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Applied Medical Sciences
BSc (Hons)

2019/20 Part-time Undergraduate course

Award:

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Faculty:

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School:

School of Biomedical Sciences

eLearning:

This course is taught online so you can study where you want, when you want.

Start date:

September 2019

With this degree you could become:


  • pharmaceutical technical services
  • pharmaceutical research
  • drug testing
  • bacteriologist
  • laboratory services

Graduates from this course are now working for:


  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Biotechnology Industry
  • Biomedical Research Labs
  • Lab Suppliers

Overview

Fully online, distance learning, flexible part-time BSc (Hons) Applied Medical Sciences in collaboration with Sligo Institute of Technology.

Summary

This degree has a combined focus on clinical and bio-industrial sciences with the purpose of developing the careers of graduates in the widest context within diagnostics, medical devices and biopharmaceuticals. An increasing number of bio-industrial employers seek graduates who have some clinical expertise as well as industrial-related skills. By jointly offering a combination of clinical and bio-industrial modules in final year of this degree, Ulster and IT Sligo are seeking to address this need. The course aims to provide opportunities for students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of biomedical sciences, human health and disease;
  • Develop core skills necessary to evaluate and to undertake research in biomedical and healthcare sciences; and
  • Apply intellectual, practical, enterprise and personal skills (including communication, teamwork, problem-solving, decision making, initiative and creativity) to enable effective life-long learning in biomedical and healthcare sciences.

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About this course

About

  • Joint programme from leading HE distance learning providers in Ireland and UK
  • Designed to meet the requirements of the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Fully online, offering flexible learning and study pace
  • Essential practical skills developed through intensive lab work at Sligo and Coleraine
  • Employers benefits through your enhanced research, professional practice and key skills, and knowledge of biomedical and bio-industrial sciences

Biomedical Sciences is in the premier league of universities with “100% of our research environment judged to be world-leading, 95% of our impact judged to be world leading or internationally excellent and 81% of our research papers judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in UK Research Excellence Framework 2014. We are ranked among the top five universities in the UK in terms of research power in biomedical science. We were also ranked in the top 5 UK universities to study biomedical science in 2014. Through exposure to an internationally recognized research environment with state-of-the-art facilities, including the £14.5 million Centre for Molecular Bioscience (CMB) and Saad Centre for Pharmacy and Diabetes, students have the chance to gain unique insights into cutting-edge research and how this contributes to knowledge and understanding of health and disease. IT Sligo is the leading higher-education institute in Ireland in the development and delivery of online educational programmes. With over 10 year’s experience in the online education field this leadership position was recognised in 2012 when IT Sligo was granted a ‘Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Award’ for its achievements in promoting online learning for both fulltime and part-time students. The School of Science is foremost in IT Sligo’s distance learning achievements, with more than 500 online science students from countries as far away as Australia, the US, Canada and Oman, as well as 1,100 full-time science students.

Attendance

Normally 4 years, over 9 semesters

Start dates

  • September 2019

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

- the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor

- the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement

- the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Students will participate in an induction on how to be an effective online learner and how to use the Moodle and Blackboard Learn virtual learning environment. This will include an optional induction day at IT Sligo, prior to commencement of the course, and continue with online support over the first two weeks of teaching. Subject specific tutors support students to engage in a range of teaching and learning methods. Student participate in Moodle and Blackboard Learn posted online lectures, many of which are inclusive of problem based interactive tasks. Through the Institute’s and University’s online libraries, students gain access to their directed reading, in the form of e-books and journal articles. Students participate in tutor supported online activities and discussions, and in online self-assessment quizzes. Students studying the Science Laboratory Skills 1, Biomedical Science Laboratory Skills 1 & 2, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Clinical Biochemistry modules are required to carry out a number of laboratory practical sessions. This means attendance by students at the state-of-art-facilities at IT Sligo in Year 1 (3 days), Year 2 (3 days) and Year 3 (1 day). If a student works in, or has access to approved training laboratories in the NHS/HSE or equivalent, then the Molecular Biology and Genetics. Medical Microbiology and Clinical Biochemistry practical sessions can be carried out at his or her place of work. Otherwise, a student must attend Coleraine in Year 3 (2 days before the 1 day at Sligo) and Year 4 (1 day and 1 day) for practical sessions.

