Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Science

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Six year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Our Biomedical Science degree is a highly popular Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited course, which applies biology based science for medical purposes.

This degree covers broad biological principles relating to the normal function of the human body, as well as providing up to date training in medical and disease related topics including pathophysiology, cell pathology, clinical immunology, haematology, microbiology and genetics. Your studies will be complemented by visits to local pathology laboratories and the contribution of external NHS specialists and biomedical scientists, with whom we have strong long lasting links.

This course is structured to take account of the integrated and multidisciplinary nature of biomedical science. In the early stages you will acquire a broader understanding of the normal functioning of the body to prepare you for the later introduction of more specialised medical and pathological aspects related to human disease. There are a range of module options that can be taken in your second and third year according to your interests.

This course has a strong practical focus, allowing you to develop the lab skills needed to become an employable biomedical scientist, or for a career in medical laboratory research in a wide range of industry sectors.

You will:
  • Develop the lab skills needed to become an employable biomedical scientist or for a career in medical laboratory research
  • Have the opportunity to do a placement year which may include the IBMS registration portfolio
  • Learn from research active staff
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Institute of Biomedical Science accreditation logo

This is for you if...

1.

You want to develop your understanding of human disease processes

2.

You have a strong interest in how modern research underpins the development of new therapies to improve future healthcare

3.

You want to become a biomedical scientist

Course details

All about the course

Year one delivers a range of core modules to develop your understanding of normal human biological structures and processes, whilst introducing you to core laboratory techniques.

Year two modules will enable you to gain insight into the world of disease processes and how they are diagnosed and treated. Biomedical Science Practice is a bespoke module, outlining the requirements of becoming a registered biomedical scientist.

Final year modules provide further specialised focus on human disease and infection. A strong practical component in the final year enables further development of your laboratory research skills, particularly in the Applied Biomedical Science module and during the final year project. You will select from a wide range of medical topics and work with expert academics and technicians in the laboratories of Salford’s Biomedical Research Centre. Many further modules have integrated laboratory or equivalent clinical components to advance your technical and analytical skills and provide sound training for a career at the cutting edge of medical research.

DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS

If you are currently employed in an IBMS accredited pathology lab, this programme is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship. In order to apply for the apprenticeship route, please email us at apprenticeships@salford.ac.uk or alternatively, complete our online enquiry form here. Please do not apply through UCAS for this mode of study as this is not the correct route to apply for a Degree Apprenticeship programme. For more information on all of our apprenticeship programmes, please visit our website.

Year one

Genetics

This module will help you develop an understanding of genes and genetics, and their influence on evolution and development. It looks at the basic principles of molecular genetics and the function and evolution of genes in organisms.

Molecules to Microbes

This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.

Human Anatomy

This module aims to provide you with a systems-led approach to understand basic human anatomy and embryology. You will gain an in-depth understanding of structure-function relationships of key systems in the human body through the study of gross anatomy and tissue histology.

Biomedical Skills

Learn, by observation, investigation and comparison, to facilitate and develop effective use of laboratory apparatus in the performance of basic techniques. You will also develop practical laboratory skills relevant to cell, organismal, micro- and molecular biology and physiology which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work.

Professional Skills

In this module you will develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied generically during study in year one and beyond as well as an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills. Additionally, you will be introduced to the portfolio as a learning resource and shown how to relate this to professional practice.      

Cell Biology

This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.

Year two

Clinical and Molecular Genetics

The aim of this module is to introduce basic concepts in molecular biology, to explain the control of gene expression in pro- and eukaryotes and how dysfunction in these processes can lead to human genetic disorders. You will also develop an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of clinical laboratory techniques used for diagnosis.       

Medical Biochemistry

You will be introduced to the concepts of chemical and biochemical tests and their relevance to clinical diagnostics. It develops your knowledge and understanding about biochemical changes in disease, and you will learn practical techniques in clinical biochemistry.

Haematology and Transfusion

The aim of this module is to study the principles of haematology and blood transfusion, selected important diseases associated with them and their application in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.

Pathophysiology

Through this module you will develop an understanding of the pathophysiology of selected organ systems and of the principles of a range of diagnostic procedures, as well as allowing some diagnostic tests to be performed and others to be observed during hospital visits. It also provides the basis for understanding the pharmacological and complementary treatments of these conditions.

Human Physiology

The aim of this module is to encourage an awareness of the physiological nature of life in humans and develop an understanding of form, function and adaptation in organ systems central to the maintenance of life and interaction with the environment.

