Biomedical Science with Foundation Year
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
Learn how to apply biology based science to clinical medical situations. Our biomedical science foundation year pathway aims to build foundational knowledge and understanding of the biological and chemical principles that underpin the biomedicine field before you progress onto the full BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree course.
This pathway is recommended if you want to study the full honours degree, but don’t meet the direct entry requirements. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will have the knowledge, practical and analytical skills required to confidently and effectively progress to study biomedical science at degree level.
Integrating our industry-focused approach to learning, our Biomedicine courses include visits to local pathology laboratories and the contribution of external NHS specialists and biomedical scientists, with whom we have strong and longstanding links.
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Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying biomedical science, explore our facilities and meet the course team
- Gain a broad understanding of biological and chemical principles to prepare you for advanced study
- Develop the lab skills needed to become an employable biomedical scientist or for a career in medical laboratory research
- Learn alongside research active academics and technicians in our advanced Bodmer laboratories
This is for you if...
You are from a non-scientific background and would like to pursue a career in science
You are returning to education or seeking to take your career in a new direction
You did not meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree
All about the course
The introductory foundation year is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of human and natural sciences, taking into account the integrated and multidisciplinary nature of biomedical science.
Following a carefully-designed suite of modules, you will strengthen your knowledge of biological and chemical principles, and feel confident in a live laboratory environment. Alongside building biomedical knowledge, you will also develop communication and study skills so you can succeed at a higher level.
If you successfully complete and pass the foundation year, you will automatically progress on to the full BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree course.
Across three years of study - or four, if you choose to include an industry placement, you will explore fascinating biomedical science topics including pathophysiology, immunology, clinical and molecular genetics and cell pathology. You will gain insight into disease processes, and how they are diagnosed and treated all while refining your practical laboratory and research skills.
Learn more about the modules you will study in the section below.
Our course has a strong practical focus, enabling you to develop the lab skills needed to become an employable biomedical scientist, or for a career in laboratory research in a wide range of industry sectors.
Throughout the degree you'll take modules that help you to hone these practical skills. For example in your final year you will complete a module called 'Applied Biomedical Science', where you will develop an understanding of important analytical and diagnostic methods used in a clinical setting. You will also develop your research design, problem solving and critical analysis skills by completing a final year project on a topic of your choice
On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. In our experience, placement students achieve better final degree results and employment prospects.
Building on our industry-focused approach, we have developed longstanding connections with regional health and scientific research organisations. Recent biomedical science students have completed placements with leading laboratories at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, and Aintree Hospital.
Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.
This module will help you develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the periodic table, classification within chemistry, reaction processes and quantities, and the fundamentals of organic chemistry through lectures, laboratory workshops and independent study via an interactive learning platform.
This module will help you develop practical skills in the fields of biological, chemical and environmental science. It includes the use of glassware and instrumentation, developing data recording and analysis skills, and foundational laboratory-training. It also aims to train all students on how to write-up experimental work via an interactive learning platform, which includes pre- and post- laboratory training exercises.
This module will provide students with a structured and supportive environment in which to develop their academic practice and professionalism. This will be achieved through a series of lectures and tutor-led seminars that will equip students with the skills required for successful study in Higher Education.
Develop skills for the application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective the presentation and communication of data and ideas.
Science for Health
Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.
Genetics has become a central topic not only in biological science, but also for topics such as data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. It is central to all areas of biology, from cellular development and reproduction to conservation and biodiversity. In this core module, we will provide you with the framework of this diverse area, covering areas from DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, to ethics and conservation biology. We will expose you to the latest research in the area of molecular genetics and provide the foundation for your future.
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.
In the first trimester, this module is intended to provide a systems-led approach to understand basic human anatomy, embryology and the structure function relationships therein. In the second trimester, this is further explored at a microscopic level through studying the histology of human tissues.
This practical based module will allow the development of key laboratory skills in the context of working as a biomedical scientist. Hands on practical lab experience and skills assessment are supported by tutorials, virtual laboratory simulation, topical discussion and reflection, in relation to the HCPC standards of proficiency.
This module is delivered both at university and in the workplace. Regular tutorials and workshops will support your development of critical study skills for your degree including scientific writing, numeracy and effective data handling. Workplace learning support you initiating your IBMS registration portfolio and early preparation for the end point assessment.
This module provides a broad cell biology knowledge base, building a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to subsequent modules within several bioscience degrees.
Clinical and Molecular Genetics
Clinical and Molecular Genetics will enable students to gain practical skills in molecular biology and bioinformatics, through linked laboratory and computer sessions. The lecture programme is delivered by three academics, each an expert in their specific area of clinical and molecular genetics. Topics covered include, current molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques, the control of bacterial and eukaryotic gene expression and the effect of mutations on gene expression and how this can lead to human genetic diseases.
You will be introduced to the concepts of chemical and biochemical testing and their relevance to clinical diagnostics. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of biochemical changes in disease, and you will learn practical techniques used in clinical chemistry laboratory.
Haematology and Transfusion
Biomedical scientists collect and analyse blood samples for the diagnosis of diseases or ensure blood for patient transfusion is available and safe. In this module you will investigate the formation, composition, function and diseases of blood and how it is identified, separated and stored for donation.