Students will be assessed by a combination of Coursework and Examinations. Students undertake traditional written examinations, either at the campuses of IT Sligo or Coleraine or in their locality through the "Proctoring system" for IT Sligo delivered modules and the “Guarantor system” for Ulster University delivered modules. If a student opts to take his or her IT Sligo examinations via the "Proctoring system", which enables online examination administration within the home environment, then there is a small fee per exam. If a student opts to take his or her Ulster University examinations via the “Guarantor system” then he or she must nominate a line manager or professional to administer his or her exams under Ulster University specified conditions. Coursework includes essays, tests, critical reviews, plans, reflective statements, practical reports, journal based learning, case study reports, problem solving/data interpretation, and research papers.

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    Content

    The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

    Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

    • the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor
    • the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement
    • the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

    Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Assessment

    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

    Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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    The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

    Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

    Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one

Biology (BIOL06013)

Year: 1

This module introduces core principles of cellular biology and major biological processes regulating cell and organ function sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.

Information Systems (COMP06018)

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to computer applications and relevant up-to-date information technology software and skills necessary to underpin further study and practice in the biomedical sciences.

Applied Mathematics (MATH06078)

Year: 1

This module introduces students to core mathematical and numeric skills, while emphasising their real world and scientific application, sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.

Good Manufacturing Practice 1 (GMP06001)

Year: 1

This module introduces core principles of good manufacturing practice sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.

Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHEM06043)

Year: 1

This module introduces students to fundamental aspects of chemistry sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.

Science Laboratory Skills 1 (SCI06015)

Year: 1

This module aims to provide students with the skills and techniques required to work in a regulated biomedical laboratory underpinning further study and practice in biomedical sciences.

Year two

Exploitation of Biology

Year: 2

This module considers a wide number of aspects and issues in biotechnology, sufficient to underpin and reinforce other topics in life sciences. Topics include production, commercialisation and ethics of biotechnology products and the impact of biotechnology on modern society.

Physiology and Anatomy of the Human Body

Year: 2

This module provides an introduction to the study of human physiology and anatomy to underpin further study of the pathophysiology in health and disease.

Biochemistry (BIOC06007)

Year: 2

This module introduces core aspects of biochemistry in clinical and industrial contexts to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.

Introduction to Biomedical Science

Year: 2

This module introduces biomedical science as a profession, including the theory of core laboratory techniques and associated health and safety issues, and fundamental processes involved in the human immune system.

Biomedical Science Laboratory Skills 1 (SCI06016)

Year: 2

This module aims to provide students with the skills and techniques required to work in a regulated biomedical laboratory, building on past knowledge/skills developed in earlier modules, and underpinning further study and practice in biomedical sciences.

Scientific Communication (BIO06031)

Year: 2

This module aims to develop student skills in written and spoken communication of scientific information underpinning further study and professional development in biomedical sciences.

Year three

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Year: 3

This module considers genetic defects that contribute to human disease with study of recombinant DNA techniques, human inheritance, chromosomal aberrancies and inborn errors of metabolism, carcinogenesis and ageing. Advances in molecular genetics and the human genome project are also discussed and provide an appreciation of the potential for improved diagnostics and therapeutics.

Enterprise in Biomedical Sciences

Year: 3

This module provides opportunities for enterprise and employability skills to be assessed, nurtured and developed within the context of biomedical sciences. This module is taught by lectures (online), tutorials and supervised time on a group project. Individual creativity and communications skills are assessed. Within the context of carrying out a group project, individual contributions to reflection on team working and enterprise skills' development and minuting a group meeting are assessed, as well as the group output of a new life sciences venture outline plan.

Biomedical Science Laboratory Skills 2 (SCI07016)

Year: 3

This module aims to provide students with the skills and techniques required to work in a regulated biomedical laboratory, building on past knowledge/skills developed in earlier modules, and underpinning further study and practice in biomedical sciences.

