Our Biomedical Science degree will give you an intellectually stimulating education in the fast-moving field of the science that underpins modern medicine.
This course, which is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), gives you a thorough grounding in the theory and practice used by Biomedical Scientists to diagnose and treat diseases, but also prepares you for a career in a wide range of biomedical fields. On this course you’ll learn about the human body at the molecular, cellular, organ and systems levels in health and disease.
Biomedical science is an exciting and dynamic subject where up-to-date research is constantly leading to breakthroughs and medical advances that have an impact on the health and well-being of society. You’ll be taught by highly-qualified lecturers who carry out their own research in areas including cancer, diabetes, antibiotic resistance and haemostasis, among others. Our teaching is therefore research-led by our lecturers who are passionate about their subjects. On this degree you’ll learn key biological concepts that are fundamental to understanding, investigating and treating human disease. You’ll begin by studying general biology, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and cellular and molecular biology, which will give you a solid foundation of knowledge on which to build. You’ll go on to develop an understanding of the diagnostic techniques used in modern professional practice and learn about the biomedical disciplines, which include haematology and transfusion science, clinical biochemistry, cellular pathology, medical genetics, medical microbiology and clinical immunology. In your final year you’ll integrate and deepen your knowledge as you learn about human pathology and current advances in biomedical research, as you become an independent learner. Also in your final year, with individual support from a supervisor, you will have the opportunity to carry out a research project of your own which may be laboratory- or literature-based research.
As a student you’ll learn in lots of different ways, including in lectures, small groups and laboratory sessions. In lectures you’ll be taught key concepts and the latest research findings; in small groups you’ll work on case studies and scientific problems to develop analytical skills. In the lab you’ll get plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on practical lab skills. You’ll also be developing your team-work skills by working in small groups. We are always developing innovative and interactive ways to teach. Our lecturers and other support staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and work hard to create a supportive learning community for all our students.
The state-of-the art facilities in our new Science Centre include specialist tissue culture and microbiology laboratories, as well as general teaching and research labs. We have a wide range of specialist laboratory equipment which you will use in practicals and your projects. We maintain strong links to a number of hospitals within the NHS, and related industries within the East of England. You have the option of a placement year between your second and third year.
Biomedical Science is a multidisciplinary subject and you’ll develop a broad range of transferable skills, which are valued highly by graduate employers. These include written and oral presentation skills, numeracy and IT skills, intellectual, critical and analytical skills, as well as experimental and practical laboratory skills. During the degree you will have a number of tutorials about employability aimed at helping you to understand and succeed in the graduate job market. Towards the end of your degree we invite external speakers to come and talk to you about the range of career options open to you.
The next stage of my career involves me completing my ‘trainee BMS’ year at work in a diagnostic NHS Microbiology laboratory
This IBMS-accredited degree allows graduates to get a trainee position within an NHS laboratory to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Biomedical Scientist. We’ll provide a valuable introduction to the UK’s professional body for Biomedical Scientists, as well as a chance to link with professionals working in the industry.
When you graduate you’ll also be in demand for a wide range of biomedical roles, from scientific or laboratory-based jobs in pure research, - both in university and industrial laboratories, to pharmaceutical manufacturing, and working for the Medical Research Council or other health-related public bodies and charities.
Our BSc 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.
Cambridge has become a world-leading centre 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.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, including MSc Biomedical Science (distance learning) and MSc Applied Bioscience.
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 & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, 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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