biomedical science student collecting data in lab
UCAS Code
B940
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday).

Overview

As a biomedical scientist, you’ll be on the frontline of research into the causes and consequences of diseases of the human body and you'll contribute to diagnosis and management of these conditions.

This BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree course gives you the knowledge, skills and experience you need for a career in this essential scientific profession and the accreditation to pursue a career in NHS laboratory medicine.

Accredited by:

This degree is jointly accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology.

The Royal Society of Biology accreditation allows you to apply for Associate membership and raise the profile of your qualification. To work in NHS laboratory medicine, you need an Institute of Biomedical Science accredited qualification.

92.9% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Find out about the systems of the human body and the diseases that affect them
  • Learn about the latest professional practice in pathological disciplines such as haematology and microbiology on one of our optional sandwich placements
  • Receive award-winning teaching from active researchers and experts who are at the top of their game
  • Get out of the classroom and put your knowledge to the test in our labs, which are kitted out with industry-leading microscopes, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment

You can also:

  • Join one of our internationally recognised research groups
  • Apply to the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, involving a summer research placement at a European university
In the final stage of your course, you’ll carry out a laboratory-based research project. You can complete this project at a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus+ exchange scheme.

Careers and opportunities

You'll graduate from this course as a scientist in training with transferable skills that give you many career options.

You can apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to join the biomedical science register. This lets you practice as a qualified biomedical scientist when you graduate. You must have completed a period of work-based learning within one of our Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) approved clinical training laboratories to register.

You can also apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology. This gives you access to professional networks and conferences.

What can you do with a Biomedical Science degree?

Areas you could go onto after the course include:

  • scientific research
  • further study on an MSc or PhD programme
  • teaching
  • scientific writing and the media
  • pharmaceutics
  • instrumentation
  • further study at medical or dental school

Our Careers and Employability service gives you support and advice for up to 5 years after you graduate, to help you put your best foot forward after your studies.

The lecturers support you and encourage you to get involved with the endless opportunities available, so you can make the most of your student experience, while also gaining key transferable skills.

Laura Porcza, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Case Discussions in Biomedical Science
  • Cells to Systems
  • Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Key Skills for Biomedical Scientists
  • Pathological Sciences 1

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Human Physiology
  • Biomedical Toolbox
  • Pathological Sciences 2
  • Personal Development for Biomedical Scientists
  • Research Methods
  • Scientific Basis of Disease

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Business for Biosciences
  • Development; How Form and Function Changes
  • Nutrition and Exercise for Health

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Genetic Basis of Disease
  • Integrated Pathology
  • Pathological Sciences 3
  • Personal Development for Final Year Biomedical Scientists

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Case Studies in Biomedical Research
  • Clinical Research in Integrated Medicine
  • Erasmus Plus Project
  • Project
  • Work Based Learning

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • laboratory reports
  • workshops
  • presentations
  • group work
  • measures of practical competence

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

If you do your placement in an approved NHS pathology laboratory, you can complete the Institute of Biomedical Science registration portfolio.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical lab work
  • guided reading
  • collaborative and peer-assisted learning
  • simulation

Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research, and we provide a student-centred approach to teaching, with all modules fully supported by online lecture and study materials.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Biomedical Science degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical classes and workshops for about 14 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • ABB-BCC from A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • ABB-BCC from A levels, or equivalent, to include Biology plus a second pure Science subject or Mathematics. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll get free safety equipment at the start of the course. However, you may have to pay a small amount to replace lost or damaged equipment.

If you take optional work-based learning units, you’ll need to pay for travel to and from placements, which normally costs around £50.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B940
  • our institution code – P80

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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