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Biomedical Science

100% Employability

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2018

Excellent facilities

Including our Specialist Laboratories and £30 million Science Centre

100% Student Satisfaction

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) National Student Survey 2018

UCAS code:
B900
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
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Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our Biomedical Science degree provides you with the essential skills required by professional biomedical scientists at our purpose designed Science Centre.

Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree can lead to a wide range of exciting careers in biomedical sciences. You’ll study in our purpose-built Science Centre under the guidance of specialist academics. Our expertise includes clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology, clinical immunology, cellular pathology and molecular diagnostics. A high proportion of your class contact time will be in the laboratory.

Towards the end of Year 1, you’ll be able to apply for a competitive place on our Applied Biomedical Science route. Ideal if you are looking to become a registered biomedical scientist with the NHS, this route involves taking a 14-week clinical placement and completion of the registration portfolio, which will make you eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration when you graduate. 

On successful completion of study, we will issue:

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue:

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue:

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (with a placement year)

On successful completion of study, we will issue:

MSci Biomedical Science

Work placements

You will attend a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll cover the principles of biological and biomedical science that will underpin the rest of your course. You’ll learn through experience-based activities with a core programme of practical workshops, supplemented by lecture material.

In Year 2, you'll address the biology and diagnosis of disease and focus on practical training through clinically based modules. You’ll also complete a short work placement.

In Year 3, you’ll apply the practical skills you’ve developed to conduct your own independent piece of research. In addition you will gain more in-depth knowledge of specialisms within biomedical science. For those looking to study an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters award in Biomedical Science. Through research methods and specialist topics, you’ll gain hands-on experience of advanced techniques and will be encouraged to undertake a substantial research assistantship or placement.

In Year 1, you’ll cover the principles of biological and biomedical science that will underpin the rest of your course. You’ll learn through experience-based activities with a core programme of practical workshops, supplemented by lecture material.

In Year 2, you'll address the biology and diagnosis of disease and focus on practical training through clinically based modules. You’ll also complete a short work placement.

In Year 3, you’ll apply the practical skills you’ve developed to conduct your own independent piece of research. In addition you will gain more in-depth knowledge of specialisms within biomedical science. For those looking to study an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters award in Biomedical Science. Through research methods and specialist topics, you’ll gain hands-on experience of advanced techniques and will be encouraged to undertake a substantial research assistantship or placement.

In Year 1, you’ll cover the principles of biological and biomedical science that will underpin the rest of your course. You’ll learn through experience-based activities with a core programme of practical workshops, supplemented by lecture material.

In Year 2, you'll address the biology and diagnosis of disease and focus on practical training through clinically based modules. You will take a 12-month placement between Years 2 and 3. The placement will further develop your applied scientific knowledge and enhance your employability skills.

In Year 3, you’ll apply the practical skills you’ve developed to conduct your own independent piece of research. In addition you will gain more in-depth knowledge of specialisms within biomedical science. For those looking to study an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters award in Biomedical Science. Through research methods and specialist topics, you’ll gain hands-on experience of advanced techniques and will be encouraged to undertake a substantial research assistantship or placement.

In Year 1, you’ll cover the principles of biological and biomedical science that will underpin the rest of your course. You’ll learn through experience-based activities with a core programme of practical workshops, supplemented by lecture material.

In Year 2, you'll address the biology and diagnosis of disease and focus on practical training through clinically based modules. You’ll also complete a short work placement.

In Year 3, you’ll apply the practical skills you’ve developed to conduct your own independent piece of research. In addition you will gain more in-depth knowledge of specialisms within biomedical science. For those looking to study an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters award in Biomedical Science. Through research methods and specialist topics, you’ll gain hands-on experience of advanced techniques and will be encouraged to undertake a substantial research assistantship or placement.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Royal Society of Biology Institute of Biomedical Science

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Royal Society of Biology Institute of Biomedical Science

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Institute of Biomedical Science

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Bioscience Concepts and Practice
Structure and Function
Building Blocks of Life
Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists
Biology of Disease
Year 2 compulsory modules
Professional Practice and Placement
Infection Science
Public Health
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology and Immunology
Biochemistry and Blood Science
Physiological Function
Year 3 compulsory modules
Research Project
Cellular Pathology
Medical Genetics
Human Infectious Disease
Haematology and Transfusion Science
Clinical Immunology
Clinical Biochemistry
Year 4 compulsory modules
Advanced Research Methods (MSci)
Advanced Biological Techniques (MSci)
Specialist Topics in Biosciences (MSci)
Biological Research Assistantship or Life Sciences Placement (MSci)

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer:112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science

  • Typical UCAS Offer:112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science

  • Typical UCAS Offer:112 points
  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 128 points
  • A levels: ABB, to include Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DDM Applied Science

Facilities

Careers

Recent graduates have secured employment with the Paterson Cancer Research Laboratories and Cobra Biologics. Many of our other Biomedical Science graduates have found employment in specialised areas such as the Blood Transfusion Service, microbiology, immunology and clinical biochemistry. Our graduates also pursue further study on research degrees.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year independent project, and practical and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year independent project, and practical and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year independent project, and practical and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year independent project, and practical and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Pauline Gowland
Dr Pauline GowlandCourse Leader

Pauline’s expertise focuses on general microbiology, medical microbiology, and antimicrobial agents.

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For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed
International (Non-EU)
To be confirmed

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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