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Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), which is essential for employment in hospital pathology laboratories, this course involves the study of health and disease and provides an in-depth understanding of how the human body functions during normal and diseased states. You’ll develop a range of laboratory based and theoretical skills associated with sound scientific practice. As a graduate you can work in diagnostic and pathology laboratories in hospitals and other medical institutions or work in areas such as toxicology.

National Student Survey 2017
Biomedical Science at UCLan is in the top 3 in the UK for learning resources and 97.8% of students felt they had access to them when required, 95.7% of our Biomedical Science students felt teaching staff were good at explaining things.

 

The course is delivered as a series of modules, as a full-time undergraduate student you will normally take six modules in each year of study. The course provides a sound theoretical and practical framework covering biochemistry, microbiology, physiology and pharmacology and key laboratory skills. You will learn and develop analytical and critical skills and be taught in areas such as human physiology, metabolism, molecular biology and practical and research skills are studied in detail. The final year of the course includes a range of specialist modules (taught by specialist staff) where you will investigate the aetiology of a range of disease states. There is also a practical research project during the course in which is an essential indicator of your ability to employ the theoretical and practical skills that you have acquired on the course.

If you are currently employed in a science laboratory and want to progress to undertake degree level study then the part-time route is for you.

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University study was one of the best decisions of my life. I would encourage everyone to do it. My experiences at UCLan have changed my life in every way for the better. Without UCLan I wouldn’t have made friends for life, a well-paid, interesting job and the confidence to live away from home and be true to myself.

Katie Chapple, 2012 graduate and Histopathology Band 5 Biomedical Scientist

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Facilities

Our state-of-the-art practical and research laboratories constantly evolve to ensure they are in line with modern practice, having recently been further enhanced by our impressive purpose-built JB Firth Building.

Opportunities

We believe that the research activities of our staff enhance our teaching and enrich the learning experience of our students. There are strong links between our undergraduate provision and our research; all of our courses are shaped by research-informed teaching, and our Centre for Research-Informed Teaching offers bursaried internship programmes to encourage those completing undergraduate courses to consider a research career. Those undertaking internship programmes are supervised by research-active staff.


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Applying for the research internship was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I really enjoyed the whole process and it definitely prepared me for my third year dissertation. UCLan is a remarkably nurturing place for research of all kinds and encourages the presentation of that work all over the world. I am proud to have been a UCLan student and a CRIT intern. Thank you UCLan!

Afton Turner, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate

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I was lucky enough to be chosen as a summer intern. The experience was invaluable - it gave me confidence, a direction for job-searching and many fond memories. The project leaders were very helpful and kind, they showed me loads of techniques I would never have otherwise had the opportunity to see and practice and this gave me more confidence in the lab.

Helena Tattersall, BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    B940

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points including Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or Applied Science.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including grade HL5 in Biology or Chemistry.
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Research Skills
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Biological Chemistry and Foundation Mathematics
  • Integrative Biological Sciences
  • Introduction to Healthcare Sciences
  • Elective

Year 2

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Investigation of Disease
  • Practical Skills and their Application to Diagnostic Analysis
  • Physiological Systems
  • Biostatistics
  • Cellular Investigation
  • Systems Pharmacology

Year 3

  • Biology of Disease
  • Immunology
  • Current Practice in Cell Science
  • Molecular Biomedicine
  • Current Practice in Clinical Biochemistry
  • Current Practice in Haematology
  • Current Practice in Clinical Microbiology
  • Group of Individual Research Project

Late Applications

After graduating from the Biomedical Science degree and then the BDS Dentistry course at UCLan, Cerise went straight into her first job as a dentist in the NHS in Kent.

"Studying dentistry at UCLan gave me a lot of clinical experience which I think made the transition into my first job quite easy and not too stressful." After spending a year working as a dentist, Cerise gained a job as a Dental Core Trainee in an Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Department at a hospital in Kent, where she supports the staff on the ward and the consultants when in Theatre.

Industry Links

 

If you are looking to do something similar ensure the degree is accredited, there is support from local business surrounding the course and get as much experience in the field as possible.

Katie Chapple, 2012 graduate

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Learning Environment

Teaching on the course comprises a diverse range of methods and styles including lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, case studies and laboratory practicals. As well as the traditional methods of teaching, e-learning (based around a virtual learning environment) and problem-based learning techniques will be used.

Assessments are by a combination of examinations, essays, data handling and interpretation, log-books, practical reports, project reports, poster and oral presentations allowing a full range of skills to be developed.

 

My experience at UCLan is a really special one. The main thing that makes UCLan so unique is the friendly atmosphere. As a non-UK student, I didn’t feel lonely when I arrived here. Whatever my problem, I am sure to find someone who is there to help. I’ll always cherish my experience at UCLan.

Daniela Duc, 2011 graduate

 

UCLan’s courses are very demanding and challenging but the lecturers here are very helpful and the tutorial system is excellent. University life here is great. If someone wishes to apply to universities in the UK, I will recommend UCLan without reserve. After all, it worked out for me!

Rowin Appanah, 2011 graduate

Employability

Graduates can work in diagnostic and pathology laboratories in hospitals and other medical institutions or work in areas such as toxicology. They can also pursue careers in research (postgraduate study), teaching and marketing or management within biomedical-related industries. Graduates have also gone on to pursue further studies in dentistry or medicine.

The Institute of Biomedical Science accredits all our courses – this is essential for employment in hospital pathology laboratories. Approximately 60% of our full-time graduates go onto work within the NHS and over 90% of our sandwich students gain employment within the NHS.

We have a graduate who is a trainee medical scientist at Leeds Teaching Hospital whilst others are biomedical scientists at hospitals such as Royal Blackburn Hospital, Cheltenham General Hospital, Royal Bolton Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospital and Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Other graduates are employed by universities as research associates.

 

My degree at UCLan has undoubtedly provided me with the knowledge and skills required for my current position. This has been largely down to the staff; who adopt an approachable manner and are always willing to help students. Being able to work alongside staff who are experts in their respective fields has inspired me to push myself to the best of my capabilities – an attitude I know will remain with me throughout my career. My experiences at UCLan have equipped me with the skills to grow as a scientist, to become a critical thinker and to approach new challenges confidently.

Laura Nolan, 2013 graduate

Having both my degree and now experience working within a pathology laboratory will hopefully open many more options for my future career. My degree has helped me become much more confident in the job I now do. Without it I would struggle with many of the lab skills that are essential in my day to day work.

Hollie Dobson, 2013 graduate

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.