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Medical Bioscience - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This undergraduate degree is taught in our £30 million Science Centre and offers an array of study options including bioinformatics and molecular modelling, systems pathology and virology. This gives you a deep understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease. With medical bioscientists in great demand, the course equips you for a career in areas such as medical and allied research institutes, health agency laboratories, bio-analytical forensic units and the pharmaceutical industry. You also have the option undertake a 15-week work placement as part of the degree course. 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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On your journey to becoming a medical bioscientist, you’ll study both medicine and biology to gain a better understanding of human health. Subjects such as molecular modelling and pharmacology will allow you to explore the ways your theoretical knowledge can be put to practice to fight sickness and disease.

In your first year you’ll gain a broad knowledge of all relevant scientific principles including anatomy, biology, biochemistry and physiology. As you progress through the course, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise, with fascinating modules such as bioinformatics – developing software to analyse biological data – and medical genetics, the study of hereditary disorders, on offer.

As well as developing a strong understanding of scientific theory, you’ll get hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art Science Centre, which is equipped with 280 workstations. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete a 15-week work placement in your final year, during which you’ll be exposed to the industry and gain valuable experience for your CV.

Assessment

Your practical skills will be assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the project module. Your data handling skills will be assessed through practical reports, problem-solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations and seminar presentations.

You'll receive regular, supportive feedback throughout the course.

Professional accreditation

On graduation, you'll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB).

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

  • a minimum of grades CCC with CC expected in Biology and Chemistry (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or 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)

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 Medical Biosciences 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.

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 the final 10 weeks the three variants 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:
    • 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) - Wednesday morning

    This module investigates the key metabolic pathways in eukaryotes and prokaryotes and investigates how these pathways, in different organisms, satisfy energy requirements for growth and reproduction using the nutrients in their surroundings. This module also examines the intrinsic and extrinsic factors which regulate microbial growth and development.

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

    AS5005 Molecules of Heredity and Defence runs throughout the year and starts with the underlying principles of molecular biology in eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms, with emphasis on understanding mechanisms of gene expression, genome structure, variation and replication, and genetic inheritance and genetic causes of disease. The latter half is an introduction to immunology with an emphasis on molecular aspects, especially linked to immune system genes, genetic variation and immune defence.
    Required prior learning: to successfully complete this module, students are expected to have adequate knowledge of AS4003 Cell and Molecular Biology or its equivalent. The module is assessed by a combination of practical report, in-class quizzes, an in-class test, a written report and an exam. Successful completion of the module requires attendance of practical classes.

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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) - Thursday afternoon

    This module will enable students to extend their understanding of disease and toxicity. They will study the influences of endogenous and foreign compound metabolism on pathology. Students will learn how these pathological processes can be modulated in the treatment of disease and poisonings.

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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 - Friday morning

    The module uses online public databases and software to extract, analyse and interpret nucleic acid and protein sequences and to model the structures of RNA and protein sequences. Genomics, in particular, with an emphasis on pharmacogenomics and phylogeny are covered.

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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:
    • 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

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

    This module focuses on extending students' learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to tackle real-life problems, appropriate to their academic level, in the workplace. The placement needs to be approved prior to be undertaken by the work placement coordinator.

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

Year 1 modules include:

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

Year 2 modules include:

  • Blood Science
  • Infection Science
  • Metabolism and Microbiology
  • Molecules of Heredity and Defence

Year 3 modules include:

  • Advanced Blood Science
  • Biochemical Pathology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Research Project
  • Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling
  • Systems Pathology
  • Virology
  • Work Placement

“The best thing about the course is that it was so interesting. Because the degree was fun, it was much easier and more enjoyable to learn new skills and information. The lecturers were very professional. They were all intelligent and great teachers, with their own individual styles; some of them were extraordinary.”
National Student Survey

Medical bioscience graduates are in high demand and you’ll graduate equipped for a career in a number of diverse fields including bioanalytical forensics, genetics, health and safety, medical research and pharmaceuticals.

Our previous graduates have gone on to work as laboratory analysts and assistants for companies such as LifeLabs.

You’ll also develop the analytical, numerical and communication skills valued by employers in many non-science industries such as financial services and marketing.

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 2018. 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

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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