Biomedical science is the application of scientific investigation to health, focussing on the human body. Including the diagnosis and treatment of human pathologies.
A biomedical science degree is highly sought after in NHS clinical laboratories, forensic science laboratories, research institutions and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Successful graduates can benefit from multiple dynamic professional opportunities, with long-term career prospects in research, specialised laboratory work, education and management.
Our course is professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, which enables our graduates to gain the necessary registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is a requirement if you want to become an NHS Biomedical Scientist.
You’ll study a range of topics including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, immunology and more, covering all of the biomedical science specialist areas. Throughout the course, you’ll be exploring the analytical skills needed in modern biomedical science, along with research and diagnostic techniques through taught laboratory practical classes.
- This course is professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
- You can become eligible to apply to the HCPC Register, by completing an HCPC approved Certificate of Competence portfolio with the IBMS, (this can be completed as part of your optional placement year).
- You will study a wide range of current and cutting-edge topics in Biomedical Science, including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology and the analytical skills of modern biomedical science.
- Gain industry experience during an optional placement year. Our students have worked in a number of NHS laboratories, as well as in research laboratories at organisations including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Public Health England.
- Our students have benefitted from an international experience through our DMU Global programme, which has seen students conducting Biomedical Science workshops on topics including malaria and sickle cell disease to high school students in Zimbabwe.
- Our graduates have gone on to work in diagnostic laboratories in both the public and private sectors, NHS laboratories, research institutions and the biotechnology industry, in roles as biomedical scientists, laboratory assistants, associate practitioners, pharmacology technicians, as well as lectures and researchers within Higher Education.
Structure and assessment
- Basic Microbiology for Biomedical Science
- Basic Anatomy and Physiology
- Biochemistry and Cell Biology
- Chemistry for the Biosciences
- Professional and Quantitative Skills
- Molecular Genetics and Genomics
- Biochemical Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics
- Organ Systems Physiology
- Inflammation and Immunobiology
- Professional Skills 2
- Research and Diagnostic Techniques
- Optional work placement year
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Histopathology and Cytopathology
- Clinical Immunology
- Medical Microbiology
- Haematology and Transfusion Science
- Clinical Genetics
- Research and Innovation (Project)
Teaching and assessments
You will benefit from teaching methods including:
- Computer-based learning
- Extensive laboratory-based work
Our Virtual Analytical Laboratory (VAL) skills package also enables you to develop practical laboratory skills in a virtual environment.
Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, you will normally attend around 20 hours of timetabled, taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions each week as well as be expected to undertake at least 15 hours of independent study.
The Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Biomedical science is the term for the investigations carried out by biomedical scientists, usually working in the NHS, on samples of tissue and body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients.
The accredited programme of study is usually taken over three years with an opportunity to spend an additional year (usually between years 2 and 3) either in industry or in a NHS laboratory.
In addition, specialist modules can also be taken by individuals seeking continuing professional development or as a ‘top up’ to make their own degrees suitable for registration purposes.
A MSc programme is available for experienced biomedical scientists in all the major pathology specialities who require a postgraduate qualification for career advancement. A professional doctorate programme is also available for NHS pathology biomedical scientists.
Students pursue their own research interests in a final year project working closely with staff at the university, or out on project placements, for example in local hospital laboratories.
Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 6 hours of tutorials (or later in the year, project supervision) each week.
Medium group teaching: approx. 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
Large group teaching: approx. 8 hours of lectures each week.
Personal study: approx. 15 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).
Opportunities and careers
This course offers an optional sandwich year; usually as an employee of an approved NHS pathology centre, or a research or industrial laboratory.
Students undertaking the sandwich year often benefit from their placements being funded. Previous opportunities have included placements with:
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Public Health England
- Leicester Royal Infirmary
- Glenfield Hospital in Leicester
- St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in London
Our graduates are highly sought after by NHS pathology centres and work in diagnostic laboratories in both the public and private sectors, research institutions and the biotechnology industry.
Recent graduates have progressed into roles such as biomedical scientists, laboratory assistants, associate practitioners and pharmacology technicians in NHS pathology centres.
Our postgraduate courses also offer opportunities to progress onto further study, including:
International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.
Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.
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