BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

About the course

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This study programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the causes, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. You will graduate with a knowledge of the pathogenesis of disease and how disease disrupts the normal function of the human body.

Each module within the programme involves a series of lectures which are underpinned by workshops and an extensive practical element. The first year provides a strong foundation in key aspects of biology and chemistry relevant to all students of biological sciences. The programme develops more specialised areas of biomedical science in the subsequent years with an emphasis on haematology, pathophysiology, clinical microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, endocrinology and analytical science. In addition, clinical-based research projects and relevant work placements will be offered in the latter part of the programme.

Why choose this course?

  • Biomedical Science involves the study of disease, drugs and other topics related to human health.
  • The biomedical sciences are made up of the following disciplines; biochemistry, haematology, immunology, microbiology, histology, cytology, bacteriology and transfusion (blood) technologies.
  • In the UK the term 'biomedical scientist' is a protected title used by professionals working within the pathology department of a hospital. This group of healthcare professionals is the second largest profession registered by the Health Professions Council but not all students who study biomedical sciences end up working as biomedical scientists. Many graduates continue in pharmaceutical companies or other research institutes.

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Professional Accreditations

All Biosciences graduates in Biomedical Science are eligible for graduate membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Careers

On graduation, you will be eligible for employment as a biomedical scientist in the National Health Service and Public Health Service laboratories. In addition, job opportunities exist in the Blood Transfusion Service Laboratories; pharmaceutical and healthcare industries; forensic laboratories; sales and marketing in the healthcare field; education and research. 80% or our students have gone on to work or study after graduation (Unistats, 2013).

Typical job titles of recent graduates:

  • Trainee Biomedical Scientist,,
  • Clinical Trials Associate,
  • Drug Safety Coordinator,
  • Medical Representative,
  • Lab Scientist,
  • Microbiologist,
  • Research Assistant,
  • Tissue Culture Technologist,
  • Donor Transplant Assistant.

Typical employers of recent graduates:

  • Pfizer,
  • Denfleet Pharma Ltd,
  • Health Protection Agency,
  • GlaxoSmithKline,
  • AstraZeneca,
  • NHS Trusts
  • Lark Technology.

Teaching methods

On a weekly basis students will normally spend time in lectures, seminars and practical lab sessions. Practical work is an important element of all Biosciences degrees. Most second and third year modules are assessed by coursework and examination. The type of coursework is varied, depending on the module and includes essays, reports, practical write-ups, posters and seminar presentations.

Part-time study
If you are studying part-time you will have up to 7 years to complete your course from registration. You will complete 60 credits per year and the modules you will study each year will depend on how they fit together on the timetable.  For some modules there are several sessions run for each workshop and practical.  As a part-time student you will be able to choose the slots that fit best with when you are at the University for other teaching sessions,

Work Placement

All Biosciences students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or study overseas in Europe or North America during their 3rd year.

Work placements

Work placements are usually paid. Current employers and job titles are listed below:

  • GlaxoSmithKline: Data Management - Uxbridge,
  • Guy's Hospital: Drug Research Unit - London,
  • Imperial College: Toxicology Unit, Faculty of Medicine - London,
  • Medical Research Council - Mill Hill,
  • Medifix Adhesive Products - Luton,
  • Mount Vernon hospital: Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust Institute of Reconstructive, Plastic and Burns Surgery Research - Middlesex ,
  • MRC: Human Genome Project - Hinxton,
  • National Biological Standards Board - Potter's Bar,
  • Roche UK - Welwyn Garden City,
  • St. Bartholomew's & The Royal London: School of Medicine - London and St.George Medical School - London,
  • St.George's Hospital: Analytical Unit - London,
  • Syngenta Seeds - Cambridge,
  • University of Hertfordshire: Biodeterioration Centre - Hatfield.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Our overseas partners include:

Europe:

  • Université Libre de Bruxelles - Brussels, Belgium,
  • Universidad de Alcalá de Henarez - Madrid, Spain,
  • Universidad Católica San Antonio De Murcia, Spain,
  • Linkping Universitetet - Linkping, Sweden,
  • Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen - Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

North America:

  • Bemidji State University - USA,
  • Bishops University, Canada,
  • Central Connecticut State University - USA,
  • Concordia University, Canada,
  • Ecole Polytechnique - Canada,
  • ETS - Canada,
  • Kansas State University - USA,
  • Laval University - Canada,
  • McGill University - Canada,
  • Oklahoma State University - USA,
  • Sherbrooke University - Canada,
  • University of Missouri at Rolla - USA,
  • University of Montreal - Canada,
  • University of Oklahoma - USA,
  • University of Toledo - USA,
  • University of Wisconsin at Au Claire - USA,
  • University of Wisconsin at Whitewater - USA,
  • UQTR - Canada,
  • West Virginia University - USA.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Biochemistry - 15 Credits
  • Human Physiology with Pharmacology - 30 Credits
  • Chemistry for Biologists - 15 Credits
  • Cell and Microbiology - 15 Credits
  • Practical and Transferable Skills - 30 Credits
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Bioscience Research Methods - 15 Credits
  • Molecular and Cell Biology - 30 Credits
  • Microbiology of Disease - 15 Credits
  • Cytology and Histopathology - 15 Credits
  • Blood Sciences - 30 Credits
  • Principles of Immunology - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Applied and Integrated Biomedical Science - 15 Credits
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology - 30 Credits
  • Clinical Microbiology - 15 Credits
  • Project - 30 Credits
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Year Abroad: Bioscience - 0 Credits
  • Sandwich Placement; Bioscience - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2017/2018 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11850 for the 2017/2018 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Scholarships

  • University of Hertfordshire Sports Scholarships

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry

104 UCAS points

Including 2 science GCE A Levels (or equivalent) one of which must be a grade C in either biology or chemistry (acceptable A levels are Human Biology, Psychology, Geography, Maths and Physics).

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with DMM.  Access to Science Diploma with 45 Level credits at merit profile.

IB offer 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include Biology or Chemistry and one other Science (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core)

Plus GCSE English language, mathematics and double science at grade 4 or above (or 2 single sciences) A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

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28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)