Biomedical science is an exciting and dynamic subject where up-to-date research is constantly leading to breakthroughs and medical advances that have an impact on the health and well-being of society. You will be taught by highly-qualified lecturers who carry out their own research in areas including cancer, diabetes, antibiotic resistance and haemostasis, among others. Our teaching is therefore research-led by our lecturers who are passionate about their subjects.
On this degree you will learn key biological concepts that are fundamental to understanding, investigating and treating human disease. You will begin by studying general biology, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and cellular and molecular biology, which will give you a solid foundation of knowledge on which to build. You will go on to develop an understanding of the diagnostic techniques used in modern professional practice and learn about the biomedical disciplines, which include haematology and transfusion science, clinical biochemistry, cellular pathology, medical genetics, medical microbiology and clinical immunology. In your final year you will integrate and deepen your knowledge as you learn about human pathology and current advances in biomedical research, as you become an independent learner. Also in your final year, with individual support from a supervisor, you will have the opportunity to carry out a research project of your own which may be laboratory- or literature-based research.
As a student you will learn in lots of different ways, including in lectures, small groups and laboratory sessions. In lectures you will be taught key concepts and the latest research findings; in small groups you will work on case studies and scientific problems to develop analytical skills. In the lab you will get plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on practical lab skills. You will also be developing your team-work skills by working in small groups. We are always developing innovative and interactive ways to teach. Our lecturers and other support staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and work hard to create a supportive learning community for all our students.
The state-of-the art facilities in our new Science Centre include specialist tissue culture and microbiology laboratories, as well as general teaching and research labs. We have a wide range of specialist laboratory equipment which you will use in practicals and your projects. We maintain strong links to a number of hospitals within the NHS, and related industries within the East of England. You have the option of a placement year between your second and third year.
Biomedical Science is a multidisciplinary subject and you will develop a broad range of transferable skills, which are valued highly by graduate employers. These include written and oral presentation skills, numeracy and IT skills, intellectual, critical and analytical skills, as well as experimental and practical laboratory skills. During the degree you will have a number of tutorials about employability aimed at helping you to understand and succeed in the graduate job market. Towards the end of your degree we invite external speakers to come and talk to you about the range of career options open to you.
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This IBMS-accredited degree allows graduates to get a trainee position within an NHS laboratory to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Biomedical Scientist. We will provide a valuable introduction to the UK’s professional body for Biomedical Scientists, as well as a chance to link with professionals working in the industry.
When you graduate you will also be in demand for a wide range of biomedical roles, from scientific or laboratory-based jobs in pure research, - both in university and industrial laboratories, to pharmaceutical manufacturing, and working for the Medical Research Council or other health-related public bodies and charities.
Our BSc Biomedical Science degree is also a route into Medicine. Upon graduation you will need to pass the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and have gained relevant work experience in the healthcare sector. You can then apply for a 4 or 5 year accelerated programme at a UK Medical School.
Cambridge has become a world-leading centre for biomedical research and commercial activities of the biotechnology industry. You will benefit from proximity to world-renowned institutions based in the city such as the Sanger Institute and the Wellcome Trust laboratories. Alternatively, you could use the transferable skills you have developed in business or further education.
Graduation does not need to be the end of your time with us. If you wouldd like to continue your studies, we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, including MSc Biomedical Science (distance learning) and MSc Applied Bioscience.
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