Student in science laboratory

MSci

Biomedical Science

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
C98M
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
128
Department:
Applied Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich:
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Roy Pemberton
Key fact:
The integrated MSci in Biomedical Science is particularly relevant to you if you’re interested in a career in research. You’ll do a year of advanced research skills study on top of the BSc(Hons) course content.

Page last updated 5 October 2017

Introduction

Why study biomedical science?

To diagnose and treat diseases effectively, we need to understand the biology of disease and the science underpinning it, as well as the latest advances in medical science.

The strong analytical, problem-solving, communication and research skills this discipline requires offers master's-level scientists an excellent foundation for working or studying in biomedical research.

Why UWE Bristol?

MSci Biomedical Science is a practice-led course and is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. The first three years are based around our long-running BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science.

You'll get a strong grounding in modern biomedicine, and study the basic scientific core subjects and the biology of disease, alongside specialist biomedical subjects.

Gain wide-ranging experience and develop expertise in the areas that interest you most.

Work at the cutting-edge of biomedical science, using highly specialised equipment and tools.

Build essential practical experience through placements and internships.

If you choose the sandwich option, you'll spend your third year working with an employer or at another university, in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, research or wider sector. This could be in the UK, in Europe or further afield.  

You'll then develop your advanced research skills in the final year, working on a project linked to an area of research we're renowned for, supported by our research-focused academic team.  

With a strong focus on the application of science in the real world, this course is excellent preparation for wide-ranging science careers.

Where can it take me?

Our graduates work in an increasingly diverse range of roles. Most go into biomedical science, working in research and development for organisations in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

The broader transferable skills you'll develop means you could also go into areas like management, finance or marketing.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomedical Skills
  • Cell Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Pathophysiology of Disease.

Year two

You will study:

  • Practice and Communication of Science
  • Physiological and Immunological Systems
  • Studies in the Biology of Disease

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Drugs and Disease
  • Cell Signalling
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics.

You'll need to achieve an average grade of 2:1 or above by the end of year two to progress to year three. Students that don't achieve this will transfer to year three of the BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science course.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Year three

You will study one module from:

  • Research Dissertation Project
  • Research Experimental Project.

Plus two or three specialist modules from:

  • Medical Genetics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cellular Pathology and Oncology
  • Immunology.

Plus modules (the number depending on credit requirements) from:

  • Professional Practice in Applied Science*
  • Science Communication
  • Genomic Technologies
  • Scientific Frontiers and Enterprise
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Antimicrobial Agents
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Final year

You will study:

  • Research in Practice
  • Research with Impact
  • Current Issues in Biomedical Research.

*Compulsory if you do a placement.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We take a student-centred approach to learning. You'll get one-to-one guidance and individual feedback and we'll guide and encourage you to learn independently, using a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Deepen your learning in practical classes, laboratory and computer-based sessions, and through our web-based virtual learning environment.

Build your academic and professional skills with access to advanced learning and support services, and the latest technology.

Your practical learning will culminate in an independent research project to seek new biomedical knowledge. You'll work on this in your final year with a project supervisor and potentially their research team.

Your tutors are all engaged in research, working across the range of disciplines encompassed by biomedical sciences. They'll support your learning and encourage you to develop as a biomedical scientist.

You'll work closely with students in your group and be supported by student advisers and a tutor as well.

Read about Andrew's experiences of studying Biomedical Science at UWE Bristol.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
126%74%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
320%80%0%100%
412%88%0%100%

Assessment

We'll use a range of assessment tools to measure your understanding and skills, including essays, reports, group tasks and presentations. Overall, we'll use a mix of coursework and examinations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
140%50%10%100%
250%44%6%100%
345%37%18%100%
40%82%18%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

MSci Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS).

The degree meets the academic requirements for registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

If, after graduating, you obtain employment in an NHS lab, you may be able to undertake a training portfolio, qualify for the IBMS Certificate of Competence and apply for HCPC Registration.

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

You'll have a chance to work with major employers in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry, with opportunities for placements, internships and volunteering.

We have links with lots of employers, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, ICI, government laboratories including CAMR and Porton Down, and university research centres.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

You could spend a year working overseas in destinations such as the USA, Malaysia, Germany or Switzerland.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Benefit from our well-equipped, modern science laboratories, with specialist apparatus for histology, haematology and biochemistry, molecular biology and cell culture.

Use the latest instrumentation to measure human performance physiology.

Carry out research projects using our extensive facilities for light-based microscopy (including confocal and fluorescent) and an electron microscopy suite.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

You'll graduate with the insight, tools and practical experience to make a valuable contribution to the health of the community.

Most graduates follow careers in biological sciences, particularly research and development work in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and education sectors.

As well as preparing you for research and laboratory-based jobs, the course will give you the transferable skills employers value in a wide variety of roles, from medical sales and scientific writing, to quality control and health and safety.

Some graduates use their qualification to successfully apply for mature entry to medicine degrees, while others continue with MPhil/PhD research degrees.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in biosciences

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full Time Course with Placement

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in Biology or Chemistry plus a Grade C or above in another science subject. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Biology, Chemistry
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in Biology or Chemistry and six units in another science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction in Biology or Chemistry, and an additional 15 credits at merit in another Science subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry and grade 5 in another higher level science subject.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

You will be required to achieve an average grade of 2:1 or above by the end of your second year in order to progress to the third year of the course. Students that do not achieve this will transfer to the third year of BSc(Hons) qualification.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international students who does not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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