Applied Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)

Applied biomedical science degree
This Applied Biomedical Science degree will teach you about the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease, and provide a unique laboratory training programme to give you hands-on experience in all the major hospital laboratory disciplines. You will be well-prepared for a future career in the exciting field of biomedical science.

As a Biomedical Scientist, you could work on the screening of cells and tissues for cancer, diagnosis of diabetes, the testing of blood to ensure that it is suitable for transfusion, or identification of the bacterial and viral organisms responsible for food poisoning. It is a very important profession where you will work in partnership with Doctors, Nurses and other healthcare professionals, to make a difference to people’s lives.

90% of students are in work/study six months after completing this course
Unistats, 2018

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years
Year 1 - Completed via BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science 

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 an understanding of the Biomedical Science profession.

Year 2

You will be introduced to some of the more advanced areas of Biomedical Science and through the multi-disciplinary 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 IBMS registration training 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. 

Detailed module information
Activity Summary

You will study up to four modules each semester with each module containing around three hours of class teaching per-week. For laboratory-based modules there will be around four hours per week of laboratory practical work. 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

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 5 hours per week in semester 1
  • Seminars - 50 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 27 hours in semester 2
  • Placement - All students - 38 hours per week for 7 weeks in year 2 and 14 weeks in year 3
Independent Study

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

Staff Delivering on This Course

Teaching and learning is delivered by RGU 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 Lecturers with support from technical teams and postgraduate research student Demonstrators. Placement activities are taught by practicing Biomedical Scientists within NHS laboratories.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed:

Year 1

  • 5 written exams, typically for 1.5 hours
  • 1 written assignments, including essays
  • 3 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 practical skills assessment
  • 1 presentation

Year 2

  • 5 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 2 portfolios
  • 1 presentation

Year 3

  • 4 written exams, typically for 2.5 hours
  • 1 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 set exercise
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Year 4

  • 2 written exams, typically for 2.5 hours
  • 1 report
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 project outputs
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 2 presentations
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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Placements

This course has been designed in partnership with Biomedical Scientists within NHS Grampian, NHS Highland, and the Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Blood Transfusion Service. We work with our partners to provide a unique training programme to give you exposure to a variety of areas within biomedical science, and enhance your employability. 

The placements are fully integrated into the course and are compulsory and unpaid. In year 2 you will undertake a 7-week placement, and in year 3 you will a 14-week placement. You will be well-prepared for a future career as a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council and an accredited Biomedical Scientist with the Institute of Biomedical Science.

PLACEMENT OFFICE

 

 

 
JOB 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.

CAREERS

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

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 also be considered.

 

International Students

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.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

English Language Requirements

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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
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 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,670 per academic year
Additional Costs

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

Other Fees and Charges

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

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.

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

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

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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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 | BIOMEDICAL STUDENT

Accreditation

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

Institute of Biomedical Science       

    Health and Care Professions Council

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