BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Science

  • UCAS code(s): B940 / 350C
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • ***The entry requirements may be different while in clearing***

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will consider in detail aspects of understanding disease processes, diagnosis and management.

Why choose this course?

We are very proud to be one of the top three universities in the whole of the UK for student satisfaction in BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (National Student Survey 2015).

The key aspects of disease and disease prevention will be studied in both practical and theoretical contexts and will be used when considering complex health issues. The course covers all the major disciplines of:

  • pathology
  • histopathology
  • clinical chemistry
  • microbiology
  • haematology
  • transfusion science
  • immunology and virology.

You will develop the skills and knowledge of these specific areas and in addition gain an understanding of the underlying principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology.

  • This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
  • It provides you with a multidisciplinary approach to biomedical sciences.
  • The key aspects of disease and disease prevention will be studied with a focus on practical work.
  • Students on this course have the option to undertake a 12-month paid work placement in their third year. This is facilitated by a dedicated Placement Office and the School's excellent links with industry and the National Health Service.
  • Following graduation students work towards registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. The degree is one of the key requirements for registration along with working in a suitable NHS laboratory.
  • You will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 100% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact. (REF 2014).

Graduates from FdSc Healthcare Sciences at Central College Nottingham can progress directly onto Year Two of this course.

Professional recognition

Courses in biological sciences at Nottingham Trent University were awarded a maximum score of 24 points in the latest External Subject Review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Accredited by:

IBMS

What you'll study

Where will I study?

Teaching events are held across Clifton campus, and include interactive workshops in spaces specifically designed for collaborative, hands-on learning.

What's included in the course fees?

You will need equipment to work in the laboratory classes. For example, you will need a lab coat and safety spectacles. You will be provided with the necessary personal equipment at induction. All other requirements for the labs will be provided in the laboratory session. This will include simple equipment such as forceps through to tablets.

About the Biomedical Team

You will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 100% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact. (REF 2014).

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Cell biology

    Introduces you to the structure and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. Topics include the structure and function of cell membranes and organelles.

    Introduction to Biochemistry

    Study the key aspects of macromolecules, cell structure and function, and inter-relationships in both practical and theoretical contexts.

    Practical Techniques for Biology

    Considers the principles of experimental design, data collection and analysis, including techniques in centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, microscopy and radiobiology.

    Genetics and Immunology

    Develops genetic concepts and introduces basic aspects of the immune system, including the molecules, cells and interactions involved.

    Human Systems

    Introduces the physiology of human organ systems (respiratory, cardio-vascular, urinary, endocrine and muscular) and examines the process of homeostasis.

    Introduction to Microbiology

    Study various groups of microbes, their function and roles, and consider the importance of the microbial world, the biology of micro-organisms, and medical, environmental and industrial microbiology.

  • Year Two

    Antibody and DNA Technology

    Introduces extraction, purification, probing, manipulation, amplification and sequencing of DNA and RNA and the expression of genetic sequences.

    Metabolism and its Control

    Explore the central pathways of oxidative catabolism and anabolism of carbohydrates and fats in eukaryotic cells and cover the biochemical basis of cellular signal transduction.

    Molecular Biology and Protein Synthesis

    Learn about the functions of polymerases, binding proteins, helicases, ligases, topoisomerases and promosomes in DNA replication as well as RNA polymerases.

    Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Cells and Tissues

    A systematic review of the physiology and pathophysiology of human systems from a cellular context. You’ll develop an understanding of health and common illnesses.

    Clinical Biochemistry

    Study a variety of disorders and learn about their clinical symptoms, biochemical and molecular defects, detection, diagnosis and treatment.

    Clinical and Public Health Microbiology

    Learn the principles and applications of diagnostic and analytical microbiology in the monitoring and control of diseases caused by microbes.

  • Year Three

    You have the option to undertake a one year work placement in industry. On successful completion you will gain an additional award - the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

  • Final year

    Research Project

    Learn practical research techniques, including a review of scientific writing and critical appraisals of published work, as well as oral presentations and plagiarism.

    Immunology and Virology

    Explore the molecular and cellular mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunology, analysing immune responses to infectious agents and cancer, and review the principles of vaccination.

    Histopathology

    Investigate the pathological basis of disease and how diagnosis is achieved using histopathological and cytological-based techniques. You’ll also explore how information can be obtained and used for treatment.

    Haematology

    Study the biological basis of diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs, and the principles of the techniques used in their investigation.

    Infectious Diseases and their Control

    Covers the significance of infectious diseases in human medicine and looks at mechanisms of control of pathogenic microbes and how they can be used in prevention and treatment.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will typically study six modules each year. Each module normally has around 20 to 24 one hour lectures. In addition there are regular seminars and tutorials to help with your studies. Across the three years you will have approximately 500 hours of laboratory experience. We believe the amount of time a student spends getting hands on experience in a laboratory is very important to prepare them for the world of work, which is why we incorporate such high levels of contact time in the labs.

You will be assessed on a variety of components including the following:

Coursework 31%

  • Laboratory reports
  • assignments
  • poster presentations
  • case studies
  • final year research project/dissertation

Written 45%

  • multiple completion tests
  • formal examinations.

Practical 34%

  • Laboratory assessments
  • Oral presentations

Careers and employability

Your career development

Our Biomedical students have entered careers in:

  • hospital laboratories
  • pharmaceutical industry laboratories
  • management and pharmaceutical sales
  • research and education.

Many also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

Graduate salaries range from £16,000 to £30,000 per year.

Excellent placement opportunities

After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Many students impress their employers on placement and are offered jobs at the end of their course.

Recent Biomedical Science students have secured placements in the following companies:

What our students say

"To obtain a year's worth of work experience at a reputable company such as GSK was an opportunity not to be missed.

"The experience has not only boosted my scientific skills in regards to my degree, but also improved my future job prospects. It has given me a unique set of skills that others graduates will not have, allowing me to stand out from the crowd. It also enabled me to integrate with a scientific community of friends, who are willing to help me with the development of my career, and in some cases, who you know can really make the difference."

Matthew Nicklin, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
GlaxoSmithKline, Laboratory Assistant (2011)

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 300 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels (or two A-Levels and two AS-Levels) including A-level Biology at grade B; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM (including relevant Biology modules); and
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C.

What are we looking for?

  • 300 UCAS Tariff points achieved from a maximum of three A-levels or equivalent, or a combination of two A-Levels and two AS-Levels. This must include A-level Biology at grade B or above; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM (including relevant Biology modules); and
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course, you can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for all full-time undergraduate degree courses in 2016/17 will be £9,000.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at university. The level of the tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your course may rise in line with inflation or fee cap changes permitted by the Government.

If you have a year-long placement as part of your sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad, the fee for that year will be £1350.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on Additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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