Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year), 4 years (MSci) full-time
UCAS code: B900, B901 (with a placement year), C900 (MSci)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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 research. 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 alongside your studies and enables you to complete the Registration portfolio. Doing this could make you eligible for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration when you graduate.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, MSci Biomedical Science

Professional body accreditation

The Royal Society of Biology

Once on this course, students may apply to transfer to a limited number of places on the Applied Biomedical Science BSc course (placements are offered by local hospitals and conducted by competitive interview). This Applied route is accredited by The Institute of Biomedical Science (IMBS) and has Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approval.

 

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with 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. If you choose the sandwich version of the course, 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. 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.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Building Blocks of Life Compulsory
Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Building Blocks of Life Compulsory
Biology of Disease Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Infection Science Compulsory
Molecular Genetics Compulsory
Biochemistry and Blood Science Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Public Health Compulsory
Cell Biology and Immunology Compulsory
Physiological Function Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Haematology and Transfusion Science Compulsory
Cellular Pathology Compulsory
Clinical Biochemistry Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Human Infectious Disease Compulsory
Clinical Immunology Compulsory
Medical Genetics Compulsory

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Research Methods Compulsory
Advanced Biological Techniques Compulsory
Specialist Topics in Biosciences Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Biological Research Assistantship or Life Sciences Placement Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert 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 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.