BSc Honours in Biomedical Sciences

General

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Program Description

Course summary

Biomedical science is concerned with the detailed study of the human body, both in health and disease, with emphasis on the diagnosis and understanding of disease states and the mechanisms involved.

In Year 1 you will study the important fundamental sciences, including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology. You will build on this in Year 2 to develop your understanding of a wide range of disease processes, combined with the principles of laboratory procedures used to aid diagnosis and treatment. In Year 3 you will focus on the study of the complex nature of the disease as it affects particular biological systems and the laboratory procedures used in haematology, clinical immunology, cellular and molecular pathology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology, to diagnose and monitor disease. You will also undertake a major research project, which will enable you to develop the skills you need for genuine scientific inquiry.

Teaching includes tutorials, lectures and seminars, practical laboratory work and group activities. Assessment is through a combination of examinations and coursework (including essays, practical work, group work, presentations and reports).

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study in this course.

Year 1

Subjects of study include:

Core Study Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Critical Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Human Physiology

Optional Study Areas

  • Application of Biological Sciences
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Principles of Nutrition

Credit Level 4

Year 2

Subjects of study include:

Core Study Areas

  • Applied Pathobiology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical Genetics and Genomics
  • Metabolic biochemistry
  • Research Methods

Optional Study Areas

  • Bioinformatics
  • Human Parasitology
  • Medical Genetics in Practice
  • Medical Physiology
  • Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics

Credit Level 5

Sandwich placement year

The sandwich placement is an excellent opportunity to experience the reality of work, usually in a biomedical diagnostics laboratory, pharmaceutical industry or a research institute. You will put into practice what you have learned at the University, learn new skills and gain hands-on laboratory experience. All placement opportunities are competitive and you will have the support and guidance of your department, the Career Development Centre and the University’s Placement Officer.

As part of the placement year, you will undertake an academic module which will contribute to your degree and, where applicable, undertake the Institute of Biomedical Science Certificate of Competence. Sandwich year placements can be in the UK or abroad. For placements in continental Europe, you could be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

Year 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Clinical Immunology and Immunohaematology
  • Diagnostic Biochemistry and Haematology
  • Medical Microbiology in the Genomics Era
  • Research Project

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements

UK

  • A-Levels – BBC to include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma – DMM/D*D* in Applied Science
  • Access to HE Diploma in Science – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction with at least a Merit in all Biology or Chemistry modules
  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

EU/International

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

Careers

Career path

The course has been designed to prepare students for careers in medical diagnostic, pharmaceutical and research environments. It provides you with a thorough education in the disciplines required to understand and investigate disease and enables you to develop your career in a variety of pathways in biomedical sciences.

Graduates from Biomedical Sciences have a high employment rate and are sought by a wide range of employers. Major employment areas include:

  • NHS and private sector diagnostic laboratories
  • Public Health England laboratories
  • NHS Blood & Transplant (formerly National Blood Service)
  • Research
    • University laboratories (possibly as part of a PhD)
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Other institutions (e.g. Medical Research Council)
    • Government departments
  • Clinical trials
  • Scientific writing/publishing
  • Teaching
  • Further study (MSc, MRes, PhD, Medicine, Dentistry)

Career development centre

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • Find work placements related to your course.
  • Find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience.
  • Find international opportunities to enhance your employability.
  • Market yourself effectively to employers.
  • Write better CVs and application forms.
  • Develop your interview and enterprise skills.
  • Plan your career with our careers consultants.
  • Meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Last updated Mar 2020

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