Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

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Build on your A Level knowledge of biology or chemistry. Gain expertise in fields such as medical microbiology, immunology, haematology, pathophysiology and clinical biochemistry. Work towards one of four possible degree titles. 

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Overview

This unique course allows you to work towards one of four possible degree titles: Biomedical Science, Applied Biomedical Science, Biomedical Science (sandwich) and Healthcare Science (Life Sciences).

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Why us?

  • Our Healthcare Science courses are accredited by the National School of Healthcare Sciences
  • The University has over 100 years of expertise in teaching science
  • Opportunities to undertake a 40 week clinical placement in an IBMS approved training laboratory within the NHS
  • 'Hands on' approach to learning in our new state-of-the-art interactive learning facility 'The Living Lab' and modern bioscience laboratories
  • Opportunities to undertake a work placement year in industry, developing practical and real-world skills of value to employers
  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body for those who work within the field of biomedical science
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science and BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) courses are both approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and lead to eligibility to join the HCPC register as a Biomedical Scientist
  • Opportunities to undertake an integrated course which incorporates 50 weeks of clinical placement over three years

Course structure

This programme has been designed to develop Biomedical Scientists who will play a vital role in modern healthcare, but the programme also follows a research-active curriculum, promoting development of a wide range of subject-specific and transferrable skills valuable to employers. The programme integrates traditional lectures and laboratory-based learning with a range of approaches to reflect different ways of learning, such as workshops, seminars, case-based learning, group work, one to one tutorials. In addition there is directed and independent study and use of the virtual learning environment.

Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Fundamental Principles in Biomedicine (20 credits)
  • Human Physiology (20 credits)
  • Chemistry for the Biosciences (20 credits)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (20 credits)
  • Microbes and Host Defences (20 credits)
  • Clinical and Professional Practice (20 credits)

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Pathophysiology and Therapeutics (20 credits)
  • Molecular and Cellular Analysis (20 credits)
  • Infection and Immunity (20 credits)
  • Blood Science (20 credits)
  • Biosciences Literature Review (20 credits)
  • Research and Analytical Skills for Biosciences (20 credits)

Placement year (optional):

  • 48-week industrial placement

Final year (national level 6):

Core modules

  • Bioscience Research Investigation (40 credits)

Optional modules - select four

  • Cellular Pathology (20 credits)
  • Clinical Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science (20 credits)
  • Human Genetics and Genomics (20 credits)
  • Clinical Immunology (20 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology (20 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Applied Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) (4 years)

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Fundamental Principles in Biomedicine (20 credits)
  • Human Physiology (20 credits)
  • Chemistry for the Biosciences (20 credits)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (20 credits)
  • Microbes and Host Defences (20 credits)
  • Clinical and Professional Practice (20 credits)

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Pathophysiology and Therapeutics (20 credits)
  • Molecular and Cellular Analysis (20 credits)
  • Infection and Immunity (20 credits)
  • Blood Science (20 credits)
  • Biosciences Literature Review (20 credits)
  • Research and Analytical Skills for Biosciences (20 credits)

Placement year:

  • 40-week clinical placement in NHS pathology department

Final year (national level 6):

Core modules

  • Bioscience Research Investigation (40 credits)

Optional modules - select four

  • Cellular Pathology (20 credits)
  • Clinical Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science (20 credits)
  • Human Genetics and Genomics (20 credits)
  • Clinical Immunology (20 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology (20 credits)

Healthcare Science BSc (Hons)

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Fundamental Principles in Biomedicine (20 credits)
  • Human Physiology (20 credits)
  • Chemistry for the Biosciences (20 credits)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (20 credits)
  • Microbes and Host Defences (20 credits)
  • Clinical and Professional Practice for Healthcare Science* (20 credits)
    *Here you will be required to undertake a suitable 10-week work placement in your first year

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Pathophysiology and Therapeutics (20 credits)
  • Molecular and Cellular Analysis (20 credits)
  • Infection and Immunity (20 credits)
  • Blood Science (20 credits)
  • Research and Analytical Skills for Biosciences (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice and Work-Based Training in Life Sciences* (20 credits)
    *Here you will be required to undertake a suitable 15-week work placement during your second year

Final year (national level 6):

Core modules

  • Healthcare Science Research Investigation (30 credits)
  • Advanced Professional Practice and Work-Based Training in Life Sciences - 25 weeks placement (30 credits)

You will also undertake specific modules and placements that will determine the exact title of your degree

  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Blood Science)
  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cellular Science)
  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Infection Science)
  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Genetic Science)

Your degree title will depend on which of the following four options you choose:

Blood Science route

Core modules

  • Clinical Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Clinical Immunology (20 credits)
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science (20 credits)

