Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
5-6 years. Attendance = one day and evening (of the same day) per weekHealth and Life Sciences
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus
The degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and provides the education required to become a Registered Biomedical Scientist working in the National Health Service (NHS). Alternatively, it could lead to a career in bioscience research, teaching or industry. The course provides a broad-based education in all aspects of biomedical science, including biochemistry, genetics, haematology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, pathology, physiology, toxicology and transfusion science. There is a strong emphasis on laboratory work, transferable skills, independent learning, group work and communication skills.
Teaching staff in the subject area comprise those who have previous experience as Biomedical Scientists in the NHS, post doctoral researchers and a number of part-time lecturers who are current practitioners working in local hospitals. Many staff continue to engage in biomedical research and thus, current knowledge and skills are constantly updated and enhance our teaching and course material.
The course will provide you with a foundation in the core scientific subjects underpinning biomedical sciences alongside an introduction to the disciplines of the biomedical laboratory. It looks at the current aspects of biomedical sciences, with an emphasis on the investigation of disease at the molecular level and the role of biomedical research in furthering knowledge of the nature and treatment of disease.
The course includes the research project, whereby you will carry out an extended period of research activity and independent learning in an area of biomedical sciences of your choice.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODSMost modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. A number of modules, however, are based solely on continuous assessment. The final year research project will also count towards your assessment.
ACCREDITATIONBiomedical Sciences BSc (Hons) is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science as a suitable academic qualification for students wishing to become Registered Biomedical Scientists.
CAREERSOur graduates enter a variety of exciting careers, including: hospital or veterinary pathology service, pharmaceutical industry, bioscience research, medicine or dentistry (after acceptance in medical school and further training).
OTHER INFOCourse Facilities
Course facilities include well-equipped and refurbished laboratories and teaching rooms as well as School-specific IT facilities. You will also have access to general university facilities.
Staff expertise covers all aspects of the programme; practising biomedical scientists from hospital laboratories teach many topics in pathological sciences.
There is significant biomedical science research activity in the School.
As a student on the course, you would be invited to any relevant conferences, including the placement students' conference and the biannual postgraduate biomedical sciences conference on genetics and immunology.
Upon successful completion of your degree, you may wish to consider further study. Examples of postgraduate courses include: MSc in Biomedical Sciences, PhD in Bioscience and Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
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