Translational Research Skills

This module will help you to develop a range of subject-specific and generic research skills appropriate to the biomedical science discipline. These include: ethics, governance, audit, experimental techniques and design, statistical analysis of data, literature searching and critical evaluation, scientific communication and making preparations in advance for your final year project.      

Year three

Medical and Public Health Microbiology

In this module you will be introduced to medical and public health microbiology, practical skills, methods of isolation, identification and typing of bacteria from various sources.

Cell Pathology

This module aims to provide a framework for the development of detailed and specific knowledge of the role of cellular pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. You will develop an understanding of theoretical principles and of current and new methodologies for microscopical preparation and analysis of cells and tissues, in order to recognise pathological conditions.

Applied Biomedical Science

The aim of this module is to develop specialised knowledge and understanding of the pathobiology of viruses and cancers in order to appreciate analytical and pharmacological aspects of antiviral and anticancer treatments. You will also learn how modern analytical methods are applied in clinical chemistry and biochemistry.

Clinical Immunology

This module looks at mammalian immunological mechanisms, and the roles played by T and B cells/Lymphokines in generating an immune response. It helps you develop an understanding of the genetics of antibody diversity, HIV pathogenesis and the current immunodiagnostic assays for infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Choose one option from the following

Advances in Pathophysiology

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of selected human physiological systems including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and the methodology used to monitor and assess cardiovascular and respiratory function.

Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease

This module will study the biochemical origins of the biochemical processes that occur in certain metabolic diseases, and the treatment of some diseases and analytical methodologies through practical experimentation of detecting the diseased state.       

Cancer: Bench to Bedside

This module will introduce you to historical and current developments in cancer biology. You will examine critical signalling pathways that govern neoplastic transformation and how some of these pathways hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment.

Plus one of the following research projects

Research Project (UG Biomedicine pathology laboratory based)

You will have the opportunity to conduct an in-depth, independent piece of research aligned with a relevant workplace question and agreed with the employing organisation's training officer and your academic supervisor. The research project may encompass scientific or clinical research, translational research, operational and policy research, clinical education research, innovation, service development, service improvement, or supporting professional service users. It should include data generation, either primary or through analysis of secondary data.

Research Project (UG Biomedicine)

You will have the opportunity to conduct an in-depth, independent piece of research aligned to your degree. You will develop skills in research design, project management, organisational and time management, creative ideas and problem solving.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

40%

Coursework

60%

Examination

TEACHING

You will learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory classes
  • Small group tutorials
  • Research projects
  • Guided reading 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years one and two and up to a half of your marks in year three. Continuous assessment includes:

  • Research project
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.

facilities

We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

The university hosts industry standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Having access to industry standard technology means that upon graduation, our students are fully prepared and equipped to enter the workplace.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Graduate employability drives the course emphasis on developing your laboratory skills, while integrating modern and contemporary research methods and procedures for biomedical practice into your degree.

IBMS accreditation of the course provides a guarantee of quality sought by employers and enhances graduate employability as a biomedical scientist. Those who complete the IBMS registration portfolio on placement can to apply directly for grade 5 biomedical scientist positions and HCPC registration. University of Salford Biomedical Science graduates have also gone in to a wide range of careers including in the research industry, the NHS (various roles), teaching, management and postgraduate medicine and dentistry.

FURTHER STUDY

A taste of what you could become

A biomedical scientist

A biotechnologist

A forensic scientist

a microbiologist

a medical research scientist

And more...

Career Links

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

At the end of your second year you can decide to undertake a year away from University on an appropriate placement. After the placement, you will return to complete the final year, making a four year course overall. In many cases the placement may be a salaried position, or may have financial support linked to a public health laboratory or a hospital. As a University, we have long-standing placement arrangements with leading laboratories at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Aintree Hospital and other institutions, and many of our students have completed or are completing placements in these organisations.

Students benefit from completing a placement year as they are more able to relate what is learnt on the course to a real-world situation, gaining experience that is highly valued by prospective employers. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of your year two mark.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

We are looking for students who have a clear wish to become a biomedical scientist and who are motivated enough to undertake the degree and associated portfolio work to become a registered member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5,is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

112 points including A2 biology or equivalent

A level

112 points including A2 biology or equivalent. A pass in the practical element of science A Levels must be achieved

BTEC National Diploma

DMM- must include four good science modules

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Possible entry to year three

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year three

Scottish Highers

 112 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

 112 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Biology

International Baccalaureate

30 points with at least one science subject from Group 4

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,820per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15240per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Additional costs

All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money. 

International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID B900

Institution S03