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Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

The Biomedical Science BSc is designed to help you play a key role in identifying diseases, monitoring treatment and undertaking research into infectious diseases and other pathologies. This course gives you the academic competencies required by Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

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 during the course are similar to the pre-clinical components of a medical degree, with topics including the structure and function 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 place a heavy focus on developing the necessary laboratory skills and data manipulations. In Year 2, 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, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), electrophoresis and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (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'll 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'll be eligible to apply for Licentiate Membership.

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

  • for entry in the 2016-18 academic year: 260 or more UCAS points from three A levels in academic subjects, 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)
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in A levels with B in Biology and B in Chemistry (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • an interview may also be required

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

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 Biomedical Sciences BSc 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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of human anatomy and physiology in health and disease. It is designed for life-science students with an interest in human biology, but particularly for those wishing to pursue advanced studies in forensic science, biomedical science, nutrition, dietetics, and other health related sciences.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This is a module which provides students with an understanding of basic cell structures and an awareness of different cell types and relates the structure and activities of cell components to their functions and to cellular activities as a whole.An overview of the organisation, expression, and replication of genetic information will be provided and the principles of Mendelian inheritance will be investigated. The consequences of mutation on gene expression are examined together with an introduction to techniques of gene analysis and manipulation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    The module provides an introduction to core aspects of chemistry - concepts of chemical formulae, reaction processes, and interactions between particles are enumerated. Fundementals of organic chemistry are expounded, with emphasis on bonding, molecular structure, and simple reaction mechanisms. The second half of the module is concerned with biochemistry focusing on the properties of key biochemical molecules and their role in biochemical function.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module will introduce students to safe contemporary (GLP) practice in the laboratory environment, practical bioscience techniques, simple chemical techniques and the discipline of accurate laboratory record keeping. Professional issues, study skills and data analysis will be integrated in the module. In some practical sessions the three variant modules diverge and techniques are related more specifically to the degree area the student is studying.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module provides experience, knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of clinical biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science. It explores the rationale for laboratory testing in routine and specialised investigations. It examinesthe different elements that constitute blood in normal and diseased states. It addresses the identification of blood groups and antibodies, other haemopoetic cell antigens and their clinical significance, the safe supply of blood and blood products. The module also focuses on teamwork, scientific communication skills and the application of these to future employment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module will survey the fundamentals of analysis of simple molecules in biological and other relevant systems. Modern instrumental methods will be reviewed and practical experience given.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module is a level 5 core module for the Biomedical Science degree. The module develops an understanding of infection science from a systems and laboratory diagnostic perspective. Students will develop their knowledge of the different types of microorganisms and how they cause disease. The module will also give students knowledge of the immune system in health and disease. Through case studies in tutorials students will develop vocationally relevant critical reasoning and problem solving skills. Through laboratory practical exercises students will develop practical laboratory skills. Development of vocational reasoning and practical skills will enhance employability.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module explores the classification, structure and function of tissues within the Human body, and provides in-depth coverage of the fundamentals of the science of pathology, exploring the underlying genetic, molecular and cellular perturbations that lead to pathological tissue states incurred by inflammation, infection, trauma and neoplasia. Students will also gain practical experience of modern laboratory techniques used to investigate and diagnose tissue samples within a biomedical setting.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a large organisation.

    Students opting for this modules, will NOT be able to take “Create a Winning Business 2”

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module introduces different normative philosophical bases for ethical decision-making, and gives opportunities for critically applying these principles and approaches to a range of contemporary moral issues in the human sciences.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module will provide students with an understanding of principles of biotechnology including ancient, classic and modern biotechnology and industrial application of microorganisms in many areas such as food and agriculture, environment and pharmaceutical. The module also focuses on industrial production of enzymes for different applications and introduces basics of molecular biology tools and techniques including recombinant DNA technology

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    The module addresses the major parasites of medical importance. It emphasises those aspects of parasite life-cycles that contribute to disease and pathology, the anti-parasite immune responses they engender, how parasites evade these responses, and alternative control measures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    One year of work based learning. Work experience based full-time in an organisation with roles relevant to the academic programme of study and at an appropriate level of responsibility. Relevant organisations include; NHS, research, industrial and private medical laboratories. Learning would be driven by practical experience in the work place. Progress and development will be assessed against an agreed framework of objectives as defined in the learning agreement. Placements in IBMS approved accredited training laboratories are eligible for BS6W04 variant, other biological placements are AS6W04 and chemical based placements are CH6W04. For part-time students in appropriate employment they can complete the module over an extended period during their degree rather than take a year out.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module focuses on extending students' learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to tackle real-life problems, appropriate to their academic level, by undertaking a short period of professional activity in the workplace. The placement needs to be approved prior to being undertaken, by the work placement coordinator. It is expected that the student should work for 140 hours, for which they will be required to provide evidence (completed in the summer or part-time over the Autumn or Spring semester). The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed on an individual basis. Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities and with all aspects of their job search and applications. However, it is the students’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed. DBS checks and or Hep B vaccination may be required for some placements (NHS or School-based).

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    The module covers an advanced combination of the interrelationship between Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, and Transfusion Science as reflected in the practice of a multidisciplinary pathology department.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module focuses on human pathology involving the evaluation of structural and functional changes in tissues brought about by infection, inflammation, trauma and neoplasia. Selected examples will be studied in depth to explore the underlying causes as well as the pathophysiological features of disease. The epidemiology of selected diseases will be studied and strategies used for disease control and management will be explored including examples of prophylaxis and therapy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module will enable students to demonstrate the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research. It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on laboratory, literature or field work, or meta-analysis of databases. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module characterises the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical investigation and treatment of selected systems diseases that make a significant contribution to morbidity and mortality within healthcare. Aspects covered begin with an overview of pathology, followed by a systems approach to disease, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, immune disorders, obesity, diabetes, inborn errors of metabolism, nutritional deficiencies, and cancer

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    The module focuses on the development and operation of the immune system in both health and disease and explores current research in immunopathology, stem cells and immunotherapy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    This module builds on the knowledge and understanding developed at level 4, through the module Cell and Molecular Biology. It will also be underpinned by topics covered in the corequisite module entitled “Molecules of Heredity and Defence”. In this module specific diseases will be used to illustrate genotype/phenotype relationships. The module will address the application of current knowledge to clinical practice in the NHS and will examine how a family with affected offspring, would be counselled.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    This module will focus on the structure, genome and replication strategy of viruses, their role in disease, epidemiological factors that facilitate transmission and their control with antiviral drugs and vaccines.

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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 healthcare 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 role 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 such as 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.

Fees and key information

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