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Maryam, Biomedical Science student, smiling at the camera.


BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

I would encourage anyone to join a society – make the most of the opportunities on offer, don’t just do your degree then look back and regret that you didn’t make the most of it!

So much to learn

"When I came to the open day I really liked the University – I liked how close to the city it is.

"I liked the course; liked that it was a three-year course and I wouldn’t have to do the extra year that I would elsewhere. I was particularly interested in the second year subjects such as Immunology, Haematology and Transfusion Science.

“Now I’m well into the first year I’m finding it really interesting – there’s so much to learn, so many new topics! You need to know a lot of specific information - in Microbiology for example there are so many bacteria you need to know and what categories they come under.

“My favourite subject so far is Human Physiology which is about the structures inside the body. It’s knowledge that you can generalise to everyone – did you know for example that everyone has 12 cranial nerves that all control different aspects of the body?

"The facilities are great – we work in the labs every two to three weeks and when it’s a lab day you have to be half an hour early or you get locked out so I always spend the night before constantly checking my alarm.

"My ultimate aim is to go on to study Graduate Entry Medicine then become a doctor. When I was younger I used to love watching doctors on TV and seeing how much they care for people - and it made me want to do that myself."

Friends and neighbours

"I think making friends on your course is really important - then you’ve got someone to go to lectures with, someone to go over your notes with, someone who can help you out if you miss a lecture and someone you can ask a question if it doesn’t feel important enough to ask a lecturer.

"I started introducing myself to people when we were waiting outside our first lecture and there were some people I recognised from the Applicant Experience Day and Transition Summer School which really helped.

"I’m living on my own in private accommodation because I like having my own space. It’s the best place to work when you’re memorising all the information you need. I’m lucky because a girl I met at the Transition Summer School is one of my neighbours so we hang out and watch movies together."

this is where

...I joined the team

"I like Bradford because everything is so close together. The people are really friendly, they’ll always help if you don’t know where you’re going and I love the northern accents and catchphrases! The city is really hilly which I don’t mind but the University is up a steep hill – it’s very good for your legs!

“I’ve joined quite a few clubs and societies: The Biomedical Club, the Baking Society, Ladies Only Self Defence and the Bradford Sabres Ice Hockey team. For me it’s really important to keep busy away from home rather than being alone in my flat all the time.

“I had never played ice hockey before so there was a lot to get my head around – you have to skate, hold your stick and get the puck at the same time. I’m really enjoying the matches. The Biomedical Club is good too – it’s a great way to meet people on your course and talk to second years who can give you any help and advice you need.

“I would encourage everyone to join a society – make the most of the opportunities on offer, don’t just do your degree then look back and regret that you didn’t make the most of it. After you gradate, you won’t get the same chances to do anything like that.

“If anyone is thinking of applying to Bradford I would say look at the course you want to study online first, because that’s what you’ll be doing every day for all the time you’re here. If you like the look of it, then come to an Open Day and an Applicant Day. That way you can get a feel for the uni and find out about the different accommodation and the range of clubs and societies.”