Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

Being taught by lecturers who are well known in their fields is a major plus point. All of the tutors provide a solid support system, and having a personal tutor with such a passion for their subject has helped me to stay focused.

What you'll study

If you’re fascinated by the science that underpins and advances clinical practice and the treatment of disease, our innovative Biomedical Science degree will prepare you for a career in this exciting field.

Programme overview

Surrey has a long­standing reputation for inspiring teaching and pioneering research in the field of biological sciences.

Our Biomedical Science programme has been developed to allow you to obtain a professional qualification to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in the NHS and has been designed to satisfy the requirements of the Institute of Biomedical Science.

This is the professional body for biomedical scientists in the UK and ensures that the programme covers the topics required for this career.

Our modular structure helps you develop a broad range of skills in your first year. This ensures you have a solid foundation on which to build for your final-­year specialisation.

The programme allows you to pursue the subjects essential to your degree, but at the same time offers you the flexibility to study other topics of interest.

We offer modules covering all the traditional medically related subjects such as biochemistry, immunology, physiology, pharmacology and microbiology. We will also provide you with practical training in clinically relevant techniques such as urine testing and blood counts.

The strong practical emphasis of our Biomedical Science degree programme will add to your portfolio of transferable skills, increasing employability in the numerous career paths that will be available to you, such as working as a biomedical scientist within the NHS pathology services, in medical research, in the pharmaceutical industry or in teaching.

Read about the experience of Biomedical Science student Ashleigh Thompson.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, you will acquire a broad basic knowledge and practical skills. The programme has the flexibility to accommodate students with or without A-­level Chemistry, to bring every student up to the standard necessary for Year 2.

You will study modules in microbiology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and cell biology, each of which will include a range of practicals.

There is also an opportunity to study one of seven modern languages if you wish.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

During Year 2, you will study compulsory modules in subjects such as physiology, immunology, pathology and medicine.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Professional Training placement (optional)

Our experienced Professional Training tutors will help you choose between, and apply to, a strictly vetted selection of impressive placements in the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and academia.

You have the opportunity to apply for placements both in the UK and in other countries such as Finland and the USA. Regular placements include Harvard University and Cornell University.

If you wish to prepare a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration portfolio, there are a limited number of accredited placements available during the Professional Training placement.

Most of our placements are paid, and to ensure that your Professional Training placement is successful, you will get on average three tutor visits during the year.

Watch a video of a Biomedical Sciences student on placement.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3, you will study compulsory modules including Clinical Immunology and Immunohaematology, Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapeutics, and Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases.

The largest single component of the year is the research project, carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

This will give you the opportunity to explore a research area of particular interest and develop specialised lab­-based skills and experience.

Subjects of recent projects include genetic disorders, cancer genetics, the biochemistry of addiction, understanding meningitis, human virology, food poisoning and respiratory infection.

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Professional recognition

The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredits this degree programme.

Teaching

We offer a modular degree based on a structured programme of advanced study, which allows you to pursue the subjects essential to your particular degree, but at the same time offers you the flexibility to study other subjects of interest.

During your first year, about a quarter of your time is spent in laboratory practicals. In your second year, this decreases to around a fifth of your time. In your final year, you will conduct your own scientific research project, usually in one of our state­-of-­the-­art research laboratories.

Watch a video of a microbial sciences lab session.

Assessment

Each module is assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment is by a combination of examination and/or coursework. Credits are then accumulated towards the award of Bachelor of Science (BSc) with Honours.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 1.43 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 1.40 per cent medium group teaching
  • 20.17 per cent large group teaching
  • 77 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Facilities

Our laboratories are equipped with state-­of­-the­-art technology and audiovisual equipment. Our commitment to the development of your practical skills means that you will spend a great deal of time utilising these facilities.

For your research project in Year 3, you will work within our research laboratories alongside active and internationally recognised researchers.

Academic support

You will be allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and to advise on option and career choices, helping you get the most from your studies with us.

Career opportunities

Biomedical Science graduates can follow a number of diverse career paths. The programme was developed to allow you to obtain a professional qualification to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in the NHS, a path that now offers excellent career prospects.

It also provides an in-­depth science degree in its own right that can lead to further study and research for a higher degree.

In addition, some of our graduates decide to pursue a medical career by applying for entrance onto a medical programme.

Graduates have typically gone on to become, for example, postgraduate researchers or biomedical scientists within the NHS. Many have entered the related pharmaceutical industry, and some have gained entry to medical and dental programmes.

Graduate prospects

Our recent Biomedical Science graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • Cardiff University School of Medicine, Research Assistant
  • GlaxoSmithKline, QA Microbiologist
  • Frimley Park Hospital, Biomedical Scientist
  • Guy’s Hospital, Clinical Research Assistant
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Development Scientist
  • Pascual General Hospital, Biomedical Scientist
  • Public Health England, Research Scientist
  • Frimley Park Hospital, Biomedical Scientist

Global opportunities

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have travelled to the USA, Australia and many European countries, and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution.

If you work in another part of Europe in a foreign university laboratory you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if undertaking an unpaid research placement.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

 

Learn more about the Erasmus programme or discover where our global opportunities can take you.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

AAB

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

Applicants taking either Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Psychology, a pass in the Science Practical Certificate is desirable.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

75 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

Two science/mathematics A-levels, one of which must be Chemistry or Biology.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates may be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall (or equivalent)

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill (or equivalent)

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2016 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years B900 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years B902 View KIS data set

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Fees for UK/EU students

Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2017.

Fees for overseas students

Fees for 2017/2018 entry for students classed as overseas (for fees purposes) are being reviewed and will be available shortly.

Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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