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Biomedical Sciences
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Sciences

International Scholarships available

Overview

Learn about how the human body functions in both health and disease, and discover how advances in biomedical sciences have helped in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of illness. You will have the opportunity to carry out many of these techniques for yourself in our purpose-built modern laboratories.

At the end of your first year of study, you can choose to continue your multidisciplinary studies in biomedical sciences and gain a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences award by studying modules such as: Infectious Diseases, Biology of Cancer, Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology, Neuroscience, Medical Genetics and Blood Diseases. Or you can choose to study for a combined degree award by specialising in one of our four specific pathways:

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences & Medical Biochemistry
Study the biochemical interactions within the body, and the diagnosis of biochemically related diseases.
Year 2 and Year 3 modules: Enzymatic Biochemistry, Metabolic Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology and Clinical Biochemistry.

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences & Molecular Biotechnology
By looking at the biological process involving genetics and gene technology you will learn about the molecular advances in the treatment of disease and the processes used to make treatments.
Year 2 and Year 3 modules: DNA Technology, Introduction to Biotechnology, Medical Genetics and Medical Biotechnology.

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences & Pharmacological Sciences
Discover how different drugs are used for the treatment of diseases and what effect they have on the body. You will also develop your understanding of pharmacological principles and how they inform the development of drugs.
Year 2 and Year 3 modules: Medical Pathophysiology, Pharmacological treatment of Disease, Advances in Pharmacology and Neuroscience.

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences & Medical Microbiology
You will study the various types of pathogen that cause infectious disease, and the strategies they use to attack the body. You will learn how to how to diagnose them and also the treatments available. You will also look at the global burden of infectious disease and the various worldwide initiatives underway to try and control this challenging threat.
Year 2 and Year 3 modules: Medical and Environmental Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Global Topics in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Immunology.


Royal Society of Biology Accreditation
Our range of BSc Biomedical Science courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), so you can be sure you'll graduate with the expert capabilities demanded by employers in biological sciences. When you graduate you'll also receive one year's free RSB membership, offering valuable networking opportunities as you enter the world of work.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

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This course is aligned to the criteria required to join the NHS Scientist Training Programme, a common route for graduates wishing to become a clinical or healthcare scientist, so you will be prepared to pursue this option when you graduate.

Employability is built into every module of the course, so by the end of your course you will be confident in group-work, managing your own time, working in a laboratory, writing papers, performing risk assessments and becoming a biomedical science practitioner, all valuable traits sought after by employers.

Some of our students have been successful in obtaining work experience or placements between the second and third year, working in industry, or with biotech companies. This will significantly enhance your practical skills and offers an opportunity to develop career contacts. Some of our graduates have managed to secure immediate employment with their placement provider upon graduation.

You will also be able to take part in our study abroad programme for either part or all of your second year - previous students have studied in Japan, America and Australia.

You can also choose to apply for our in-house undergraduate researcher scheme. Lasting eight weeks across the summer, you will work closely with one of our academic team and enhance your practical and research expertise.

Visiting lecturers and PhD students will offer their unique insights through guest lectures, and you could develop your academic skills by presenting your final year project as a poster at research conferences.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
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BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences - Overview
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Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. A minimum of 40 points at A Level or equivalent must be from a Biological Science. If you are studying Biology to meet this requirement you must also achieve a `Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. Must include a minimum of 15 Merits in Biology and 15 Merits in other science subjects.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one science subject normally required which can include a Biological Science.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
5 subjects at Higher Level at Grade C1 or above of which at least 3 must be at B2. Must include Grade B2 in a Biological Science.
Foundation Course:
Foundation courses must include the equivalent of Biology A level and another science A level.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate: 25 points (including 6 from HL Biology).

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. A minimum of 40 points at A Level or equivalent must be from a Biological Science. If you are studying Biology to meet this requirement you must also achieve a `Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. Must include a minimum of 15 Merits in Biology and 15 Merits in other science subjects.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one science subject normally required which can include a Biological Science.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
5 subjects at Higher Level at Grade C1 or above of which at least 3 must be at B2. Must include Grade B2 in a Biological Science.
Foundation Course:
Foundation courses must include the equivalent of Biology A level and another science A level.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate: 25 points (including 6 from HL Biology).

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Emma O'Hara

Careers

Emma O'Hara
Clinical Research Co-ordinator Chapel Allerton Hospital

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

“The tutors made learning really relaxed; they were easy to approach and really happy to explain areas where I wanted to know more.

