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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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 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 equip students with a fundamental understanding of the fate of drugs in the human body when taken via different routes of administration. Throughout the module students will develop an ability to collect, manipulate and interpret experimental and simulation data important to the subject matter.

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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 - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday 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 - 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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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:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    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 entrepreneurial role within a large organisation.

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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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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

Applying for September 2017

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2017 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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