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Biomedical Science BSc Honours

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Code
C700
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Darshna Yagnik

Supported by our team of biomedical science researchers, BSc Biomedical Science will equip you with the full range of techniques required to pursue a career in hospital laboratories and scientific research.

Why study BSc Biomedical Science at Middlesex University?

Fast-paced and hands-on, this exciting degree will open up many opportunities for entry into a variety of careers associated with the field of biomedical science. As well as developing your specialist knowledge you'll learn techniques such as microscopy, blood typing, immunoassays, DNA analysis, coagulation tests, tissue identification and staining, ensuring that you graduate with an understanding of good professional practice and the key skills required in biomedical science today.

Our lecturers have worked in a range of scientific backgrounds as research scientists and even medics, and within labs across the biomedical science field. Our teaching is informed by the research that is taking place on campus, such as the development of affordable treatment for AIDS-related cancer patients in developing countries.

We use real clinical laboratory challenges as the starting point for teaching, so you will learn through practical examples. Our small class sizes mean you receive high levels of support and ensure your learning is tailored to your interests.

Our course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) and provides you with a professional qualification that will support your scientific career.

Course highlights

  • Build professional experience whilst you study via a range of placement opportunities, such as in an NHS hospital laboratory, or by completing a sandwich year
  • Our state-of-the-art bioanalytical laboratories for teaching and research are among the best in the UK
  • Work with the next generation of scientific instrumentation for molecular analysis – in line with the new focus on protein-hunting rather than gene-hunting in scientific research
  • Our supportive learning environment has seen this course receive a 90% satisfaction rate from students
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Biology degree at Middlesex University?

This programme will develops your critical awareness of biology and the significance of new developments within the field. The introductory modules provide a framework of core knowledge in the disciplines of cell biology, chemistry, genetics, ecology, microbiology, immunology, and the anatomy and physiology of animals and plants.

You will develop practical laboratory skills to support your studies and develop this knowledge further in the biological techniques module. You will be introduced to the cross disciplinary nature of biosciences and its wide range of applications. As the course progresses you will be able to select optional modules aimed at your interests and once you graduate, you will be prepared for work at postgraduate level and/or for employment in relevant fields.

What will you gain?

This programme provides experience of current analytical techniques and practical skills relevant to biology and appropriate for employment. You will develop competence in scientific methods of enquiry and problem solving and you will be to carry out high level research within an ethical framework. All pathways focus on core disciplines of biology including plant and animal biology, cell biology, microbial sciences and molecular biology as well as general skills in laboratory/field work and research methodology.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Anatomy and Physiology of Plants and Animals (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the cell as the basic functional unit of life investigating the structure and function of cell components and introducing the cell cycle and the biology of disease. Concepts of evolution and the principles of inheritance are explained at the molecular level.

    • Chemistry for Biologists (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the skills and knowledge of chemistry that underpin studies in biology. Emphasis is placed on building a knowledge base around key academic concepts in chemistry and biochemistry using examples from health and the environment to reinforce ideas. You will acquire a range of laboratory skills, learn how to analyse experimental results in the context of theoretical concepts.

    • Principles of Microbiology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is an introduction to the scope of microbiology, the nature and importance of micro-organisms and factors influencing their growth and survival. The module explores the field of microbiology and its applications and importance in biotechnological processes, the environment and in health and disease.

    • Biological Techniques (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the fundamental laboratory and research techniques that underpin the study of biological sciences. Skills introduced in this module include observations and note taking; data handling, analysis and presentation; safe working practices and the ability to communicate scientific ideas in a variety of formats. The module will enable you to develop these skills within their degree programme and facilitate recognition of these skills in relation to employability.

    • Cell Biology and Genetics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the cell as the basic functional unit of life investigating the structure and function of cell components and introducing the cell cycle and the biology of disease. Concepts of evolution and the principles of inheritance are explained at the molecular level.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods and Project Planning (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide you with the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work, with the focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills include analytical techniques appropriate to individual programme requirements.

