Personalised Medicine, Stratified medicine, Precision medicine
BSc (Hons)

2020/21 Full-time Undergraduate course

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CCC To include 2 science subjects

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Award:

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Faculty:

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School:

School of Biomedical Sciences

Campus:

Magee campus

UCAS code:

8H21
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20

Start date:

September 2020

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Academic Year 2020/21

Our first term will commence as planned on 21 September and we will be prepared to deliver lectures and other teaching online for Semester One

Some on-campus activities will still take place, based on a robust local risk assessment, and priority will be given to using campus spaces for practice-based learning activities including lab work.

The University’s primary concern remains the physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, their families and the wider community. Nothing is more important to us.

On our COVID-19 webpages you will find further information for applicants and students, along with answers to some of the questions you may have.

With this degree you could become:


  • Research Science
  • Data Analytics
  • NHS Laboratories
  • Software Development
  • Industrial Science
  • Policy Making
  • Clinical Trial Management

Graduates from this course are now working for:


  • Analytics Engines
  • Bio Search
  • Fusion Antibodies
  • NI Clinical research - Royal Hospital
  • Genomics Medicine Ireland
  • Health and Social Care Trust (HSC) NI
  • Randox

Overview

Personalised Medicine gives you the skills to create the right treatment, for the right person, at the right time.

Summary

Study Personalised Medicine at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Personalised Medicine (also known as stratified medicine or precision medicine) is at the cutting edge of a new era in healthcare.

By learning how genes, lifestyle and the environment influence disease and affect the success of treatments, we can understand which treatments are best for each patient. Personalised Medicine involves discovering biomarkers (such as genes or proteins) that can determine who is at risk of developing a disease, how severe the disease will be and who will respond better to one therapy versus another, revolutionising how quickly patients receive effective treatment and transforming the efficiency of healthcare.

Personalised Medicine draws on molecular biology, data analytics and clinical practice to streamline healthcare, identifying ‘the right treatment, for the right person, at the right time.

Our course is taught by a team of experienced and active research scientists, with contributions from industry experts and hospital doctors. Our course received 100% overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey and 90% of graduates were in full time work or study within 6 months of graduation.

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About this course

About

The Personalised Medicine BSc Hons is a three-year, full-time course (or four years including placement in third year).

In year one students study six modules that establish a strong foundation in topics such as physiology, cell biology, immunology, data analytics and the ‘omics’ (genomics, proteomics and metabolomics).

Year two consists of six modules that develop your expertise further, with deeper data analytics and new informatics skills and the exploration of pharmacogenomics, DNA sequencing and the governance of clinical trials.

An optional placement year is available in year three that provides a wide range of opportunities for students to experience professional practice and to develop project management skills in an industrial, hospital or university environment.

Final year provides essential experience of neurology, clinical decision making, healthcare economics and the opportunity to complete of a research project (in one of data analysis, clinical science or basic science) with one of our active research groups.

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of disease systems, molecular pharmacology, genetic and proteomic biomarker discovery and validation, bioinformatics and data analytics applied to large patient and ‘omic’ datasets ('big data').

You will exit this course with a highly sought-after combination of expertise in biomedicine, bioinformatics and data analytics and will be well-equipped to become part of a rapidly expanding workforce on the cutting edge of scientific and medical progress. You will be well positioned for a career in research, the health service, and the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries.

The programme incorporates professional skills development in collaboration with a dedicated Industrial Liaison Committee, comprising over 30 industrial partners located throughout the UK, Ireland and the US, including companies like Randox Laboratories, Almac Diagnostics, GlaxoSmithKline and Aridhia.

Your future career will undoubtly improve patients’ quality of life through the development of better healthcare and smarter technologies to treat and manage diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer or immune disease.

BSc Personalised Medicine is delivered by a research active lecturing team, all with PhDs in relevant subject areas and with professional body recognition.

More widely, 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.

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.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

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Attendance

Full time.

Start dates

  • September 2020

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching is delivered by staff primarily through lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes, with additional presentations from industry and healthcare professionals.

Course materials are available online, offering you the flexibility to study at your own pace, any place and time. The course is assessed in a number of ways to allow us to provide you with valuable feedback on your progress including class tests, coursework, lab practicals and formal examinations.

All students are assigned a studies advisor who provides personal support and pastoral care during their studies.

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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:

    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

Our course acheived 100% overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey and 90% of our graduates were either in full time work or study 6 months after graduation.

