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Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: C900
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Overview

Biomedical Science is the in-depth study of human biology in both normal and disease states.

This course provides you with detailed understanding of the causes of human disease, how these produce symptoms and the effects of disease on the structure and function of human cells, tissues, and the whole organism. Students learn both current techniques used in the study of human diseases in the NHS, and innovative technologies under development for experimental treatments.

The University of Bradford is in the top 50 universities for research in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with world class researchers undertaking the research-informed teaching.

Recent investment in the Digital Health Zone allows students to access the latest techniques in digital anatomy and pathology, including carrying out digital dissection using technology only available in six UK Universities.

Find out more about the School of Chemistry and Biosciences.

BMS Course Assessment

The majority of modules contain exam and coursework assessment, particularly important for a laboratory based science course. Overall 48% of the course is assessed by coursework. The percentage assessment by coursework increases on progression through the course to reflect development of independent laboratory and study skills.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and can lead to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means that students who have also completed an IBMS portfolio during an NHS placement will be issued with a Certificate of Competence by the IBMS which is recognised by the HCPC and will allow the holder to become a registered Biomedical Science Practitioner.
Institute of Biomedical Science Health and Care Professions Council

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"The Life Sciences team at the University of Bradford has extraordinary lecturers who are experts in their fields.  The enthusiastic nature of lectures coupled with the support provided by the academic and non-academic staff, provide an ideal environment for students to learn, strive and excel."

BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2016

Why Bradford?

The course contains research-informed teaching, including the latest research findings and techniques and allows students to work to their strengths through optional study (80 credits) in the final year (including a laboratory-based research project).

In the final year of the course you will undertake a 20 week research project, which includes a whole month spent in a laboratory. Working closely with an academic supervisor, you will carry out an individual piece of research and receive training in how to perform key biomedical techniques, analyse data and present your findings in a scientific report.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body for Biomedical Scientists and is approved by the Healthcare and Professions Council (HCPC).

70% of our students achieve good degrees and their excellent academic ability and transferable skills make them competitive nationally for further study including PhD programmes immediately after graduation.

Biomedical Science at Bradford was given 90% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

A levels:

To include either A-level Biology or Chemistry at grade B or above.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A-levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDD with a minimum of 6 modules passed with a minimum grade of Merit in a relevant Science to include six specific units out of the following modules:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Biomedical Science Techniques
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Chemical Periodicity and its Applications
  • Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Physiological Investigations
  • Diseases and Infections

Applicants on Access Programmes:

122 UCAS tariff points. Applicants must be studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Science subject and achieve a minimum of 12 credits of Biology or Chemistry at Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English, Mathematics and two Sciences at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) giving you a broad-based scientific education coupled with the technical skills necessary for laboratory work. This broad-based education provides the foundation for a wide-range of scientific careers, including as a Biomedical Scientist in a hospital environment (after successful completion of the IBMS portfolio of competence in an accredited laboratory placement and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council after graduation), as a laboratory-based or non-laboratory based scientist in the Pharmaceutical Industry and other related industries, academic research and teaching.

However, whilst the degree provides a qualification necessary to start your professional career you will need to continue to develop skills throughout your working life. This programme couples a scientific education with the development of the skills necessary for lifelong learning.

Unless stated otherwise, all modules listed are core.

Year 1

  • Developing Professional Skills 1 (20 credits)
  • Human physiology 1 and 2 (20 credits)
  • Introductory Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Cell and Tissue Biology (20 credits)
  • Human Genetics and Developmental Biology (20 credits)
  • Introductory microbiology (20 credits)

Year 2

  • Developing Professional Skills 2 (20 credits)
  • Immunology, Haematology and Transfusion Science (20 credits)
  • Medical microbiology (20 credits)
  • Clinical and Analytical Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Molecular Genetics (20 credits)
  • Pathology (20 credits)

Year 3

  • Research Project (40 credits)
  • Medical Genetics (20 credits)
  • Biology of Disease (20 credits)
  • Research Topics II (20 credits)

Optional modules for specialisation in year 3. Students will choose one of the following:

  • Research Topics in Medical Cell Biology I (20 credits)
  • Research Topics in Medical Biochemistry I (20 credits)
  • Research Topics in Cancer Biology I (20 credits)
  • Research Topics in Medical Microbiology I (20 credits)
  • Research Topics in Haematology I (20 credits)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Formal lectures will facilitate your acquisition of knowledge and understanding and discipline specific skills.  Laboratory sessions run in conjunction with the theoretical components will give you the opportunity to enhance your understanding of particular topics.

You will be examined, primarily, on the breadth of knowledge via MCQ and short answer examinations. Coursework assignments will give you the opportunity to gain experience in report writing and data handling and interpretation. As you progress through the programme you will have the opportunity to demonstrate increasing skills of analysis, synthesis and criticism through a wide variety of assessment strategies, including written and oral examinations, report writing, case studies, group work, essays, including a dissertation, oral presentations and the project report. The project report provides a major opportunity to demonstrate autonomy in data handling and critical interpretation in a research context.

Placement

Some students choose to use the experience gained in the first and second years of the course to work in an industrial or research laboratory, although this is not a requirement of the course (for compulsory placement see Healthcare Science). This optional year outside the University gives you the opportunity to explore potential careers in research and diagnostics, and gain valuable experience useful in the laboratory-based final year project.

In the past, students have found a wide range of placements in hospitals (Yorkshire and Humber or local to their home), universities and companies including Astra Zeneca, Covance, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Mast Laboratories, Nestlé and the Sanger Centre in Cambridge.

We strongly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity. Your tutor will advise and help you organise your placement. We fully expect you will find the whole experience of great benefit to you, increasing your subject-specific skills and confidence - both as an individual and in your career.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

88% of our 2016 graduates in Biomedical Science found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

You will graduate with scientific, experimental and critical skills highly valued in graduate careers. You can apply your specialist skills and knowledge towards research in either medical or industrial research organisations (such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies), or universities and research institutes.

Openings exist in medical research (hospitals, universities or research institutes), the pharmaceutical industry, medical information services, teaching, medical writing and publishing. The course also provides essential transferable skills for non-science-based graduate employment.

Many graduates also undertake postgraduate study (medical degrees, Master's level or PhD level qualifications).

Others seek a more vocational qualification in dietetics or health service management.

Recent graduates have taken up positions as:

  • Biomedical Scientist – various NHS trusts
  • Cytology Screener – NHS
  • Experimental Officer; Lab Technician – Covance
  • Haemostasis Technical Assistant – Helena Biosciences Europe
  • Microbiologist – Arla
  • Scientist – Vectura Plc
  • Teaching Support Technician – University of Leeds

For more information, see NHS Careers.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Biomedical Science graduates was £17,508.

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Research

Our research expertise covers a range of areas including microbiology, cancer research, skin sciences and cardiovascular disease research. You can find out more about two of our research areas below:

Celebrating 50 Years: 50 Stories

Professor Laurence Patterson talks about Bradford’s longstanding expertise in cancer medicines discovery and development, and explains how researchers are working hard to find novel cancer treatments:

Facilities

NSS results indicate high quality resources available from the library and IT services.

You will learn in dedicated multi-million pound teaching laboratories and have access to world class research laboratories, where you will learn from our world-leading researchers involved in advanced healthcare.

You will also have access to our Simulation Suite which houses a human patient simulator (iSTAN) and a 3D touch table for virtual anatomy and dissection.

Recent investment in the Digital Health Zone demonstrates our strength in Health Technology.

Explore the Faculty of Life Sciences' facilities using this interactive 360° tour:

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2018/19:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £17,800

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.