Biomedical Science 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

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

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: C900

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This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Course Overview

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 and the Royal Society of Biology, assuring you of the quality of the programme as preparation for a career in Pathology.

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.

Indicative modules

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

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

120

0

0

0

0

2

90

15

30

0

15

3

60

60

60

0

0

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Biochemistry

30

None

 

Molecular Cell Biology

30

   

Physiology and Anatomy

30

   

Clinical Applications of Biomedical Science I

30

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

N.B. Students choose 2 modules from the optional choices or 1 optional module and one elective module

Credits

Clinical Applications of Biomedical Science II

30

Human Genetics

15

Molecular, Cellular & Structural Immunology

15

Microbes, Viruses & Parasites

15

Gene & Protein Engineering

15

Cell Signalling

15

Research and Analytical Skills

15

Professional Relationships

15

Metabolism in Health & Disease

15

   

NB: Students opting to study abroad for one semester (as opposed to the International Year option) may undertake Study Abroad in only one of the semesters of Level 5. The required modules must be selected from the relevant semester of study abroad. If a student elects to undertake the semester-long Study Abroad option, the degree award will be ‘Studies in Biomedical Sciences’; the degree will NOT be accredited by the IBMS and therefore will not fulfil the required academic qualification for eligibility for HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist. The year-long International Year option is Royal Society of Biology- and IBMS-accredited.

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

N.B. Students choose 4 modules from the optional choices

Credits

Biology of Disease

15

Structural Biology & Macromolecular Function

15

Bioinformatics & Science Communication

15

Brain Disease

15

30 credits of Independent study modules must also be selected:

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

 

OR

 

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement*

 

30

 

30

Advances in Medicine

15

Human Parasitology

15

Case Studies in Biomedical Science

15

Clinical Pathology

15

Developmental Biology

15

Biomedical Engineering

15

Cancer Biology

15

* The Double Applied Life Sciences Placement module may replace Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) if the nature of the placement is deemed suitable and the work carried out meets the criteria of the research project module.

Applied Biomedical Science students must achieve a pass grade for the Double Applied Biomedical Science Placement module. If this module is failed, the student will revert to the Biomedical Science route or Studies in Biomedical Sciences award, if all of the requirements of the Biomedical Science award are not met (i.e. if a mark of less than 40% is achieved: see Course Regulation 11.9). In this case, the mark for the Double Applied Biomedical Science Placement module will be substituted in lieu of the Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) module.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az

 








James O'Crowley

James O'Crowley

"By covering all areas/departments relevant to Biomedical Science and then allowing choice into a broader spectrum of interest it helps to provide students with a better idea of where they want to go afterwards."

BSc Biomedical Science