Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 year extended, 4 years with placement)
This course is available as a 3 year degree, 4 year extended degree, or 4 years with a placement.
Please note that the placement version of this course is not suitable for international students who require a Tier 4 visa.
How does the human body work? Discover how biomedical scientists diagnose and treat diseases on this Cambridge-based course, accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and Royal Society of Biology. Learn about the human body at molecular, organ and systems levels, in health and disease, at our exceptional labs and benefit from our links to local NHS hospitals and related industries. An optional placement year will give you real-world experience of this fast-moving field of science that underpins modern medicine.
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 will 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 will learn key biological concepts that are fundamental to understanding, investigating and treating human disease. You will 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 will 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 will 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 will learn in lots of different ways, including in lectures, small groups and laboratory sessions. In lectures you will be taught key concepts and the latest research findings; in small groups you will work on case studies and scientific problems to develop analytical skills. In the lab you will get plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on practical lab skills. You will 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 will 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
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
If you're taking the three-year degree, accredited by the IBMS, you'll be prepared for a trainee position in an NHS laboratory to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical scientist. We will 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 will 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 will 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 four- or five-year accelerated programme at a UK medical school.
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.
Graduation does not need to be the end of your time with us. If you wouldd 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. These include essays, exams and practical analysis.
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, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
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