If you'd like to join our Biomedical Science degree, but don't yet have the required entry qualifications, our extended degree course is for you. This Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)-accredited four-year course begins with a foundation year, covering all of the science background you'll need to thrive as a Biomedical Science student in years two, three and four.
Biomedical Science is fascinating. It is all about understanding how the human body works – both healthy and diseased. Our course will teach you the techniques and methodologies used to diagnose and monitor diseases, as well as how to identify treatments.
In the first year, you will study the fundamentals of biology, supported by the maths, chemistry and physics needed to study Biomedical Science at degree level. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will proceed straight to the standard Biomedical Science degree course material, in your second year with us.
You will cover key biological concepts starting from the molecular and cellular level, and encompassing human anatomy and physiology. Specialist aspects such as medical genetics and microbiology will be a part of your course; we will discuss how research in these field has impacted upon our lives, and its benefits and risks.
Biomedical science overlaps with other disciplines, so we will explore how professionals from different teams work together. We will also look at the wider social, economic and ethical implications of biomedical science.
By spending plenty of time in the lab, you will develop research, analytical and diagnostic skills. Through lectures and reading, you will develop your own ideas, then test them in experiments and critically review the results. We will introduce you to the statistics and software used in bioscience to enable you to analyse and present your data effectively. Your degree will culminate in a final year research project, which you will undertake in a field of your choice.
Our facilities include specialist tissue culture and microbiology laboratories, as well as general teaching and research labs. We have an array of equipment such as thermal cycling equipment (for amplifying and quantifying DNA), flow cytometers, an aggregometer (for measuring platelet aggregation), a range of microscopes including a confocal and a scanning electron microscope, and an intelliPATH immunohistochemistry slide-stainer. We maintain strong links to a number of hospitals within the NHS, and related industries within the East of England.
The next stage of my career involves me completing my ‘trainee BMS’ year at work in a diagnostic NHS Microbiology laboratory
Biomedical scientists work in laboratories analysing fluid and tissue samples from patients to aid in the diagnosis of disease and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. Our course is accredited by the professional body for biomedical scientists, the Institute of Biomedical Science, and we foster links with this and with other professionals working in the industry.
With the IBMS-accredited degree, you will be equipped with the appropriate qualification to apply for a trainee Biomedical Scientist position in the NHS, if you wish to progress further in this field. After successful completion of a portfolio, the IBMS will then award you with the Certificate of Competence, allowing you to apply for admittance to the register to practice as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To be eligible for registration with the HCPC, it is essential that you have obtained both our IBMS accredited Biomedical Science degree and the Certificate of Competence (from your employer).
Although many of our graduates pursue a career as a biomedical scientist, a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree is an appropriate qualification with which to begin a career in a variety of different Bioscience-associated and graduate roles. Examples include scientific or laboratory-based jobs in pure research - both in university and industrial laboratories - pharmaceutical manufacturing, and working for the Medical Research Council or other health-related public bodies and charities. Cambridge has become a world-leading centre for biomedical research and commercial activities of the biotechnology industry. You will benefit from proximity to world-renowned institutions based in the city such as the Sanger Institute and the Wellcome Trust laboratories. Alternatively, you could use the transferable skills you have developed in business or further education.
Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree is also a route into Medicine. Upon graduation you’ll need to pass the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and have gained relevant work experience in the healthcare sector. You can then apply for a 4 or 5 year accelerated programme at a UK Medical School.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you would like to continue your studies, we offer a range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, including MSc Biomedical Science and MSc Applied Bioscience, as well as PhDs in Biomedical Science, which will offer you the opportunity to study your favoured specialist area.
We use a number of ways to track your learning, and to make sure you are developing the knowledge and skills you need. You will undertake practicals in almost all your modules, developing your practical laboratory skills, and your written, verbal, and numerical skills will be assessed from coursework including essays and lab reports, and poster and oral presentations. There will also be tests and exams, to determine your grasp of the fundamental principles and to develop your problem-solving skills.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
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Full-time undergraduate (4 years)
January 2018, September 2017
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