School - School of Environment & Life Sciences
Subject area - Biomedical Science
UCAS Code: B900
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year
Up to six years part-time
UK - £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.
International - £14,400
- 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)
- Part-time study option
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
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 for several students 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.
This 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.
Current student, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
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 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.
Find out more about the School of Environment and Life Sciences
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 Practice 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.
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:
Part-time structureIf 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.