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BSc | Undergraduate

Biomedical Science

Entry year
2021
Entry requirements
ABB/AAB
Duration
3 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
B940
Applications for 2020 entry are still open. View courses
  • Overview

    Our Biomedical Science degree enables you to explore the sciences related to medicine and in particular, the specialist disciplines of diagnostic Biomedical Science as practised in Health Service Laboratories. Our degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in diagnostic laboratory science as biomedical scientists within the NHS, research or management careers in the pharmaceutical industries or academic research.

    Biomedical Science Degree highlights

    Global Opportunities

    • The School has established links with two universities in the USA - the University of Nevada in Reno and the University of Vermont, where several students are given the opportunity to work in their research laboratories for a year between second and final year.

    Professional Accreditations

    • This degree, which is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in diagnostic laboratory science as biomedical scientists within the NHS, research and development or management careers in the pharmaceutical industries and/or academic research.

    World Class Facilities

    • The School has excellent research facilities as well as strong links with clinical departments.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • Our teaching staff comprises enthusiastic teachers with world-class research in the biomedical sciences. Professional biomedical scientists from NHS laboratories also make a major contribution to the degree.
    Student Experience

    “The knowledge and experience I gained in my time of study at Queen’a has been invaluable. Having the opportunity to work alongside leading academics in my final year Honours project allowed me to develop the skills that will benefit me in my future career as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS. “

    James Allen
    BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science Graduate, 2018

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    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionBiomedical Science comprises the sciences related to medicine and in particular these specialist disciplines of diagnostic Biomedical Science as practised in Health Service Laboratories:
    • Clinical Bacteriology and Immunology
    • Clinical Biochemistry
    • Haematology and Transfusion Science
    • Histopathology and Cytology
    Further modules provide a sound background to other fundamental areas of Biomedical Sciences (including Anatomy and Physiology) along with cutting-edge subject areas of relevance to Life Science careers.
    Stage 1 ModulesMolecular Basis of Life (nature of biomolecules with emphasis on amino acids, proteins, DNA structure and basic experimental techniques)
    The World of Microorganisms (biology of bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, protozoa and parasites)
    Human Structure and Function (integrated anatomy and physiology)
    Stage 2 ModulesCell Biology & Clinical Genetics (basic introduction to the molecular basis of cell structure and function, genetic information processing and disease inheritance)
    The Sciences of Disease (basic introduction to immunology, human disease and the laboratory clinical sciences of pathology, microbiology and haematology)
    Professional Practice in Biomedical Sciences (basic introduction to the practical aspects of laboratory work in hospitals and research methods and statistics [application of statistics to medical research and the methodology of how to undertake scientific research])
    Stage 3 ModulesResearch Project
    Molecular Markers of Disease (molecular histology, cell and molecular biology of haematological disorders with particular emphasis on current diagnosis and treatment)
    Advanced Infections and Clinical Biochemistry (microbial existence in epidemiology and spread of infection, the molecular basis of virulence and the pathogenesis of disease, biochemistry, endocrinology and specialised investigations)

    People teaching you

    Dr Stephen McCullough
    Director

    Centre for Biomedical Sciences

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching14 (hours maximum)
    Lectures
    Medium Group Teaching12 (hours maximum)
    Practical/Tutorial
    Personal Study24 (hours maximum)

    Learning and Teaching

    The Biomedical Science course at Queen's is designed to equip our students with the knowledge and skills base required for life-long learning in one of the most rapidly expanding areas of modern science. To do this we provide a range of learning experiences:

    • Adviser of Studies
      Who acts as a first point of contact for students with academic or personal issues that they may require guidance and/or support with.
    • E-Learning technologies
      Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Canvas. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.
    • Induction
      A formalised induction for all undergraduate students. For Stage 1 students, this includes several the week before the programme begins to allow students to familiarise themselves with the campus and the degree programme and their fellow classmates. During Stage 1 there are a number of follow-up sessions throughout the year. Topics such as academic writing, referencing, plagiarism, communication skills, examination preparation and managing time effectively are all covered in these practical sessions.
    • Lectures
      These introduce foundation information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. As the module progresses this information becomes more complex. Lectures, which are normally delivered in large groups to all year-group peers, also provide opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification on key issues as well as gain feedback and advice on assessments. Additional guest lectures are also delivered by researchers or experts in their fields.
    • Peer Mentoring Scheme
      Whereby students in second and third year of their degree programme volunteer to mentor Stage 1 students. This informal interaction helps with transition from School to University with the help of trained and enthusiastic fellow students.
    • Practical laboratory
      Biomedical has practical classes contributing to most modules, and the hands-on experience is hugely popular with our students. In the first year this includes extensive work in Physiology, Anatomy, Molecular Biology and Microbiology. Further advanced and clinical experience is offered in 2nd and 3rd year and includes visits to NHS laboratories.
    • Self-directed study
      This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
    • Seminars/tutorials
      In these sessions, the class is split into small groups (typically 4-5 students). These sessions are designed to explore, in more depth, the information that has been presented in the lectures. This provides students with the opportunity to engage closely with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of their peers.
    • Summer Studentships
      Competitively available to students (usually 6-8) about to move into 2nd or 3rd year, these studentships provide additional hands on laboratory experience in one of our research laboratories for up to 6 weeks over the summer breaks, and are useful for general laboratory experience as well as for skills to be employed in 3rd year projects.
    • Third year Supervised Projects
      Based on choices made from the list of projects available each year, students are assigned their third year project, usually carried out as a valued member of a research group in one of our World-leading Research Centres within the Faculty, over the course of 2 semesters. This will often involve designing and conducting of experiments, presenting data and analysing it in the context of the area of research. In addition to the submitted write-up, our students regularly get the opportunity to present their results at scientific meetings or are included as part of a full paper publication.

