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Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and suitable for the educational elements required by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) competency portfolio, this course is designed to help you play a key role in identifying diseases, monitoring treatment and undertaking research into infectious diseases and other pathologies. A one-year sandwich placement or one-semester work placement modules can be undertaken to give you valuable work experience.

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Biomedical science transforms our understanding of health and disease. This course will put you at the cutting edge of science as you study everything from healthcare issues to research-based science, learning how disease is caused, identified and treated.

The subjects covered in this course are similar to the pre-clinical components of a medical degree, with topics including the structure and functioning of biological fluids, cells and tissues; and the relationship between bodily systems and health, disease, and the environment.

Your study programme is designed so that core modules are delivered over two whole days per week, enabling you to juggle lectures with study and other responsibilities. Your first year will include an introduction to the key principles of biomedical science, and will place a heavy focus on developing the necessary laboratory skills and data manipulations. In year two, you’ll look at core discipline areas such as blood science, infection and tissue science. You’ll also get plenty of hands-on experience in a wide range of research techniques, such as spectrophotometry, PCR, electrophoresis and ELISA.

Your third year will comprise more in-depth study of the major disciplines of biomedical science, and you'll have the opportunity to specialise with an independent research project on a topic of your choosing.

Throughout the course, you’ll take practical classes in our £30 million Science Centre, which is equipped with 280 workstations and is the largest of its kind in Europe. You’ll also benefit from the guidance of our knowledgeable academic staff – many of whom are active researchers – as well as a range of external speakers working in the pathology industry, who will keep you up-to-date with the latest biomedical developments and laboratory practices.

Assessment

You will be assessed through self-diagnostic testing, debates, group work, essays and cumulative exams.

Your practical skills will be assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the final project module.

Your data handling skills will be assessed through practical reports, problem-solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations, exams and seminar presentations.

Professional accreditation

While studying this course, you can become an eStudent of the Institute of Biomedical Science. On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for Licentiate Membership.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • 260 or more UCAS points from three A levels, including Biology and Chemistry at grade C or above (or equivalent, eg Applied Science A level Double Award at grade BC or BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with DMM)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)

Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will also be considered.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the BSc Biomedical Sciences Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter  this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Laboratory Science

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Blood Science
  • Infection Science
  • Tissue Science
  • Parasitology (optional)
  • Ethics for Science (optional)
  • Fundamentals of Biotechnology (optional)
  • Fundamentals of Bioanalytical Science (optional)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Advanced blood science
  • Advanced Infection and Tissue Science
  • Research Project
  • Systems Pathology 
  • Applied Immunology (optional)
  • Biomedical Implications of Exercise (optional)
  • Medical Genetics (optional)
  • Virology (optional)

Many graduates go on to careers in hospital and private medical laboratories as health care assistants, phlebotomists and biomedical scientists. Previous students have found work with companies such as NHS pathology laboratories and The Doctors Laboratory.

Other possible career paths include management, medical research, education and specialised laboratory work. The skills you'll learn are also applicable to public health (water, foodstuffs, disease surveillance etc), veterinary laboratories, blood banks, forensics, and pharmaceuticals development.

You can also use this course as an entry point into the competitive world of graduate medical studies, and go on to MSc and PhD studies here at London Met or at other educational institutions. Together with further studies, this course serves as a great entry point to the newly emerging field of Physician Associate.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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