The BMS courses offered at DMU include honours degree programmes in Biomedical Science and Applied Biomedical Science which is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), and Biomedical Studies. 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 a three year time period with an opportunity to spend an additional year (usually between years 2 and 3) either in industry or in a NHS laboratory.
Other course variations include the integrated vocational pathway BMS degree. This is usually taken by employees of NHS pathology laboratories and includes one day of study per week at DMU with vocational assessment of laboratory competence. In addition, the specialist modules can also be taken by those individuals requiring continuing professional development or ‘top up’ to make their own degrees suitable for registration purposes.
A MSc programme is also available for experienced biomedical scientitsts 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.