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Flexible, part-time, on-campus BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, supported by online teaching

Summary

Study Biomedical Science at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

BSc Hons Biomedical Science 6 years part time; the teaching is a mixture of on campus teaching and online teaching.

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About this course

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About

Biomedical science is concerned with understanding how diseases develop and how they may affect the normal functioning of the body. The aim of the discipline is the investigation of the disease process and, ultimately, the development of methods for monitoring, diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.

Competencies in both personal and interpersonal skills have been given priority in the design of the course content, together with a firm knowledge and understanding of science. The excellent reputation of the course has meant that graduates have been extremely successful in finding high-level career employment and are readily accepted for higher degree programmes at the world’s greatest universities.

Attendance

Part-time with a mixture of on campus teaching and online learning.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

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.

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Year one

Biochemistry

Year: 1

This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamental biochemical pathways, an understanding of which are necessary for the further study of life and health sciences. The structure, function and metabolism of biological macromolecules and the regulation of the pathways involved in their metabolism are discussed in detail

Medical Cell Biology

Year: 1

This module will enable students to develop an understanding of the cellular basis of life and the relevance of studies of cell structure and function at the molecular level to human disease. In addition, it will provide a foundation for further studies in genetics, microbiology, histology and biochemistry.

Chemistry in Practice

Year: 1

This module introduces general descriptive, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and the principles underlying chemical properties and reactions of simple organic and inorganic compounds

Professional Skills

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to biomedical science as a science discipline and as a profession, explaining the relationship between the domains of good technical practice. This module will also introduce and allow students to practice a number of essential communications skills and team-working skills that are required by biomedical science profession and in research.

Year two

Human Physiology & Anatomy

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.

Bioanalytical Chemistry

Year: 2

This module develops an understanding in fundamental aspects of bioanalysis for the life and health sciences. The module introduces modern analytical technologies applied to the analysis of biomolecules including; chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and immunochemical analysis.

Biostatistics

Year: 2

An introduction to the basic statistical methods essential to scientific analysis and the use of

selective software packages for the analysis and presentation of data. Teaching includes lectures and computer laboratory classes.

Cellular pathology

Year: 2

This module provides an introduction to the collection, processing and staining of cells and tissues for histological and cytological examination. The applications of these techniques in cellular pathology are described and their usefulness assessed. The role of histopathological and cytopathological methods in the identification and diagnosis of disease is evaluated.

Year three

Haematology and transfusion science

Year: 3

This module provides a comprehensive overview of key concepts in haematology and transfusion science, with emphasis on their relevance in health and disease, as well as an appreciation of the application of these concepts in clinical practice. It provides the student with the appropriate knowledge and intellectual skills necessary to work in a routine or research laboratory setting and underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.

Clinical biochemistry

Year: 3

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

Applied 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. Practical experience of contemporary molecular biological techniques is also provided. Advances in molecular genetics and the human genome project are also discussed and provide an appreciation of the potential for improved diagnostics and therapeutics

Pathophysiology

Year: 3

This module is designed to provide understanding of key concepts in pathology sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences

Year four

Microbiology

Year: 4

This module provides insight into the major historical events, discoveries, disciplines, activities and relevance of microorganisms to the different areas of human activity. A major goal is to provide a foundation for understanding and learning microbiology as a biological science and its relation to our public health and the environment.

Biology of disease 1 - Infection and immunity

Year: 4

This module provides a detailed insight into the interaction between a microbial pathogen and its human host. The interaction between micro-organisms and the immune defence mechanism is highlighted. Consideration is also given to the use of vaccines and chemotherapy to avoid and eliminate infection. The module is taught by a combination of lectures and seminars with online supplementary materials where appropriate

Immunology

Year: 4

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the key concepts in immunology sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences

Year five

Biomedical professional practice

Year: 5

This module introduces core principles of professional practice in Biomedical Science sufficient to underpin further study.

Biology of disease 2 - Molecular pathology

Year: 5

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 will underpin further study in Biomedical Sciences.

Pharmacology and Evidence-Based Practice

Year: 5

This module provides an understanding biomedical pharmacology with an emphasis on development and application of pharmacology in evidence-based practice.

Year six

Investigative project

Year: 6

This Investigative Project is an independent piece of work completed by the student, designed to develop key research and transferable skills in a discipline relevant to biomedical sciences/biosciences.

Human and Molecular Genetics

Year: 6

The module considers in depth, key areas of genetics and introduces specialised topics based on recent advances and current considerations in the human and molecular genetics field. The application of available genomic/SNP data towards stratified and personalised medicine will be discussed.

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.

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A level

A minimum of 260 UCAS tariff points to include grades BC (including 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 – Physical Education, Geography, Information Technology, Environmental Technology

Applied Science Double Award is acceptable as 2 sciences

BTEC

260 UCAS tariff points - pass overall BTEC Extended Diploma with DMM (appropriate science disciplines only acceptable).

Irish Leaving Certificate

260 UCAS tariff points to include BBCCC (to include 2 science subjects as above).

Applicants are also required to have ILC Higher level English and Maths grade D or above OR ILC Ordinary level at grade C or above.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Certificate in Foundation Studies / Access Course (appropriate science disciplines only acceptable) with an overall average of 60%.

GCSE

You must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements and have GCSE 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 for Tier 4 visa purposes.

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

Additional Entry Requirements

As part of your course you may have a placement / project that involves contact with patients and/or potential exposure to human blood / tissue. At that time you will be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form which will include information about your vaccination history.
Following screening of your form, it may be necessary for you to meet with a nurse or for a medical to be arranged with the University Occupational Health Physician. Depending on the exact nature of your placement / project you may require immunity from Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chicken pox and Tuberculosis and/or have completed a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations with subsequent positive serology results.
You will be advised further should the need for health screening and vaccination arise.

In addition to the qualifications listed above, we accept a range of alternative qualifications for example HND, HNC, Foundation Degree.

Applicants may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS (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

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on telephone 028 7012 4159 or E: science@ulster.ac.uk.

Teaching and learning assessment

Learning and teaching in biomedical sciences is normally through a combination of face-to-face lectures, hands-on practical classes, tutorials, seminars, problem-based learning and computer –assisted learning.

Assessment in modules is through a combination of coursework completed during the semester and/or sessional written examinations.

Coursework can take the form of practical reports, written assignments, class tests, presentations, case studies and dissertations.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Most students are already in employment. A Biomedical Scientist can specialize in several areas; as a healthcare scientist, their role is the diagnosis of disease, an evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment and screening via the analysis of fluids and tissue samples from patients; as a research scientist, working at the cutting edge of research to develop new technologies, tests and treatments for the detection, monitoring or treatment of disease; as a teacher, in science at post primary or as a lecturer in third level education; as a scientific writer; numerous opportunities exist for the qualified Biomedical Scientist.

Work placement / study abroad

Most students undertaking this part-time course are already in employment.

Selected students may have the opportunity to extend their studies to take a MBiomedSci degree by research on placement in USA.

Professional recognition

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Apply

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Additional mandatory costs

If you require health screening/vaccinations the costs range from £35 - £155 depending on what vaccinations are required.

Contact

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4159

E: science@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Professor PR Flatt

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4419

E: pr.flatt@ulster.ac.uk