Biomedical Science
BSc (Hons)

Part-time study available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Biomedical Science at Salford

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Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science

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Opportunities for year-long placements with a biomedical theme in local hospitals and research labs

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Overall satisfaction with this course was 91% (Source: NSS 2015)

Course Summary

Biomedical science is the foundation of modern healthcare and medicine and our highly popular Institute of Biomedical Science accredited course is designed for students who want to specialise in understanding and investigating the causes, mechanisms and treatments of disease.  Specialist medically related topics include: Cell Pathology, Clinical Immunology, Haematology, Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Genetics and Medical Biochemistry.  

This course is underpinned by a wide range of academic staff research expertise, enabling you in the final year to select a medically oriented research project in our Biomedical Sciences Research Centre laboratories.  Modules further benefit from contribution of external NHS specialists and visits to local NHS pathology laboratories where students meet and talk to qualified Biomedical scientists. Our long established NHS, industry and university links enables students to undertake an optional placement year at the end of year 2; allowing some to complete the IBMS registration portfolio and focus on their future biomedical scientist career.

We place strong emphasis on graduate employability, integrating employment related skills into modules and developing laboratory and research skills throughout the course. Programme IBMS accreditation enables our graduates with a completed registration portfolio to apply directly for biomedical scientists (BMS) positions while the scope and demand for employment in life science research is tremendous for those looking for a research or alternative career. Graduate destinations include NHS healthcare and management, BMS pathology laboratories, pharmaceutical and forensic research, clinical trials research, sales, medical writing, postgraduate study including PhD, MSc, graduate medicine and dentistry.  Our course was voted an outstanding student experience in the 2014-15 NSS survey with 91% overall student satisfaction.

This course focuses on the medical aspects of biosciences without the need for AS/A2 chemistry.

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Salford Graduate Matt on his experiences studying Biomedical Science and how his placement during study led to his current employment.

Course Details

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 different module options that can be taken at years 2 and 3 according to your interests.

In the final year you will also carry out a medically-oriented research project in the laboratories of the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute.

Course Structure

Year 1 will extend and reinforce your background knowledge of biology and biochemistry.

In year 2 you will develop analytical skills. All modules taken at this level have integrated laboratory or equivalent clinical components embedded within them in order to address the specific theoretical and practical requirements of selected key analytical skills used in diagnostic pathology.

In year 3 emphasis will be on disease investigation and monitoring and will highlight research and new developments in these areas. This will be enhanced through site visits and external contributions.

Year 1

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.
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.
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.
1. 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.
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.
In this module you will develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied generically during study in year 1 and beyond as well as an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.

Year 2

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.
This module will introduce you to some basic concepts of recombinant DNA technology at both the theoretical and practical level. It will provide you with a solid grounding of the different mechanisms involved in the control of gene expression in pro- and eukaryotes, and how dysfunction in these processes can lead to human genetic disorders. Additionally, you will be introduced to the concepts of genomics and bioinformatics and DNA instability and mutation and their role in human pathologies such as cancer.
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.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the concepts of chemical and biochemical tests and their relevance to clinical diagnostics, to develop your knowledge and understanding about biochemical changes in disease, and to learn practical techniques in clinical biochemistry.
This module will develop an understanding of the pathophysiology of selected organ systems; develop an understanding 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.
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, and scientific communication. Additionally, you will be introduced to the portfolio as a learning resource and shown how to relate this to professional practice.

Year 3

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.
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.
This module looks at mammalian immunological mechanisms, the roles played by T and B cells/Lymphokines in generating an immune response and helps you develop an understanding of the genetics of antibody diversity, HIV pathogenesis and the current immunodiagnostic assays for infectious and non-infectious diseases.
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/biochemistry.
You can then undertake a lab-based research project for 40 credits or a literature or data analysis project worth 20 credits plus an optional module from:

You will then select either a 20 credit or 40 credit project module. If you select a 20 credit project module, you will select one module from the list below:

This module encourages an awareness of the importance of biotechnology in industry, and develops knowledge of a variety of biochemical processes in a range of important industrial applications.
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of selected human physiological systems including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and the methodology used to monitor and assess cardiovascular and respiratory function.
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.
This module will introduce you to historical and current developments in cancer biology. You will examine critical signaling pathways that govern neoplastic transformation and how some of these pathways hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment.

Part-time structure

If you are studying part-time you select two to four modules from each year of study, completing the rest of the modules for the year in the following year. This leads to a maximum six-year duration for a part-time degree. If studying part-time you do not have the placement option.

 


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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
European Baccalaureate Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 260-280 points including A2 Biology or equivalent
GCE A level 260-280 points including A2 Biology or equivalent
BTEC National Diploma DMM- must include 4 good Science Modules
BTEC Higher National Diploma Possible entry to year 3
Foundation Degree Possible entry to year 3
Scottish Highers 260-280 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects
Irish Leaving Certificate 260-280 points from Higher Level including a science subject
International Baccalaureate 28 points with at least one science subject from Group 4

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.

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.

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).

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 1 and 2 and up to a half in year 3. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year 2 (25%) and year 3 (75%) performances.

Employability

Career Prospects

Current employment prospects are very good with a high demand for biomedical science graduates for varied opportunities including: university, government, private or charity-funded research laboratories; NHS diagnostics laboratories; pathology, forensic or microbiology laboratories; research and development or sales and marketing for the healthcare industries. Students may also continue on to postgraduate study or choose a teaching career which currently offers attractive financial incentives.

The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accreditation permits graduates to apply for posts as trainee biomedical scientists. Trainees must then complete the certificate of competence portfolio which essentially acts as a record of satisfactory progression. This usually takes a year and on completion a biomedical scientist will be eligible to join the Health Professions Council (HPC) register.

Alumni Profile

Nicholas Potter - Current Student

I chose to study Biomedical Science at Salford because of its excellent reputation for bioscience teaching and because I am interested in the human body.

The course has opened a number of opportunities up for me - for example, during the summer break I have applied to do research alongside Dr Jeremy Allen and Dr Lucy Smyth that will focus on fibroblasts, and the role of T-cells in either asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, based at Wythenshawe Hospital or the labs here at Salford.

I am also undertaking a placement year at University Hospital Aintree starting this coming September where I will be involved in a research project concerning sleep disorders.

I have made some really good friends here at Salford, the teaching staff and the postgraduate students that help in the practical sessions are very helpful.

Links with Industry

At the end of year 2, you can decide to undertake an additional year away from University on an appropriate placement (http://www.salford.ac.uk/environment-life-sciences/courses/field-trips-and-placements). After the placement, you will return to sit 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. While on placement you will not have to pay any fees.

You will benefit from this year by being able to relate what you have learned to a real-world situation and gain experience that is highly valued by prospective employers. Importantly, you may find yourself better equipped to undertake your final year of study. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

Placement Opportunities

We have long-standing placement arrangements with leading laboratories at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Aintree Hospital and other institutions.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£11,500

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses 
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

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

 

Facilities

We have newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories.