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Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

This accredited course provides you with a strong understanding and application of the techniques used to diagnose disease in industry laboratories, while remaining at the cutting-edge of biomedical science.

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Overview

Watch: Douglas Gray, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, talks about the benefits of studying Biomedical Science at DMU.


Biomedical science is the term for the investigations carried out on samples of tissue and body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients.

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

Our course is professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, which enables our graduates to gain the necessary skills and qualifications sought by employers.

You’ll study a range of topics including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, immunology and more. Throughout the course, you’ll be exploring the analytical skills needed in modern biomedical science, along with research and diagnostic techniques.

Key features

  • 93% of our summer 2017 graduates from this course are in work or further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17).
  • This course is professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), ensuring students receive a well-informed, scientific education and develop practical skills and experience which prospective employers value.
  • Gain industry experience during an optional placement year – our students have worked in NHS pathology centres and at research laboratories including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Public Health England.
  • Our strong industry links with NHS pathology centres enable us to offer practical and professional work experience opportunities to further develop your understanding of the sector.
  • Register as a biomedical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council after a period of clinical laboratory training – this can be completed as part of your optional placement year.
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our #DMUglobal programme. As part of this, our Biomedical Science students have helped to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes during a trip to Kentucky and taught science to schoolchildren in Bermuda.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work in pathology centres and diagnostic laboratories in both the public and private sectors, as well as in academic and research institutions, and in roles ranging from biomedical scientist to pharmacology technician.

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  • UK/EU
  • 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 per cent +

Start date: September 2020

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

 

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 per cent +

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,250 

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is a minimum of 120 points from at least two A-levels including Human Biology, Biology or Chemistry at grade C or above, or
  • BTEC National Diploma - Science BTEC Distinction/Distinction/Merit, or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Science BTEC Distinction/Distinction/Merit

Plus, five GSCEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass QAA Accredited AHE (Science) with at least 30 credits at Merit, 15 of these must be in Chemistry or Biology. GCSEs in English and Maths at grade 4 or above.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ with six higher level points in Chemistry or Biology

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 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditations

 

 

First Year

  • Basic Microbiology for Biomedical Science 
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology 
  • Chemistry for the Biosciences 
  • Professional and Quantitative Skills

Second Year

  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics 
  • Biochemical Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics 
  • Organ Systems Physiology 
  • Inflammation and Immunobiology 
  • Professional Skills 2 
  • Research and Diagnostic Techniques

  • Optional work placement year 

Third Year

  • Clinical Biochemistry 
  • Histopathology and Cytopathology 
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Clinical Genetics
  • 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 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. 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.

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

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Facilities and features

Hawthorn Building

Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Biomedical Placements

Placements

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to complete a paid placement which offers invaluable professional experience. Placements are typically provided by the NHS at an approved NHS pathology centre, or a research or industrial laboratory.

Previous opportunities have included placements with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Public Health England, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London

Our careers programme #DMUworks can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.

 

Biomedical Graduate

Graduate Careers

Our graduates are highly sought-after by NHS pathology centres and have gone on to work in diagnostic laboratories in both the public and private sectors, as well as research institutions and the biotechnology industry in roles such as biomedical scientist, laboratory assistant, associate practitioner and pharmacology technician.

Vivian Nwagboso landed a role as a biomedical scientist at Hull Royal Infirmary after graduating. She credits the course’s professional accreditation with helping her land a placement, which in turn contributed to her securing a full-time job.

She said: “I am very grateful to DMU for opportunities to develop so many transferable skills. It was unbelievable that I got a job even before writing my final exams.”

You can also pursue a range of postgraduate courses which offer opportunities to build your skills and enhance your knowledge, including our Advanced Biomedical Science MSc and Physician Associate Studies MSc courses.

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#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.

Students on this course have recently undertaken #DMUglobal trips to places such as Kentucky in American, where they helped to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes, and Bermuda, where they taught science to schoolchildren.

 

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