Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science
Opportunities for year-long placements with a biomedical theme in local hospitals and research labs
Overall satisfaction with this course was 94% (Source: NSS 2016)
Salford University Biomedical Science is a highly popular IBMS accredited course which applies biology based science for medical purposes.
The course will appeal to those who want to develop their understanding of human disease processes, how they are diagnosed, monitored and treated. You will also have a strong interest in how modern research underpins the development of new therapies to improve future healthcare. This degree course 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, Genetics and more. Modules are 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.
You can opt to apply for a placement year after year two; some employers offer placements exclusively for Salford students along with the opportunity to undertake the IBMS registration portfolio; providing you with a head start towards a career as a biomedical scientist.
The final year of study offers flexibility in selecting a small project with an additional optional module (including Cancer: bench to bedside and Advances in Pathophysiology), or a significant lab research project. Research topics are medically related and benefit from staff research expertise and a recent £3million laboratory refurbishment within our Biomedical Research Centre.
The course has a strong practical focus, allowing students 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.
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science students Aumera and Amina talk about their placement opportunity during their studies at the University of Salford.
Salford Graduate Matt on his experiences studying Biomedical Science and how his placement during study led to his current employment.
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.
Year one delivers a range of core modules to develop your understanding of normal human biological structures (Human Anatomy) and processes (eg Cell Biology, Genetics), whilst introducing you to core laboratory techniques (Biomedical Skills).
Year two modules may include Human Physiology, Haematology and Pathophysiology, enabling you to gain insight into the world of disease processes and how they are diagnosed and treated. Biomedical Science Practise is a bespokely designed module outlining the requirements of becoming a registered biomedical scientist.
Final year modules provide further specialised focus on human disease and infection (eg Immunology and Microbiology). 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 (including neurodegenerative diseases, heart and lung disease, microbiology, immunology and cancer research) 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.
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.
|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||104-112 points including A2 Biology or equivalent|
|GCE A level||104-112 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 4 good Science Modules|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Possible entry to year 3|
|Foundation Degree||Possible entry to year 3|
|Scottish Highers||104-112 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||104-112 points from Higher Level including a science subject|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points with at least one science subject from Group 4|
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.
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.
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).
You will learn through a combination of:
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.
Graduate employability drives the course emphasis on developing your laboratory skills, while integrating modern and contemporary research methods and procedures for biomedical practise into your degree. IBMS accreditation of the programme 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. Salford University 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.
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.
We have long-standing placement arrangements with leading laboratories at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Aintree Hospital and other institutions.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
We have newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories.
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year
Up to six years part-time
"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 - forexample, 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."Nicholas Potter - Current student, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science