biomed lab Welcome to the Biomedical Science course at Keele! Everyone on the Biomedical Science teaching team is looking forward to seeing you at the beginning of the semester and you will find the University and the School of Life Sciences to be friendly places with plenty of people to help you settle in.

Our students tell us how much they enjoy their studies, with the curriculum being described as detailed, stimulating and challenging with a good choice of modules and excellent laboratory classes and project work. The wide range of teaching methods we use is very well received and our students feel that the programme prepares them well for employment. Students identified the opportunity for industrial (and clinical) placement as being one of the highlights of the programme. All of the opportunities available to you at Keele will help you to reach your full potential and develop knowledge and skills that will help you to progress in your future career.

My colleagues and I look forward to seeing you at the start of the new academic year and  – remember, just ask if you’re not sure of something and we’ll be happy to help.

ghussey Best wishes

Glenn Hussey

Biomedical Science Programme Director

Preparing to arrive

You don’t need to do any specific reading or other work in preparation for your studies before you arrive as we make sure that the necessary material is covered from the start. If you’d like to do some reading before you arrive, however, you may want to take a look at the principal textbooks for the programme, which we refer to throughout the first two years of the programme. These are:
Berg, JM, Tymoczko, JL, Gatto, GR and Stryer, L (2015)  Biochemistry 8th Edition WH Freeman & Co

Alberts, B, Johnson, A, Lewis, J, Morgan D, Raff M, Roberts, K and Walter, P (2014) Molecular Biology of the Cell 6th Edition Garland Science.

There are lots of copies of these textbooks in our library so there is no need to purchase them unless you wish to.
If you’d like to read about the roles of Biomedical Scientists  in Pathology, take a look at the Institute of Biomedical Science’s website at and once you’re at Keele you’ll be meeting plenty of staff who are practicing Biomedical Scientists in our local hospitals.

Other items to bring with you to university include note-taking equipment (pads of paper, pens); pencils and rubber for drawing and a basic scientific calculator (please note, though, that programmable calculators are not allowed in examinations). Many students also bring a laptop computer, which you may find useful for note taking in lectures and for preparing coursework. There are many PCs available across campus but you may find it useful for working in your room. Keele computers are currently running Windows 7 and Office 2010 (with some using Office 2016).


Welcome week

When you arrive at Keele to study Biomedical Science, you will spend the first week getting to know your way around and being introduced to the people, places and protocols that will be important to you over the next three years.  On Monday 25th September at 2pm there will be an introduction and welcome to the School of Life Sciences talk by the Head of School Professor Dave Hoole, followed by an introduction and welcome to the Biomedical Science programme by Dr Anne Loweth, the Programme Director. The venues for these will be confirmed later.

On Tuesday 26th between 9:00-11:00 you will meet your Personal Tutor. Don’t worry, the meeting will not last two hours, but you should receive an invitation to meet at sometime during that period.

There will be a social event for Freshers on Wednesday afternoon, which we will notify you about nearer the time.

Thursday is the day that the work begins. There will be an introduction to the laboratories at 10:00 on Thursday,

In between all this you will have time to check out the Fresher’s Fair and the electives drop in sessions. Dual Hons and Major Route students will also have activities relating to their other subject.

If you have any queries or worries about Welcome Week, please contact Dr Jan Hoole at

Additional info

Biomedical Science

Student support & Development Services

If you have any queries, please contact the Biomedical Science programme director, Dr Anne Loweth (