Applied Biomedical Science Degree BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science

1. Overview

Biomedical scientists work in partnership with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, performing many different roles in research, the diagnosis of disease, the evaluation of treatment methods and research. These could include the screening of cells and tissues for cancer, diagnosing diabetes, the testing of blood to ensure that it is suitable for transfusion and identifying the bacterial and viral organisms responsible for food poisoning and many other infectious diseases.

This course has been designed in partnership with biomedical scientists within NHS Grampian, NHS Highland and the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Blood Transfusion Service. The laboratory training programme enables you to gain hands-on experience of all the major hospital laboratory disciplines. When you graduate you will be well prepared for a future career as a registered practitioner with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and a certified biomedical scientist with the professional body, the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

The number of places available for this course will be determined by the number of NHS laboratory placements that are available on an annual basis. Therefore there will be a selection process at the end of year 1 for students wishing to enter year 2 of this course.

Applied Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) is one of the three routes that form the Biomedical Sciences Programme. Independent of which BSc (Hons) course you aim to study, all students within the Programme follow a foundation year followed by a second year selection into their BSc (Hons) course

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2. What you will study

Year 1 - Biomedical Science Programme foundation year

  • Applied Microbiology
  • Cell Culture
  • Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • Biology for Life Sciences
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Bioanalytical Techniques
  • Practical Skills for Life Sciences
  • Personal and Professional Skills Development

Year 2

  • Biomedical Genetics
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biomedical Science: Professional Practice 1
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Human Cytology and Histology
  • Molecular Biology and Human Genetics

Year 3

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Practical Research Methods
  • Biomedical Science: Professional Practice 2

Year 4

  • Cellular Pathology
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Current Trends in Biomedical Science
  • Honours Research Project

3. Entry requirements

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 if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BCC to include Biology/Human Biology plus one other science. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at GCSE Grade B or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2B2B2 to include Biology/Human 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. A minimum of Standard Level of Maths and English required at Grade 5 if not held at Higher.

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

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English language requirementsfor those whose first language is not English.

4. Placements and accreditations

Placement

This programme will enable you to gain hands-on experience of all the major hospital laboratory disciplines, including clinical biochemistry, haematology, histopathology, cytopathology, medical microbiology and blood transfusion. A substantial proportion of the final year will be spent utilising these skills during the Honours Research Project.

Professional Accreditation

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

5. Student Funding

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

6. Course Fees

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

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. You must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

Once you register and create your username and password you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, view and respond to your offers.

8. Prospects

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.

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BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code
B902
Start date
September 2015
Course length
4 years
Mode of Attendance
Full-time
Academic school
School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences
More information:
Undergraduate Admissions (01224) 262728
Accredited By
Health and Care Professions Council Institute of Biomedical Science

“I spent my placement working in the Pathology and Haematology labs at ARI. I am a great believer in putting into action what you have learned as I find this the easiest way to understand and remember things.”

Claire Birnie


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