In this module you will learn the inter-related nature of human disease and major diagnostic approaches. Assessment is via a series of case studies to develop awareness of disease processes on a cellular level and their manifestation into localised and systemic clinical symptoms. Students gain insight into clinical diagnostic techniques and their underpinning principles.
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 and scientific communication. Additionally, you will be introduced to the portfolio as a learning resource and shown how to relate this to professional practice.
Physiology is the science of life. During the Human Systems Physiology module, you will explore the function of each major organ system. You will discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlay this function, and how organ systems are integrated and regulated to maintain homeostasis, while allowing the human body to adapt to changing metabolic and environmental demands. Laboratory classes use cutting-edge equipment that allow you to see “physiology in action” and develop competence in the techniques used by physiologists to advance the field.
Medical and Public Health Microbiology
In this module you will be introduced to microbes that cause disease both in a clinical and public setting. You will learn essential microbiology practical diagnostics skills, methods of bacterial isolation, identification and typing of bacteria from various sources.
Biomedical scientists collect and analyse samples of tissue for the diagnosis of diseases. In this module you will investigate the features and changes that occur in cells and tissues, which can be used as markers of disease and gain understanding of the techniques used to obtain, prepare and examine them.
Applied Biomedical Science
This module will help you develop an understanding of important analytical and diagnostic methods used in a clinical setting and on completion you will be able to critically compare different analytical methods and explain the principles of therapeutic drug monitoring applied to selected diseases.
Immunology is the study of the immune system. It is now a well-developed basic science, which is useful for the diagnosis and management of a great number and variety of human diseases. This module is designed to give an in-depth view of the basic components of the immune system and how these influence human diseases. Research-based discussion will be part of this module in understanding immune mechanisms in defense against human diseases and how these mechanisms can be dysregulated. Understanding the immune system leads to better clinical diagnostic and monitoring possibilities. Towards the end of the module you will also be given an overview of how the immune system can protect the body from developing cancers.
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.
Choose one option from the following
Cancer: Bench to Bedside
Students will learn the critical biological capabilities that enable tumour cancer initiation, maintenance and progression, and how some of these hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. The module contains an overview of the basic biology of cancer and applicable therapeutic strategies, with attention paid to relevant current technologies and future directions in cancer biology. Lectures will be complemented with tutorials where students will be involved in critical reading of scientific papers, while learning to evaluate scientific data and familiarise themselves with a variety of modern techniques.
The role of genetics and genomics has now become mainstream and is at the forefront of healthcare and disease management strategies. In your final year, the human genetics module will expose you to the recent developments in the field, together with the foundations of human genetics. The rapid advancement of genomics has also enabled data-based discovery of genetic information. In view of that, you will have a dedicated part of the content focused on data science and analysis strategies including the R statistical package.
And choose one option from the following
Advances In Pathophysiology
This highly interactive optional final year module allows students to explore methods used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory (thoracic) diseases. Assessment of the module uses real case studies to enable students to develop both their analytical and critical narrative skills. Students will learn mechanisms of disease, how these relate to clinical outcomes, how patient care plans are developed, and the future approaches of thoracic medicine. Special features of the module include full CPET testing in the Health School human performance lab and the opportunity to visit to the North West Lung Centre to engage with clinical pulmonary testing.
Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease BSc Hons
This module will provide a contemporary overview of some important disease processes and associated drug intervention mechanisms.
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?
You will learn through a combination of:
- Laboratory classes
- Small group tutorials
- Research projects
- Guided reading
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
- Data analysis
I secured myself a 12-month post as a trainee biomedical scientist with Manchester Royal Infirmary. When combined with my degree, this placement made me exceptionally employable and I was offered a full-time role as a biomedical scientist at the same lab after graduation.
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and leaders.
Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.
As a biomedicine student, you will be based in our advanced, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. This specialist, purpose built facility ensures that you benefit from the latest technologies to keep teaching and learning apace with cutting-edge innovation and discovery.
Industry collaboration and research
When you start this degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.
Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of bioscience issues and challenges.
Discover how you are part of something bigger.
What about after uni?
With growing interest in biomedical science fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research and work opportunities will arise worldwide. With our emphasis on developing your laboratory skills, integrating modern and contemporary research methods and procedures for biomedical practice into your degree, you will have plenty of options available to you once you graduate.
IBMS course accreditation provides a guarantee of quality sought by employers and enhances graduate employability as a biomedical scientist. If you choose to complete the IBMS registration portfolio on placement, you can to apply directly for grade 5 biomedical scientist positions and HCPC registration.
Many of our biomedical science graduates have progressed to work in a wide range of careers, including medical research, roles in the NHS, teaching, management. Some have also chosen to complete postgraduate study in related fields, such as medicine and dentistry.
You might find you want to learn more about biosciences. Building on our scientific expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni also qualify to receive a generous fees discount.
What you need to know
This course isn’t suitable for international students.
If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please consider our International Foundation Year course.
We are looking for students who have a clear desire 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
All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.
Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.
English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above. Equivalents are accepted.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
BTEC National Diploma
Access to Higher Education
64 points from QAA approved course
64 points from Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 points from Higher Level
Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification
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.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2023/24||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
|Part-time||2023/24||Part-time costs will be calculated on a pro rata basis|
|Full-time home||2024/25||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
|Part-time||2024/25||Part-time costs will be calculated on a pro rata basis|
You should also consider further costs, which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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