Our course is delivered and managed by the following team. All team members are Fellows of the Higher Education Aacdemy.

Dr Paula McClean, Course Director, Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Diabetes and Mental Health)

Dr Steven Watterson, Associate Course Director, Lecturer in Computational Biology (Hypertension)

Dr David Gibson, Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Dr William Duddy, Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Bioinformatics)

Dr Elaine Murray, Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Mental Health),

Dr Sarah Atkinson, Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Vision)

Dr Shu-Dong Zhang, Senior Lecturer (Bioinformatics)

Dr Taranjit Singh Rai, Lecturer in Cellular Ageing

Dr Priyank Shukla, Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Bioinformatics)

Dr Kyle Matchett, Lecturer in Molecular Immunology

Dr Catriona Kelly, Senior Lecturer (Diabetes)

Dr Stephanie Duguez, Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Musculoskeletal Health)

Dr Victoria McGilligan, Lecturer in Stratified Medicine (Inflammatory Disease)

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.

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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

Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Year: 1

This module aims to provide an introduction to the structure, biochemistry, metabolism and function of key biological macromolecules including nucleic acids, carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Students will construct knowledge of the building blocks of key biochemicals which are essential to cell function and human health. students will explore the relationship between macromolecule structure and function in the context of cell biology, human health and disease. Through practical classes which are designed to complement central concepts, students will have the opportunity to reinforce and develop their theoretical knowledge base.

Anatomy and Systems Based Physiology

Year: 1

This module will introduce fundamental aspects of anatomy and physiology under conditions of health. Students will learn how a range of anatomical systems function in the normal state, which will prepare them for the study of disease pathophysiology in later semesters.

Mathematical Methods

Year: 1

This module establishes the fundamental concepts of data handling and analysis . Students will learn the fundamental mathematics required to process and analyse data and the fundamental programming concepts required to implement analysis. This modules will establish a critical level of literacy in applied mathematics and computing that is applicable across all quantitative sciences.

Genetic Inheritance and Genetic Variation in Human Disease

Year: 1

This module will introduce the basic principles of genetic inheritance, from Mendelian laws to examples of autosomal, sex-linked and maternal human inheritance patterns, and provide a solid grounding in mathematical calculations for assessing the probability of inheriting different types of genetic traits. The topic of epigenetics and trans-generational epigenetic inheritance will also be introduced, alongside a consideration of genetic variation and its relationship to disease susceptibility. The genetics of whole populations will be considered, how allele and genotypic frequencies are calculated, and how they change within a population due to evolutionary pressures. The module will also cover methods for the analysis of large and small-scale DNA changes, as will statistical methods for population-based genetic association mapping. Underlining this will be real world examples of how genetic analysis methods can be applied for biomarker discovery in relation to drug response and disease risk.

Biocomputing and Programming

Year: 1

This module will provide an understanding of computer programming and its use within basic research and applied research and practice.

Inflammatory and Immunological Disease

Year: 1

The purpose of this module is to describe key immune/inflammatory disease causes, effects on sufferers, clinical management strategies, molecular pathways of disease and the potential application of stratified medicine.

Year two

Pharmacology and Pharmcogenomics

Year: 2

This module will introduce the basic principles of how drugs work in the body and how individual variation (including genetics) can hamper this process. This is particularly relevant to the concept of non-response - something that is targeted with stratified medicine. Worked examples of specific disease states will help students understand the complexity of the pharmacological treatment pathways and how stratification may aid these processes.

Statistical and Computing Methods

Year: 2

This module develops fundamental knowledge and understanding of statistical and computing methods, training students with the practical skills to implement and/or apply these methods using a statistical computing language to tackle typical data analytic tasks in biomedical sciences and stratified medicine.

Cellular and Molecular Pathophysiology

Year: 2

This module will introduce fundamental aspects of disease systems and treatment approaches in stratified medicine covering topics ranging from the classification of disease to current and emerging trends in therapeutics. Through a short report, and regular lab report forms accompanied by extensive verbal and written feedback, the students will put in practice their theory from the lectures and develop skills to identify current and emerging clinical questions for stratified medicine.

Biomedical Informatics

Year: 2

This module will provide an understanding of biomedical informatics and its use within basic research and applied research and practice.

