completing my degree in biomedical science at Kingston University, I took a year out and worked as a volunteer at The Royal Marsden Hospital (RMH) for 12 months. This gave me a huge insight in the application of biomedical sciences and my experience at the RMH and meeting people from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) inspired me to learn more about cancer and encouraged my decision to study further.
Having studied at Kingston already, I was aware of the great research facilities and industrial contacts that it held. Kingston is a super place to study and I have always been impressed with its commitment to students, student learning, and providing external research placements. There were also definite benefits of doing my MSc at the same university as my undergraduate degree including familiar faces, being local to home and knowing the surroundings.
One thing I noticed during the MSc was that some students found it difficult to take on board constructive feedback. However, they were also unclear about what they had to do for certain tasks in the first place. My advice is to have a good understanding of what is required of you in each piece of work before you attempt it.
For my MSc Research Project I was fortunate enough to be one of two students to complete their project at the Institute of Cancer Research – an amazing, but probably the most challenging 12 weeks ever.
I am now training to become a teacher through a Graduate Teacher Programme with the Thamesmead Teacher Training Partnership. I definitely feel my masters degree helped me secure this position, and and will also definitely aid me in providing a foundation subject knowledge when teaching post 16 in the near future.
My MSc has enhanced my career prospects, showing that I can think and work at a higher level. Despite this, you can't expect to walk into a job on the basis of a masters. Experience and understanding of the job you are applying for is key. The final highlight for me was being asked to deliver the student 'vote of thanks' speech at graduation. A remarkable experience."
Name: Wai Liu
Year of graduation: 1993
Current job: Group leader, Institute of Cancer Research
A biomedical science degree provided Wai with the launch pad for an exciting career. He now heads a group responsible for creating and testing new drugs to treat cancer.
"I had always been interested in biology, but I wanted to do a degree that would enable me to focus on a medical-based career. Biomedical Science answered my criteria by focusing on the human and medical side of biology.
"I applied to quite a few different institutions and chose Kingston because it was highly rated and, when I visited, there was a nice feeling at the interview. The students and staff were friendly and it's in a great area, with Hampton Court and Kew Gardens close by.
"On the course I found there was a good mix of people and I really liked that there was such a wide range of modules, giving you a grounding in many different areas. A highlight was being given the opportunity to do a research project outside the University. This enabled me to gain valuable experience working in a research lab.
"After graduation, helped by my research project, I got a research assistant's post in haematology (to do with blood) at St George's, University of London. From here, I moved to St Bartholomew's Hospital, this time working in research in oncology (to do with cancer) and I went on to combine this with a PhD in Medical Oncology and Clinical Pharmacology.
"Biomedical Science gave me a good understanding of both haematology and oncology, which helped me secure both my first two roles, and provided me with the foundation for my PhD.
"In October 2003, I went on to join the Institute of Cancer Research. I now investigate novel compounds used to treat cancer. This means looking at the properties of a cancer and then creating a brand new drug to treat it. I enjoy discovering new things and the interaction with people that my work provides.
"I have found the most useful element of the Biomedical Science degree is that it is so wide-ranging. It covers everything from haematology to pharmacology and this, combined with the research project, which you can work on outside the University, enables you to keep your career options open. I feel it is a fantastic course.
"When you are deciding what to study it is useful to have a rough idea of what you would like to do career-wise. But you don't need to be too specific – by doing a wide ranging course such as this one, a lot of doors are still left open to you."
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.
The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, here students are practising their interview skills with employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you: