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.
The course will equip you with a fundamental understanding of:
UCAS course code: B940
Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich placement (optional)
Institution code: D26
Plus one of the following:
International Baccalaureate 30+ with six higher level points in Chemistry or Biology
Access course (started before September 2014) Pass in Access to Science. English and Maths GCSE equivalency of 12 level two credits in each subject required.
Access to HE Diploma (started from September 2014) Pass QAA Accredited AHE (Science) with at least 15 credits at Merit in Chemistry/Biology, and GCSE Maths and English (Language or Literature) or recognised equivalent.
Interview : No
Work experience : No
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.
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You will benefit from teaching methods including:
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.
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:
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 offer opportunities to progress onto further study, including; the Advanced Biomedical Science MSc.
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It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.
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Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website ucas.ac.uk. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.
International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal.
Customer Service Unit UCAS PO Box 28 Cheltenham GL52 3LZ, UK T: 0871 468 0 468
For more information please contact:
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Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70
The Biomedical Science course 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 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.
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.
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