Cellular Science route

Core modules

  • Cellular Pathology (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose two)

  • Clinical Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Clinical Immunology (20 credits)
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science (20 credits)
  • Human Genetics and Genomics (20 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology (20 credits)

Genetic Science route

Core modules

  • Haematology and Transfusion Science (20 credits)
  • Human Genetics and Genomics (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose one)

  • Cellular Pathology (20 credits)
  • Clinical Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Clinical Immunology (20 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology (20 credits)

Infection Science route

Core modules

  • Clinical Immunology (20 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology (20 credits)

Optional modules - choose one

  • Cellular Pathology (20 credits)
  • Clinical Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Human Genetics and Genomics (20 credits)
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science (20 credits)

Sciences Complex,
City Campus,
Sunderland,
SR1 3RG

54.905143,-1.392352

  • These are equipped with wide-ranging facilities from proteomics to drug discovery. These include a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer and nanoHPLC MALDI spotter both 2D-gel based proteomics and bacterial identification, a new BD Accuri bench top flow cytometer for cell based assays, and an imaging suite including facilities for light, confocal and electron microscopy. You will have access to the physiology laboratories equipped with specialist equipment and instrumentation to demonstrate a range of physiological mechanisms including cardiac, respiratory and autonomic mechanisms. We have a number of laboratories dedicated for final year projects where you will gain first-hand research experience.

    Bioscience laboratories
  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on pharmaceutical and biomedical science, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.
    Some of the most important sources for your studies include:

    • Embase: A complex database covering drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering/instrumentation
    • PsycARTICLES: Includes information about the psychological aspects of medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology and physiology
    • PubMed: Contains life science journals, online books and abstracts that cover fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care
    • Science Direct: Offers more than 2,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
    • Web of Science: Covers a broad range of science areas
    Library Services - sciences
  • Our Patient Diagnostic Suite is a multi-professional facility featuring a range of near patient testing/point of care resources for audiology, cardiology and laboratory medicine assessment and diagnostics including consultation areas for simulated patient assessment and feedback.

    Patient Diagnostic Suite
  • The Living Lab at the University of Sunderland was opened by Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Chief Nurse of Health Education England in 2016, following significant investment and major redevelopment of the ground floor of Fleming Building in the Sciences Complex. Our aim is to provide a state-of-the-art venue for all forms of healthcare related simulation based education.

    The Living Lab boasts the region’s only immersive simulation room allowing participants to experience events in simulated environments. An adjacent task trainer room which can be used flexibly can aid with the development of clinical and non-technical skills. Integral cameras enable participants to view live or recorded footage in our dedicated debrief room. The Lab also has a 7 bedded ward and Point of Care Testing (POCT) facility along with an OSCE suite and seminar rooms.

    The facility currently has 2 SimMan 3Gs, a SimNewB, a SimMom birthing simulator and 2 TraumaFX simbodies. A range of other clinical equipment and part task trainers as well as a pop-up ambulance are available to complement the facilities.

    The Living Lab

Facilities

This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts excellent laboratories and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million pound investments.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is


  • GPA 3.0 or above from High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade - SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement

which must include Biology or Chemistry.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £10,750 if you are from outside the EU

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.

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Employment

Your career options will vary according to the path you choose and the title of your final degree.

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

Potential employers include the NHS, medical research institutions, clinical laboratories, drug companies and molecular biology companies.

The optional 48-week placement after your second year is a great way to make contacts that can be valuable for future job offers.

BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science

You will have completed a compulsory 40-week placement in NHS pathology departments, which are obvious sources of potential employment.

Your experience and skills will also give you an edge in applying for any jobs where a strong science background is an advantage.

BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science

Blood Science / Cellular Science / Infection Science / Genetic Science

If you switch to this degree you will be well-prepared to apply for roles as a healthcare scientist within the NHS. Our course provides significant amounts of work-based learning, with compulsory unpaid placements amounting to 10 weeks in Year 1, 15 weeks in Year 2 and 25 weeks in Year 3.

NHS salaries for staff working in healthcare science range from around £21,000 to around £80,000 per year. At an entry level, the work involves obtaining diagnostic data from patients and working as part of a multidisciplinary team that also includes doctors, nurses and radiographers.

  • My placement year gave me an edge when I was applying for jobs.
    Kate Mulholland, Biomedical Science student

    Kate Mulholland

  • It's an excellent University that really listens to the student voice.
    Shelley James

    Shelley James

  • I was so impressed with the facilities, the friendly atmosphere and the opportunities on offer.
    Tolu Oyebanji, Biomedical Sciences student

    Tolu Oyebanji

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