A combination of hard-work, determination and the right support will see you through. If you’ve got the first two, Christ Church can provide the third.
A combination of hard-work, determination and the right support will see you through. If you’ve got the first two, Christ Church can provide the third.Marie, current PhD student
The biomedical science field is calling out for well trained professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to help change people’s lives.
This course will provide you with the practical expertise desired by the industry. You will develop knowledge in human physiology, disease and genetics as well as strong lab and computer analytical skills. You will also be able to gain experience with a range of employers through our Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent.
Working as a biomedical scientist, you could play a crucial role in supporting health professionals and driving innovation through research.
This hands-on course will help you develop wide knowledge and expert skills in human biology, chemistry and bioinformatics, so that you have the confidence to reach your full potential and succeed in your chosen career path.
There are many exciting aspects to this course, from exploring genetics and evolution to getting to grips with statistical programming and biotechnology, you'll develop advanced practical, analytical and research skills as well as transferable skills that employers are looking for.
Entry at Level 4 (BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and MSci Biomedical Science) requires 96 UCAS tariff points or equivalent of which 32 UCAS tariff points or equivalent (e.g. A level grade C or BTEC grade Merit) are in a science subject: for example biology, chemistry.
Entry at other levels is by accredited prior learning.
During Year 1, you'll study subjects including biochemistry and biological chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, genetics and evolution and microbiology relating to human health. Throughout the year, you'll develop analytical skills and a knowledge of statistics.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, field trips, visits to employers, seminars, guest speaker lectures and practical workshops. You'll also benefit from tutorial sessions where you can discuss your work and progress with an individual personal tutor, and small group seminars focusing on specific topics.
The course is designed to support you in becoming a confident, independent learner and some of your learning will be through experimentation and observation. It is based on ‘research-involved teaching’, which means all your modules are led by experienced academic staff who are specialists and active researchers in relevant areas.
In Year 1, two thirds of each module is delivered as practical experimentation either in laboratories, IT labs or in the field. These sessions are supplemented by lectures and seminars/workshops where you will feed back from your structured independent study.
Throughout the course you'll have opportunities to develop skills and gain experience by engaging with research as part of taught modules or via extra-curricular internships and volunteering.
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class through the virtual learning environment.
For the 40 credit Individual Study in your final year, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the teaching team who you will meet with regularly.
Each 20 credit module requires 200 hours of study which includes formal contact (lectures, practicals, tutorials, workshops), structured independent learning (prescribed reading and/or online exercises) and independent learning.
In Year 1, each module has 60 hours of formal contact, supplemented with 40 hours of structured independent learning. As you develop and become more independent, formal contact and structured learning reduces to 50 hours of contact and 30 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 2 and 40 hours of contact and 20 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 3.
Assessment is by both coursework and examination. Individual modules are assessed either solely by coursework or by an equally weighted combination of coursework and examination. Examination allows assessment of a student’s understanding of important key concepts and accounts for less than half the assessment of the course. Coursework assessments permit students to develop key scientific and transferable skills and assignments include scientific lab/log books, written reports, written scientific papers, discursive essays, PowerPoint presentations and poster presentations. There is a maximum of two assessments per 20 credit module studied.
The course allows graduates not only to enter a wide variety of career pathways but also for those who wish to enter postgraduate study. The course also forms a solid platform of knowledge permitting graduates to undertake subject-specific training in areas such as human genomics, clinical biochemistry and clinical microbiology.
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:
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Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
This course is associated with the university’s Industry Liaison Labs at Discovery Park, Sandwich. You will have the opportunity to undertake laboratory work at this site. The location of these specialist facilities within an industrial setting facilitates access to and collaboration with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
The University’s Industry Liaison Lab works with many companies in healthcare research and development, drug discovery and equipment design and manufacture.
"Venomtech have been very impressed with our partners at Canterbury Christ Church University, this partnership has enabled us to progress projects much faster than we could on our own. This includes being able to generate novel data on the use of our products through student projects, advancing research into new antibiotics and cancer therapies from venoms and increasing the understanding of invertebrate welfare. Generation of this proof of concept data has, and continues to have, a positive influence with our potential customers and therefore our business. I also impart my 10+ years industrial drug discovery experience directly to the students as part of the Drug Discovery and Development module.
As a science employer in the area, Venomtech benefit greatly from being directly involved in the curriculum to make sure the new graduates have the skills useful to employers. This includes an understanding of applied drug discovery that will make CCCU graduates stand out from others in job interviews.”
Steve Trim, CEO, Venomtech Ltd
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