What is biomedical science?

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Biomedical Science is a biology and chemistry related discipline used mostly in healthcare laboratories to identify, research, monitor and treat diseases. As one of the broadest areas of modern science, it is constantly advancing, and underpins much of modern medicine.

Based largely in laboratories, biomedical science focuses on the complexity of the human body, how cells, organs and systems function as well as investigating how disease and medicine affect them. If you have ever had a urine, blood, tissue or other sample taken by a doctor or nurse, chances are it will have been diagnosed by a biomedical scientist.

At the heart of healthcare

Analysing over 1 billion samples every year, everyone will use the services of biomedical scientists more than once during their lifetime. 

According to government figures, biomedical scientists are central to the UK healthcare industry attributing to the health and wellbeing of the nation from cradle to the grave. Despite making up just 5% of the workforce 70% of all diagnoses are attributed to the work of biomedical scientists. 


Laboratory disciplines

Biomedical science is divided into four different laboratory disciplines:

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Blood Sciences
Cell Sciences
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Genetics and Molecular
Infection Sciences