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Biomedical Science BSc is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the scientific basis of human health and disease, covering fundamental aspects of cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and genetics, and progressing to the investigation of the disease process including diagnosis and treatment. The St George's programme gives you the opportunity to focus in any one of ten Biomedical Science specialisms.

This course prepares you to pursue a career in medicine or research, or specialise in areas such as forensic medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, clinical trials coordination or biomedical product marketing.
Our curriculum offers flexibility and focus in year 3, to better prepare students interested in pursuing careers in both healthcare and medicine.

Biomedical Science BSc is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the scientific basis of human health and disease, covering fundamental aspects of cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and genetics, and progressing to the investigation of the disease process including diagnosis and treatment. The St George's programme gives you the opportunity...

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Course Content

The programme provides flexibility after year 2 in addition to the BSc Biomedical Science degree.

The first two years of the course are common for all pathways and contain compulsory modules. In year 3, there is a wide range of specialist taught modules available to both BSc and MSci Biomedical Science students.

Anatomy is taught across the first two years of the course and will be delivered with comparable breadth to that of the first two years of the Medicine MBBS (5 year) programme, but to less depth. The content will be contextualised to physiology teaching within the BMS curriculum.

If you pursue the Clinical Bioscience pathway, knowledge and understanding of anatomy will be further developed within a compulsory clinical anatomy module in year 3. Anatomy teaching will be at a greater depth and emphasise the clinical importance of human anatomy by consolidating the knowledge from the first two years of the course. The clinical emphasis will be linked to the other compulsory module Clinical, Communication & Professional Skills in Healthcare; linking anatomy and clinical practice, and enhancing the contextualised learning of both disciplines.

Throughout the course, you will work towards developing your practice of practical, cognitive and transferable skills. Essential practical techniques are developed through the course as you progress from competence in basic laboratory skills in year 1, to the use of more sophisticated techniques in year 2, and ultimately to your research project in year 3 of the BSc or year 4 of the MSci Biomedical Science. 

You will also be developing your cognitive skills; from simple problem solving exercises and data handling, to self-directed literature review, culminating in the research project which will require you to develop a highly critical approach to the scientific literature and to your own data.

This option is open to all students. Here is key information about this option:

  • Students undertake a compulsory research project module to the value of 45 credits and select further taught module options to the value of 75 credits.
  • Students who successfully complete 75 credits or more within a specific subject will be awarded a modified degree title to reflect this specialisation.
  • The number of places available on the specific modules will reflect the number of students within the full cohort.

The programme provides flexibility after year 2 in addition to the BSc Biomedical Science degree. The first two years of the course are common for all pathways and contain compulsory modules. In year 3, there is a wide range of specialist taught modules available to both BSc and MSci Biomedical Science students. Anatomy is taught across the first two years of the...

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Entry Requirements

Five subjects which must include English Language and Maths, and either Double Award Science or both Biology and Chemistry.

Adjusted Criteria

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (i.e. a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For Biomedical Science BSc this will be an A Level offer of BBC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Additional information

Resits

We will consider your application if you are re-sitting your A levels (including AS levels and modular resits) over 3 years. However, you will be required to achieve higher grades. Re-sit applications will be assessed on an individual basis, as offers may be dependent on achieved Biology and Chemistry grades. Any re-sit grades will supersede previous grades.

Five subjects which must include English Language and Maths, and either Double Award Science or both Biology and Chemistry. Adjusted Criteria If you attend a school or college in England from this list (i.e. a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to...

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Assessment Methods

Progress is judged by a mixture of in-course assessment and written exams. Each year’s marks contribute towards the final degree. A variety of examination types are used during the course, including:

  • Short and Long answer Questions
  • Single Best Answer Questions
  • Calculation and data analysis problems
  • Essay questions
  • Objective structured practical examinations where you demonstrate knowledge of structure and function in the dissecting room
  • Oral examinations where you answer questions from a panel of examiners

Progress is judged by a mixture of in-course assessment and written exams. Each year’s marks contribute towards the final degree. A variety of examination types are used during the course, including: Short and Long answer Questions Single Best Answer Questions Calculation and data analysis problems Essay questions Objective...

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