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IBMS accredited BSc Honours articulation pathway for biomedical science sub-degree graduates.
At some point in our lives we all benefit from the services of a Biomedical Scientist. For example, through the screening of patients, the diagnosis of disease and evaluation of the effectiveness of a treatment or research to develop new healthcare technologies, diagnostic tests or treatments for disease or education or scientific writing. The overall purpose of the course is to provide an academically challenging and vocationally relevant science education for those Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biosciences or Healthcare Sciences graduates or equivalent sub-degree graduates working in a clinical healthcare setting in Life Sciences, the pharmaceutical industry or other areas of biomedical science, producing competent graduates to meet local regional and national needs. The course aims to provide opportunities for students to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of biomedical science, human health and disease Develop core skills necessary to evaluate and to undertake research in biomedical sciences 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 sciences.
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About this course
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- IBMS accredited BSc Honours articulation pathway for biomedical science sub degree graduates
- Cost-effective healthcare science continuing professional development for associate practitioners
- Fully online, offering flexible learning and study pace
- Employers benefit through your enhanced research, professional practice and key skills, and knowledge of biology of disease and subject specialisms
2 years (part-time) plus an additional semester, if required, for a bridging module(s).
- September 2017
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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Molecular Biology and Genetics
This module is optional
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.
Physiology and Anatomy of the Human Body
This module is optional
This module provides an introduction to the study of human physiology and anatomy to underpin further study of the pathophysiology in health and disease.
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 bioscience data sets.
Biology of Disease 4: Pathobiology
This module is designed to provide understanding of key concepts in pathology sufficient to underpin further study in healthcare sciences.
This module provides an introduction to the biology of microorganisms that cause human infection. A major goal is to provide an appreciation of the experimental and diagnostic techniques that underpin the discipline. The module presents a range of diseases and explores the diversity of pathogenic mechanisms in operation. An important focus on recent advances in our understanding of host-microbe interactions is also considered with a discussion of the role of microorganisms in the health of the host.
This module provides knowledge of key concepts in fundamental and clinical immunology and understanding of the value of applying such knowledge in clinical environments.
This module provides the student with the appropriate knowledge and intellectual skills necessary to work in a routine and research laboratory setting. The module is designed to meet the changing needs of the cellular pathology laboratory and as such will provide up-to-date theoretical knowledge combined with practical laboratory based work experience.
Project: Applied Biosciences
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 etutor. 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.
Professional Practice in Healthcare Science
This module develops core principles of professional practice in Healthcare Science.
Haematology and transfusion science
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.
This module is designed to provide an understanding in clinical biochemistry sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.
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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School leavers cannot apply for this course.
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
1. hold a Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences, Biomedical and Applied Science, Biomedical Studies, Healthcare Science (Biomedical Science), Human Biosciences, Medical Science or closely related subject
2. hold a BTEC HND or National Diploma/BSc (Ord) qualification in the life sciences from an institution of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, the Council of National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education Training and Awards Council, or from an institution of a country recognised as being of an equivalent standard in an approved qualification
AND (c) be employed as a medical laboratory assistant, trainee biomedical scientist or equivalent in a hospital or research laboratory or have access to similar medical facilities
AND (d) be able to fulfil requirements for laboratory practical sessions. If applicants work in, or have access to approved training laboratories in the NHS or equivalent their practical sessions can be carried out at their place of work. Otherwise, the required practical sessions must be carried out over 2-3 days on up to two occasions at the University laboratories in Coleraine.
Applicants who do not have Physiology and Anatomy of the Human Body within their sub-degree studies must take the bridging Physiology and Anatomy (Level 4) module, which requires attendance at practical sessions over 1 day at the University laboratories in Coleraine. Applicants who do not have Molecular Biology and Genetics within their sub-degree studies or have a Foundation Degree which only includes 100 credits at Level 5 must take the bridging Molecular Biology and Genetics (Level 5) module, which requires either attendance at practical sessions over 2 consecutive days at the University laboratories in Coleraine or completion of the specified practical sessions in their work place.
Teaching and learning assessment
Structure & content
Bridging modules: Physiology and Anatomy of the Human Body (20 credits at level 4) Optional Molecular Biology and Genetics (20 credits at level 5) Optional Basic knowledge of Human anatomy and physiology, and Genetics and molecular biology is required within an accredited Biomedical Science degree by the IBMS. If you have little or no formal learning experience in one or both of these subjects then you will need to take the bridging module(s).