    Assessment

    Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

    • Assessment will vary according to the Learning Objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. Students are assigned an Advisor of Studies who can advise on personal and academic matters.

    Feedback

    As you progress through your course you will receive general and specific feedback about your work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, personal tutors, Advisors of Study and your peers. As a university student, you will be expected to take a greater role in reflecting on this and taking the initiative in continuously improving the quality of your work.

    • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
      Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
      On-line or e-mailed comment.
      General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
      Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
      Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
      Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
      Once you have reviewed your feedback, you are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.
  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    AB (in any order in Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry) B + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
    OR
    A (Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry) AB including a second science subject + GCSE Biology and Chemistry grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/4,4 + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 and H3 in any order in Biology and Chemistry + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.
    Access Course
    Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 80% with no less than 70% in any module normally including two Biology modules (Level 3) and two Chemistry modules (Level 3). GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    33 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level to include Higher Level grades 6,5 (in any order) in Biology and Chemistry + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
    OR
    34 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level to include Higher Level grade 6 in Biology or Chemistry and Higher Level grade 5 in a second Science subject + GCSE Biology and Chemistry grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/4,4 + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.

    Standard Level grade 4 would be acceptable in lieu of the GCSE requirement.
    BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
    QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma - not accepted

    RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science route only)

    1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH), with at least 660 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 420 GLH at Merit grade + GCSE Biology and Chemistry grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/4,4 + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.

    Applicants must have Distinction grades in four specified units:

    Science Investigation Skills
    Physiology of Human Body Systems
    Biological Molecules & Metabolic Pathways
    Biomedical Science
    Graduate
    A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirements are also met.
    All applicants
    Acceptable second Science subjects:
    Computer Science, ICT, Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Geography, Geology, Home Economics, Mathematics, Nutrition & Food Science, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology, Technology & Design. Other subjects considered on an individual basis.

    Selection Criteria

    In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

    Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

    Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

    For entry last year, applicants offering A-level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or better (to include English Language and Mathematics), though this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

    Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is normally one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

    Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

    Applicants offering other qualifications, such as relevant Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, will also be considered.

    Those offering a relevant Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Diploma (HND) are considered individually on their own merits for entry to Stage 1. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits. For those offering a HND, at least half of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit level. Where offers are made students would be expected to achieve Merits in all units assessed in final year. For those offering a HNC or HND, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile.

    The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of this degree, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

    A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

    Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview.

    If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

    If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

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  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    The BSc in Biomedical Science at Queens is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in:

    Diagnostic laboratory science as Biomedical Scientists within the National Health Service
    Clinical trials relating to drug registration and patents
    Government or Charity-funded research laboratories
    Management careers in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology Industries
    Academic Research and Development
    Postgraduate entry to Medicine, Dentistry and allied health Professions after gaining a strong scientific training at undergraduate level

    In addition to graduates in Biomedical Science being interested in pursuing a career in the field, the degree also affords opportunities for careers in the broad field of medicine and medically-related subjects such as medical sales and science writing. In addition, the degree provides access to graduate jobs open to other disciplines.

    FURTHER STUDY

    Many students go into further study after their degree, completing Master’s and PhDs and a significant proportion of graduates gain entry to a Medical or Dental degree both at Queen's University Belfast and abroad.
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    Employment after the Course

    Employment Links

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    Prizes and Awards

    A number of professional bodies, including the Institute of Biomedical Science, sponsor prizes on an annual basis for best students in their level, module or category.

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,395
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU * £4,395
    International £20,800

    The undergraduate fees for 2021 entry have not yet been set. The fees shown are for 2020 entry and are to be used only as a guide. Please check back later in 2020 to view updated fees.

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    * The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

    If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Biomedical Science costs

    Year 1 students are required to buy a laboratory coat at a cost of £10.

    Students are required to cover their own costs for transport for a one-off, hospital laboratory visit day during 2nd year; where possible students will be allocated to a hospital closest to their home address.

    Students undertaking placements are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students may receive payment from their placement provider during their placement year.

    How do I fund my study?

    There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

    Scholarships

    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

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    How and when to Apply

    How to Apply
    Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.

    Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2021) subject to the availability of places.

    Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

    The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

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    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study. Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.

    Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

    1. Applying through UCAS
      Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2021.
    2. Applying direct
      The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
    3. Applying through agents and partners
      The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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