Biomedical Science BSc

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Biomedical Science BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time/Part Time

    • Start Date:

      01 September 2019

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 1,820 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 14,000

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of the West of Scotland offers a highly regarded BSc in Biomedical Science. The program was created with the guidance and assistance of both the Health and Care Professions Council and the NHS. It is intended to provide a route to professional Biomedical Scientist status and qualifies graduates to work I a wide range of NHS and private sector laboratories.

    This course is available both as a standard 4 year BSc Honours program and as a 5 year ‘thick sandwich’ program which incorporates a year in paid work placement. This is a great opportunity to not only gain real world work experience and learn the kind of specialised laboratory and research skills you’ll need to succeed in your chosen career path, it will be a chance to impress at least one potential employer with your skill and attitude. It will also be a great chance to start building your professional network early.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years at full time, or over 5 years with a year in placement.

    You’ll learn the skills you need to work effectively in a hospital laboratory. You’ll test clinical specimens, provide test results which will inform doctor diagnoses, and contribute to the more efficient and effective monitoring, prevention and treatment of diseases and illnesses. You’ll even have the opportunity to do many of these tasks in a working NHS hospital lab, under full supervision.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Evaluation of Scientific Data
    • Statistical Analysis
    • Computer Technology

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Cellular Pathology
    • Clinical Biochemistry
    • Haematology
    • Introduction to Biomedical Science
    • Microbiology
    • Transfusion Science

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
    • Clinical Chemistry
    • Haematology
    • Immunology
    • Medical Microbiology
    • 15-week integrated work placement (in an NHS hospital laboratory)

    Year 4 Modules Include:

    • Research Dissertation
    • Your choice of several advanced optional modules

    Learning & Teaching

    UWS’s teaching methods vary depending on the subject matter being presented, but typically include lectures, skills workshops and interactive tutorials at a minimum. You’ll also experience guided laboratory work and do a great deal of reading, study and revision, either individually or in small groups.

    This program is chiefly assessed using formal written examinations, various types of coursework and a practical skills assessment. You may also choose a year in working placement. 

    Career Possiblities

    The University of the West of Scotland’s BSc on Biomedical Science will prepare you for a range of different career pathways. Recent graduates have taken up rewarding and challenging roles in Nursing, Primary or Secondary School Teaching, Laboratory work for the Health Protection Agency, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service or NHS hospitals, or in research and development facilities throughout the food and beverage, veterinary, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical sectors.

    Entry Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have earned 3 A Levels, 102 UCAS Tariff points or the international equivalent. The full list of qualifications which are accepted can be found here.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. An IELTS score of 6.0 overall and with no section less than 5.5 would qualify, for example.

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