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Brunel University London

Biomedical Sciences (Genetics) with Professional Experience

UCAS Code: C401

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in Science, Biomedical Science, Medicine or Health and Human Science, including all level 3 biology and chemistry units at Distinction

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

M2,M2,M2

including grade M2 in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including Higher Level 5 in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

including H3 in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in any BTEC subject with an A level grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science. Applicants with a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science with a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or an A level subject not listed above may be considered.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any BTEC subject with A levels grade BB including grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science. Applicants with a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science with A levels in subjects not listed above may be considered.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

in Applied Science only

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DD

in any BTEC subject with an A level grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science. Applicants with a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science with a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or an A level subject not listed above may be considered.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

in any BTEC subject with A levels grade BB including grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science. Applicants with a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science with A levels in subjects not listed above may be considered.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

in Applied Science only

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

including grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

82%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Genetics

Brunel is ranked 6th in London for Biological Sciences (The Complete University Guide 2018). Biomedical Sciences is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human health and sits at the forefront of modern science. Within the Genetic Pathway you’ll learn how genetic mutations alter cellular processes and biomechanical pathways in normal metabolism and how these pathways may be altered during specific human diseases. Biomedical Sciences is an expanding and forward-looking division at Brunel where we promote a commitment and passion for science. Our enthusiastic academics are research-active in cancer genetics, diagnosis and treatment, infection and immunity as well as human health and ageing. We also have experts in genomic medicine, structure and stability, DNA repair and stem cell biology. All our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This means you’ll graduate from an academically excellent programme with the skills that your future employers are looking for. We are also ranked second in London for overall student satisfaction in BioSciences (The Complete University Guide 2016). On our courses, you can follow the core pathway and study a variety of biomedical science subjects; or you can specialise in the area of health and disease that most interests you. Either way, you’ll develop expert scientific knowledge as well as practical, transferable skills that are applicable to any career path. We also offer the following degrees: Biomedical Sciences BSc, Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry) BSc, Biomedical Sciences (Human Health) BSc and Biomedical Sciences (Immunology) BSc. We have great links with a wide range of organisations and pharmaceutical companies. You’ll have the option of undertaking a placement during the course (between Levels 2 and 3) and we will work with you to help you find the placement that is right for you. Our students have undertaken placements with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Mars, Parexel and Bayer in Germany. They have also worked with medical research companies in cancer research, heart disease, infant and foetal research, HIV/AIDS, public health, genomics, diagnostics, food science, environmental science and clinical data management. If you join one of our Biomedical Sciences courses, you can be sure you’ll receive the highest standard of teaching. Our teaching team received the Higher Education Academy’s Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2016, which recognises outstanding teamwork in teaching. You’ll benefit from our newly refurbished teaching and research laboratories. As part of your final year project you’ll carry out hands-on research, supervised by an expert academic. Our aim is to support your development as a confident individual able to critically analyse, interpret and communicate science. The first year modules are common to all pathways. In Years 2 and 3, you’ll take some common modules plus others that are relevant to your specialism. Our courses will prepare you for employment in a wide variety of graduate-entry career paths. Our graduates have begun their careers in pharmaceutical and biotech research, cancer research, infectious diseases, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Others have continued to PhD research or further study in areas such as medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology or teaching. For those wishing to pursue a career as an NHS medical laboratory officer, please note that this course is not IBMS accredited.

Modules

Typical Modules include:

Level one (year one): The Human Body: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology; Biochemistry: Structure and Function; Research Skills; Practical Skills in Biomedical Sciences; Biology of the Cell; Critical Thinking 1

Level two (year two): Career Skills; Critical Thinking 2; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Genetic Engineering and Immunobiology; Principles of Human Disease; Genetics and Development; Analytical Biochemistry; Medical Microbiology; Metabolic Regulation

Year three is an optional placement year

Level three (year four): Compulsory Final Year Project; Gene Therapy and Related Technologies; Genomic Medicine; The Biology and Treatment of Cancer; Cellular Pathologies; Endocrine Disorders; Medical Immunology; Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology

See the Brunel website for more information.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biosciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

69%
UK students
31%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate
340

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Genetics

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.

£23,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
0%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Quality and regulatory professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Only a few hundred people take genetics courses every year and graduates from these courses are amongst the most likely to go on to do a doctorate when they graduate, as that's the level of qualification you need to go into a career in research in this important and fast-moving field. Lab jobs were the most popular outcome for genetics graduates, but whilst other science and technical occupations were also common, you could also find genetics graduates in a range of other roles, particularly business and finance.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biological and sport sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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