Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

General

Program Description

Biomedical Sciences

  • Major: Biomedical Sciences
  • Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Offering Academic Unit: Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Mode of Study: Full-time

Aims of Major

The major emphasizes the integration of basic knowledge in biomedical sciences with investigative skills and state-of-the-art technologies to enable students to understand the causes, diagnoses and treatments of human disorders and disease. It provides a basis for continuing academic development with integration of modern biomedical disciplines for holders of associate degrees or higher diplomas in biological sciences, health sciences, biomedical sciences and biotechnology. The programme is designed to prepare graduates for employment in biomedical research, medical device and diagnostics companies, and biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Our unique industry-informed curriculum provides the students with extensive exposure to medical laboratory technology and modern biotechnology and applied research and clinical/industrial training opportunities through our strategic partnership with healthcare and medical laboratory sectors, and biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Major, students should be able to:

  1. Acquire experience in the areas of biomedical sciences and healthcare-related industry, and the processes of design and development of diagnostic and therapeutic products, medical laboratory testing and food/drug safety testing, and discovery and innovation.
  2. Evaluate issues related to assurance and compliance to meet the requirements of health and safety regulations.
  3. Apply the integration of basic knowledge and biomedical specialist subject areas to the understanding and the laboratory testing of infectious pathogens and physiological disorders.
  4. Demonstrate required problem-solving ability, discipline and subject-specific skill associated with laboratory practice, key transferable skills, and teamwork in basic and applied biomedical research.
  5. Meet the required levels and standards of relevant professional bodies.

Degree Requirements

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Note 1: For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.

Note 2: For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

What You Will Be Studying

This programme covers modern biomedical disciplines such as:

  • Systems biology
  • Medical technology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Infectious disease
  • Laboratory medicine
  • Biomedical regulatory compliance

Core courses cover the following:

  • Biochemistry & Clinical Chemistry
  • Cytology & Histology
  • Haematology & Immunology
  • Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Transfusion Science
  • Virology & Medical Microbiology
  • Laboratory Practice
  • Laboratory Diagnostics Management and Regulations

Number of Credits

For Normative 4-year Degree, the number of credit units required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences programme is 120 credit units. These are distributed through 9 semesters (i.e. 4 years) each up to 18 credit units. The maximum study period is 8 years.

For Advanced Standing II, the number of credit units required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences programme is 72 credit units. These are distributed through 5 semesters (i.e. 2 years) each up to 18 credit units. The maximum study period is 5 years.

Career Prospects

Possible career choices of the following sectors are available upon students’ graduation:

Medical and Health Services
  • Diagnostics sector in the medical and health industry
  • Medical devices sector in the health industry
  • Pharmaceutical and laboratory instrumentation industries
Scientific and Research Work
  • Academic laboratory in universities
  • R&D in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry
  • Government, forensic or medical laboratories
Management and Consultant
  • Consultancy services
  • Laboratory management and clinical trials management

Student Exchange/Internship

Clinical/Industrial Attachments and Study Trips

Our undergraduate programme is dedicated not only to disseminating knowledge to students, but also to providing opportunities and experience in the real-world environment, including practical sessions, clinical/industrial attachments and study trips. Students will be able to develop and apply their knowledge and receive insights on industry skills from experts in the field.

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Department of Biomedical Sciences (options: BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Biomedical Sciences)

  • Year of Entry: 2019
  • Mode of Funding: Government-funded
  • Admission Code: 1203 Department of Biomedical Sciences (options: BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Biomedical Sciences)
  • Mode of Study: Full time
  • Indicative Intake Target (subject to change):
    • JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places: 80
    • Direct Application Places (Local Students): 17 for the Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Normal Duration of Programme: 4 years
  • Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 3 January 2019 (Local & Non-local)
  • Remark: For JUPAS applicants, the programme code is JS1203.

Programme Video

Department of Biomedical Sciences

The Department of Biomedical Sciences was established in January 2014 to develop strategic growth areas in the life sciences. It has the aim of becoming a leading centre for biomedical education and cutting-edge research on cancer, neuroscience and regenerative medicine. Besides carrying out internationally competitive research in the biomedical sciences, promotes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration, and conducts translational research from bench to bedside, the Department provides programmes that best equip graduates for future careers in healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotech and related industries. It currently offers programmes in a stimulating teaching, learning and research environment.

The Department of Biomedical Sciences offers two undergraduate majors:

  • BSc Biological Sciences
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1203) will be considered for admission to first-year studies at the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Students will enter a major (current major options: Biological Sciences; Biomedical Sciences) after one year of study. The top 40% of students# will have a free choice of majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major within the Department, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.

# Based on CGPA with no failed grades and completion of at least 30 credit units including College/Department required courses.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

Did You Know?

Resources and Facilities

The Department currently has 28 faculty members, who have won such prestigious awards as the Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award (Science and Technology), achieved outstanding results in grant applications, and produced high-quality research outputs.

All programmes and research activities are supported by a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment with cutting-edge techniques including electrophysiology and in vivo imaging, and anatomical, genetic, molecular and cellular tools to address challenges in the biomedical sciences.

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Last updated September 2019

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