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Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

A biomedical science degree is highly sought after in NHS pathology centres, forensic science laboratories, research institutions and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. You can benefit from a dynamic profession with long-term career prospects in research, specialised laboratory work, education and management.

Overview


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The course will equip you with a fundamental understanding of:

  • Cell and organ function
  • Cellular biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Basic analytical skills of modern biomedical science

Reasons to study Biomedical Science at DMU:

  • 96% graduate employability
    students in work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2013/14)

  • Professionally accredited by The Institute of Biomedical Science
    so you can graduate with the skills and qualifications sought by employers

  • Register as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council
    after a period of clinical laboratory training to enhance your employability

  • £12 million investment in newly refurbished laboratories
    with industry-standard equipment to replicate real-life settings

  • Strong practical experience
    to ensure you are industry-ready upon graduation

  • Extensive NHS links
    with NHS pathology centres to develop your understanding of the sector

  • Teaching from specialised biomedical scientists
    to provide a course at the cutting-edge of medical laboratory science

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B940

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich placement (optional). Attendance required: 70% +

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £9,000

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

 

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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B940

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich placement (optional). Attendance required: 70% +

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £12,250 

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

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Entry criteria

GCSEs

  • Five GSCEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 300 points from at least two A levels including Human Biology, Biology or Chemistry at grade C or above

BTEC

  • BTEC National Diploma - Science BTEC Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Science BTEC Distinction/Distinction/Merit

Further information about BTEC equivalencies

International Baccalaureate

30+ with six higher level points in Chemistry or Biology

Access course (started before September 2014)

Pass in Access to Science, with 15 level 3 science credits at merit. English and Maths GCSE equivalency of 12 level two credits in each subject required.

Access to HE Diploma (started from September 2014)

Pass a Science Access qualification, e.g. AHE (Science) or AHE (Health Professions), Pass in Access to Science, with 15 level 3 science credits at merit. GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above.

Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditations

 

 

First Year

  • Basic Microbiology for Biomedical Science 
  • Structure and Function of Cells and Tissues
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology 
  • Chemistry for the Biosciences 
  • Professional and Quantitative Skills

Second Year

  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics 
  • Biochemical Disease Processes 
  • Organ Systems Physiology 
  • Inflammation and Immunobiology 
  • Professional Skills 2 
  • Research and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Optional sandwich work placement year 

Third Year

  • Clinical Biochemistry 
  • Histopathology and Cytopathology 
  • Immunopathology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Transfusion Science
  • Haematology
  • Research and Innovation (Project)

You will benefit from teaching methods including:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Computer-based learning
  • Extensive laboratory-based work

Our Virtual Analytical Laboratory (VAL) skills package also enables you to develop practical laboratory skills in a virtual environment.

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, you will normally attend around 20 hours of timetabled, taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions each week as well as be expected to undertake at least 15 hours of independent study.

Programme Study

The Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Biomedical science is the term for the investigations carried out by biomedical scientists, usually working in the NHS, on samples of tissue and body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients.

The accredited programme of study is usually taken over three years with an opportunity to spend an additional year (usually between years 2 and 3) either in industry or in a NHS laboratory.

In addition, specialist modules can also be taken by individuals seeking continuing professional development or as a ‘top up’ to make their own degrees suitable for registration purposes.

A MSc programme is available for experienced biomedical scientists in all the major pathology specialities who require a postgraduate qualification for career advancement. A professional doctorate programme is also available for NHS pathology biomedical scientists.

Students pursue their own research interests in a final year project working closely with staff at the university, or out on project placements, for example in local hospital laboratories.

Teaching Hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. six hours of tutorials (or later in the year, project supervision) each week.

Medium group teaching: approx. six hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.

Large group teaching: approx. eight hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: approx. 15 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

The Biomedical Science BSc course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 

facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Opportunities and careers

Biomedical Placements

Placements

This course offers an optional sandwich year; usually as an employee of an approved NHS pathology centre, or a research or industrial laboratory.

Students undertaking the sandwich year often benefit from their placements being funded. Previous opportunities have included placements with:

  • The Health Protection Agency
  • Wickham Laboratories
  • Rutland Biodynamic
  • Local NHS Trusts
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Graduate Careers

Our graduates are highly sought after by NHS pathology centres and work in diagnostic laboratories in both the public and private sectors, research institutions and the biotechnology industry.

Recent graduates have progressed into roles such as biomedical scientists, laboratory assistants, associate practitioners and pharmacology technicians in NHS pathology centres.

Our postgraduate courses also offer opportunities to progress onto further study, including; the Advanced Biomedical Science MSc.

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#DMUglobal

International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.

 

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