    • Microbial Life (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore microbial diversity and extend knowledge of the role of micro-organisms in relationships with other organisms, the environment and in the cause of disease. The module aims to further underpin knowledge of the numerical concepts associated with growth and death.

    • Biology of Complex Organisms (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to acquaint you with the organisation and complexity of Eukaryotic biota on Earth, their fundamental biological processes and interactions with each other and the environment. You will gain a solid grounding regarding Eukaryotic diversity as well as specific, functional knowledge of how they reproduce, respond to stimuli and maintain the requirements of life. Emphasis is laid upon establishing links between each specific topic and between those in other modules so you may develop your own biological synthesis throughout the module.

    • Molecular Biology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will reinforce and expand on the Year 1 module, Cell Biology and Genetics. The overall aim is for you to obtain understanding of the molecular processes occurring in organisms. In addition, you will gain experience in the principles, practice, quality assurance and application of commonly employed molecular methods and genetic tools and techniques.

    • Analytical Techniques (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the knowledge of important “state of the art” analytical methods in biological sciences. There is a focus on developing practical skills in analytical methods and the analysis and interpretation of results. Particular emphasis will be on proteins in the context of clinical diagnostics and environmental assessment.

    • Biochemistry (15 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will develop a more complete appreciation for the structure, function and regulation of key cellular molecules. With a running theme of enzyme function, you will be provided with an overview of molecular and metabolic pathways and a detailed compilation of the mechanisms by which they are regulated as well as disorders affecting these. The module will also consider biochemical pathway diversity in prokaryotes and the impact on habitat and importance.

    • Microbial Biotechnology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an introduction to the principles of fermentation technology and examines the ways in which micro-organisms are commercially exploited in the food industry.

    • Biodiversity (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to introduce the concept of biodiversity, its origins, measures, uses and management, as well as its Phanerozoic history. Concepts of climate-biota interaction undergo investigation and this evidence is examined to investigate current trends and their likely effects on global biodiversity.

    • Ecology and Field Techniques (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the biological and environmental factors influencing structure and ecological interactions within a variety of ecosystems. UK Ecosystems and communities are particularly highlighted to illustrate concepts covered. Emphasis is placed on the "hands-on" approach. You will be required to participate in sampling different habitats, to analyse composition of sampled communities and to take responsibility for drawing conclusions from the results of your analyses.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous modules and from the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme. Further development of research skills, analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted in completing a dissertation.

    • Gene Technology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module considers current approaches to genetic manipulation and the widening fields of their applications. Ethical issues and regulations of the field of gene technology will be explored.

    • Current Topics in Biosciences (15 credits) - Optional

      The module gives you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of a current topic within a biological sciences subject area of interest to you. You will be guided towards independent research of an appropriate topic of you choosing and then present your findings orally and in writing.

    • Aspects of Evolution (15 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide you with knowledge of function and interaction of evolutionary processes upon Earth’s biota. Effects of both natural and anthropogenic mechanisms/processes upon the evolution of extant and palaeobiota are examined within the context of specific case studies investigating events throughout the whole Phanerozoic.

    • Sustainable Biotechnology (15 credits) - Optional

      The module enables you to recognise the current and future impact of sustainable biotechnology. The module will explore the role of biotechnology in plant and animal biotechnology, in waste remediation, clean and dirty water management, and the production of renewable energy sources. The importance of these processes for society and health will be explored.

    • Cellular and Molecular Biology (15 credits) - Optional

      The module explores genetic and environmental factors that lead to changes in cells and cell processes with an emphasis on cellular and molecular responses in cancer. It reviews the current and future potential for molecular biology in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease including the associated ethical issues.

    • Gene Expression and Control (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an understanding of processes involved in regulation of gene expression and current laboratory methods available for investigation. It also aims to provide an understanding of how gene expression may be modulated according to changes in the cellular environment, how environmental conditions can trigger changes in these processes and how aberrations in gene expression can lead to disease.

