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Biomedical Science leading to MD - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This unique, six-year programme is taught both at London Met and at the University of Health Sciences, Antigua. Successful completion provides you with an international MD from UHSA as well as this IBMS-accredited London Met degree, and qualifies you to take licensing exams for several different countries, including the UK and the USA.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.


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This unique course combines study here in the UK with study on the Caribbean island of Antigua. On completion, you’ll be eligible to take licensing exams in several different countries, including the UK, and will receive both an international MD from UHSA and a degree from London Metropolitan University.

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 2, you’ll look at core discipline areas such as blood science, infection and tissue science, and will have the opportunity to specialise. 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 ELISA (Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).

In your third year you'll study the major disciplines of biomedical science and have the opportunity to specialise with an independent research project on a topic of your choosing.

During the course, you’ll take 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.

Each of your first three years will be followed by a summer school course in Antigua. Your fourth year will be based entirely in Antigua and will be followed by two years on clinical rotation, most likely based in the UK or USA.

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:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels in academic subjects including minimum 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, or Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma, or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits).
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
  • an interview is also 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.

All applicants who are initially successful will be required to attend an interview at the University. Telephone interviews can be arranged for international students.

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 an Academic IELTS, with an overall score of 7.0, and a minimum of 7.0 in each component. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

To achieve a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science, you must complete three levels, each of 120 credits, plus three summer schools in Antigua.

To achieve an MD award from UHSA, you must also complete a year-long, full-time placement in Antigua and two years on clinical rotation in the UK, USA or another appropriate country.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (for Biomedical Science)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (for Biomedical Science)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry (for Biomedical Science)
  • Laboratory Science (for Biomedical Science)

Summer School modules at UHSA include:

  • Cell Biology and Histology
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Patient, Doctor and Community

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

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

Summer School modules at UHSA include:

  • Behavioural Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Physiology 1
  • Patient, Doctor and Community

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Advanced Blood Science
  • Advanced Infection and Tissue Science
  • Research Project (for Biomedical Science)
  • Systems Pathology
  • Applied Immunology (optional)
  • Medical Genetics (optional)
  • Virology (optional)

On achieving a minimum 2:1 classification in your Biomedical Science BSc degree, you may opt to continue with your MD. You will spend a further academic year studying at London Met before starting your clinical rotation.

Year 4 (Level 7) modules include:

  • General Pathology
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • Medical Jurisprudence
  • Microbiology 1
  • Microbiology 2
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Diagnosis
  • Systemic Pathology

“This course has given me the opportunity to become a doctor, which I have always dreamed of. I am just finishing my final year at London Metropolitan University and am excited about heading to Antigua for my final year at USHA."

“London Met helped me build a new future. Deciding to return to full-time education later in life was a big challenge, but it has become a very exciting and valuable experience. I now feel academically proficient to pursue a career in research or continue studying within the medical field.”

Once you’ve obtained your MD award from UHSA, you'll be eligible to take the General Medical Council licensing exams (PLAB), which enables you to practise as a medical doctor in the UK. You can also take the Medical Licencing Examination (USMLE) to allow you to practise in the USA.

You can also pursue a career in other areas of biomedical science. Many graduates go on to careers in hospital and private medical laboratories, working in sectors such as management, medical research and education. 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, or go on to MSc and PhD studies here at London Met or at other educational institutions

As the course is taught in two different institutions, fees need to be paid to both London Metropolitan University and the University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA). 

Fees per year for London Metropolitan University (for students starting in September 2017) are:

  • UK and EU students full-time: £9,250
  • International students full-time: £11,400

The fee structure for the University of Health Sciences Antigua (subject to confirmation from UHSA for 2017–18) is as follows:

Year 1

$10,000 US Dollars (plus around £3,000 to £3,500 expenses for the intensive two-month summer school, which includes accommodation, books, equipment, airfare, food and general living expenses).

Year 2

$10,000 US Dollars (plus around £3,000 to £3,500 expenses for the intensive two-month summer school, which includes accommodation, books, equipment, airfare, food and general living expenses).

Year 3

$10,000 US Dollars (plus around £3,000 to £3,500 expenses for the intensive two-month summer school, which includes accommodation, books, equipment, airfare, food and general living expenses).

Year 4

$10,000 US Dollars (plus living expenses for a year on Antigua to complete the Basic Sciences part of the MD. The living expenses will be approximately five times the expenses for the two-month summer school).

Year 5

First clinical rotation year: $23,750 US Dollars plus approximately the same in living expenses and insurance.

Year 6

Second clinical rotation year: $23,750 US Dollars plus approximately the same in living expenses and insurance.

The clinical rotations will be taken whether in the USA or the UK.

The estimated fees to be paid to UHSA during the clinical years include the yearly UHSA tuition and the fees for the clinical rotations. The exact fees charged for clinical rotations will vary depending upon the clinical rotation site.

Fee information for Biomedical Science leading to MD

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How to apply

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.

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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