What Is a Biomedical Sciences Degree?
Biomedical sciences is often taken as a step towards full medical training, but equally offers graduates the option to pursue careers in medical research, testing and development. It is a wide-ranging degree which draws upon neuroscience, anatomy and chemistry, among others. It equips students with invaluable laboratory skills as well as a broad knowledge of human systems and pathology.
What will I study?
You will gain expert knowledge of the systems of the human body. You will learn about disease, virology and immunology before moving on to study pharmacology. Students will develop robust academic research skills, including critical evaluation of existing literature and the design and execution of their own experiments. You will learn through theoretical and practical teaching in the lab.
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The first year comprises eight core modules which cover the fundamentals of biomedical sciences such as physiology, disease and biochemistry. You will also study research methods which introduces important practical skills such as mass spectrometry and centrifugation.
Second year students continue to study research methods and will work towards a small group project in the first term. Modules in this year include neuroscience, haematology and virology. You will spend time learning in the dissection lab; expanding your knowledge of anatomy. You will have the option to undertake work experience in pathology laboratories.
During the final year students can specialise by choosing elective modules. You could choose ‘haematology and transfusion’, ‘experimental psychology’ or ‘genome stability’, for example. Students complete a large, independent research paper which comprises the majority of the marks for the year. If you are intending to pursue a medical training course after third year, you will be given the opportunity to study elective modules in preparation for this.
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