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Anglia Ruskin University

Biomedical Science (with Placement year)

UCAS Code: B941

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


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112
87%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Biomedical sciences

This course, which is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), gives you a thorough grounding in the theory and practice used by Biomedical Scientists to diagnose and treat diseases, but also prepares you for a career in a wide range of biomedical fields. On this course you’ll learn about the human body at the molecular, cellular, organ and systems levels in health and disease.

Biomedical science is an exciting and dynamic subject where up-to-date research is constantly leading to breakthroughs and medical advances that have an impact on the health and well-being of society. You’ll be taught by highly-qualified lecturers who carry out their own research in areas including cancer, diabetes, antibiotic resistance and haemostasis, among others. Our teaching is therefore research-led by our lecturers who are passionate about their subjects. On this degree you’ll learn key biological concepts that are fundamental to understanding, investigating and treating human disease. You’ll begin by studying general biology, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and cellular and molecular biology, which will give you a solid foundation of knowledge on which to build. You’ll go on to develop an understanding of the diagnostic techniques used in modern professional practice and learn about the biomedical disciplines, which include haematology and transfusion science, clinical biochemistry, cellular pathology, medical genetics, medical microbiology and clinical immunology. In your final year you’ll integrate and deepen your knowledge as you learn about human pathology and current advances in biomedical research, as you become an independent learner. Also in your final year, with individual support from a supervisor, you will have the opportunity to carry out a research project of your own which may be laboratory- or literature-based research.

As a student you’ll learn in lots of different ways, including in lectures, small groups and laboratory sessions. In lectures you’ll be taught key concepts and the latest research findings; in small groups you’ll work on case studies and scientific problems to develop analytical skills. In the lab you’ll get plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on practical lab skills. You’ll also be developing your team-work skills by working in small groups. We are always developing innovative and interactive ways to teach. Our lecturers and other support staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and work hard to create a supportive learning community for all our students.

The state-of-the art facilities in our new Science Centre include specialist tissue culture and microbiology laboratories, as well as general teaching and research labs. We have a wide range of specialist laboratory equipment which you will use in practicals and your projects. We maintain strong links to a number of hospitals within the NHS, and related industries within the East of England. You have the option of a placement year between your second and third year.

Biomedical Science is a multidisciplinary subject and you’ll develop a broad range of transferable skills, which are valued highly by graduate employers. These include written and oral presentation skills, numeracy and IT skills, intellectual, critical and analytical skills, as well as experimental and practical laboratory skills. During the degree you will have a number of tutorials about employability aimed at helping you to understand and succeed in the graduate job market. Towards the end of your degree we invite external speakers to come and talk to you about the range of career options open to you.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Biomeasurement
Foundations of Cell Biology
Core Biology 1
Core Biology 2
General Microbiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Year two, core modules

Diagnostic Techniques in Pathology
Laboratory Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences
Metabolism and its Control
Physiology of Organ Systems
Preparation for Research
Principles of Genetics
Principles of Pathology

Year three, core modules

Clinical Immunology
Current Advances in Biomedical Science
Human Pathology
Medical Genetics
Specialist Topics in Biomedical Science
Undergraduate Research Project

Year 3, Placement year

Year four, optional modules

Biomedical Case Studies
Microbial Pathogenicity
Molecular Cell Biology

Assessment methods

We use a number of ways to track your learning, and to make sure you are developing the knowledge and skills you need. You will undertake practicals in almost all your modules, developing your practical laboratory skills, and your written, verbal, and numerical skills will be assessed from coursework including essays and lab reports, and poster and oral presentations. There will also be tests and exams, to determine your grasp of the fundamental principles and to develop your problem-solving skills.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,760
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
77%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Health associate professionals
26%
Health professionals
10%
Natural and social science professionals
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