Pharmaceutical Quality Systems (BIO07030)

Year: 3

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the systems approach to quality, manufacturing, and regulation in the biopharmaceutical sector underpinning further study and practice in biomedical sciences.

Bioanalytics (BIO07014)

Year: 3

This module provides students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of analytical assays and instrumentation employed in the analysis of biopharmaceuticals.

Research Skills in Biomedical Sciences

Year: 3

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop research skills. The fully on-line module will be taught by lectures, tutorials, and computer based practicals. Students will be expected to select a research Project topic and then write a project brief and a literature review, and also use MS Excel and SPSS to analyse biomedical sciences data sets.

Professional Practice in Healthcare Science

Year: 3

This module develops core principles of professional practice in Healthcare Science.

Year four

Molecular Pathology

Year: 4

This module presents an in-depth consideration of the pathology, cellular and molecular biology of the major non-infectious diseases of humans. The module enables students to integrate practical and theoretical information gained in earlier modules. Current and emerging strategies in disease diagnosis, treatment and monitoring are also discussed, which underpin further study in Biomedical Sciences.

Clinical biochemistry

Year: 4

This module is designed to provide an understanding in clinical biochemistry sufficient to underpin clinical practice or further study in the biomedical sciences.

Medical Microbiology

Year: 4

This module provides an introduction to the biology of microorganisms that cause human infection. The module explores the diversity of pathogenic mechanisms in operation across a range of diseases and there is an important focus on recent advances in our understanding of host-microbe interactions. A major goal of the module is to provide examples of how this knowledge can be translated into practical ways to diagnose and control microbial pathogens. This is accomplished by an in-depth consideration of; the principles of disinfection and sterilisation, the theoretical background to current diagnostic techniques and an appreciation of how epidemiological monitoring can be used to control Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI).

Cell Culture Processing (BIO08045)

Year: 4

This module provides an in-depth understanding of cell culture processing as it pertains to the biosynthesis of modern biopharmaceutical products sufficient to underpin further professional practice in this area.

Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs (BIO08049)

Year: 4

This module addresses advanced aspects of quality systems and regulatory affairs including legislation for biopharmaceutical processing sufficient for further study and professional practice in the biomedical sciences.

Protein Purification (BIO08044)

Year: 4

This module provides the student with a broad but in-depth understanding of the main theoretical concepts and principles of protein purification sufficient for professional practice in the biomedical sciences.

Project: Biomedical Sciences

Year: 4

This module comprises an investigation in the field of bioscience, carried out in consultation with, and supervised by, a member of academic staff and supported by an e-tutor. The Project provides experience in planning a work programme to suit a defined set of research objectives, data acquisition and analysis, and the interpretation of the results in the light of relevant literature. Students are assessed by coursework only. A research paper is submitted for assessment. Research findings are defended via a Poster Presentation.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

Grades BCC including 2 science subjects – 2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B

Group A – Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Biology or Nutrition and Food Science, of which Chemistry is preferred

Group B – Physical Education, Geography, Information Technology, Applied Science, Environmental Technology, Life and Health Science

Applied Science Double Award is also acceptable as two sciences

Provided the above subject requirements are met you can substitute a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University for one of the A level grades.

Applied General Qualifications

*** To note that only qualifications defined as “Applied General” will be accepted for entry onto any undergraduate course at Ulster University.***

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Science Related Subject)/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (Science Related Subject) (2012 Suite)

Award profile of DMM to include 7 unit Distinctions

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (Science Related Subject) / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (Science Related Subject) (2016 Suite)

Award profile of DMM

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma (Science Related Subject) / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Science Related Subject) (2012 Suite)

Award profile of MM to include 10 unit Merits plus A Level Grade B

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (Science Related Subject) / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Science Related Subject) (2016 Suite)

Award profile of MM plus A Level Grade B

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (Science Related Subject) / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma (Science Related Subject) (2012 Suite)

Award profile of M to include 5 unit Merits plus A Level Grades BC to include two science subjects (see A Level requirements)

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (Science Related Subject) / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (Science Related Subject) (2016 Suite)

Award profile of M plus A Level Grades CC to include two science subjects (see A Level requirements)

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grades H3,H3,H3,H4,H4 to include 2 science subjects (2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B).