DNA Sequencing and Omic Technologies

Year: 2

This module aims to provide an introduction to current DNA sequencing methods for the analysis of genes, genomes, epigenomes, microbiomes and transcriptomes, as well as other technologies used for the analysis of proteomes and metabolomes. Key terminologies and definitions are introduced, and the evolution of DNA sequencing platforms from Sanger to more modern day 2nd and 3rd generation methods considered, as well as the application of Mass spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance for proteomic and metabolomics analysis. The module will also provide a basic grounding in computational analysis of NGS sequencing data, and complex high dimensional data for other 'OMIC' methods. Underlining this will be real world examples of how OMIC methods can be applied for biomarker discovery in big data and identification of disease pathways that could be targeted by the development of new drugs or drug repurposing.

Ethics, Regulatory process and Clinical Trial Design

Year: 2

This module is designed to provide an understanding of the concepts of ethics, research and clinical governance and regulatory processes. The module also covers clinical trial methodology and design. As part of this module students complete Research Integrity training, Human Tissue Act training and the National Institute for Health Research Good Clinical Practice (NIHR GCP) training, which are a legal requirement, to conduct research projects related to human samples from NHS patients, in placements and final year research projects.

Year three

Placement: Diploma in Professional Practice (International) (DPP/DPPI)

Year: 3

This module is optional

This placement experience is designed to provide an insight into the world of work, to consolidate knowledge and skills acquired during the first two years and to promote the development of transferable skills.

Year four

Multi-omics and Systems Biology

Year: 4

This module develops key concepts in systems biology and omics data analysis, providing hands-on experience of cutting-edge analytical tools and approaches, with a strong emphasis on making sense of omics data and systems models in their biomedical context. Students will learn the importance of interpreting analytical output in its biological and biomedical context - translating raw data into biological meaning. Graduates will possess a robust conceptual framework that facilitates understanding of analytical approaches across the many different types of omics data, and skills and confidence in their ability to analyze, interpret, and effectively communicate systems biology models and omics data analysis.

Clinical or Fundamental research design

Year: 4

This module seeks to guide students to use their skills and knowledge acquired to date to (1) challenge the scientific literature, and (2) to generate hypothesis and develop clinical or fundamental research plan, in a disease area of their choice, that may inform future stratification of patients. Through the module students will use their presentation skills, capacity to work together, as well as their capacity to develop and structure ideas.

Clinical decision making and health economics

Year: 4

This module explores the development of new personalised medicine products, from idea inception to performance evaluation and clinical uptake. It explores personalised medicine from the regulatory and clinician's point of view, examining existing and emerging technologies and systems. It provides an appreciation of the regulation and clinical guidance which is required to ensure the use of tests are evidence-based and considers the impact of their application to patient management including the economic cost-benefit analysis.

Clinical Research Project

Year: 4

This module provides students with experience of an independent original scientific research study. It provides experience of planning, organisation, conduct, critical analysis and reporting/presentation of research study findings. Students will complete an individual research project on a topic relevant to current research in Personalised Medicine. Graduates will have experienced independent, supervised, original research, and been provided with an opportunity to plan a research project, identify/resolve ethical issues, collect and analyse data, present and defend their findings, and write a scientific paper.

Applied Bioinformatics

Year: 4

This module will integrate and apply bioinformatics skills acquired throughout the course, providing experience of working as a team on computational projects relevant to stratified medicine, and preparing students for such roles in the working environment. Students will use competencies in data analysis gained from the rest of the Personalized Medicine course, and apply these to real-world bioinformatics problems. Graduates will be prepared for entry into biomedical data analysis roles, and be confident to contribute as part of a data analytics team, being capable to integrate and select from a wide range of analytical skills, and to apply those skills in the wider context of Personalized Medicine.

Personalised Medicine: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Year: 4

This module provides an overview of aetiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders and integrates this knowledge with an understanding of the role of a personalised medicine approach to clinical management strategies.

Standard 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

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include 2 science subjects – 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B
Group A: Information Technology, Digital Technology, Physics, Mathematics or a comparably numerate subject
Group B: Biology, Chemistry, Double Award Science, Double Award Life and Health Sciences

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

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) award profile DDD in an acceptable science discipline.

Overall BTEC National Extended Diploma (RQF) award profile DDM in an acceptable science discipline.

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of 4 subjects at Higher Level and 1 at Ordinary Level, including 1 from Group 1 and 1 from Group 2, and English and Maths at O4/H6 or above.

