Studying Biomedicine at Salford
Get ready to study biomedicine
Congratulations on your offer to study at Salford - we've got so much more to tell you!
To help get you ready for study this September, we've put together some info about how you will study this fascinating subject, what to expect in year one and share answers to some of the top applicant questions.
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How much time will I have in the labs?
One word - lots! Your learning will be split between practical lab sessions where you will learn to use the equipment and carry out your own research projects, and lectures which will give you the theoretical foundation and knowledge for each module.
Are there any benefits to taking a placement year in the biomedical field?
Yes - and we encourage every students to complete a placement between years two and three. Not only are employers looking for graduates with professional experience, we often find that students that complete one get better final year grades.
Placements can be found across a wide range of biomedical fields. Some of our previous students were able to complete their Institute of Biomedical Science Certificate of Competence, meaning they could register as a biomedical scientist once they graduated.
Don't just take our word for it. Hear from Biomedical Science student Thomas Mault's experience during his time on the course, and read Biomedical Science Zahra Alhumaidi's experience on her NHS placement.
Will the university help me to find work experience and industry placements?
Absolutely. Whilst you will be ultimately responsible for securing your own work experience and industry placement, our tutors will guide and support you throughout.
We have a dedicated careers service that can put you in touch with organisations looking for biomedicine placement students. Many of our tutors also have strong industry links that can open up opportunities.
What are my career prospects after graduation?
Our Biomedicine courses provide you with transferable and technical knowledge and skills for a wide range of careers. Depending on your chosen course, you will be able to pursue a career in biomedicine, biotechnology, conservation, the pharmaceutical or food industries, forensic science, sports science, health care or research.
Get some inspiration by read about Human Biology and Infectious Diseases student Karolina's graduate plans.
What will my timetable in first year look like?
Your timetable will typically be a mixture of laboratory classes (roughly a couple of three-hour sessions a week), lectures (a few two hour lectures a week) and tutorials. The ratio of lecture to labs depends on the module.
Typically, a module will have around 12 two-hour lectures and around four three-hour labs. Some modules are entirely practical based - such as the first-year skills module, which aims to give you all the practical skills you will need during your time at Salford.
What level of difficulty can I expect in the first year?
The first year is designed to provide a solid foundation on which to build your degree. Many modules are fundamental science subjects (cell biology, genetics etc.) that will build on existing knowledge you have gained from your studies at school or college.
We've also included some modules to help you adapt to life as a university student. One teaches you how to learn in an independent way, whilst the other gives you lots of practical skills you can use during your time here and take forward into a science-based career.
Do we need to purchase anything in advance of starting the course?
Nothing in particular, just kit yourself out with the usual pens, pencils and stationery.
We will provide you with a lab coat and protective gear for practical sessions in our Bodmer laboratories. For each module, you will receive a reading list with recommended resources you can either buy, or access from our multimedia library.