Katie Wilson - Biomedical Science with a Sandwich Year BSc
Our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). The course is informed by our cutting-edge research and extensive network of clinical collaborations. Our Biomedical Science degree prepares you for a career focused on human disease, whether it is in research, diagnostics or treatment.
Our modules include guest lecturers who are practicing Biomedical Scientists and clinicians to help put your learning into context and provide networking opportunities. Upon graduation you will have acquired the practical experience, scientific knowledge and transferable skills to be highly competitive for a wide range of jobs including the health service, pharmaceutical industry, postgraduate study and medicine. You will benefit from our expert careers advice to give you the best possible start when deciding on your future career.
During your studies you explore the biochemical processes that occur in the human body, learn how they respond to diseases and how this knowledge can be used to identify and treat diseases. In your future career, this scientific knowledge could be put to practical use within medical healthcare.
In your first and second years, you develop your skills as a bioscientist, covering areas including biological chemistry, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, human physiology and disease, and metabolism.
Your year abroad takes place between Stages 2 and 3. Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance to develop personally, academically and professionally. You experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance your employability.
In your final year, your modules cover areas such as immunology, haematology and blood transfusion, and pathogens. Optional modules cover areas including the biology of ageing, neuroscience and cancer biology.
You also complete your own research project. Our research funding of around £4.5 million a year means that you are taught the most up-to-date science and this allows us to offer some exciting and relevant final-year projects.
We also offer between 20 and 30 paid Summer Studentships each year. You can apply to work in our research labs during the summer holiday and gain hands-on research experience before your final year of study. By undertaking an accredited course, you will receive a wide-ranging, research informed scientific education and develop practical skills and experience that employers value.
You can also choose to take a work placement as part of your degree with our Biomedical Science with a Sandwich Year programme or you have the option to take this programme as a three-year degree, without the year in industry. For details, see Biomedical Science.
We recently spent £2 million on our laboratories to ensure that you develop your practical skills in a world-class environment, getting hands on time with equipment used in industry. We give you extensive practical training and you spend up to two days a week in the laboratory.
We have a huge range of student societies at Kent, including BioSoc, where you meet other people, indulge your passion and learn extra-curricular skills. Our societies run social events as well as industry and research talks. Find out more about the wider experience for Biomedical science students at Kent.
Our school collaborates with research groups in industry and academia throughout the UK and Europe. It also has excellent links with local employers, such as:
You are more than your grades
At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
BBC including Biology or Human Biology grade B or Double Award Applied Science at grade BB including the practical endorsement of any science qualifications taken.
Mathematics grade C
The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to pass the Access to Higher Education Diploma with 36 level 3 credits at distinction and 9 at merit, and to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits in particular subjects at distinction or merit grade.
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Applied Science or Biomedical Science. Please contact us for advice if you are taking a different BTEC subject.
34 points overall or 15 points at HL including Biology 5 at HL or 6 at SL and Mathematics 4 at HL or SL
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Skills for Bioscientists, Fundamentals of Human Biology and Life Sciences (plus 50% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 4/C or equivalent).
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International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
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Duration: 4 years full-time
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
You will be taught in a range of ways including lectures, workshops, problem-solving sessions and tutorials as well as learning and practising skills in our world-class labs, where you’ll have hands on time with equipment used in industry.
You have an Academic Adviser to support your studies and ensure that you reach your full potential, as well as access to our in-house and University wide student support teams and peer mentoring scheme.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.
Most modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year exams. Exams take place at the end of the academic year and count for 50% or more of the module mark. Stage 1 assessments do not contribute to the final degree classification, but all stage 2 and 3 assessments do, meaning that your final degree award is an average of many different components. On average, 26% of your time is spent in an activity led by an academic; the rest of your time is for independent study.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
You gain transferable skills in the following:
Biological Sciences at Kent was ranked 24th out of 103 institutions in The Complete University Guide 2021. It was also ranked 5th for graduate prospects.
We are committed to helping you to make the best possible start in your career. As well as learning in industry standard labs, what you’re taught is shaped by our cutting-edge research, meaning our degrees are modern, up-to-date and show you the real-world impact of biomedical science.
You graduate with an excellent grounding in scientific knowledge and extensive laboratory experience. In addition, you also develop the key transferable skills sought by employers, such as: excellent communication skills teamwork the ability to analyse problems time management. You can also gain new skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
We have a dedicated employability and placements team who as well as helping you to secure a placement, are on-hand with specialist careers advice and guidance. We also arrange talks with industry and have a vibrant alumni community who give talks about the world of work and can help with support and guidance.
Our recent graduates have gone on to careers including:
Our Biomedical Science degree programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). For future employers, this accreditation helps to demonstrate a wide-ranging scientific education with practical skills and experience.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.
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