The Applied Biomedical Science course at Robert Gordon University (RGU) is a true fast-track to a brilliant career in any NHS clinical pathology laboratory.

applied biomedical science

This integrated degree has been recognised by both the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) as well as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The unique structure of our placements sets us apart from all other universities. Only at RGU do the Year 2 students have the opportunity to participate in a six week hospital laboratory placement, rotating through each department every week.

Unique to our degree, is the 14 week placement in Year 3. RGU offers the highest number of placements, per class size.

To assure our continuous outstanding graduate employability we work in close partnership with clinical employers throughout the course. We offer mock interviews by an NHS panel, hospital based honours research projects, and deliver our high-quality teaching by not only academic staff but also by the laboratory experts themselves. 

Read more about the Biomedical Science programmes

Award

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

B902

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Year 1

You will build on your existing knowledge in Biology and Chemistry as it applies to Biomedical Science. You will also be introduced to Analytical Laboratory Science and Microbiology and gain understanding of the Biomedical Science profession.

Year 2

You will be introduced to some of the more advanced areas of Biomedical Science and though the placement gain an appreciation of the activities of the biomedical scientist in NHS laboratories in Microbiology, Haematology, Clinical Biochemistry, Transfusion Science, Histopathology and Cytopathology.

Year 3

You will study more advanced diagnostic subjects as they apply to Biomedical Science and spend the whole of the Semester 2 on placement in two NHS laboratory disciplines. During this time you will meet the requirements of your registration portfolio.

Year 4

The course culminates in the application of your specialist knowledge to the diagnosis of disease and showing how treatments for disease can be monitored for effectiveness. Your laboratory skills are tested to the full during the Research Project.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Macronutrients
  • Chemistry For Life Sciences
  • Biology for Life Sciences
    Semester 2
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Bioanalytical Techniques
  • Practical Skills for Life Sciences
  • Personal and Professional Skills Development
  • Year 2 -- Semester 1
    Route A - BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Biomedical Genetics
  • Biomedical Science: Professional Practice 1
    Route B - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Forensic Biology
  • Principles Of Pharmacology
    Route C - BSc (Hons) Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Forensic Biology
  • Principles Of Pharmacology
  • Semester 2
    Route A - BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Human Cytology and Histology
  • Molecular Biology And Human Genetics
    Route B - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology And Human Genetics
  • Experimental Molecular Biology
    Route C - BSc (Hons) Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology And Human Genetics
  • Experimental Molecular Biology
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Practical Research Methods
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
    Route B - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Practical Research Methods
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
    Route C - BSc (Hons) Bioscience with Biomedical Science
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Practical Research Methods
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Semester 2
    Route A - BSc(Hons) Applied Biomedical Science
  • Biomedical Science: Professional Practice 2
    Route B - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - Session 2014/15
  • Toxicology and Environmental Analysis
  • Human Cytology and Histology
  • Principles Of Pharmacology
  • Public Health
    Route C - BSc (Hons) Bioscience with Biomedical Science - Session 2014/15
  • Toxicology and Environmental Analysis
  • Human Cytology and Histology
  • Principles Of Pharmacology
  • Public Health
    Route D - Route B - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - Session 2015/16
  • Human Cytology and Histology
  • Principles Of Pharmacology
  • Public Health
  • Applied Pharmacology
    Route E - Route C - BSc (Hons) Bioscience with Biomedical Science - Session 2015/16
  • Human Cytology and Histology
  • Principles Of Pharmacology
  • Public Health
  • Applied Pharmacology
  • Year 4 -- Semester 1
    Route A - BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Current Trends in Biomedical Science
    Route B - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Current Trends in Healthcare Sciences
    Route C - BSc (Hons) Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Advanced Microbiology
  • DNA Technologies
  • Semester 2
    Route A - BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science
  • Diagnosis Of Disease
  • Diagnosis Of Disease
  • Honours Research Project
    Route B - BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • Diagnosis Of Disease
  • Diagnosis Of Disease
  • Honours Research Project
    Route C - BSc (Hons) Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences
  • Honours Research Project
  • Current Trends in Bioscience
  • You will study up to four modules each semester with each module involving around three hours of class teaching per week. For laboratory based modules there will be around four hours per week of laboratory practical’s. All modules include tutorial support which usually involves an extra hour per module per week.

    Course resources will be available on Moodle, an innovative teaching and learning environment which will enhance your learning experience and will keep you up-to-date with coursework and assignments on-the-go.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • 20 students per group
    • Five hours per week in Semester 1

    Seminars

    • Approximately 50 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 20 students per group
    • Two hours per week

    Project Supervision

    • One to One, 27 hours in Semester 2

    Placement / Work Based Learning

    • 18 students per group
    • 38 hours

    Independent study summary

    Students will engage in a number of independent learning activities involving research of scientific literature or laboratory based research.

    Staff delivering this course

    Teaching and learning is delivered by University lecturers and by Biomedical Science professionals who are normally based in NHS laboratories. Some lectures are presented as seminars by visiting Medical Consultants or Researchers in Biomedical Science.

    Laboratory based modules are taught and demonstrated by University lecturers with support from technical teams and postgraduate research student demonstrators.

    Placement activities are taught by practising Biomedical Scientists within NHS laboratories.

    Facilities

    • Analytical Science Lab
    • University Library
    • Student Support Services

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed:

    • Semester 1: 2 Written Exams
    • Semester 2: 1 Written Assignment, including essay
    • Semester 2: 1 Report
    • Semester 2: 1 Oral Assessment  
    • Semester 1: 1 Dissertation 
    • Semester 2: 1 Portfolio

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

    These requirements relate to the common first year of the Biomedical Sciences Programme (B902). Entry to the Applied Biomedical Sciences course is by selection at the end of stage one. 

    SQA Higher: BBBB including Biology/Human Biology plus one other science. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at National 5 level Grade B if not held at Higher.

    GCE A Level: BCC to include Biology plus one other science. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at GCSE Grade B or above if not held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2B2B2 to include Biology plus one other science. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at Ordinary Level Grade B or above if not held at Higher.

    IB Diploma: 28 to include Higher Level in Biology at Grade 5 and one further science. Standard Level English and Maths and is required at Grade 4 if not held at Higher Level.

    Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent overseas qualifications, SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs and some Access programmes will be considered.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    • Year 2 – 7 weeks
    • Year 3 – 14 weeks

    The placements are fully integrated into the degree course and are compulsory and unpaid.

    More on placements

    Professional Accreditation

    The course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,300 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,400 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,600 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,300 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Scottish, EU and Rest of UK applicants

    You must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    The majority of our graduates secure employment within the NHS Laboratory Service. The course will also equip you with the relevant skills needed to work within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries including technical and marketing departments, forensic science laboratories, teaching and clinical research.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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