Group A – Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology or Home Economics, of which Chemistry is preferred

Group B – PE, Geography, IT

Applicants are also required to have Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level English and Maths grade H6 or above OR Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level English and Maths at grade O4 or above.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Certificate in Foundation Studies / Access Course (appropriate science disciplines only acceptable) with an overall average of 65%.

GCSE

Applicants must:

a. satisfy the University’s general entry requirements; AND

b. have passes at grade C or above in Mathematics, English Language AND Chemistry or Double Award Science.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be employed in a relevant healthcare science/bioscience/bio-pharmaceutical laboratory environment in a scientific or quality assurance role.

Because 5 of the modules in Years 1 to 3, and 1 additional module in Year 4, involve practicals this programme is intended for Irish and UK residents but continental European residents will also be considered. Respective part-time, distance learning provision in BSc Hons Biomedical Science and BSc Hons BioPharmaceutical Science at Ulster and IT Sligo already offer articulation pathways for applicants with sub degree qualifications. Thus accreditation for prior certificated learning from a sub degree such as BSc BioPharmaceutical Science from IT Sligo or Foundation Degree in Applied Medical Sciences from Ulster or BSc Honours/Higher Degree in a related science field for entry to this course is not considered.

Exemptions and transferability

Exemption from one or more Year 1 and Year 2 modules can be considered based on prior certificated learning. No exemptions from completion of the level 6 modules can be given.

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Undergraduate

Each programme will have slightly different requirements, both in terms of overall points and certain subjects, so please check the relevant subject in the undergraduate on-line prospectus.

Normally Ulster University welcomes applications from students with:

Qualification
High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include grades 3,3,3 in 3 AP subjects
High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include 1000 out of 1600 in SAT
Associate Degree with GPA 3.0

English Language


Financial Information

In addition to the scholarships and bursaries open to all international students, US students may apply for Federal and Private US loans

Qualification
Level 12 English Lang in HSD

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Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Biotechnology Industry
  • Biomedical Research Labs
  • Lab Suppliers

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • pharmaceutical technical services
  • pharmaceutical research
  • drug testing
  • bacteriologist
  • laboratory services

Career options

Biomedical Sciences graduates take up a wide range of employment opportunities. For example, in operations and quality assurance/control roles within biomedical related industries such as diagnostics, medical devices and biopharmaceuticals, pharamaceutical research and development, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology scientific services, as well as more broadly in the area of analytical science, the scientific civil service, medical research, medical sales and marketing, veterinary and forensic medicine, teaching and university lecturing. Graduates can also pursue further studies in post graduate medicine, MSc programmes in biomedical science and biopharmaceutical science, including the university’s and institute’s own successful part-time, distance learning MSc Programmes, and postgraduate research within this university and institute, and elsewhere.

Work placement / study abroad

Students are in employment and will typically carry out an investigative project within their work place.

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Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information

The tuition fees stated are for Academic Year 2020/21 for NI/ EU excluding GB*

*GB applies to a student who normally lives in England, Wales, Scotland and the Islands (Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

Academic Year 2020/21 International and GB fees are not currently available. Further fees will be published when approved.

Correct at the time of publishing. All fees are subject to an annual increase. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

To find out more about fees related to this course please visit
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/price-on-application

Northern Ireland & EU: £4,395

Additional mandatory costs

Additional travel and subsistence costs associated with Year 1 (3 days), 2 (3 days) and 3 (1 day) laboratory practical sessions at Sligo. For those students without access to appropriate work-based laboratory facilities, there will be additional travel and subsistence costs associated with Year 3 (2 days) and Year 4 (1 day and 1 day) laboratory practical sessions at Coleraine.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3210

E: admissionsce@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

E: internationaladmissions@ulster.ac.uk

For more information visit

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences

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