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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Biomedical Science at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

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?

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).

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).

What you'll study

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 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.

    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.

    Living Systems

    Introduces levels of biological organisation from molecules to cells and ecosystems, providing a platform of knowledge and skills
    upon which other modules are developed.

    Human Physiology

    Introduces the physiology of human organ systems (respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, urinary, endocrine and muscular) and examines the process of homeostasis.

  • Year Two

    Biomedical Science in Practice

    Learn about key disciplines and current research topics in biomedical science as well as aspects of professional practice which
    form an important part of your preparation for employment.

    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 Structure

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

    Pathopharmacology

    Considers disordered cellular and tissue physiology resulting from disease and drugs that can treat those diseases. 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

    This is your optional work placement year. See our excellent placement opportunities section below.

  • 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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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)

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.

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

International Fees

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

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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

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.

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