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BScBiomedical Science

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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BSc Biomedical Science explores the science of the human body and the causes of diseases that affect mankind. Based in Birmingham Medical School, our broad programme explores the major body systems right down to the cellular and molecular level and is constantly updated to reflect the latest developments in the field. You’ll learn from experts who carry out fundamental scientific and medical research in these areas, at the University of Birmingham.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent 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.

Taught by leading academics and clinicians in our state-of-the-art laboratories, you will find out how research translates into advances in clinical practice. You’ll explore emerging fields such as stem cell therapies and also learn more about major disorders like cancer and arthritis. There is also the opportunity to undertake a 10-week research project with our internationally recognised research groups as well as the chance to take an optional placement year either in an industrial or a clinical setting. Financial support is also available to some students opting to take on summer projects in the College’s laboratories.

The career options open to our graduates are varied. The majority go on to be professional scientists. Many pursue further training and qualifications, including Masters, PhD and Medicine programmes.

Programme structure

Modules in the first year
The first two years of the course builds a detailed understanding of how the human body functions and what can go wrong in disease.

20 credits – Cellular Biochemistry and Biology
10 credits – Cardiorespiratory Science: Fundamental Principles
20 credits – Digestion and Renal Sciences
20 credits – Fundamentals of life science
20 credits – Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
10 credits – Introduction to Molecular and Experimental Genetics
20 credits – Introduction to Research and Experimental Skills

Non credit-bearing – Year 1 component: Personal and Academic Development (Level C)
Modules in the second year
In the second year there will be an opportunity to specialise in a scientific area of your choice, linked to our College major research themes.

20 credits – Cancer and Stratified Medicine
20 credits – Immunity and Infection
20 credits – Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Pharmacology
20 credits – Neuroscience, Endocrinology and Reproduction
20 credits – Stem Cells and Genetic Inheritance
10 credits – Student Selected Science Project (3SP)
10 credits – Vascular Biology and Haematology

Non credit-bearing – Year 2 Personal and Academic Development
Modules in the third year – follow your interest
During the first term of your final year you specialise by selecting two taught options from over 22 specialist modules in a wide range of subject areas, including different aspects of neuroscience, cancer, virology, cardiovascular science, pharmacology, endocrinology, stem cell biology, ageing and immunology. You’ll learn about the latest findings and be exposed to advanced research techniques, guided by internationally recognised experts in these fields.

Modules in the third year – option 1
Semester 1 (week 1 – 6)

30 credits – Cell Communication in Health and Disease
30 credits – The Biology of Ageing
30 credits – Infection: Bacterial Threats and Defence
30 credits – Cancer Pathogenesis and Treatment
30 credits – Cardiovascular Science (Heart and Blood Vessels)
30 credits – Experimental Immunology
30 credits – Molecular and Integrative Pharmacology
30 credits – Neurotrauma: Regeneration and Degeneration
30 credits – Vascular Biology and Pathology
30 credits – Liver Function in Health and Disease
Modules in the third year – option 2
Semester 1 (week 7 – 11)

30 credits – Cardiovascular Science (Integrative Regulation)
30 credits – From Genes to Therapy
30 credits – Immunity and Inflammatory Disease
30 credits – Stem cells: Differentiation and Disease
30 credits – Molecular Medicine (Endocrinology of Metabolic Disorders)
30 credits – Neuropharmacology
30 credits – New Targets and Drugs in Cancer Therapy
30 credits – Reproductive Medicine
30 credits – Viruses, Society and Future Medicine
30 credits – DNA Damage pathways in Human Disease
30 credits – Hypoxia in Health and Disease
30 credits – Science Communication: Principles and Practise
Semester 2

50 credits – Research Project
10 credits – Medical Science in Society

Career opportunities

Our Biomedical Science graduates have an excellent record of employment in a wide variety of careers. Many embark on laboratory work in universities, often in PhD positions, hospitals, as clinical scientists and biotechnology companies. Other degree-related careers include work in clinical trials, and in marketing and management in biotechnology companies.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States