Biomedicine with Data Science BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Biological Sciences, with our programmes ranked in the top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2019. Our Electronic Engineering programmes are ranked within the top ten in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Our degree will give you the knowledge of human and medical biology with an understanding of the mathematical and computational approaches used to analyse the volume of personal health information captured in our digital world.

As a student on the Biomedicine Data Science degree you will benefit from the new £12.5 million Innovation for Health building at the University of Surrey.

What you will study

As technologies have advanced within the Biosciences, the generation of large data sets (“Big Data”) has brought new challenges in data processing and analysis; in the field of health care, ever-more comprehensive data is being collated from patients, both as individuals and as whole cohorts. Our Biomedicine with Data Science degree will produce graduates with the unique set of knowledge and skills to capitalise on the advances already being made in data generation and collection, and will give them a competitive edge in this emerging jobs market.

The degree is part of Surrey’s pioneering Innovation for Health programme, designed to bring together computer, data and health scientists to meet the challenges of an ageing population and changing patterns of disease, developing technologies that will facilitate improvements in healthcare.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months B992
BSc (Hons) 48 months B993

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Biomedicine with Data Science placements

The majority of our students choose to undertake a professional training placement to gain vital work experience and develop professional skills required by employers.

Many of our professional training placements are salaried roles, with opportunities in the UK including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, the NHS and research institutes.

Recent Biosciences placements have taken place at international institutions including Cornell University, Washington State University, Harvard Medical School (USA), the University of Turku (Finland) and several other European universities.

For students undertaking the Biomedicine with Data Science programme, exciting opportunities to apply computational approaches to human and medical data span the breadth of medicine and health science.  

Students enrolled on this programme will be highly competitive applicants for many of our existing placements, and as this field continues to expand the opportunities will continue to increase.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

This programme is seeking accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

As technologies have advanced within biosciences, the generation of large data sets (Big Data) across many disciplines has brought new challenges in terms of data processing and analysis, and the generation of realistic computational models to address complex biological and medical questions.  

In the field of healthcare, ever more comprehensive data is being collated from patients, both as individuals and as whole cohorts.  

A new breed of medical bioscientist, who can bring together knowledge of human and medical biology with an understanding of the mathematical and computational approaches used to analyse such data, is required in order to capitalise on the advances already being made in data generation and collection.  

Our Biomedicine with Data Science programme will provide students with this unique set of knowledge and skills, and will give them a competitive edge in this newly emerging job market.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

You may be able to spend one or two semesters in your second year at one of our partner institutions.

Our exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country and earn credits that contribute towards your Surrey degree, without paying additional tuition fees. You could broaden your horizons, meet other exchange students and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Studying abroad also helps you become more independent, and teaches you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training placement working in another country.

If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if you’re taking an unpaid research placement at a higher education institution overseas. This is an excellent opportunity not only to get valuable work experience, but also improve or learn another language.

Find out more about the Erasmus+ programme.

Facilities

As a BSc Biomedicine with Data Science student, you’ll directly benefit from our new £12.5 million ‘Innovation for Health’ building at the University of Surrey.

This state-of-the-art building includes:

  • Biology laboratory: a 200-seat laboratory for undergraduate biosciences teaching programmes, fully equipped to carry out a full range of biological experiments, including studying the micro-organisms that cause human infectious diseases, cell biology to understand the make-up of cells and tissues, molecular biology to study genes, and the regulation, biochemistry and physiology to understand the human body both in health and disease
  • Human movement laboratory: housing state-of-the-art technology enabling detailed biomechanical analysis of gait (walking patterns) and upper-limb movement, including a motion capture system, force platforms, a medical grade treadmill, pressure mat and electromyography (EMG) kit
  • Electronics laboratory: accommodating 50 students, this lab lets you assemble and troubleshoot hardware-based projects such as health monitoring equipment, sensor-based instrumentation, body area networking projects, short-range wireless communication projects and data acquisition and processing projects
  • Computing area: accommodating over 70 students, this area includes lab and lecture space, enabling ‘show and tell’ teaching for computing projects, as well as hardware projects that involve embedded programming components
  • Central active learning space: including eight project ‘pods’ designed to enable group work, this is where engineering and physical science students solve vital engineering for health challenges; it’s also used by researchers and healthcare professionals to develop their ideas, and for research sessions with members of the public.

You’ll also have access to other laboratory and teaching spaces across the University.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

The practical component of your degree, which includes both wet labs and computer labs, will begin in your first year with organised lab practicals representing around a quarter of your taught time.  

By the time you reach your final year your research project will allow you to integrate your knowledge of biomedicine and computational approaches to 'Big Data' in order to plan and tackle your own independent piece of scientific research.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to consider some of the key health challenges of the future. These sessions will be delivered with engineers and computer scientists to help you develop fundamental teamwork and communication skills, drawing on the specific knowledge of the different areas.

The new Engineering for Health building will have a number of active learning spaces which are designed to encourage group working.

Watch a video of a Biochemistry laboratory session.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Programme leader

PLANT K Dr (Biosc & Med)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall and required subjects:

AAB. Biology.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

OR

ABB. Biology and Mathematics or Physics.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC).

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

International Baccalaureate

Overall and required subjects:

34. HL5/SL6 in Biology.

OR

32. HL5/SL6 in Biology and HL5/SL6 in Mathematics or Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4 achieved at the time of making an application.

European Baccalaureate

Overall and Required subjects::

82%. At least 7.5 in Biology.

OR

78%. At least 7.5 in Biology and at least a 7.5 in Mathematics or Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English 6 (Language 1/2) or 7 (Language 3), and Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in Biology and 15 credits in Mathematics or Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Scottish Highers

Overall and Required subjects:

AAABB. Biology.

OR

AABBB. Biology and Mathematics or Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Maths Scottish National 5,C achieved at the time of making an application.  

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall and required subjects:

Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Biology.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

OR

Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Biology or Chemistry and Mathematics or Physics.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

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.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months £9,250 £20,500 Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months £9,250 £20,500 £1,850

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

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.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - The equipment pack includes a laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment

Grand total: £20

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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Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

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