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Biomedical Science (Including Professional Training Year)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Biomedical Science (Including Professional Training Year)

Biomedical science is the science that underpins medicine and medical research. Our Biomedical Sciences degree gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects including human physiology; human anatomy; disease processes and their treatment; biochemistry; genetics and microbiology.

The curriculum is informed by the extensive range of biomedical research undertaken within the School of Biosciences and at the University Hospital of Wales, enabling you to receive training in contemporary topics such as cancer biology, stem cells, tissue engineering, gene therapy and neurodegenerative diseases.

This programme offers a high degree of flexibility, offering you the freedom to shape your academic experience. Your degree title remains flexible up until your final year, allowing you to either continue with BSc Biomedical Sciences or switch to another of our bioscience courses. You can also choose to graduate with a more specialist degree title, including BSc Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy) and BSc Biomedical Sciences (Physiology).

Your final degree title will depend on module selection, and your Personal Tutor will guide you through the options available to you. You may also have the option of switching to our four-year MBiomed integrated Master's Degree, which forms an excellent basis for a future career in scientific research.

As part of this course you will spend your third year on placement at an academic, clinical or industrial research laboratory, or other approved establishment. This offers a great opportunity to gain first-hand professional research experience, and it has been shown to greatly enhance your degree and subsequent employment prospects.

Many placements are in the UK, but in recent years we have had an increasing number of students taking up placements in international locations, including Southeast Asia, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Australia, Madagascar, and the USA.

Distinctive Features

  • Enjoy a flexible course structure that enables you to tailor your degree to match your interests and aspirations.
  • Enhance your career prospects and gain professional research experience with a sandwich year placement.
  • Experience the excitement of learning in active research environment, with teaching staff who are leading researchers in their field.
  • Make use of the latest equipment, techniques and facilities in your project work.
  • We are one of the few universities in the UK, to combine cutting-edge digital methods with traditional human dissection. Specialist Anatomy modules involve human dissection under the direction of skilled experts within the Welsh Centre for Anatomical Education.
  • The School of Biosciences plays a lead role in the University's Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute and European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, offering access to a wide range of exciting training opportunities.

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Admission requirements

AAB-ABB to include Biology or Chemistry. A pass in the practical element of the Science A level is normally required. Please note that Critical thinking and General Studies are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year One

Core Modules

  • Skills for Science
  • Structure and Function of Living Organisms
  • Organisms and Environment
  • The Dynamic Cell
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Genetics and Evolution

Year Two

Optional Modules

  • Animal Diversity and Adaptation
  • Genetics and its Applications
  • Ecology and Conservation - Part A
  • Ecology and Conservation - Part B
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • Physiology
  • Concepts of Disease
  • Practical Anatomy
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Fundamental Neuroscience

Year Three: Sandwich Year

Core Modules

  • Sandwich Year

Year Four

Core Modules

  • Biosciences Final Year Project

Optional Modules

  • Plants for the Future: Frontiers in Plant Science
  • Ecosystems, Sustainability and Global Change
  • Evolution and Adaptation
  • Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • Infection Biology and Epidemiology
  • Systems Biology and Modelling
  • The 'omics Revolution (Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics)
  • Advanced Cell Biology and Imaging
  • Genes to Genomes
  • Synthetic Biology and Protein Engineering
  • Current Topics in Development, Stem Cells and Repair
  • Contemporary Topics in Disease
  • Cancer: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutics
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Biology and Tissue Engineering
  • Advances in Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Neurobiology of Brain Disorders
  • Systems Neuroscience

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £21,950


What skills will I practise and develop?

Throughout the course, you will develop scientific competencies as well as key transferable skills that will be invaluable whatever your future career choice. These include:

  • Independent learning and self-directed study;
  • Collating, organising and analysing information to create logical and persuasive arguments;
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving;
  • Communicating complex ideas in a clear, effective way (using all media);
  • Working effectively in a team and as an individual;
  • IT competency, including presentation, graphics and statistics packages;
  • Performing and interpreting statistical analyses of data;
  • Effective time management and organisational skills.

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and summarise information from a variety of sources;
  • Discuss the relationships between structure/formation and function/regulation of molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, organisms and populations;
  • Effectively communicate scientific, and other, information to a variety of audiences, including the general public, using a range of formats and approaches;
  • Discuss current issues of research, investigation and/or debate;
  • Synthesise an argument or point of view, based on solid data and evidence;
  • Determine the validity and rigour of statistical outcomes;
  • Build on knowledge and understanding of the role and impact of intellectual property (IP) within a research environment;
  • Work effectively within a group-based environment, both as a leader and a member of a team;
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for independent lifelong learning (for example working independently, time management, organisational, enterprise and knowledge transfer skills);
  • Identify, and work towards, targets for personal, academic, professional and career development;
  • Demonstrate leadership and planning skills for setting, and meeting, achievable goals within the workplace.

Continuing studies

Many also choose to further their studies by pursuing a master’s degree or PhD.

Career opportunities

Career Prospects

Our Biomedical Sciences degree offers strong training for research scientists and a significant proportion of our graduates go on to study PhD or master’s degrees. Many others have successful careers in science-related fields such as

  • Medical and scientific research
  • Biological industries
  • Healthcare
  • Toxicology
  • Medical or scientific publishing, and pathological science, amongst many others.

Our BSc Biomedical Sciences degree is also one of the recognised ‘feeder’ degrees for Cardiff University’s Graduate Entry to Medicine programme.

Our graduates have many transferable skills that are also attractive to a wide range of employers in more general areas of industry, commerce, public service, administration and management. Furthermore, a degree in the Biomedical Sciences can act as a stepping stone to further training in professional areas including

  • Teaching
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary science and accounting.

In 2016/17, 93% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported that they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating. Experience has shown that students who have completed a Professional Training Year are particularly well-placed to obtain degree-related employment at the end of their studies.

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