    • Biology Work Experience (30 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you to gain credits for work experience related to your programme. It aims to link academic learning to a placement organization. The experience provides opportunities for you to work in a relevant organisation and enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, co-operation and self-reliance.

    • Conservation in a Changing World (15 credits) - Optional

      This module provides an overview of the concepts and methods associated with conservation within an increasingly anthropogenic environment. It addresses arguments for conservation as well as problems associated with wildlife conservation.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Biomedical Science support your career?

Employment prospects for biomedical scientists are excellent. You could find yourself working in laboratories (for universities, hospitals and research centres), and also within the National Health Service, public health, veterinary and agricultural, pharmaceutical or forensic fields.

A number of graduates have pursued careers in education, and have also moved into roles as sales representatives for biomedical or bioscience companies. Our graduates now work for organisations such as the Anthony Nolan Trust, NHS Hillingdon, Boots, and NHS Whittington.

You can also explore further academic research on PhD and MSc programmes at universities across the UK and abroad.

Those who do additional placement time in a hospital laboratory (either on the Clinical Laboratory Placement programme of Biomedical Science, or by working in an accredited hospital laboratory after graduation) will gain Health Professions Council registration so they can work as a professional biomedical scientist.

Natural Sciences Academic Society

The Natural Sciences Academic Society is the Middlesex University Student Union society that aims to Increase awareness of biosciences and their applications in jobs, research and innovation. Members and officers organise and participate in a variety of activities and events to showcase biological sciences and to illustrate that they offer more than just being enslaved to a laboratory. They aim to help students become the next generation of leading scientists by offering a spectrum of opportunities to bring out personal qualities and passions necessary for good science.

Main features of our new laboratories

  • Mass spectrometry and electron microscope suite - housing all new Shimadzu Krytos AXIMA CFR MALDI-TOF MS; LC-MS 2010A and GC-MS QP5050A instruments and a scanning electron microscope.
  • Biomedical Science teaching laboratory – A fifty-student capacity facility for hands-on laboratory skills teaching.
  • Molecular biology research laboratory housing real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction -multiplication of a small part of a gene), and gene sequencing, as well as 2D gel electrophoresis and gel visualisation and analysis equipment.
  • Tissue culture research laboratory – three class II biological safety cabinets, video microscopy and full height roller bottle and standard CO2 incubators
  • Histology research lab housing cryostats, standard microtomes and Fluorescence microscopy imaging equipment
  • General biochemistry research laboratory – housing immunoassay, Chromatography (separation techniques -separating mixtures and molecules), CZE, HPLC, FPLC, LC and general separation equipment.
  • Zeshan Ahmed

    Biomedical Science student

    The support you receive is really good. I found that lecturers are at hand and you can always drop them an email or find them in the office. It might take a bit of initiative, but you can always find them and get the help you need.

    A lot of the lecturers are involved in their own research if they're not teaching, so they supervise students during their dissertations through their own research. The things you're being taught and learning for your dissertation often come straight from the research they're doing that they're really passionate about and are experts in, so you're in good hands.

    Read Zeshan's story in full

  • Apdesh Landa

    Biomedical Science student

    This degree is for those aspiring to be part of a very challenging and dynamic future in Biomedical Science. I chose this course because it was accredited by the IBMS and found through my own research that the facilities and academic staff were excellent. I could also stay at home in London, saving me money.

    Having been fascinated by the sheer marvel of the human architecture and mechanisms of disease I felt compelled to study this course. I would like to further myself, ultimately specialising in an area such as haematology. As I am only in my first year I am keen to discover what my strengths and weaknesses are, then choose a direction.

  • Kimberley Hassen

    Biomedical Science student

    I am really enjoying the course. The learning structure is excellent and we have things like laboratory log books and problem-based questions to answer. This helps us to put the theory into practice so we have a better understanding. I looked at a couple of other universities but I wanted to know that after three years' study I was going to be state registered.

    The teaching facilities are excellent and teaching staff are very friendly. Advice for any applicants going through the UCAS system would be to go and visit the university on an open day. This will give you the chance to speak with academics and look around the facilities for yourself.

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