This extended programme in medical biosciences focuses on the in-depth study of human health and disease. Created especially for students who don’t meet the standard entry requirements, the four-year course begins with a foundation year designed to equip you with the core academic knowledge and skills needed to enter on to our Medical Biosciences BSc (Hons) degree – one of the only degree programmes in the UK to do so.
Designed specifically for students without the standard qualifications required to study a degree in medical biosciences, this four-year extended Medical Biosciences degree programme includes a Year 0 (Level 3) foundation year.
Taught by experts in the field, this initial year of study focuses on the key principles of chemistry, biology and biochemistry. By equipping you with the skills and qualifications necessary to progress on to the Medical Biosciences BSc (Hons), this foundation year acts as your gateway to a career in the exciting and often ground-breaking field of medical bioscience.
On successful completion of the initial foundation year, you’ll progress on to Year 1 (Level 4) of your Medical Bioscience BSc degree and undertake a further three years of study. Taught in our state-of-the-art, £30 million Science Centre, the degree will see you study an engrossing range of topics including blood science, biochemical pathology and virology. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience during a 15-week work placement.
You will be given feedback throughout the course. Your practical skills will be assessed through coursework, while your data handling capabilities will be assessed through practical reports, problem solving exercises, poster presentations, and information abstracting and reviewing exercises.
Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to apply for associate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
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.
Other applicants may have Level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas (biology and chemistry), which are required to study BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.
Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3 from 2017) in English and/or maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 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 introduces students to key biochemical concepts to provide a foundation for subsequent study in the Applied Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at Level 4.
The aim of this module is to give students the necessary background to appreciate the structure and function of the key molecules that cells are made of such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. An introduction to the principles of cellular energetics and metabolism will be given, and the maintenance of biological pH buffering systems will be discussed. This will provide suitable grounding for the study of life science subjects at level 4
This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4. The key aims and objectives of this module are to enable students to achieve a fundamental knowledge base of biology which will underpin studies at higher levels. An introduction will be given to the structure of cells and the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life. A range of cell types will be discussed. Following an appreciation of the role of cells in the structure and function of tissues and organs, students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of key organ systems in the body.
This module will be introducing important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of fundamental concepts key to subjects involving the molecular sciences. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, referencing and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed.
This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and re-inforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of mini tests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.
In terms of aims, this module will enable students to consolidate their understanding of mathematics, and to increase confidence by extending their use of mathematical vocabulary, definitions and formal reasoning. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and chemical procedures. Particular attention will be drawn to developing study skills, and to broadening students’ transferable skills in time management, writing and studying skills, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from their proposed courses of study. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and biochemical procedures relevant to any science degree.
In Year 0, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the foundations and key principles of medical bioscience through the study of core modules including biology, scientific studies and biochemistry.
On successful completion of this initial foundation year, you’ll progress on to Year 1 (Level 4) of your Medical Bioscience BSc degree, during which time you’ll study a range of core modules including laboratory science, anatomy and physiology. Years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6) will see you deepen your understanding of specialist topics including infection science, advanced blood science and medical genetics. You’ll also be able to choose from optional final-year modules including bioinformatics and molecular modelling and an optional applied biology work placement.
The first year of this extended degree (Year 0) is a modular course that runs over two semesters. In each semester, all full-time students enrol on four modules. Year 0 can also be studied part-time over two years.
Year 0 (Level 3) core topics include:
Modules at Levels 4, 5 and 6 can be found on the Medical Bioscience BSc (Hons) course page.
“The best thing about the course: it was very interesting, which is very important. Your degree must be fun and acquirement of knowledge and skills must be effortlessly enjoyable. The lecturers were very professional… They all have shown great individuality, teaching capacity and intelligence, and some of them were extraordinary.”
A BSc degree in medical biosciences opens up a wide range of career avenues, and many graduates go on to enjoy successful careers in areas as diverse as medical research, bioanalytical medical genetics, forensic units and the pharmaceutical industry. The numerical, analytical and communication skills you gain during your degree are also highly regarded in other industries including marketing, administration and financial services.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
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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