Biomedical Sciences BSc

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Biomedical Sciences BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time/Part Time

    • Start Date:

      28 September 2019

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,250 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 12,350

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    A BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire will give you a thorough background in biology and chemistry, as well as an in-depth understanding of histopathology, biochemistry, immunology, clinical microbiology, haematology and pathophysiology. Altogether, this will enable you to embark on an exciting career studying the diagnosis, causation and treatment of cancer and many other human diseases. The program is fully accredited by the IBMS – the Institute of Biomedical Science.

    This course includes the option of taking a biomedical science placement at one of Hertfordshire’s partner organisations in your third year, or a year studying abroad. An industrial placement will be a wonderful opportunity to build a cache of real world skills within your intended specialty, and also to begin building a professional contact network at a time when other students are still behind a desk. Alternatively, a year abroad will give you new perspectives on a truly global industry.

    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 3 years at full time, with an optional year abroad or in work placement stretching it to 4 years.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Cell and Microbiology
    • Chemistry for Biologists
    • Human Physiology with Pharmacology (double module)
    • Introduction to Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology and Genetics
    • Practical and Transferable Skills (double module)

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Bioscience Research Methods
    • Blood Sciences (double module)
    • Cytology and Histopathology
    • Microbiology of Disease
    • Molecular and Cell Biology (double module)
    • Principles of Immunology

    Optional ‘Sandwich’ Year

    You’ll have the opportunity to send a year studying biomedical science abroad at one of the university’s partner institutions, or working in a paid industrial placement within your chosen specialty.

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Applied and Integrated Biomedical Science
    • Cellular and Molecular Pathology (double module)
    • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology (double module)
    • Clinical Microbiology
    • Project (double module)

    Learning & Teaching

    Hertfordshire’s teaching methods include extensive use of large lectures, smaller seminars and interactive tutorials, as well as a great deal of group and individual study. As this is a very practical degree program, you’ll also engage in a great deal of laboratory-based work.

    Your progress will be assessed on your exam results and on coursework. The coursework itself is highly varied, and will include seminar presentations, reports, essays and more.

    Career Possiblities

    Successful completion of this program and your IBMS portfolio will qualify you to work in the NHS or another public health laboratory in a biomedical scientist role. Other options include working in blood transfusion laboratories, the healthcare or pharmaceutical industries, forensic science or a related field.

    Some students have been offered permanent positions by placement hosts, including GlaxoSmithKline, Guy’s Hospital, the Medical Research Council, the National Biological Standards Board, Roche UK and many more.

    Entry Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 year BSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have earned 103 UCAS Tariff points or the international equivalent. The full list of qualifications 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 would qualify, for example.

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