The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Biomedical Science with a Sandwich Year BSc (Hons)
This is a full-time single honours programme within the Biomedical Science subject area.
- Subject area: Biomedical Science
- Award: BSc (Hons)
- Code: B942
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study: Full-time
- Duration: 4 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: Yes
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Are you interested in a career in the health services, in a pharmaceutical company or in medical research? Would you like to explore the biochemical processes that occur in the human body, and particularly diseases like cancer or the response to infection? Are you intrigued to learn how medicines are discovered and how they work?
The School of Biosciences provides a stimulating, supportive research-led environment for teaching and learning, encouraging you to achieve your full academic and personal potential. We have excellent links with the local NHS trust, and with the pharmaceutical industry, and professionals from both of these important sectors teach on our programme.
The Biomedical Science degree programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Alternatively, you can take a non-accredited route, which allows more flexibility in module choice. Both pathways include the opportunity to spend a year in industry or the NHS. There is also the option to gain extra experience by working in one of our own research labs. If you achieve AAB or greater at A level, you are guaranteed a paid Research Studentship in the summer after your second year, as long as you continue to achieve good grades at University.
You take eight core modules (120 credits).
- Chemistry for Biologists B (double module)
- Enzymes and Introduction to Metabolism
- Genetics and Evolution
- Human Physiology and Disease
- Introduction to Biochemistry
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Skills for Bioscientists
You take six core modules (90 credits) plus two optional modules (30 credits).Core modules
- Infection and Immunity
- Metabolism and Disease
- Microbial Physiology and Genetics
- Pharmacology Physiology
- Skills for Biomedical Scientists 2
Two from the following:
- Cell Biology
- Gene Expression and its Control
- Introduction to Laboratory Medicine A*
- Introduction to Laboratory Medicine B*
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Metabolic Regulation.
*Required for the accredited programme.
You take four compulsory modules (60 credits), a research project (30 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).Core modules
- Advanced Immunology
- Integrated Endocrinology and Metabolism
- Pathogens and Pathogenicity
- Research Project (double module)
- Skills for Biomedical Scientists
Two from the following:
- Biological Membranes
- Cell Communication
- Haematology and Blood Transfusion*
- Laboratory Medicine C*
- Protein Structure and Function.
* Required for the accredited programme.
Year in industry
Biomedical Science offers the possibility of doing a one-year placement away from the University between Stages 2 and 3. Sandwich placements provide an excellent opportunity to gain relevant work experience, usually in the pharmaceutical industry, the NHS or research institute. Placements can either be in the UK or abroad.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching includes lectures, laboratory classes, workshops, problem-solving sessions and tutorials.
Modules are usually assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. Exams take place at the end of the academic year and count for 50% or more of the module mark. The Sandwich Year is assessed by presentation and written reports, and contributes 10% to the overall mark.
The employment record of our students is excellent. We ensure that our students get extensive laboratory experience, working both independently and as part of a team, which gives them the confidence they need to excel in the workplace. We have established excellent links with employers through our sandwich year programme and those who take this option find it enhances their career prospects.
Our recent graduates have gone on to careers including: health care in the NHS; medical research based in academic, government, industrial and medical labs; biotechnology; teaching; industry and commerce; scientific publishing and marketing; information technology. Many are doing postgraduate study.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
The Biomedical Science degree programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
BBB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points inc 5 in HL Biology or 6 in SL Biology and 4 in Mathematics, or IB Diploma with 15 points at Higher inc 5 in HL Biology or 6 in SL Biology and 4 in Mathematics.
- A level Biology or Human Biology at grade B.
GCSE Mathematics grade C.
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Key Information Sets
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