How To Transfer From Biomedical Science To Medicine

Updated on 21/05/2024 in ,
transfer from biomedical science to medicine

Most students need to pick their careers very early - sometimes too early. And while many are quite confident in their first choice, some have second doubts, even years into their education. Maybe you just don’t have much passion for what you’re studying. Perhaps a new opportunity presented itself that you hadn’t considered before. Or maybe you just need a decent change of pace - no reason is too big or too small when it comes to choosing the career you will, presumably, be working on for the rest of your life.

Luckily, some education paths are easier to swap to and from than others. We’re happy to tell you that if you’ve been considering a biomedical science to medicine transfer, there are definitely options that can allow you to pursue the career of your dreams! 

We’re here to answer all your questions about how to transfer from biomedical science to medicine!

What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical science, or biomedicine, is a broad area of knowledge covering any scientific study of Biology and Chemistry concerning health care. The two terms are interchangeable and largely depend on how each university wants to present its programme to students.

An undergraduate course in biomedicine includes a wide range of disciplines, making it an excellent alternative for individuals who aren't sure where they want to focus their studies.

The curriculum for a biomedical degree includes subjects such as:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Bioengineering

What is the situation?

Sooner or later, some biomedical science students realise that this may not be the correct path and that they dream of becoming medical doctors and dentists.  We have some good news for them - yes, biomedical science students can become doctors!

Here at Medlink Students, we wish to help any medical student that may not be happy with their career choice, and we seek to provide them with their best options to study medicine in Europe.

Some applicants decide to complete their biomedical degrees and then become eligible to study graduate medicine in Europe. This accelerated course allows them to complete medicine in 4 or 5 years and kick-starts their medical career immediately after graduation.

Others don’t see merit in finishing their degree and directly opt to transfer to medicine in Europe. While this reduces your chance of finding a job in the biomedical science field, it will get you your medical degree faster, so it’s a good option for those who are 100% certain they prefer medicine to science.

Can you transfer from biomedical science to medicine?

Yes, you can. In fact, transferring from biomedical science to medicine is much more straightforward than transferring from most other programmes into medicine. The early years of biomedical science and medicine cover many of the same subjects, so chances are that if you decide to transfer after your first or second year, you may not need to take many additional classes to catch up to the med students.

You probably know how hard it is to get accepted into medical schools in some countries, like the UK, the USA, and Canada. Of course, there is always the option to go to a university in Europe or in the Caribbean. Universities like the ones in Georgiа or Richmond Gabriel University in the Caribbean are amazing options which open tons of opportunities for a lot of students each year. As a plan B, some students end up opting for biomedical science, either intending to complete it and get a different job in the medical field or to transfer into medicine down the line. It’s a very solid plan, but it often fails to consider that transfers are only possible if the university has open slots.

Мany medical schools in Europe allow transfer from biomedical science to medicine. The students who pursue their dream medical education can be exempted from the subjects they’ve already sat an exam for.

What’s more, you can directly apply for the same year you are currently in! For example, you’ve just finished your 2nd year of a biomedical degree, so you can enrol to start in year 3 of medical school. This way, you will not extend the duration of your medical education and can start treating people as a doctor as soon as possible.

You don’t lose anything. The effort you’ve put into your previous degree is accounted for. You are simply changing from one degree to the other.


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Can I work in the UK after transferring from biomedical to medicine?

Unfortunately not. The GMC requires students to go through a full course in Medicine to be able to register to work in the UK.

However, a viable option is to finish your biomedical degree and sign up for a graduate entry path into medicine in the Caribbean. Thanks to your previous qualifications, you will be able to skip the first year of premed and go directly into the 4-year Medicine course.

After graduating, you will be able to register with the GMC and carry out your clinical residency training in the UK.

Can I go to medical school with a biomedical science degree?

Yes, you can change your career path from biomedical science to medicine.

You can apply for graduate entry medicine or a dentistry programme. It allows healthcare professionals and biomedical science graduates like yourself to obtain an MD degree quickly. The duration of traditional medical education is 6 years, but you can get your master’s degree in 4 or 5 years as a graduate entry student.

To study medicine after biomedical science in Europe, you must present a transcript of your previous higher education studies. Your subjects, study hours, and credits will be evaluated and used to exempt you from the subjects you studied before.

As a result, the university will enable you to cut your programme short by decreasing the subjects you need to complete your degree.

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We understand that selecting the right career is a crucial decision that can shape your life's trajectory. That's why we're thrilled to invite you to our exclusive webinar designed to address the challenges faced by medical students like you in choosing their careers early on, and how you can make a successful transfer from biomedical science to medicine, where you can discover new horizons in your career journey.  

Universities that allow transfer from Biomedical Science to Medicine in Europe

We work closely with some of the best medical universities in Europe, and here is a shortlist of the schools where you can apply for biomedical science to medicine transfer or start your journey from BioMed to medicine:

All universities we work with are recognised by the WHO and listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

In addition, we have the largest database of English-taught medical schools in Europe. We have hand-picked the 100+ best medical universities in Europe so you can research and learn more about specialities, courses, different tuition fees, living costs, and much more.

How we can help you with biomedical science to medicine transfer

We’ve helped thousands of students transfer between universities, many of which from biomedical science to a medical programme. Whether they’ve just completed their first year or are in their final year, we’ve never failed to help out a student who wishes to transfer. 

If you’re interested in switching to a medical programme in Europe, you can always request a free consultation with our experienced student advisors. They’re going to evaluate your documents and experience and in turn, give you personalised advice based on your preferences for countries, universities, tuition fees, accreditation, and living costs.

