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University of Reading

Biomedical Sciences with Professional Experience

UCAS Code: C743

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

Biology and one other science at grade B. Acceptable Science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

including relevant science units.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

Biology and one other science at grade 5 at Higher Level.

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

DDD

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B-A,A,B,B,B


Biology and one other science at grade B. Acceptable Science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

UCAS Tariff

128-153

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

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Biomedical sciences

This course includes a year-long industrial placement between your second and final year.

Explore the workings of the human body and take part in world-class research through this strongly practical course.

You will learn about the systems that underpin all living organisms from a cellular to whole body perspective and study diseases that affect each area and how the body works to combat them. In addition to gaining subject knowledge, you will also develop the skills to carry out key cellular, molecular and biochemical techniques, including live cell microscopy, and DNA and protein technology.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and was developed in partnership with practising NHS laboratory scientists. Our lecturers are actively involved in research and have expertise in a wide range of areas, as reflected through the choice of modules available throughout the course. Some examples of the topics that our modules cover include; endocrinology and the role of hormones in maintaining health, the biology of cancer and the impact of diet upon coronary heart disease. This variety in modules and overall flexible nature of the degree means you will be able to tailor your studies to reflect your own interests.

We have recently carried out an extensive refurbishment and redesign and now have a purpose-built suite of laboratories designed for teaching and research, which you will have access to.

There is the opportunity in your final year to take part in lab-based work on a biomedical research project; previous projects have looked at coronary heart disease, gene therapy for muscular dystrophies, and the role of cell movement in the spread of cancer.

Previous students have undertaken paid vacation studentships funded by organisations such as the Wellcome Trust, and which can take place over six weeks during the summer break or part-time over a longer period. During studentships you will typically work on a set project and benefit from valuable training in techniques, experimental design and the interpretation of data.

The University encourages students to consider taking placements during their studies, and our Department has a dedicated academic in charge of placements who can provide you with advice and support.

**Careers**

This degree can lead to careers in the biomedical sector as well as be a starting point for a different career; with further study you can go into the fields of medical care, dentistry or veterinary services.

In the biomedical sector you could go on to work as a biomedical scientist within a hospital or pharmaceutical laboratory or in academic laboratories, scientific publishing or clinical trials. If you choose to enter the private sector, you will find numerous opportunities in the laboratories and clinical trials of pharmaceutical companies or scientific publishing. In the public sector, there is work to be found in government laboratories, hospitals and in an advisory capacity.

Modules

Sample modules may include: • Pathology and histology • Cancer and cell communication • Clinical biomedicine • Molecular genetics • Cardiovascular disease Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£19,815
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Biological Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
53%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Therapy professionals
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Caring personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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