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New Biomedical Sciences degree


New Biomedical Sciences degree The University of York is launching a new undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences focusing on the science underpinning medicine.

Offered jointly by the Department of Biology and the Hull York Medical School (HYMS), with contributions from the Departments of Health Sciences and Psychology, the new degree will prepare students for a career in biomedical research and other careers related to the fight against disease.

The broad curriculum in health-related science and research will include neuroscience, cancer biology, immunology and infection, population health, and cognitive psychology. 

The launch of the BSc Biomedical Sciences degree at York in September 2014 will coincide with the opening of a new building housing high-tech teaching laboratories and a 120 seat computer room. Students will also benefit from small group tutorial teaching and an extended final year project designed to equip them with research and transferable skills.

Professor Deborah Smith, Head of the University of York’s Department of Biology, said: "We are delighted to be offering this new course with our colleagues to provide a truly interdisciplinary experience for our students.  For example, final year students will be able to undertake research projects in world class biomedical laboratories across the York campus.”

Professor Trevor Sheldon, Interim Dean of HYMS, said: "Improvements in healthcare frequently arise from advances in the basic sciences relating to health and disease, and the new degree will help prepare graduates to pursue exciting careers in biomedical research.  From 2016 onwards, the programme will also extend the existing opportunities for intercalation for medical students around the country.”

There are 40 places available for 2014 entry. As well as a three-year undergraduate degree, there will be an optional four-year degree with a year in industry.

Prospective students can learn more at the Undergraduate Open Days on 21 and 24 September, or by visiting the Biomedical Sciences website at