BSc Hons Biomolecular Sciences

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: C193
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Accreditation: Royal Society of Biology
  • Flexible degree: flexibility to change to other Biomolecular Science courses throughout your studies

Study with us

  • ranked 7th in the UK for Biological Sciences (Complete University Guide 2020)
  • our courses are underpinned by our strong research base, links with industry, the NHS and international partners
  • accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology
  • opportunity to study and take part in lab-based research abroad
  • choose at the end of Year 2 to progress to single, joint Honours or an Integrated Masters degree in any of the biomolecular sciences
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Why this course?

Our Biomolecular Science degree programmes will equip you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours needed for careers in all branches of bioscience and allied professions.

The MSci programmes are appropriate if you're interested in pursuing an academic or research-related career.

You can defer your choice of degree specialisation until the end of Year 2, giving you the option to progress to single, joint Honours or an Integrated Masters degree in any of the biomolecular sciences.

Our courses have a strong research base and benefit from excellent links with industry, the NHS and international partners. Student exchange programmes offer you the chance to study and take part in lab-based research abroad.

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You'll study

You can choose from the following degree programmes all of which have a common curriculum in Years 1 and 2. This means that whichever degree you apply for, you can defer your ultimate choice of degree until you have experienced introductory classes in each of the subjects.

Work placement

We offer opportunities for you to engage with research full time in the summer preceding your final year. Since 2010, 47 undergraduate students have benefited from summer internships, of which 27 were funded by external organisations (including the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Carnegie Trust and professional societies) and others received internal funding (including the University's ResearchInterns@Strathclyde).

You'll receive in-depth training through the host lab as well as skills development workshops on public engagement, networking and poster/presentation preparation. Additionally there are opportunities for students to participate in the ERASMUS scheme. Students have worked in universities from Poland to Portugal, from the Czech Republic to Spain.

Major projects

You'll have the opportunity to take part in a Vertically Integrated Project – VIP@Strath. These projects give students from first year through to postgraduate level the opportunity to work with staff in multi-disciplinary teams on cutting-edge research and development projects.

By taking part in the VIP project, you'll be able to:

  • learn & practice many different professional skills
  • make substantial technical contributions to a project
  • experience many different roles on a large design team
  • interact & receive support from more senior students &, in some instances, receive mentoring from PhD students involved in the project
  • contribute to the completion of large-scale design projects that are of significant benefit to the research programmes of staff members

Postgraduate study

Students from these courses have gone on to Masters postgraduate studies including MSc in Biomedical Sciences, Industrial Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Forensic Science. A number of students have pursued PhDs at a number of universities. Many students also go on to study for a PGDE in order to qualify as future science teachers.

Student competitions

Prizes for the best students are awarded each year by a number of societies including British Society of Immunology, British Physiological Society, the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology. Students are encouraged to enter a number of competitions such as Findacure Essay competition and Life Sciences CV Competition.

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Course content

The programme has five major subject strands:

  • biochemistry
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • pharmacology
  • biomedical science

You can choose to specialise in two of the four biomolecular science subjects to joint Honours or in one subject to single Honours. These degrees take four years.

There's also an option to continue to a research-based fifth year and graduate with an MSci.

The four-year BSc Honours Biomedical Science programme has its own curriculum from Year 3. It's accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology and is designed to equip graduates with the skills for future NHS employment.

In Years 1 & 2 all biomolecular students study the same classes.

Year 1

You'll be introduced to fundamental biological concepts in biomolecular sciences and biological chemistry. Laboratory classes combine specialist and transferable practical skills with statistical analysis and data interpretation and presentation. You'll also choose two elective subjects from other departments across the University.

Year 2

You'll take classes in the four subject disciplines in Introduction to Immunology, Pharmacology, Microbiology and Biochemistry. Laboratory classes will develop the skills acquired in Year 1 and introduce some discipline-specific techniques.

Year 3

In lectures, you'll develop the discipline-specific knowledge acquired in Year 2, taking two classes per discipline stream. Laboratory classes cover the skills required; those on the IBMS-accredited Biomedical Science degree stream will take classes in Biomedical Microbiology, Immunology, Biochemistry and Fundamental Bioscience Haematology, Immunohaematology, and Immunodiagnostics.

Year 4

You can opt to specialise in particular disciplines or focus on topics within biomolecular sciences that match your career expectations. To progress to single Honours, you'll take three types of discipline-specific classes – Advanced, Clinical and Applied and an option class. The research project class will develop research skills in preparation for the final-year project.

Assessment

Our classes are assessed in a variety of ways. In addition to essays and MCQ in exams we also use laboratory reports, problems solving, critical analysis and presentations.

Learning & teaching

As well as lectures and laboratories, we use a variety of workshop styles, tutorials, online activities and group work.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements:

Year 1 entry: AABB/AAAC

(two sciences – Biology/Human Biology B and Chemistry B; Maths and English National 5 B)

Minimum entry requirements*: 

AABB /AABCC

(Biology B, Chemistry B, Maths and English National 5 B)

*Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Advanced Highers

Year 2 entry: BB

(Chemistry B, Biology/ Human Biology B, plus Year 1 above)

A Levels

Year 1 entry: ABB-BBB

(two sciences, – Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not at A Level) GCSE 6/B; GCSE Maths 6/B, GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B)

Year 2 entry: AAA-ABB

(Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)

International Baccalaureate

Year 1 entry: 32

(two science subjects (Chemistry/ Biology/Physics) HL5; English SL5; Maths SL5)

Year 2 entry: 36

(Chemistry & Biology HL6; English SL5; Maths SL5)

HNC/HND

Year 1 entry: HNC, Graded Unit B
Year 2 entry: HNC, Graded Unit A or HND, Graded Units BB
Year 3 entry: HND, Graded Units AB

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages.

Deferred entry

Accepted

Widening access

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.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

TBC

Fees for students domiciled in Scotland and the EU are subject to confirmation in early 2020 by the Scottish Funding Council.

(2019/20: £1,820)

Rest of UK

TBC

Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), 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.

(2019/20: £9,250)

International

£19,750

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Additional costs

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  • approx £25  
Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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Students from Scotland and the EU

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.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students (Non-UK Scholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

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Careers

Many of our graduates work in the development of drugs, food processing, protecting the environment, fighting disease or slowing the ageing process. They work in a variety of positions including:

  • research in academia
  • NHS & private sector laboratory technician
  • clinical support worker

We also have graduates working in areas such as medical writing, clinical drug trials, medical sales, and production control.

Registration as a biomedical scientist

Institute of Biomedical Science accreditation of the BSc Honours in Biomedical Science ensures that this degree meets the academic requirements for registration as a biomedical scientist. This is required if you wish to obtain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Registration with the council is essential if you wish to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in an NHS laboratory.

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Biomolecular Sciences

Qualification: BSc

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Contact us

Dr Alan McCruden

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3749

Email: sipbs-biomed@strath.ac.uk