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.
A certain number of places on this course are funded and supported by the NHS and include vacation-based training in hospital pathology centres. This is termed the 'integrated' Applied Biomedical Science coterminus route.
If you put De Montfort University as your first choice you may indicate interest in the 'integrated' funding on your UCAS form and email a statement of interest to Mr Peter Chimkupete via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective coterminus applicants will then undergo an interview selection procedure, as there are limited funded places.
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, again accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, is also available for experienced biomedical scientitsts in NHS pathology laboratories 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.
Recently a degree programme in Medical Sciences has been introduced. It is aimed at students interested in a career in medical or healthcare professions. It integrates basic biomedical subjects with medical disciplines including genetics, immunology, physiology, toxicology and pathology. By using laboratory and clinical approaches, it takes students from 'bench to bedside' providing an understanding of the human body in health and disease.
Medical Science is based on the research expertise and enthusiasm of academic staff within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. It has a strong research focus to provide students with a thorough knowledge of desk-top research, medical research methods and statistics, and evidence based medicine.
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.