Group 1 - Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Digital Technology or a comparably numerate subject

Group 2 - Biology, Chemistry, Double Award Science, Double Award Life and Health Science

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC to include Grade B in 2 science subjects – 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B
Group A: Information Technology, Digital Technology, Physics, Mathematics or a comparably numerate subject
Group B: Biology, Chemistry, Double Award Science.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC to include 2 science subjects – 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B
Group A: Information Technology, Digital Technology, Physics, Mathematics or a comparably numerate subject
Group B: Biology, Chemistry, Double Award Science.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (to include minimum 13 at higher level) to include 2 science subjects – 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B
Group A: Information Technology, Digital Technology, Physics, Mathematics or a comparably numerate subject
Group B: Biology, Chemistry, Double Award Science.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access course (120 credits) with an overall mark of 65%, to include 65% in Level 3 modules Physics, Biology and Chemistry, NICATs Maths (25 credits) or Maths 1 & 2.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Grade C or 4 or above in English, Mathematics and 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 for Tier 4 visa purposes.

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

Additional Entry Requirements

Satisfactory health screening will be required.

Acceptable alternative qualifications include:

HND:

Pass HND in an acceptable science discipline with overall Merit to include 60 distinctions in level 5 credits

HNC:

Pass HNC in an acceptable science discipline with overall Distinction to include 90 distinctions in level 4 credits

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:

2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

A Level and BTEC National Diploma

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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:

Generally, for undergraduate courses for international applicants we require equivalent to A-Level CCC, for these courses the entry requirements will be one of the following:

Qualification

  • Qualification High School diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 1000 out of 1600 in SAT (Post March 2016)
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and grades 3,3,3 in 3 AP subjects
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 580 in 3 subject specific SAT tests
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 26 in ACT
  • Associate Degree with GPA 3.0

Please note that some courses will have subject specific entry requirements, please check the relevant course entry requirements in the undergraduate on-line prospectus. If there is a subject specific requirement you will be required to get 580 in the Subject Specific SAT or Grade 3 in the Subject Specific AP test.

Some courses may also have additional entry criteria, such as a Skype interview, submission of a satisfactory portfolio, criminal record check or health check, please check the relevant course entry requirements in the undergraduate on-line prospectus.

For courses that require GCSE Mathematics Grade C, you will be required to successfully complete Grade 12 in High School Diploma Mathematics.

Some courses have higher entry requirements, please see list below;


BSc Hons Optometry

(A-level ABB to include 2 science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics or equivalent)

Qualification

To include one of the following:

  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and grades 5,4,4 in 3 AP subjects to include 2 science subjects
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 1200 out of 1600 in SAT and 650 in 2 subject specific SAT, to include 2 science subjects
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 28 in ACT and 2 AP subjects grades 4,4, to include 2 science subjects
  • Associate Degree with GPA 3.2 in an appropriate science subject

    In addition to both of the following:
  • Successful completion of Grade 12 High school Diploma English and Mathematics
  • A satisfactory criminal record check and health screening

MPharm Pharmacy

(A-Level BBB to include Chemistry and 1 science from Mathematics, Physics or Biology or equivalent)

Qualification

To include one of the following:

  • Qualification High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and grades 4,4,4 in 3 AP subjects to include Chemistry and one other science
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 1200 out of 1600 in SAT and 630 in 2 subject specific SAT to include Chemistry and one other science
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 28 in ACT and 2 AP subjects Grades 4,4 to include Chemistry and 1 other science
  • Associate Degree with GPA 3.2 in an appropriate science subject

    In addition to both of the following:
  • Successful completion of Grade 12 High school Diploma English and Mathematics
  • A satisfactory criminal record check and health screening

BSc Hons Nursing (Adult) and BSc Hons Nursing (Mental Health)

(A-Level BBC or equivalent)

Qualification

To include one of the following:

  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and grades 4,4,3 in 3 AP subjects
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 1150 out of 1600 in SAT (Post March 2016)
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 600 in 3 Subject Specific SAT tests
  • High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and 28 in ACT
  • Associate Degree with GPA 3.1

    In addition to all of the following:
  • Successful completion of Grade 12 High school Diploma English and Mathematics
  • A satisfactory Skype interview
  • A satisfactory criminal record check and health screening

Financial Information

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

English Language

Qualification
Level 12 English Lang in HSD

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Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Analytics Engines
  • Bio Search
  • Fusion Antibodies
  • NI Clinical research - Royal Hospital
  • Genomics Medicine Ireland
  • Health and Social Care Trust (HSC) NI
  • Randox

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Research Science
  • Data Analytics
  • NHS Laboratories
  • Software Development
  • Industrial Science
  • Policy Making
  • Clinical Trial Management

Career options

Your future

The Personalised Medicine course was created in response to demand from science and industry for graduates with a multidisciplinary skill set. Our Industrial Liaison Committee provides us with continual feedback to ensure that the skills of our graduates align critically with the needs of science and industry.

