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University of Southampton

Biomedical Sciences (4 years)

UCAS Code: B991

Master of Biomedical Sciences - MBiomedSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

AAA to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

D3, D3, D3 to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Pass with overall score of 36 points, with 18 points required at higher level: including 6 points from either Biology or Chemistry and 6 points from one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

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

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

D*D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

D*DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D*D

D*D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D*DD

D*DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

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

D*

D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

AAA from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

UCAS Tariff

144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biomedical sciences

Study the mechanisms of life and the underlying causes of human disease with Southampton’s Master of Biomedical Sciences degree.
Our biomedical science graduates are in demand in a variety of areas of employment in medicine and healthcare-related professions, or clinical or medical research.
Southampton’s biomedical science researchers are making a significant impact on today’s society by investigating potential cures for Alzheimer’s, discovering the causes of cystic fibrosis and improving our understanding of cancer.
Our four-year, flexible masters programme allows you to join this pioneering team who will share their expertise, allowing you to focus on aspects of physiology and/or biochemistry to research level.
In -year-four, you will complete an extensive laboratory-based research project in the heart of our state-of-the-art Life Sciences building or with the research groups based at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Modules

Macromolecules of Life - Systems Physiology - Core Skills in the Life Sciences - Metabolism & Metabolic Disorders - Integrative Mammalian Physiology - Cell Biology & Genetics – Neuroscience - Flow of Genetic Information - Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry - Immunology, Infection and Inflammation - Molecular Cell Biology - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience - Cellular Signalling in Health and Disease - Molecular and Structural Basis of Disease - Current Research - Advanced Research Project

Assessment methods

You are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and written examinations at the end of each
semester to test your knowledge and understanding of the lecture and tutorial material. Continuous assessment
is based on performance in tutorials and practicals.

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
£21,580
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A*
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.

£22,128
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
75%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

49%
Therapy professionals
29%
Health professionals
16%
Health associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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