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Biomedical Sciences

B990 BSc (Hons) 3 years

Overview

Biomedical Science is concerned with understanding the causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Our programme has been accredited by the prestigious Institute of Biomedical Sciences and is delivered with substantial contributions from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

You will initially study subjects including human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, genetics and pharmacology. In your final year you will study specialist modules in topics including endocrinology, genomics, neuroscience, cell pathology and cancer biology.

Progression

The School of Biological & Chemical Sciences has an excellent record for preparing our graduates for admission to medicine and dentistry programmes and the programme has been designed with this in mind. An average of 20 students a year successfully gain places at Queen Mary's Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a similar number gain places at other medical schools in London and the rest of the UK.

This career progression route has been strengthened by an agreement that the top 15 students (based on performance in the first two years) from the combined biomedical science programmes are guaranteed an offer of a place on the five-year MBBS degree at Barts and the London (subject to successful interview and completing the BSc with an upper second class degree).

Choosing your degree award

Our biomedical sciences programmes is rather unique in that students can choose which degree award they would like to work towards.

Once students have started with us they can choose to continue on the BSc Biomedical Sciences programme or choose to follow a specialised area of study in their final year. The five possible degree awards are:
  1. BSc Biomedical Sciences programme - accredited by the prestigious Institute of Biomedical Sciences
  2. BSc Biomedical Sciences - Cancer*
  3. BSc Biomedical Sciences - Immunology*
  4. BSc Biomedical Sciences - Pharmacology*
  5. BSc Biomedical Sciences - Molecular Medicine*
* These programmes are not accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.

Structure

Indicative programme structure

Year 1

Required modules:

  • Essential skills for biomedical scientists
  • Chromosomes & Gene Functions
  • Biomedical Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy
  • Biomolecules of Life
  • The Human Cell
  • Tissue Biology
  • The Microbial World & Humans

Year 2

Required modules:

  • Biomedical Physiology II
  • Basic Immunology
  • Human Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Techniques in Biomedical Sciences
  • Essential Biochemistry for Human Life
  • Biomedical Pharmacology

Optional modules:

  • Cell Biology & Developmental Genetics
  • Comparative & Integrative Physiology

Year 3

Required modules:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Endocrine physiology & biochemistry
  • Cellular Pathology & Blood Science
  • Molecular Clinical Microbiology

Students must also complete one of the following project modules:

  • Biomedical Science Case Approach to Problem Solving
  • Biomedical Sciences Research Project
  • Project Skills in the Life Sciences

Optional modules:

  • Biomedical Science Investigative Project
  • Neuroscience: from Molecules to Behaviour
  • Human Genetics & Genomics

Entry requirements

  1. A-levels: Typically ABB and above at A2 level from three subjects, including Biology
  2. International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall including grade 5 in Biology (Higher Level)
  3. BTEC: We do not accept BTEC qualifications
  4. Access to HE Diploma: We do not accept Access qualifications for this programme.

Visit our frequently asked questions page for answers to our commonly received queries about entry requirements.

Non-UK students

Students from outside the United Kingdom must give evidence of their English language ability by producing an English language test score. The university provides guidelines for English requirements for all degree programmes.

Foundation programme

Students may enter this degree programme via admission to the QMUL Science and Engineering Foundation Programme. Students must complete the foundation year and meet the required progression criteria.

Other qualifications

If you have qualifications, which are not listed above, please contact us to check your eligibility:
Email: admissionsteamb@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0) 207 882 3096 / +44(0) 207 882 7902

Learning and teaching

All our programmes involve a mixture of classroom activities and laboratory work. A variety of teaching styles are employed, which vary slightly among modules and programmes. Most material is delivered via lectures. These last around 50 minutes each and, typically, you would have two lectures per day.

Lectures are backed up with small-group tutorials and workshops, where you have the opportunity to ask, in a relatively relaxed and small group setting, about material in lectures that you did not understand, to go through problems and practise past exam papers. In general, lectures, tutorials and workshops take place in the mornings and laboratory classes in the afternoons.

A typical weekly workload would be:

  • Eight one-hour lectures
  • 9-12 hours of practical laboratories or workshops
  • 18-20 hours of private study/coursework.

