Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours
Alternative attendance modes for this course
Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
View course-specific entry requirements
Typical offer for September 2017:
|A Levels||BBC to include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma||DMM/D*D* in Applied Science|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction with at least a Merit in all Biology or Chemistry modules.|
GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.
Biomedical science is concerned with the detailed study of the human body, both in health and disease, with emphasis on the diagnosis and understanding of disease states and the mechanisms involved. This course has been designed to prepare students for careers in medical diagnostic, pharmaceutical and research environments. It provides you with a thorough education in the disciplines required to understand and investigate disease, and enables you to develop your career in a variety of pathways in biomedical sciences.
Initially you will study the important fundamental sciences, including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology.
You will develop your understanding of disease processes and the biology of the associated molecular changes, combined with the principles of lab procedures used to aid diagnosis. You will also study immunology, pathophysiology and medical genetics within the context of human health and disease processes. In Year 3 you will focus on the study of the complex nature of disease as it affects particular biological systems.
The study of disease processes centres on underlying physiological mechanisms and the lab procedures used in haematology, clinical immunology, cellular and molecular pathology, and medical microbiology, to diagnose and monitor disease.
A major research project will enable you to develop the skills you need for genuine scientiﬁc inquiry.
Teaching includes lectures and seminars, practical laboratory work, group activities and tutorials, and supervised use of facilities. Assessment is through a combination of exams and coursework (including essays, practical work, group work, presentations and reports).
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Application of Biological Sciences
- Biological Chemistry
- Cell Biology
- Critical Skills for the Biomedical Sciences
- Functional Anatomy
- Fundamentals of Pharmacology
- Human Physiology
- Principles of Nutrition
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Applied Pathobiology
- Human Parasitology
- Medical Genetics and Genomics
- Medical Genetics in Practice
- Medical Physiology
- Metabolic biochemistry
- Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics
- Infection and Immunity
- Research Methods
Sandwich placement year
The sandwich placement is an excellent opportunity to experience the reality of work, usually in a biomedical diagnostics laboratory, pharmaceutical industry or a research institute. You will put into practice what you have learned at the University, learn new skills and gain hands-on laboratory experience. All placement opportunities are competitive and you will have the support and guidance of your department, the Career Development Centre and the University’s Placement Ofﬁcer.
As part of the placement year you will undertake an academic module which will contribute to your degree and, where applicable, undertake the Institute of Biomedical Science Certiﬁcate of Competence. Sandwich year placements can be in the UK or abroad. For placements in continental Europe, you could be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Cellular and Molecular Pathology
- Clinical Immunology and Immunohaematology
- Diagnostic Biochemistry and Haematology
- Medical Microbiology in the Genomics Era
- Research Project
As part of your course you can take elective modules at Level 4 (no electives at Levels 5 and 6). Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
The degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Honours graduates can expect to become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Biomedical Scientists, provided they fulﬁl the additional HCPC requirements of competencies through suitable employment and undertaking the IBMS certiﬁcate of competence. This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
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We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
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