Biomedical Sciences

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
301–350 place StudyQA ranking:860 Duration:36 months You need IELTS certificate

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Our three-year BSc Biomedical Sciences course uses a disease-based approach to the study of the biomolecular foundations of medicine, and includes specialised modules concerning the application of biomedical sciences in the NHS. The skills you will learn are at the forefront of advances in medical research, including clinical biochemistry, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, forensic science, veterinary science, health and safety and food science. This means our graduates have a science qualification appropriate for a career in a wide variety of industrial and public sector environments.
Our biomedical sciences courses are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and approved by the Health Professions Council, resulting in accelerated career progression within the NHS.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 13950 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Our courses are based on flexibility and choice, so that you can tailor your degree to your interests. In your first year you usually take four or five pre-requisite modules for your course allowing you flexibility to try subjects you have not come across before.
With a small number of exceptions, once you successfully complete the first year of your BSc, you qualify to enter the second year not only of that course but also of a range of other courses. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
We continue to offer a range of optional modules in your second and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project. The research project enables you to work in one of our research laboratories alongside our internationally reputed scientists, studying real science in a real scientific environment. Some of our science courses offer an optional extra year of an industrial placement.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.

Year 1
Molecular Cell Biology;
Genetics and Evolution;
Biochemistry of Macromolecules;
General and Organic Chemistry;
Introduction to Biomedical Science; and
Life Science Key Skills (double module)

Year 2
Molecular Medicine and Drug Design;
Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics;
Immunity in Health and Disease;
Proteins and Regulation of Human Metabolism;
Biomedical Sciences I;
Biomedical Sciences II;
Hospital Experience and Skills Training; and
one from: Genome Science or Cell Biology

Year 3
Research Project (triple module);
Issues in Biomedical Science;
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease and Molecular Medicine;
Drug Design and Pharmacology;
Spectroscopic Investigations of Disease; and
one from: Molecular Virology, Molecular and Developmental Immunology, Human Genetics, Medical Microbiology, and Cancer Biology

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6

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A-levels: ABB-BBB, including Chemistry or Biology and a second science or equivalent
GCSE Mathematics: C
GCSE English: C
IB: 32-30 points, including Higher Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics grade 5, plus Standard Mathematics grade 4 or above (if not taken at Higher Level, we consider IB certificates at the Higher level on a case-by-case basis)
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

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    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

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