Teaching and learning

You will embark on a programme of study that applies the field of biomedical sciences to human health and disease. Over the course we will help develop your scientific approach in order to effectively pose questions in the science of healthcare and propose and test innovative solutions to them. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Explore the biomedical science disciplines that will provide a foundation for more advanced study. At the start of the year you will engage in induction activities, which includes personal and skills development.
Overall workload
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316 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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884 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
28%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
2%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
70%
Core Modules

Learn a range of study skills that will prepare you for university life. You will develop a number of important generic skills, including numeracy skills, information literacy and writing skills and other essential competencies.

Learn the mechanisms governing normal physiological function and the functional anatomy of the healthy human body, covering the major body systems including the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and renal system.

Learn a range of practical skills essential to the study of biomedical science. You will gain experience in health and safety, working as a group and use of practical techniques to answer a research question.

Discover the principles of microbiology regarding the life and function of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi with emphasis on their biodiversity.

Explore cell structure, particularly understanding the structure and purpose of cell compartmentalisation.

Interactively learn the basis of the chemical processes that determine biology. You will gain an understanding of the main macromolecules in the body, how we can break down different foods through key pathways and how to generate energy.

Get an introduction to the innate and adaptive immune responses, covering the tissues, cells, and signals involved in generating an immune response. You will also investigate blood and transfusion science, the mechanisms of haematopoiesis and haemostasis.

Explore the mechanisms by which drugs are able to modify physiological activity to produce both therapeutic and adverse effects. You will also consider the effects of the body on the drug with respect to absorption, distribution and elimination.

Understand the fundamental processes behind genetics. Discover how information is transmitted through transcription and translation and how DNA is repaired, and compare these processes between eukaryotes and prokaryotes.

Develop your theories in biological sciences and the concept of disease and its prevention. You will learn the employability skills needed to become a biomedical sciences graduate, and study the strategies used in scientific research.
Overall workload
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294 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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906 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
42%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
8%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
50%
Core Modules

Discover the changes in the immune response in immunological disorders and disease. You will cover the spectrum of responses through hypersensitivity, immunodeficiency and autoimmunity, and the immune challenges of transplantation and cancer biology.

Explore the the immune responses to blood group and tissue antigens in particular HLA; blood group antigen systems. The clinical significance of blood group antigens and antibodies, compatibility testing between donors and recipients, donor selection processes and testing, handling of biological samples, blood product preparation: testing and use, adverse reactions to transfusions including rejection will be discussed.

Develop your understanding of a range of concepts associated with production of a viable research question and protocol. You will begin to use SPSS for data analysis.

Understand the range of research designs and the analysis and interpretation of biomedical data.

Understand fundamental concepts in human genetics. You will look at inheritance and population genetics in addition to developmental genetic processes.

Learn about the effects of metabolic processes and conditions on organ and whole-body physiological functions. You will look at the pathophysiology and pharmacological treatment of metabolic disorders, and discuss the role of drug, alcohol and toxin metabolism in physiological and pathophysiological settings.

You will cover some of the key skills required to become a laboratory scientist, including health and safety, COSHH, ethics of using human participants, good laboratory practice, writing standard operating procedures, writing CVs and postgraduate applications.

Apply your independent learning to develop your analytical and critical approaches in biomedical study. You will conceptualise, design, implement and evaluation on a research project based on your chosen pathway discipline.
Overall workload
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374 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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826 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
10%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
14%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
76%
Core Modules

Demonstrate independence and critical thinking through an extended piece of work involving data generation and manipulation, through laboratory investigations, surveys or literature searches, with reflective analysis and application.

Leeds Beckett University
Dr Pauline Fitzgerald
Head of Subject
Pauline worked as a biomedical scientist in the NHS before becoming an academic, leading to a research interest in the development of employability and transferable skills. Her work on employability has been presented at several conferences, and led to her being nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship in 2016. She teaches Medical Microbiology on the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences courses.
The Biomedical team are dedicated to enhancing the experience of every student on the course and maximising their potential no matter what their starting position.
Play BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences - Overview Video
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences - Overview
Play Our Biomedical Science Labs Video
Our Biomedical Science Labs
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BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences - Raji Thannivilarajan, Student

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Biomedical Sciences Laboratories housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Biomedical Sciences Laboratories housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Biomedical Sciences Laboratories
    Biomedical Sciences Laboratories

    Housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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