Biomedical Sciences with Professional Training
Biomedical science is the science that underpins medicine and medical research; it covers a wide range of subjects including human physiology; human anatomy; disease processes and their treatment; biochemistry; genetics and microbiology.
Our integrated master’s degree with Professional Training Year is aimed at aspiring researchers and those seeking a career in science. This five-year undergraduate course enables you to explore the current frontiers of knowledge in your chosen field and provides training in advanced research techniques.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Investigate a topic of your choice and develop your skills as a research scientist with an extended project in an active research laboratory.
- 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.
AAA-AAB to include Biology or Chemistry. A pass in the practical element of the Science A Level is normally required. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be 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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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.
The first year is a common year, covering all aspects of the biosciences. This reflects the increasingly multi-disciplinary nature of bioscience research, and has the added advantage of offering you flexibility of degree choice.
The modern, modular syllabus is delivered through lectures, tutorials, presentations, and practical classes carried out in spacious, well-equipped laboratories. It provides a firm foundation in all the biological disciplines, including
- Biological chemistry
- Cell biology
- Anatomy and physiology
- Animal and plant biology
- Ecology, as well as focusing on developing practical and academic scientific skills.
Modules may begin by overlapping with A-level studies, but will soon progress to greater depth and scope.
The second year allows for more specialisation, and builds on the knowledge and practical skills gained in the first year. There will be a focus on data analysis and scientific communication, as well as advanced laboratory and field techniques. Understanding of experimental design, literature review, statistical analysis and critical analysis skills will act as a foundation for further study in year three.
Alongside a required module in ‘Concepts of Disease’, you will select two additional 40-credit modules from a choice of ten, leaving you free to pursue particular areas of interest. Available module topics include
- The brain and behaviour
- Stem cells
- Developmental biology
Throughout the year you will continue to develop a broad but deepening knowledge of the biomedical sciences from which you can specialise further in the final years of your degree.
Year Three: Sandwich Year
The Professional Training Year (PTY) provides an opportunity for you to spend 9-12 months in an academic, clinical or industrial/commercial research laboratory, or other approved establishment, in order to gain first-hand research experience.
You will undertake different aspects of research, including experimental design, data acquisition and analysis and, finally, data presentation with the production of a project report and presentation.
Our Professional Training Year Coordinators will support you in finding a suitable position that is relevant to your career aspirations, and a tutor will keep in touch with you and visit you during your placement.
Our fourth year curriculum enables you to specialise in more detail within one of the major research themes of the School. This approach immerses you in the research culture of the biosciences, by means of research-driven teaching and a project that allows you to investigate a topic in much greater depth.
Application of core knowledge to the solving of problems and critical evaluation of models, ideas and current debate is a primary focus of the third year. This stage of the course will involve an extensive degree of self-directed study in order to develop skills in independent work and lifelong learning, which will help to prepare you for the professional environment.
As well as a 30-credit Advanced Research Techniques module (encompassing bioinformatics training and integrated practical project) you will complete three 30-credit modules (including a compulsory module in Contemporary Topics in Disease). Available topics include
- Cancer mechanisms
- Diagnostics and therapeutics
- Infection biology
- Advanced musculoskeletal biology and tissue engineering.
The final year of the Master’s course consists of an extended project conducted in an active research laboratory, together with further training in advanced research techniques and a 'Frontiers in Bioscience' module. Your individual research project will be novel and the results may even be complete enough to be published in a scientific journal, contribute to a publication or trigger a whole new avenue of subsequent research. You will be trained and supported in carrying out your project by researchers, helping you to develop your skills as a practical research scientist. The high degree of subject specialisation and knowledge gained during this year will contribute to making you highly employable in both research and commercial bioscience sectors.
The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £21,950
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
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.
Many also choose to further their studies by pursuing a master’s degree or PhD.
Our integrated master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences forms an excellent basis for a future career in scientific research. It also gives you the opportunity to develop science-specific and more general transferable skills which will be attractive to a wide range of both scientific and non-scientific employers.
Our Biomedical Sciences graduates have gone on to a range of exciting and fulfilling careers in a variety of different fields, including
- Medical and scientific research
- Biological industries
- Medical or scientific publishing
- Pathological science
- Public service and management.
A Biomedical Sciences qualification can also act as a stepping stone to further training in professional areas including
- 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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