This is an Advanced Entry course that has been designed for students with varying entrance qualifications.

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The BSc (Hons) Bioscience with Biomedical Science is a Biology-related degree which enables you to develop theoretical and laboratory skills.

Our course is designed for those students who are more interested in Environmental or Biotechnological disciplines rather than purely Biomedical Sciences. The broader curriculum makes this a good choice for those of you who are 2+2 students and who wish to enrol in university following HND study at a Further Education College.

The high practical content as well as the 12-week final year project adequately prepares you for employment. The lab project allows you to tailor your learning to careers in areas such as: microbiology, cancer research or environmental science to name a few. This aspect of the course enables you to either carry on your studies (MSc, PhD) or secure employment after graduation. 

Read more about the Biomedical Science programme

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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 Bioscience. 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 Biosciences 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 Biological subjects as they apply to the Biosciences sector and also gain further insight into drug interactions and build on your knowledge of Microbiology, Environmental Health with a very strong emphasis on developing your general laboratory and research skills.

Year 4

The course culminates in the application of your knowledge to the application of Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics to the commercial and academic sectors. 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 practical’s. All modules 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

    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 per week in Semester 2

    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.

    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 1 and 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

    Entry to year 1 of this course is through the Biomedical Science Programme, using code B902. Advanced Entry to years 2, 3 and 4 is available by applying to UCAS using code C9B9.

    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: Advanced Entry to years 2, 3 and 4 is available to applicants with appropriate entrance qualifications. A relevant HNC from one of our partner colleges may be considered for year 2 entry. A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges may be considered for year 3 entry. A relevant Ordinary Degree may be considered for year 4 entry.

    This course is part of the 2+2 Degree Link programme between Robert Gordon University and North East College Scotland. Students who undertake a Degree Link course at North East College Scotland will be automatically guaranteed a place in year 3 of this course and can register as an Associate Student of the University while studying at College.

    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 Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences course has been submitted for recognition by the Society of Biology.

    Study Abroad

    You will be given the exciting opportunity to take advantage of the Erasmus Student Mobility Scheme and carry out your project work in a research laboratory within another European University.

    Professional Accreditation 

    The Bioscience with Biomedical Sciences course has been submitted for recognition by the Society of Biology.

    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

    • £1820 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

     

    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)

    On completion of the course you will have a wide range of career options in the fields of both Bioscience and Biomedical Science. Many of our graduates find employment within private or public sector research. This could be within university, government, NHS, commercial or charity-funded laboratories. Other opportunities for graduates are varied and include scientific publishing, secondary school teaching, forensic analysis and environmental consultancy. You may also decide to continue your studies and specialise with a Masters degree or develop your research skills with a PhD.

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

    Other Fees and Charges

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