Biomedical Science (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 Years/ 4 years with placement, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course Overview

This multidisciplinary single honours programme enables you to integrate many branches of biomedical science to understand the molecular mechanisms of human health and disease.

At Keele, you’ll develop a deep appreciation of human disorders and diseases from a scientific and an NHS Pathology practitioner’s perspective. Your studies will integrate human physiology, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, neuroscience and molecular and cell biology, benefiting from research-led teaching and the input of professionals at the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s Pathology Department. Placement opportunities may include a one year work placement or a summer’s research in the UK or abroad or you could apply for selection onto the Applied Biomedical Science degree, which includes a hospital pathology laboratory placement. Your degree will be accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, assuring you of the quality of the programme as preparation for a career in Pathology.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of Biomedical Science. For the Applied Biomedical Science course, please refer to the second and third year modules below.

First year

Core modules:

  • Nature’s Tools: Proteins and Enzymes
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathways
  • Introduction to Human Physiology
  • Cells and Organelles
  • Information and Inheritance
  • Human Physiology and Pathology
  • Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Case Studies in Medicine

Second year

Core modules:

  • Medical Laboratory Science I
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Gene and Protein Engineering
  • Medical Laboratory Science II
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease

Optional core modules:

  • Human Genetics
  • Microbes, Viruses and Parasites
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling
  • Medical Glycobiology

Third year

Core modules

  • Biology of Disease
  • Acquisition, Analysis and Communication of Information
  • Life Sciences Double Experimental Project with research skills component

or

  • Double Applied Life Sciences Placement

Optional core modules:

  • Structural Biology and Macromolecular Function
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Advances in Medicine
  • Human Parasitology
  • Case Studies in Biomedical Science
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease
  • Special Senses

Applied Biomedical Science (ABMS)

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Medical Laboratory Science I
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Gene and Protein Engineering
  • Medical Laboratory Science II
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease
  • Professional Relationships

Optional core modules: 

  • Human Genetics
  • Microbes, Viruses and Parasites
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling
  • Medical Glycobiology

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Applied Biomedical Science Placement
  • Biology of Disease
  • Acquisition, Analysis and Communication of Information
  • Case Studies in Biomedical Science

Optional core modules: 

  • Structural Biology and Macromolecular Function
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Advances in Medicine
  • Human Parasitology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease
  • Special Senses 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  •  Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 32%
  • Guided Independent Study - 68%

Second year

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 27%
  • Guided Independent Study - 73%

Third year

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 27%
  • Guided Independent Study - 73%

 

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Your Biomedical Science degree from Keele will prepare you to work in high-tech hospital laboratories in the NHS or private sector, but you might also work in consultancy, research, education or management. You might work as a biomedical scientist in the haematology, clinical biochemistry, clinical immunology, microbiology or histopathology sections of Pathology. Alternatively, you might branch out into patent law, medical sales or teaching or build on your Biomedical Science degree to study for other healthcare professional careers such as medicine. Doing a placement as part of a degree will put invaluable work experience on your CV.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

can be combined with:

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Biomedical Science with Foundation Year: C933 View KIS Stats

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Study abroad

In the School of Life Sciences you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the University’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Please note that students who take Study Abroad are not currently eligible for an IBMS-accredited degree.

Accreditation

The Biomedical Science programme and the Applied Biomedical Science programme are subject to regulations that are required for their accreditation by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS); the Applied Biomedical Science is also subject to regulations required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). These are detailed in Annex A of the Course Information Document.

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This programme has also en accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an idependant and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

The Royal Society of Biology which is the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. The Society represents over 16,000 biologists from all areas of the life sciences, as well as over 100 organisations which make up the diverse landscape of biology in the UK and overseas. The Royal Society of Biology offers members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology.

Whichever area of biology you wish to gain a career in, membership will help you:

  • Stay up to date with what is happening across the life sciences
  • Gain additional recognition for your skills and experience
  • Develop your professional network
  • Demonstrate your support for the future of biology

Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology; thereby opening up networks at a time when you are perhaps applying for your first employment.

*The following courses are formally accredited:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (Single Hons)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Applied Life Sciences Placement
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science (Single Hons)

 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences Case Studies in Medicine 
  • Nature’s Tools: Proteins and Enzymes
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathways
  • Introduction to Human Physiology
  • Cells and Organelles 
  • Information and Inheritance 
  • Human Physiology and Pathology

Second year

  • Medical Laboratory Science I 
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology 
  • Gene and Protein Engineering 
  • Medical Laboratory Science II 
  • Research and Analytical Skills 
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease

Third year

  • Biology of Disease 
  • Acquisition, Analysis and Communication of Information 
  • Life Sciences Experimental Research Project
  • Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease
  • Advances in Medicine 
  • Clinical Pathology 
  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.