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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.
Your foundation year will introduce you to the skills needed to help you progress on to your degree studies. You'll 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.
During the foundation year, you'll learn essential study skills that you'll need as you progress through the degree. You'll also learn the fundamentals of chemistry, biology and physics so that you are prepared to study science in depth from Year 1 onward.
Find out more about the Verena Holmes Building, an inspirational learning environment, with industry-standard, hi-tech facilities on every floor.
Entry to foundation year requires candidates to hold a GCSE English language Grade C or higher, or an IELTS score equivalent.
Entry at Level 0 also requires suitable experience.
For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.
During the foundation year, you'll study the core sciences of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as introductory level maths. You'll also develop essential study skills to help you throughout your degree.
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 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£9,250||£13,000|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £4,625 relate to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
You will often be able to use modern, research grade equipment during taught modules and for your individual research on your dissertation project. We will be moving into newly built laboratories in September 2020.
The Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent was launched in March 2016. Discovery Park is a fabulous site with well over 100 companies now based there, many of which are active in the science sector.
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