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Biomedical Science BSc/DipHE

Gain the specialist skill set that will open up career opportunities in hospital laboratories and scientific research.
Code
BSc: C700
DipHE: B904
Start
October 2020
September 2020: EU/INT induction
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,700 (INT) *
Course leader
Beata Burczynska

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

Why study biomedical science* with us

Led by a team of researchers, our biomedical science degree gives you the skills, techniques and hands-on experience you need to succeed in the field of biomedical science. If you’re looking for a fast-paced degree that gives you access to the next generation of scientific equipment and research, then our BSc Biomedical Science is for you.

Using real-life clinical laboratory challenges, you’ll develop your specialist knowledge and learn everything from microscopy and blood typing to DNA analysis, tissue identification and everything in between. You’ll learn from their experiences in science research, biomedical science and medicine – and their current on-campus research into  biomarkers, cancer treatment and rapid testing of infectious disease.

*Please note this course is subject to review

Build your professional skills

Studying biomedical science in London means you’ll get plenty of opportunities to build your professional skills, knowledge and ethical values allowing you to  become successful biomedical scientist in NHS and other laboratories. You’ll also have the option to take a placement year as part of your studies (depending on availability in light of Covid 19)

Practical sessions in our modern laboratory facilities, will provide insight into   the latest scientific techniques, instruments and equipment. Experience in University laboratories is subject to COVID-19-related lockdown restrictions permitting.As part of a small class, you’ll get support that’s tailored to both your studies and your future career ambitions.

Get the support you need to succeed

When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in your subject.

We’re also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), which means you’ll graduate with a professional qualification that will give you a competitive edge for pursuing your scientific career ambitions. Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations that include the Anthony Nolan Trust, NHS Hillingdon, Boots, and NHS Whittington


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What will you study on the BSc/DipHE Biomedical Science?

This course is fast-paced and hands-on (when permitted) and provides you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to work safely and effectively in a hospital laboratory. You will evaluate evidence underpinning practice and be enabled to develop your knowledge of the aetiology of disease diagnosis and treatment through the study of biomedical science specialist subjects.

What will you gain?

As well as gaining an in-depth knowledge on the subject, you will also develop scientific, intellectual and practical skills and abilities to plan and carry out laboratory investigations in biomedical science. You will have the qualities needed for employment in situations requiring professionalism and personal responsibility.

Modules

We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

Practical experience in University laboratories is dependent upon COVID-19-related lockdown restrictions permitting. Virtual laboratories and demonstrations will also be used.

  • Year 1

    • Professional Practice for Biomedical Science (15 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the biomedical profession and employment opportunities. In addition, the module facilitates development of basic laboratory skills, safe laboratory practice, and appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress, and to work in a clinical laboratory.

    • Biomolecular Science (15 credits)

      This module provides the skill and underpinning knowledge to pursue further studies in biological and biomedical sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on the basic principles of biochemistry for life sciences and genetics.

    • Cell Sciences (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide the student with an introduction to the classification, structure and function of cells and microbes and examples of disease that result from abnormal structure and/or function. Another key aim is to enable students to acquire laboratory skills required to study cells and microbes.

    • Human Sciences (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology required to underpin their future learning. The unifying theme of homeostasis is used to show how a healthy structure and function are maintained and how failures of homeostasis can result in disease.

    • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences (30 credits)

      The module is designed to provide an understanding of different areas various disciplines in biomedical science used to investigate human diseases. The module encompasses theoretical knowledge and laboratory training in of medical microbiology, blood sciences, haematology and blood transfusion, genetics, bioinformatics and cellular science. The module will also provide insight into the requirements of becoming a successful biomedical scientist.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide 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.

    • Molecular and Genetic Sciences (15 credits)

      This module will reinforce and expand on the Year 1 modules. The overall aim is that the student understands and gains experience in the principles, practice, quality assurance and applications of commonly employed methods of molecular biology and genetics used in the investigation of disease.

    • Cellular Sciences (15 credits)

      The aims of this module are to give you a working knowledge of the principles and practice of cellular pathology and to gain experience in the application of commonly used techniques and the delivery of cellular pathology services. The module aims to familiarise students with histological equipment, and on routine and special staining techniques for the demonstration of pathological conditions.

    • Blood Sciences (15 credits)

      The aim of this module is to give you a working knowledge of the principles and practice of blood sciences. You will gain experience in the application of commonly used techniques.

    • Infection Sciences (15 credits)

      This module introduces methods that are used to investigate infections. Students will gain knowledge on aseptic techniques and culturing, isolation, and enumeration, of infectious agents in microbiology laboratory. This module also aims to provide the students with understanding of the principles of microbiological test procedures used to diagnose infectious disease and the methods used to control spread of infection.

    • Clinical Sciences (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of disease processes and most common diseases. It also examines the multidisciplinary nature of disease investigation, management and prevention.

  • Year 3

    • Transplantation, Transfusion and Specialist Biochemistry (30 credits)

      This module will reinforce and expand on the Year 1 and 2 modules. The overall aim is that you will understand and gain experience in a range of core and specialised methods and techniques from across the blood sciences with applications to immunology and specialist biochemistry, understanding their importance in the clinical investigation of patients

    • Cellular and Molecular Pathology (30 credits)

      The aims of this module are to develop your knowledge and appreciation of the principles of cellular and molecular pathology. Emphasis is placed on the range of pathologies affecting a number of organ systems, the diagnostic strategies and skills used to identify them.

    • Dissertation (30 credits)

      This module will build on the skills you will have acquired when undertaking previous research modules and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted in completing a dissertation. Students will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to their target award and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Medical Microbiology (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of pathogenicity and emergence of bacterial, fungal, viral,  protozoal and helminth infections. In addition, they will become familiar with the principles and practise of laboratory and point-of-care test procedures used to diagnose infectious disease and monitor the effectiveness of the treatments. Students will also gain an insight into the methods used to control infections in healthcare settings and in the community.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

All modules are compulsory.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020
  3. Teaching and learning – typical structure
  4. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. EU from Sept 2021
  3. International
  4. Additional costs

How can the BSc/DipHE 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 BSc graduate

    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.

  • 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.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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