Don’t let anyone tell you that a transfer from biomedical science to medicine isn’t possible! Follow your heart - we'll make it happen if you want to transfer.

Article written by Dr Sam El Mais
Dr Sam El Mais, MD, MSc, BSc, graduated from a renowned medical school in Romania in 2019. He uses his professional knowledge and personal experience to guide students on crucial aspects such as university selection, admissions processes, and cultural adjustments.
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42 comments on “How To Transfer From Biomedical Science To Medicine”

  1. I want to know if I could be offered an admission to study Medicine and Surgery at undergraduate level, considering that I already have a bachelor degree in Medical Laboratory Science (B.MLS), MSc in Biomedical Sciences and PhD in Medical Microbiology.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

      1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. We always do our best to serve our students. Our dedicated staff are continuously striving to help students and provide them with the best solutions for their concerns. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  2. I want to know if i could be offered admission to study medicine and surgery. i have a master`s degree in biomedical science.
    Thank you.

  3. I'm currently pursuing biomedical engineering and in final year and I wanted to know can I get into medical university & opt MBBS degree, if so what could be the duration of the course. will I study from the beginning of the medical 1st year or like how will be the process and most importantly what could be the fee structure

    1. Hey Ayesha! Thanks for contacting us. There are a couple of options. To find the best one for your case, please submit an application here: https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/, and one of our advisors will call you. It's FREE and only takes 10 seconds to complete.

  4. Can I do a medical science degree and major in biomedical science if I want to become a dentist?Cause I'm thinking of doing a bachelor of medical science for 3 years, and then go to a dental school after that. Will a bachelor of medical science be helpful and is it a good choice for dentistry?
    Thank you!

    1. Hey Julia! Of course! Any Bachelor's of science degree with relevant subjects can be considered for Graduate Entry in Europe. Bear in mind though, overall it will take longer compared with you just going straight into a dental course abroad now from high school

  5. Hi, I wanted to know if I can transfer into medicine, I’m currently in my 4th year of biomed

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  6. Hi, I wanted to know if I can study MBBS after completing undergraduate degree from BSC(Hons) Biomedical sciences.

    Or like can I transfer to Mbbs from BSC(Hons) Biomedical sciences 2nd year.

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  7. If I transfer from 2nd year of biomed in 3rd year of medicine what will be the fees for medicine for the rest of the years?

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  8. I'm a first year biomedical science student, is it possible that I transfer from first year biomed to second year mbbs without completing the degree?

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  9. I'm a second year Biomedical science student at NIT Namibia, can I able to study abroad to your Campus for medicine? I have C in biology, physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. To learn about your options to study medicine with C grades its best to discuss it with our expert advisors. They will do their best to help you achieve your dream on becoming a doctor. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  10. Hello
    I am Tanzanian student pursuing my Diploma in BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING but I really want to study medicine after my graduation...will it be possible for me to take any medical bachelor programme without a Diploma in clinical medicine?

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. To learn about your options to study medicine after a biomedical degree reach out to our expert advisors. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  11. I’m applying for 3 years Bachelors Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Degree in Uk as I can’t get admitted into medicine undergraduate degree directly so after 1st or 2nd year can I study 3rd year of medicine in UK or any other European country?

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. Our expert advisors can assist you in getting admitted into a medical school. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  12. Thanks for the information, it means a lot to me. I do appreciate you, and I will be very happy if I receive my reply as soon as possibles, once again thanks!

  13. I'm gonna study biomedical science and I want to know that after completing this degree can I become a doctor? What is the easiest way to become a doctor studying biomedical science or studying biomedical engineering or studying biotechnology?

    (My english is not good sorry for that please answer me 🙏(

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. Our expert advisors can provide you with all the information you need and advise you on your options to becoming a doctor after a biomedical degree. This excellent question is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  14. I also BMS student next month I will start my university studies after 4years I finish my Bio Medical Science degree so after that can I change my degree into MBBS? At the same time can I work in my country as a MBBS

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. Our expert advisors have all the information you are looking for. This excellent question is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  15. Hi, I wanted to know that if you do a foundation year in biomedical science, on completion of foundation can you switch to first year medicine or dentist, like is this possible.

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person by one of our expert advisors. You can submit an application for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It only takes 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  16. I am going to study bio medical science from this September and my degree duration is 3 years . Can I switch to mbbs from this degree ?and what is best time and also inform me of fee structure?? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person by one of our expert advisors. You can submit an application for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It only takes 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  17. Hello, I graduated last month from the field of Biomedical Sciences from the University of Chester in Uk, I want to complete my studies in dentistry or medicine i want to be doctor i dont like biomedical science.. Can you tell me what i should do!?

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person by one of our expert advisors. You can submit an application for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It only takes 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person by one of our expert advisors. You can submit an application for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  18. hello, I still have one year to finish biomedical science degree ..
    can I transfer from BS to medicine and I should repeat all courses from 0 or the courses finished in the last years will be modified ?

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person after considering your situation. You can do that for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It takes only 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

  19. Hello, I am an undergraduate with BSc (hons) in biomedical science from KAATSU International University in Sri Lanka. After graduation if we need to get an MBBS do we need to study for another 4 years? Or the duration is somewhat low? Can you give me some information about it?

    1. Hey! Thank you for contacting us. This is an excellent question that is best answered in person by one of our expert advisors. You can submit an application for free here https://www.medlinkstudents.com/apply/. It only takes 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

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