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Biomedical Sciences

Entry Year: 2020

3 study options

Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
B990
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB with at least a B in Biology
IB: HL 33 with at least a HL 5 in Biology
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

Biological Sciences with Foundation BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
CCX2
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements
This course is not available in clearing
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees

Biomedical Sciences with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
B99Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB with at least a B in Biology
IB: HL 33 with at least a HL 5 in Biology
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,500
Funding information
Paying your fees
Biomedical Sciences
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Overview

Biomedical scientists study the cells, organs and systems in the human body, and how findings can be applied to diagnose and treat disease.

Our Biomedical Sciences BSc is taught jointly by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

Many of our graduates progress onto medicine and dentistry, and the programme is designed with this in mind.

We’ll give you a thorough grounding in human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, genetics and pharmacology. In the final year, you can direct your study to specialist areas, including endocrinology, genomics, drug design, cell pathology and cancer biology.

Practical sessions in our modern labs will give you hands-on experience of using scientific instrumentation. In the final year you’ll design your own project, supervised by our experts, developing the skills to become a researcher in your own right.

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Structure

You can complete your Biomedical Sciences degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 0

Foundation

One Year-long double module allocated based on previous maths qualifications:

  • Mathematics A  or
  • Mathematics B

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Communication in Science & Technology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Form and Function in Biology

Semester 2

Compulsory

  • Molecules to Cells
  • Diversity and Ecology
  • A Closer Look at Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 1

  • Molecular Genetics
  • Cells
  • Tissue Biology
  • Biomolecules of Life
  • Biomedical Physiology I - Exchange, Movement and Integration
  • Human Anatomy
  • The Microbial World and Humans
  • Essential Skills for Biomedical Scientists

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Human Molecular Biology
  • Basic Immunology
  • Case-based Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomedical Physiology II - Cardiovascular and Respiratory
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Essential Biochemistry for Human Life
  • Biomedical Pharmacology

Choose one from

  • Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics 
  • Comparative and Integrative Physiology 
  • Human Genetic Disorders

 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Biomedical Science Case Approach to Problem Solving
  • Cellular Pathology and Blood Science

Choose one from

  • Biomedical Sciences Research Project
  • Project Skills in the Life Sciences
  • Project: Engaging the Public with Science

Choose four from

  • Advanced Human Genetic Disorders
  • Endocrine Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Molecular Basis of Personalised Medicine
  • Cancer Biology
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Biomedical neuroscience
  • Receptors and Mechanisms of Cell Signalling
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Drug Design

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Biomedical Sciences BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

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Testimonial

Studying Biomedical Sciences was the perfect fit for me at the time, since it gave me the chance to deepen my knowledge of Human Biology and at the same time I found many chances to volunteer and gain work experience in hospitals. I am now studying Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles - lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

A typical weekly workload would be six to eight lectures and four to five hours of practical laboratories or workshops.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing up and reading.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by written examinations (typically 70 to 90 per cent of the final mark) and coursework (practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests).

Final-year students undertake a research or investigative project, assessed with a detailed written report, poster and interview.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilities
  • modern, well-equipped labs.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Medicine or dentistry

Our Biomedical Sciences programme provides an ideal background for studying medicine or dentistry.

The 19 highest-ranked students from our Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience and Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics programmes are guaranteed an interview for the five-year A100 Medicine MBBS degree (Barts and The London). Students are selected at the end of the second year on the basis of an aggregate of academic ranking (50%) and UKCAT score (50%). 

Of these students, the top five will also be considered for the four-year A101 MBBS Graduate Entry Programme.

Other careers

Biomedical science graduates are in demand in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries. Many students move into clinical and laboratory work, postgraduate research and science communication. Others transfer their skills into sectors such as marketing and finance.

92 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).

Recent Biomedical Sciences graduates have been hired by:

  • EY (formerly Ernst & Young)
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • PwC.

Career support

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has a careers consultant, who can offer specialist advice and organise subject-specific events. We also have a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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Biomedical Sciences - BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Sciences with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

About the School

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and dynamic school with strong links to industry. We offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.

You’ll experience inspirational teaching from high-calibre staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. You’ll stay up to date with weekly departmental seminars on new research findings.

Thanks to our close teaching and research links, students have special opportunities for original investigative work with the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo, Forest Enterprise and University of London’s Marine Biological Station at Millport in Scotland.

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