Independent study

For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment:

For all programmes, you must take 120 credits (normally eight modules) in each academic year. Each module is assessed through a combination of theory examinations (typically accounting for 70-90 per cent of the final mark) and coursework (for example practical reports, problem sheets, online exercises and tests). Theory examinations are normally two and a half hours long.

Final year BSc students may undertake a research project worth 30 credits, while final year MSci students undertake a project worth 60 credits; these projects are generally assessed by a combination of detailed written report, a seminar presentation, a poster and an interview.

There are presently no mid-session exams and the main examination period is in May/June, with the additional possibility of deferred exams and resits in August for first and second year students. The format of undergraduate examinations varies from module to module and may include multiple choice questions (MCQ), short answer questions, problem solving or essays.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2015 entry
http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/feesandfunding/tuitionfees/index.html

Tuition fees for International students

2015 entry
http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/international-students/tuitionfees/index.html

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2014):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £7,751 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • A Maintenance Grant of up to £3,387 to help towards your living costs
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • Extra amounts of loan or grant if you study for longer than the standard academic year or if you have travel costs because you are studying away from your main campus

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

Progression onto medicine and dentistry programmes

The School of Biological & Chemical Sciences has an excellent record for preparing our graduates for admission to medicine and dentistry programmes and the programme has been designed with this in mind. An average of 20 students a year successfully gain places at Queen Mary's Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a similar number gain places at other medical schools in London and the rest of the UK.

This career progression route has been strengthened by an agreement that the top 15 students (based on performance in the first two years) from the combined biomedical science programmes are guaranteed an offer of a place on the five-year MBBS degree at Barts and the London (subject to successful interview and completing the BSc with an upper second class degree).

Further study and employment

Employers specifically target Russell Group universities because of the calibre of these institutions' graduates and, as a result, over 90% of our 2013 graduates are employed or in further study.

A large number of biomedical sciences graduates will go on to further study with recent graduates opting for:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • MSc Cancer Therapeutics
  • MSc Dental Technology
  • MSc Neuroscience
  • MSc Molecular Medicine
  • MSc Pharmacology

Recent graduates of this programme have moved into a wide range of careers including:

  • Medical Lab Assistant Charing Cross Hospital
  • Clinical Assistant Great Ormond Street
  • Health Care Scientist Support Team Health Protection Agency
  • Anatomy Assistant Primal Pictures
  • Radiographer’s Assistant Southend Hospital
  • Journalism/Editorial Assistant Biochemical Society
  • Orthodontic Nurse Weybridge Orthodontics
  • Biochemist National Blood Service

Queen Mary’s specialist career service is on hand to offer you advice throughout and after your university studies. We are committed to helping our students achieve their career goals and were placed top 10 in the UK for student employability, according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012.

Profiles

Name: Hitesh Mistry

Studying: BSc Biomedical Sciences

"I chose Queen Mary because it is the only London-based university which has all the main facilities, accommodation and departments on one campus. Additionally, the fact that the lecturers are conducting research which is being published means that we are being taught by people who have direct first-hand experience in their areas of expertise.

"The best thing about the course is the variety of modules. I am able to study a range of different aspects of biology, yet still see how they integrate with each other. I also think that the course is well structured, the University well organised and the newly updated buildings have all the facilities we require.

"The most interesting thing that I have done on my course was the practical sessions of my Human Anatomy modules. We were given access to pro-sections and skeletons in order for us to learn and visualise the location, shape and attachment of various muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and much more. This practical experience was enjoyable and really helpful."

Hitesh Mistry

Biomedical Sciences

“I chose Queen Mary because it is the only London-based university which has all the main facilities, accommodation and departments on one campus. Additionally, the fact that the lecturers are conducting research which is being
published means that we are being taught by people who have direct first-hand experience in their areas of expertise.

“The best thing about the course is the variety of modules. I am able to study a range of different aspects of biology, yet still see how they integrate with each other. I also think that the course is well structured, the University well organised and the newly  updated buildings have all the facilities we require.

“The most interesting thing that I have done on my course was the practical sessions of my Human Anatomy modules. We were given access to pro-sections and skeletons in order for us to learn and visualise the location, shape and attachment of various muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and much more. This practical experience was enjoyable and really helpful.”


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