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UCAS code: 
J750, J752
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time

Six years part-time

Course Options: 
Professional Placement
Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Introduction

Biomedical science is a well-established but nonetheless dynamic and rapidly evolving scientific discipline aimed at improving our understanding of human health and disease.

This course utilises a multidisciplinary approach in order to provide you with knowledge of workings of human body at molecular, cellular, organ and systems level, in health and disease. It covers the key aspects and principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, physiology and pathophysiology, histology and haematology


The course has a strong practical focus and it will provide you with a wide range of practical and analytical skills relevant to a career in biomedical science and wider. Our aim is to help you progress to an employment-ready graduate and hence the course is designed to also equip you with a number of transferable skills that are so highly valued in the current, ever-changing, employment market.

The course benefits from a close working relationship with Ipswich Hospital and is taught by an international team of research-active academics. Both of these ensure that the course is relevant to your future employment, is contemporary and at the forefront of science.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to the Genome (Mandatory)

DNA is arguably the most important macromolecule in life and this module is designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge on which students can build throughout the Bioscience degree programme. Beginning with the fundamental concepts of DNA and it’s role in heredity and the genetic code, the module will build up through expression of genotype to phenotype and the control of gene expression. 

Human Physiology 1 (Mandatory)

A thorough understanding of human physiology and maintenance of homeostasis are key facets in a range of scientific disciplines. In this module, students will study the way in which different cells, tissues, organs and organ systems contribute to homeostasis from a theoretical perspective.

Biochemistry (Mandatory)

This module is designed to give a solid foundation on which to build further study in biological science.  It will investigate the fundamentals of biochemistry starting from basic atomic structure and bonding to then focus on the structure, function and metabolism of macromolecules. Students with differing levels of previous knowledge of chemistry and biology will be introduced to the range of processes taking place within the body at a molecular level.

Cell Biology (Mandatory)

Cells are the basic unit of all living organisms. In this module, students will examine the structure and function of cells, and the signals that control eukaryotic cell division, adhesion, migration, and programmed cell death. Students will analyse how cells contribute to animal physiology and disease, and be introduced to the techniques used to study cells in the laboratory. 

Scientific Skills (Mandatory)

This module will provide you with the core skills required to carry out basic scientific procedures and communicate your research in an appropriate scientific format.  The module is based on a series of practical sessions and is designed to develop the skills required for subsequent advanced modules on the course.

Introduction to Biomedical Science (Mandatory)

This module provides introduction to the role of Biomedical Scientists within the current UK health care provision landscape. We will explore the role that Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) play in informing and overseeing education, training and continuing professional development of biomedical scientists in the UK. Moreover, you will be introduced to professional standards and codes of practice specific to biomedical scientists.

Research Methods and Scientific Communication (Mandatory)

This module prepares students for further study and employment by providing an understanding of what science is and how it works.  It introduces students to the principles of scientific research and the planning and design of experiments. Students will learn how to effectively analyse literature and communicate science in a variety of methods.

Medical Microbiology (Mandatory)

The aim of this is to provide you with an introduction to the biology of microorganisms, to include bacteria, viruses, fungi and protists. Furthermore, you will learn the basis of techniques and practical procedures commonly used in the field of microbiology, with an emphasis on analytical methods relevant in clinical analysis. In addition, the significance of microbes in health and disease will be investigated, also with the support of current research literature.

Data Analysis and Statistics (Mandatory)

Effective scientists need to understand how experimentation, qualitative and quantitative analysis drives science forward via the process of attempted falsification and how this is quantified and presented. This module prepares students for further study and employment by providing an understanding of inferential statistical analysis of scientific data. It will enable students to understand, interpret and apply most of the statistical techniques that they will see in published articles and allow them to emulate such analysis in their own work.

Biology of Disease (Mandatory)

Health and disease may be considered two extremes of a continuum. This module will explore the factors that set the graduations between the two extremes. This module is designed to review the nature of and causation of diseases, by considering environmental, genetic, and biologic factors and link the characteristics of disease to the signs and symptoms utilised in diagnosis.

Immunology (Mandatory)

An understanding of the immunological process has been fundamental to many of the advances made in science and medicine.  In this module, you will explore the cellular basis of infection via pathogens and the immunological defense system the body deploys in order to prevent the development of infectious disease. 

Work-based experience (Optional)

This module has been conceived to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your employability skills and experience through undertaking a 100 hour period of work-based experience in a field related to your degree programme. This module can also be undertaken by students who are already in relevant employment, thereby enhancing their career development.

Molecular Biotechnology (Optional)

This module introduces you to the principles of nucleic acids manipulation and cloning. The module will include a thorough background on DNA handling, manipulation and analysis. The module will then detail the standard techniques by which DNA can be differently inserted into prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and its expression monitored. Classic techniques will be presented together with the more advanced, cutting-edge technologies and approaches.

