Institute of Biomedical Science, Royal Society of Biology
study or take part in lab-based research abroad
High Flyer Programme:
qualified applicants can complete course in three years
Why this course?
Biological and biomedical sciences (also known as life sciences) are at the heart of science and medicine, and include biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology.
Biomedical science represents an opportunity to put scientific knowledge into practical use and performs a key role within medical healthcare that offers career satisfaction for many in the profession.
As a biomedical scientist your skills and qualifications will be recognised across the UK and worldwide.
This course offers a more general degree than the specialist joint Honours biosciences degree programmes.
You’ll follow the same curriculum up to Year 3, but instead of specialising in only two biomedical science options, you’ll take classes selected from all four areas, developing a broad understanding of all the biomedical sciences.
What you’ll study
Years 1 & 2
Subjects include molecular bioscience, biology of organisms, chemistry for bioscience, an introduction to infection and immunity, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, cell and molecular biology and human physiology.
You also choose two elective subjects from other departments across the University.
Years 3 & 4
You'll take specialist classes in the four biosciences disciplines including Fundamental Immunology/Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Haematology, Immunohaematology and Immunodiagnostics. You'll also learn about laboratory methods and data collection and presentation.
You can take part in enterprise projects of commercial significance for a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company in the west of Scotland. Student exchange programmes offer the chance to study and take part in lab-based research abroad.
High Flyer Programme
Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.
diagnose disease based on cell & molecular pathology techniques
define the molecular basis of cell injury caused by toxic compounds & drugs
describe the morphological changes associated with cell damage, & relate this to specific disease processes
appreciate the role of the biomedical scientist in the histopathology lab
You'll also choose one other class from the Year 4 curriculum.
Knowledge and understanding are assessed by written examinations, essays, presentations and computer-aided learning (CAL) exercises and quizzes, available on our virtual learning environment, Myplace.
Competence is assessed through practical tests, practical write-ups, project reports and CAL exercises and quizzes.
Communication skills are assessed through essays and oral presentations.
Project work is assessed from project reports and oral presentations.
There’s an individual research project in the final year of the course where you’ll demonstrate research skills, problem-solving and a research approach.
Learning & teaching
You’ll gain knowledge and understanding through lectures, including review-type lectures, practical classes, tutorials and computer-aided learning.
To allow you to prepare, class handouts are available in advance from Myplace. Hand-outs will also be supported by essays, oral and tutorial/workshop presentations.
Quantitative skills are taught by the Department of Maths & Statistics, the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry as well as the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.
Most laboratory classes, including the chemistry classes in Year 1, include number and numeracy and statistical skills that are used in the institute. Communication skills are taught throughout the course. Information retrieval, interpretation and research skills are gained through project work which also develops team-working skills.
Year 1 entry: AABB or AAAC (two sciences, including Higher Biology/Human Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry |(if not at Higher) National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; Maths National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; English National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B)
Year 2 entry: BB (Chemistry B and Biology/Human Biology B, in addition to requirements for Year 1 above)
Year 1 entry: BBB (two Sciences, including Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not at A Level) GCSE B, Maths GCSE B, GCSE English Language B or English Literature B
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
Please note if you are taking the newly reformed Biology A level, we'll require you to pass the practical assessment included in the A level.
32 (two sciences, Biology/Physics/Chemistry HL5; Maths SL5, English SL5)
Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, B in Graded Unit
Year 2 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit or relevant HND, BB in Graded Units
Year 3 entry: relevant HND, AB in Graded Units
Deferred entry is accepted
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
The 2018-19 fee rate will be updated when it has been confirmed by the UK and Scottish Governments. Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
Biomedical Science is a dynamic profession with diverse career prospects in management, research, education, advanced roles and specialised laboratory work.
UK biomedical scientists are employed in NHS and private sector laboratories. They also work in organisations such as the National Blood Authority, Health Protection Agency and Medical Research Council.
Biomedical scientists usually work in laboratories in the areas of diagnosis, screening, monitoring and research. Over 80% of medical diagnoses are based on biomedical scientists’ laboratory test results. Biomedical scientists handle over 150 million samples every year. If you or anyone you know have given sample to a doctor or nurse to be analysed it will have most likely been analysed in a laboratory by a biomedical scientist
You could also be employed within forensic labs, food and drink companies, scientific publishers and lab suppliers. Some of our graduates choose to apply the transferable skills they have developed in a commercial role either within the science sector or beyond.
How much will I earn?
Within the NHS, biomedical scientists’ salaries start at approximately £21,000 to £28,000 (Band 5). Team leader or specialist roles progress to £26,000 to £34,800 (Band 6).*
Where are they now?
91.2% of our graduates are in work or further study.**
Recent job titles include:
Medical Lab Assistant
Waste and Fuels Strategist
Recent employers include:
Dounreay Sight Restoration Ltd
National Milk Laboratories
NHS Wishaw Hospital
Thomas and Eco
University of Strathclyde
*Information is intended only as a guide and based on NHS pay grades.
**Based on the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13, 2011/12 (aggregated data).
All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
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The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
The deadline is 15 January each year
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Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
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There’s three types of decision
unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
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You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.
You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
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If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body.
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