You will benefit from teaching methods including:
- Computer-based learning
- Extensive laboratory-based work
Each module will be taught over a 7-week period, allowing you to focus on one topic at a time, before building on the next topic sequentially.
Each module will include its own schedule of taught sessions including lectures, tutorials, and workshops, practical sessions in the lab, and time for your own independent study.
Each topic or module will have a main assessment at the end of the module block. Assessments are based on real-world application of your skills, to try and best prepare you for the world of work, and include portfolios, presentations, case studies, lab reports, research papers, as well as quizzes and exams.
The accredited programme of study is usually taken over three years with an opportunity to spend an additional year (between years 2 and 3) either in industry or in an NHS laboratory.
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.
A subsequent MSc in Advanced Biomedical Science programme is available for BSc graduates or for experienced biomedical scientists covering major pathology specialities who require a postgraduate qualification for career advancement.
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. 6 hours of tutorials (or later in the year, project supervision) each week.
Medium group teaching: approx. 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
Large group teaching: approx. 8 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.