You will exit this course with a highly sought after combination of expertise in disease pathology, laboratory techniques, bioinformatics and data analytics. You will be equipped to become part of a rapidly expanding workforce on the cutting edge of scientific and medical progress. You will be well positioned for a career in research, the health service, or the pharmaceutical or diagnostics industries.

Your future career will improve the quality of life of patients by contributing to the provision of better healthcare and smarter technologies that treat and manage diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer or immune disease.

Work placement / study abroad

An optional placement year is available in the third year of study.

The placement provides a wide range of opportunities for students to experience professional practice and undertake scientifically and commercially relevent project work in an industrial, hospital or university environment.

Students benefit by greatly improving their practical abilities, time management, organisational and interpersonal skills, project management skills and by starting to develop their network of professional contacts. These factors all help to improve employability.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2020

Fees and funding

Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information

Fees illustrated are based on 20/21 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU: £4,395.00

England, Scotland, Wales and the Islands: £9,250.00  Discounts available

International: £14,480.00 Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Almac Best Overall Final Year Student Award

Almac Best Final Year Project Student Award

Additional mandatory costs

Health screening and vaccinations

Costs for 2019: £35 - £175 dependent on vaccinations required

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

If you would like to contact us

E: study@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

E: internationaladmissions@ulster.ac.uk

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School of Biomedical Sciences

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  1. The University endeavours to deliver courses and programmes of study in accordance with the description set out in this prospectus. The University’s prospectus is produced at the earliest possible date in order to provide maximum assistance to individuals considering applying for a course of study offered by the University. The University makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in the prospectus is accurate but it is possible that some changes will occur between the date of printing and the start of the academic year to which it relates. Please note that the University’s website is the most up-to-date source of information regarding courses and facilities and we strongly recommend that you always visit the website before making any commitments.
  2. Although reasonable steps are taken to provide the programmes and services described, the University cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility and the University may make variations to the contents or methods of delivery of courses, discontinue, merge or combine courses and introduce new courses if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key staff, changes in legislation or government policy including changes, if any, resulting from the UK departing the European Union, withdrawal or reduction of funding or other circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control.
  3. If the University discontinues any courses, it will use its best endeavours to provide a suitable alternative course. In addition, courses may change during the course of study and in such circumstances the University will normally undertake a consultation process prior to any such changes being introduced and seek to ensure that no student is unreasonably prejudiced as a consequence of any such change.
  4. The University does not accept responsibility (other than through the negligence of the University, its staff or agents), for the consequences of any modification or cancellation of any course, or part of a course, offered by the University but will take into consideration the effects on individual students and seek to minimise the impact of such effects where reasonably practicable.
  5. The University cannot accept any liability for disruption to its provision of educational or other services caused by circumstances beyond its control, but the University will take all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to such services.

Testimonials

"Being part of a smaller class is such an advantage. You’re a person on this course – you’re not a student number on a set of assessments. The lectures get to know you, you get to know them, and they genuinely want you to do well!" Sarah McDaid-McCloskey, Current undergraduate

“A placement experience has been invaluable. It allowed me to grow as an individual, by putting the working environment into perspective and scoping out the direction of where I would like my career to progress.” Jessica Shaw, Graduate 2020.

"The delivery of course content is interactive and easy to follow, through lectures and laboratory-based practicals, provided by lecturers with vast experience in their individual fields. The lecturers are incredible - delivering stimulating lectures with relevant content, along with their unwavering support and guidance to encourage students to reach their academic and professional goals. Stratified Medicine is truly a one-of-a-kind degree. I would unquestionably recommend Ulster University and Stratified Medicine to anyone; they will not regret enrolling." Sophie Knox, Graduate 2020.

"I would not hesitate to recommend Ulster University, and in particular Stratified Medicine, to anyone. The Stratified Medicine course is packed with a rich variety of modules, carefully selected to give a well-rounded education in programming, medicine, and science – highly sought-after skills in the current and future market. The lecturing staff make the content interesting and easy to engage in. During my time studying, our lecturers supported us throughout, encouraging us to pursue our potential, and providing an approachable and interactive environment in class. Stratified Medicine translates cutting edge scientific, medical and computational approaches to clinical application, it is a course for those who wish to find their passion and make a difference." Meabh O'Shea, Graduate 2018