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Brunel University London

Biomedical Sciences (Immunology) with Placement Year

UCAS Code: C551

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

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

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

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

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in any subject with an A level grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

in Applied Science only

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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 (first teaching from September 2016)

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 (first teaching from September 2016)

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.

80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Biomolecular science

Often credited as the ‘father of immunology’ Edward Jenner is said to have saved more lives than any other human being through his discovery of the smallpox vaccine. Modern study of immunology is an exciting and fast moving area of biomedicine and remains an extremely rewarding one to be part of.

At Brunel, we understand that your specialist knowledge should be built on a sound grounding of all the areas of biomedical sciences. This means that your first year will cover areas such as the human body, biochemistry and research skills. As you continue through your degree you will study specialist areas that will give you a greater understanding of the role of the immune system. You’ll learn about how the human defence system helps to prevent disease and you’ll focus on how this can fail through deficiencies in immunity.

And if you change your mind about your specialist area, don’t worry. The flexibility of our course at Brunel means that you can switch to another specialist pathway in the second year or even take the general Biomedical Sciences BSc.

Our immunology biomedical sciences degree can be studied over three years full-time, or four years full-time with a one-year work placement between years two and three.

The Royal Society of Biology has awarded its accreditation to all of Brunel’s BSc Biomedical Sciences courses. This means that you can be confident that your degree will prepare you for the working world – and your prospective employers will know this too. You will receive a one year’s membership as an Associate Member once you graduate, integrating you into the sector with access to key contacts and up-to-date knowledge.

In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to our research programmes in cellular and biochemical pathways, the regulation of gene expression, DNA repair and immunological responses to microbial infection. This will give you first-hand experience of real-world laboratory research and prepare you for your future career.

Modules

Core Modules

Year 1
Biochemistry: Structure and Function
Biology of the Cell
Critical Thinking 1
Practical Skills in Biomedical Sciences
Research Skills
The Human Body: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2
Core Modules
Career Planning
Data, graphs and analysis
Genetic Engineering and Immunobiology
Medical Microbiology
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Principles of Human Disease

Optional Modules
Analytical Biochemistry
Genetics and Development
Metabolic Regulation

Year 3 is an optional work placement

Year 4
Core Modules
Medical Immunology
Microbial Pathogenesis
Final Year Project

Optional Modules
Cellular Pathologies
Endocrine Disorders
Genomic Medicine
Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
The Biology and Treatment of Cancer

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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
£18,720
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


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
low
Biomolecular science

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.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

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
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Natural and social science professionals
15%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

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