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Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)
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Overview

Overview

This course is designed to enhance your knowledge of biological and medical sciences to enable understanding and to analyse the basis of human disease.

It will involve the study and knowledge of the human body, to conduct medical research on a variety of common health conditions.

There are various areas to specialise in for example, genetics, microbiology, and immunology.

The course will prepare you for the required skills needed to become a biomedical scientist, such as practical skills for performing the research to make a breakthrough.

These include:

  • technical skills for maintaining high tech machines and equipment
  • communications skills to report on the results of the patient’s samples
  • analytical skills for reviewing test results
  • numeracy skills for analysing statistics and data 
  • organisational skills, providing a methodical approach to prioritise workloads based on urgency.

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Why study Biomedical Science with us?

Why study Biomedical Science with us?

What our students say…

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Course detail & modules

Course detail & modules

The first year of the course provides you with a thorough understanding of the scientific basis of Biomedical Science, in biochemistry, genetics and immunology.

You will learn practical laboratory skills while gaining an overall picture of the human organism and its essential functions. These include:

  • microbiology
  • the structural features of all cells that make up the living system,
  • fundamental genetic mechanisms essential for the evolution of life and function
  • the genetics and molecular biology underpinning human biology and health.
Placement Year

You can choose to study a placement year module to develop your employability skillset and enhance professional development and career prospects.

The module will require you to undertake 45 weeks full-time employment relevant to Biomedical Sciences.

The aim of the industrial placement year is to enhance your employment prospects by developing industry-related skills in a real work environment. It also aims to enhance and develop your personal and interpersonal skills, knowledge and practical abilities through an individually negotiated portfolio of activities.

Assessment


Compulsory modules

  • Molecules and Cells

    This module, shared with students on other biomedical sciences degrees, introduces you to the basic structure, composition and function of cells. 

    This includes core concepts relating to the organisation and specialisation of:

    • eukaryotes
    • prokaryotes 
    • viruses
    • cellular components.

     

  • Fundamentals of Evolution

    This module will introduce you to fundamental genetic mechanisms essential for the evolution of life and function.

    You will learn about fundamental evolutionary concepts and theories, showing how genetic mechanisms help determine the patterns of observed evolution.

     

  • Medical Microbiology

    This module, which is taught across other biomedical sciences courses, explains the crucial role microbes play in maintaining the natural environment.

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  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry

    This module, taught on other biomedical courses, provides an overview of metabolic pathways, energy, and flow in cells, and a basic understanding of proteins, with emphasis on protein structure and folding, and a basic understanding of proteins and implications for cell function.

  • Genetics of Disease

    This module, taught on other biomedical courses, provides knowledge and understanding of the structure of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and how these molecules encode the properties of cells.

  • Molecular Biology

    On this module you will learn to integrate theoretical concepts and their laboratory application. You will consider the role of nucleic acids in directing protein synthesis and human phenotypic characteristics, as well as genetic fingerprinting and DNA analysis.

Assessment


Compulsory modules

  • Principles of Biological Chemistry

    You will join others studying biomedical science courses to learn about chemical processes required to understand pharmacological principles. These include basic thermodynamic principles and biological energetics, principles of chemical reaction rates to quantify enzymatic reactions and pharmacokinetics.

  • Essential Skills for Biological Sciences

    If you wish to improve your communication skills, both spoken and written, this module is for you. This module is taught on other biomedical science courses and focuses on listening, questioning and respecting others, as well as contributing to discussions, preparing and giving presentations and thinking creatively to develop appropriate solutions.  

  • Innovation in Biology

    You will be able to explore themes which drive biological research in UK and globally. You will join other biomedical science students in developing study skills to investigate research topics and communicate your findings and views on them. 

  • Biochemical Skills: Practical Methods

    This module, taught on other biomedical science courses, introduces you to a range of practical skills and analytical techniques that are applicable to modern biology. You are equipped to understand the relevance of experimental skills across all biological disciplines to develop your research skills and understand the relationship between quantitative skills and key skills.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

    On this module you will be introduced to the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology and its application to anaesthesia and surgery. You will also explore concepts and themes underpinning all perioperative activities, anatomy, and physiology, as well as care and communication.

  • Research Methods

Assessment


Compulsory modules

  • Final Year Research Project

  • Clinical Immunology and Haematology

    In this module you will gain knowledge of the main components of the mammalian immune system and the role of the blood cells. 

    You will examine the blood group antigens and the blood components for transfusion as well as diseases associated with blood cells. 

