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Education for biomedical sciences; 3 year full time on campus programme.

Summary

Study Biomedical Science at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

BSc Hons Biomedical Science 3 years full time.

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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

3 years full-time

There is an option of a 4th year (3 year BSc(Hons) + 1year) allowing you to study in the USA at a top research laboratory and gain an integrated Masters degree (MBiomedSci). The US lab is at the University of Indianapolis. With this option you undertake online learning in the first semester (45 credit points) in addition to your duties in the host laboratory. The projects currently on offer range from developmental cardiology, eye diseases (such as diabetic retinopathy and retinoblastoma) as well as projects on chronic pulmonary disease.

Start dates

  • September 2017
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

Human Physiology & Anatomy

Year: 1

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

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

Bioanalytical Chemistry

Year: 1

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.

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.

Biostatistics

Year: 1

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.

Year two

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.

Haematology and transfusion science

Year: 2

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: 2

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

Biomedical professional practice

Year: 2

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

Applied Genetics

Year: 2

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

Microbiology

Year: 2

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.

Pathophysiology

Year: 2

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

Immunology

Year: 2

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 three

Investigative project

Year: 3

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: 3

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.

Biology of disease 1 - Infection and immunity

Year: 3

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

Biology of disease 2 - Molecular pathology

Year: 3

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: 3

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

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

Grades BBB to include two science subjects – 2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B

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

Group B – Physical Education, Geography, IT, Applied Science, Environmental Technology/Science

Applied Science Double Award is also acceptable as two sciences

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

BTEC

Pass overall BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM to include 9 Distinctions (BTEC must be science-based).

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grades H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 to include two science subjects - 2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B

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

Group B – PE, Geography, IT

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

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC to include BB in two science subjects – 2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B

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

Group B – Physical Education, Geography, IT, Applied Science, Environmental Technology/Science

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades CCC to include two science subjects – 2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B

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

Group B – Physical Education, Geography, IT, Applied Science, Environmental Technology/Science

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points to include 13 points at higher level to include two science subjects as follows:

2 from Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B

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

Group B – PE, Geography, IT, Applied Science

At least 6 points must be achieved in each of the two science subjects.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Pass science-based Access course with a minimum overall mark of 70% and a minimum of 70% in each level 3 module.

GCSE

You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at grade C(or grade 4) or above (or equivalent). You must also hold a GCSE pass in Mathematics and Chemistry or Double Award Science at grade C(or grade 4) or above (or equivalent).

Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Essential / Key Skill in Application of Number is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

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

Acceptable alternative qualifications include:

Pass HND with overall Merit to include 60 distinctions in level 5 credits/units may be specified

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 90 distinctions in level 4 credits/units may be specified.

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

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4159 or E: science@ulster.ac.uk

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.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

A Biomedical Sciences graduate can specialize in several areas; as a healthcare scientist working in a clinical laboratory (following completion of a professional portfolio to register for clinical practice), 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.

Professional recognition

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Apply

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

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£12,890.00 - Please note that International tuition fees shown are for last year's entry.

Additional mandatory costs

You may require health screening and vaccinations - current costs for this range from £35 - 155 depending on the vaccinations required.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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

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