Dissertation (Mandatory)

The dissertation will provide an opportunity for individuals to develop an area of scientific interest arising from either course-based or work-based experience. The focus of the dissertation will be a research-based study, central to which will be some form of hypothesis testing or problem solving.  It will enable students to utilise practical, intellectual and decision making skills in novel situations.

Advanced Biomedical Practice (Mandatory)

This final year module aims to advance and apply your knowledge of what it means to be a Biomedical Scientist, the roles and responsibilities that this profession encompass, as well as to strengthen your understanding of the role that Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) play in training and continuing professional development of biomedical scientists in the UK. The emphasis will be on reviewing professional standards and codes of practice as well as requirements for the HCPC registrations, including Registration Training Portfolio and Certificate of Competence.

Histology (Mandatory)

Histology is the science that studies the minute structure, composition and function of tissues. Every tissue is made of specialised cell components playing pivotal functions. When these functions are altered, the cell dysfunctions are reflected into significant histological changes, which are studied in the realm of histopathology. In this module, you will understand the different features and functions of the main classes of tissues, where cells exert specific functions.

Haematology and Blood Transfusion (Mandatory)

Haematology and blood transfusion science are core clinical study areas within Biomedical Science. This module will apply your knowledge of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and immunology to the study of blood and the major proteins and cells that constitute blood. We will start by studying main types of blood cells and their distinguishing features, to then go on to consider most common diseases of the blood including anaemias, coagulation disorders and blood malignancies.

Pharmacology and Toxicology (Optional)

This module is intended to allow you to draw together a wide range of topics covered at levels 4 and 5 into the applied area of pharmacology and toxicology. This module utilises understanding and application of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and physiology to solve problems. The interdisciplinary nature of the field provides an ideal opportunity for you to contextualise your studies within an important progressive science.

Clinical Nutrition (Optional)

The module will examine nutrition as it relates to the prevention and treatment of disease and deals with the nutritional aspects of diseases and clinical disorders by integrating students' existing knowledge of physiology, biochemistry and food science. In this module students will also consider the nutritional requirements of humans throughout the lifespan; the changing physiological status and subsequent changes in nutritional requirements will be studied along with a critical appraisal of how this is met with respect to diet, sociological status, geography and education. 

Developmental Biology (Optional)

This module is designed to give you an overview of developmental processes that lead to formation of a multicellular organism from a single zygote. The module will consider the cellular and molecular events which underpin development, including cell specification and cell differentiation. It will look at the mechanisms that lead to precise arrangement of the different cell types within multicellular organisms and animals. 

Regenerative Medicine (Optional)

The module will begin by presenting different types of stem cells and their properties, then it will outline various cell-based and tissue engineering approaches to regenerate damaged tissues. The module the students will be challenged to critically evaluate the potential of tissues of being rebuilt and will appraise current and developing techniques in the field.

Career opportunities

We anticipate you may wish to progress into laboratory-based careers in clinical or technical roles within NHS setting.

However, you will also be well placed to secure jobs as researchers working in universities, pharmaceutical and bioscience companies and institutes.

The transferable skills developed during the course will equip you for a wide range of careers outside the laboratory such as within scientific publication, quality control, scientific sales as well as local and central government health authorities.

Additionally, the course prepares you for higher-level study such as PGCE (e.g. science teacher training), Masters degree or PhD.

Fees and finance

2020-21

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

A science related subject is preferred at grade C or above (or equivalent) and must include Biology or a related subject.

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Course options

During your studies, you have the option to include a professional placement year and/or study abroad. 

You can apply direct for these options using the UCAS codes below:

- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (with Professional Placement) - next intake for this option is September 2020

Professional Placement - next available intake September 2020

If professional placement is chosen, this will involve a year-long placement within an NHS setting. 

The professional placement year will give you the opportunity to gain professional experience and relevant practical skills to enhance your prospects of securing graduate employment. 

Staff

Course Leader and Lecturer in BSc (Hons) Bioscience and MSc Regenerative Medicine

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in MSc Regenerative Medicine

Course Leader in Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science

Professor of Environmental Toxicology

Senior Lecturer/Course Leader in Nutrition and Human Health

Associate Professor and Director of Life Sciences

Lecturer in Life Sciences

Facilities and Resources

Teaching for this course is undertaken in the purpose-built James Hehir Building, which has modern teaching and research laboratory facilities, Waterfront Building, and the IT facilities and classrooms in the new Atrium building. All three buildings are placed in close proximity to each other in the beautiful Ipswich Neptune Marina.

Our state-of-art laboratory facilities located in the James Hehir Building facilitate high quality practical skills teaching. As well as a standard laboratory equipment, there is a range of key specialist equipment to support the practical elements of the modules including cell and tissue culture facilities, imaging facilities (light and fluorescent microscopes), 3D productivity suite, and molecular biology facilities.