The Biomedical Science course is recognised by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) enabling students to complete part of their portfolio while at university.

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This course allows students who are undecided about their career choice to gain further skills and knowledge in Public Health, Pharmacology and Environmental Science so that they are not limiting themselves once they graduate. The high content of practical work, as well as the 12-week final year project makes graduates fit for purpose in industry.

Read more about the Biomedical Science programme

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 gain an appreciation of how drugs interact with the human body and how knowledge of Biomedical Science can be applied to forensic investigation.

Year 3

You will study more advanced diagnostic subjects as they apply to Biomedical Science and also gain further insight into drug interactions and build on your knowledge of Microbiology, Environmental Health and develop your laboratory research skills.

Year 4

The course culminates in the application of your 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 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 practicals. All modules have provide 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

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

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 20 students per group
    • Two hours per week

    Seminars

    • Approximately 50 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Project Supervision

    • One to One
    • 27 hours in Semester 2

    Independent study summary

    You 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.

    Facilities

    • Analytical Science Lab
    • University Library
    • Student Support Services

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed:

    • Semester 1: 2 Written Exams, 3 hours each
    • Semester 2: 1 Written Assignment, including essay
    • Semester 2: 1 Report
    • Semester 2: 1 Oral Assessment  
    • Semester 1: 1 Dissertation

    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 Skills

    SQA Higher: BBBB to include Biology/Human Biology plus one from Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at National 5 grade B or above if not held at Higher.

    GCE A Level: BCC to include Biology plus one from Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at GCSE grade 6/B or above if not held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H3H3 to include Biology plus one from Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at National 5 grade B or above if not held at Higher.

    IB Diploma: 28 to include Higher Level Biology plus one from Chemistry, Maths or Physics at grade 5. Standard Level English and Maths are required at grade 4 if not held at Higher Level.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Find out more about Degree Link

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    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.

    Professional Accreditation

    The course 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

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,600 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

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

    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 course will 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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