Year 1 Semester I (level 6) Medical Microbiology (15 credits) Compulsory; and Clinical Immunology (15 credits) Compulsory. The Medical Microbiology module introduces the biology of microorganisms that cause human infection and explores the diversity of pathogenic mechanisms in operation for a range of diseases. Experimental and diagnostic techniques that underpin the discipline are also presented. The Clinical immunology module provides knowledge of key concepts in fundamental and clinical immunology and understanding of the value of applying such knowledge in clinical environments.
Semester II (level 6) Biology of Disease 4: Pathobiology (10 credits) Compulsory; Research Skills (10 credits) Compulsory; and Cellular Pathology (15 credits) Compulsory The Biology of Disease 4: Pathobiology module provides an in-depth understanding of key concepts in pathobiology for study in the biomedical sciences. The Research Skills module effectively ‘paves the way’ for the Project: Applied Biosciences module, enabling students to secure an Honours project topic and select appropriate methodologies in order to achieve project goals. The Cellular Pathology module is designed to meet the changing needs of the cellular pathology laboratory and as such will provide up-to-date theoretical knowledge combined with practical laboratory based work experience.
Year 2 Semester I (level 6) Haematology and Transfusion Science (15 credits) Compulsory; and Project: Applied Biosciences (15 credits) Compulsory. The taught 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. The Project must include an element of primary data collection, and it requires students to carry out a piece of independent research, under supervision, in an area of bioscience, which typically draws on the student’s work-place, or is selected from a list of staff specified, non-laboratory based (dry) projects.
Semester II (level 6) Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits) Compulsory; and Professional Practice in Healthcare Science (10 credits) Compulsory. The Clinical Biochemistry module is designed to provide an understanding in clinical biochemistry sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences. The Professional Practice module develops the core principles of professional practice in Biomedical Science. Learning and Teaching Students will participate in an induction on how to be an effective online learner and how to use the Blackboard Learn virtual learning environment. Subject specific e-tutors support students to engage in a range of teaching and learning methods. Students participate in Blackboard Learn posted online lectures, many of which are inclusive of problem based interactive tasks. Through the University’s online library, students gain access to their directed reading, which is primarily in the form of journal articles, although some modules do recommend a required text book. Students participate in e-tutor supported online activities and discussions, and in online self-assessment quizzes. Whilst the course is undertaken via distance learning, there are some laboratory practical sessions within the Physiology and Anatomy, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Haematology and Transfusion Science, Clinical Biochemistry and Cellular Pathology modules as part of the IBMS requirements to meet the competencies listed under 3.1. The Physiology and Anatomy practicals must be untertaken at Coleraine on 1 day. For the other four modules, there are 2 options for completing the practical classes in the modules. The first option is to complete the practical component at your place of work - this only applies to students who work or have access to IBMS approved training labs in the NHS or equivalent. The work is overseen by a student’s guarantor (usually the training officer) and submitted online. The second option is intensive practical workshops which take place at the Ulster University Laboratories in Coleraine during the semester of module delivery. These sessions are typically 1-2 days for each module.
Assessment: Students will be assessed by a combination of Coursework and Examinations. Students undertake traditional written examinations on both bridging modules and six of the nine level 6 modules, either at the Coleraine campus or in their locality through the “Guarantor system”. If a student opts to take his or her examinations via the “Guarantor system” then he or she must nominate a line manager or professional to administer his or her exams under University of Ulster specified conditions. Coursework includes essays, lab reports, critical reviews, plans, reflective statements, class tests, journal based learning, case study reports, practical reports, problem solving/data interpretation, and research papers.
Exemptions and transferability
No exemptions from completion of the level 6 modules can be given, as 120 credit points studied at the highest level at the University is the absolute minimum required by the Qualification Framework for the University to be able to award a BSc Honours degree.
Careers & opportunities
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Biomedical Science graduates take up a wide range of employment opportunities. For example, in the NHS and health agency laboratories as Biomedical Scientists, pharamaceutical research and development, 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 postgraduate medicine, MSc programmes in biomedical science, including the University’s own very successful part-time, distance learning MSc Programme, and postgraduate research within this University and elsewhere.
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
Biomedical Sciences at Ulster 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. In 2014 we are also ranked as one of the top-5 UK universities in which to to study biomedical science. Through exposure to an internationally recognised 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.
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy
Additional mandatory costs
If required to study the Physiology and Anatomy module, you will have to bear the cost of travel and subsistence for a one-day laboratory practical session at Coleraine. If required to study the Molecular Biology and Genetics module, and can not do the laboratory parcticals at your place of work, you will have to bear the cost of travel and subsistence for a two-day laboratory practical session at Coleraine. In addition, if you can not do the laboratory parcticals in Haematology and Transfusion Science and/or Clinical Biochemistry and/or Celluar Pathology at your place of work, you will have to bear the cost of travel and subsistence to do the required 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.