  • Applied Molecular Medicine

    You will learn about the use of molecular and computational approaches in the study and treatment of human disease. The module will demonstrate how regenerative medicine and the extracellular matrix defines specific disease processes and their treatments. The use of stem cell therapeutics will be examined. 

  • Fundamentals of Genes and Cancer

    You will learn about the way cancer occurs at molecular and cellular levels, the role of oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes in the development of human cancer.

    You will be taught the hallmarks of cancer and the therapeutic strategies and limitations. Finally you will learn about technologies such as bio-informatics shaping cancer progression. You will be able to critically evaluate and interpret published literature in the field of cancer biology.

  • Current Perspectives in Bioscience

    The module aims to enable you to take a critical look at science, its past, present and future – how it relates to society, how it is perceived by scientists and non-scientists, and how best to approach some of the problems confronting applied science in the current era.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS points required from level 3 qualifications

These can include:   

  • A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above   
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit   
  • Access to HE Diploma   

Your Level 3 qualifications must include a science subject.

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 - 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Looking for BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Foundation Year?

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

We take pride in our inclusiveness and the diversity of our student population. We have a vibrant mature student community and look forward to welcoming you.

Looking for BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Foundation Year?

7.0 IELTS or above

You need to meet our English language requirement - a minimum of IELTS 6.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). Contact our International Office to find out what international qualifications you need.

You also need academic qualifications at the same level as UK applicants. In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Check for local equivalents.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses.

Looking for BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Foundation Year?

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

We take pride in our inclusiveness and the diversity of our student population. We have a vibrant mature student community and look forward to welcoming you.

Looking for BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Foundation Year?

Teaching staff

Teaching staff

Berndadine Onibokun

Dr Bernadine Onibokun

I am an award-winning scientist and graduate of King's College London (KCL). I obtained my PhD from the IRC Queen Mary University of London. I have published in peer reviewed journals, my most notable publication is in the Histopathology Journal, which won the Roger Cotton Prize of €10,000 for the best paper in the Journal that year.
I am a Visiting Lecturer on the Intercalated BSc Regenerative Medical Course at the Dental Institute, KCL, and a Lecturer on the Biomedical Sciences degree at the University of East London.
As a STEMM ambassador I would like to see more diversity in science and have been invited all over the UK to talk about this, most recently at York University and Westminster School. As a Diversity (D&I) Champion, I am invited to sit on panels to talk about issues relating to D&I in academia, including at the House of Parliament and various Universities, such as Cardiff and Manchester, Salford. I am the Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board for Inclusion Matters at Durham University.
I am an award-winning scientist and graduate of King's College London (KCL). I obtained my PhD from the IRC Queen Mary University of London. I have published in peer reviewed journals, my most notable publication is in the Histopathology Journal, which won the Roger Cotton Prize of €10,000 for the best paper in the Journal that year.
I am a Visiting Lecturer on the Intercalated BSc Regenerative Medical Course at the Dental Institute, KCL, and a Lecturer on the Biomedical Sciences degree at the University of East London.
As a STEMM ambassador I would like to see more diversity in science and have been invited all over the UK to talk about this, most recently at York University and Westminster School. As a Diversity (D&I) Champion, I am invited to sit on panels to talk about issues relating to D&I in academia, including at the House of Parliament and various Universities, such as Cardiff and Manchester, Salford. I am the Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board for Inclusion Matters at Durham University.
Study & career progression

Study & career progression

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Upon successful completion of the BSc in Biomedical Sciences, you may be equipped to pursue a wide range of careers in healthcare, working in the NHS, medical research laboratories and/or teaching in academia, pharmaceutical research, biomedical product marketing.

You may decide to pursue a medicine or dentistry degree. 

You may also choose to further your studies with our MSc and PhD courses

How to apply

How to apply

Student life at UWL

Student life at UWL

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Important notes for applicants

Disclaimer

All of our facts are drawn from authoritative sources. We have cited the following surveys and guides on this page:

*1a - National Student Survey 2018, question 27, Overall Satisfaction. *1b - National Student Survey 2017, compared to other modern universities. A modern university is a university created in or after 1992. *1c - National Student Survey 2019, question 27, Overall Satisfaction. *2 – Guardian University Guide 2019 *4 - HESA employment performance indicator on graduates (2016/17) who say they are in work or studying six months after completing their studies.  *5 – Complete University Guide 2018

Our students or former students provided all of our testimonials - often a student from the course but sometimes another student. For example, the testimonial often comes from another UWL student when the course is new.

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