BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (Advanced Entry)

Undergraduate, Full-time

Biomedical Science (Advanced Entry) BSc (Hons)



You'll study in purpose-built labs and have access to our confocal microscope for research projects

Overview

Biomedical science, although well established as a scientific discipline, is also a rapidly advancing subject constantly striving towards improving human health and creating a need for highly skilled biomedical scientists.

This course gives you a broad understanding of the scientific investigation of human health and disease. It covers the key aspects and principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and physiology and their application to the causes and management of disease.

Your learning is supported by our research teams, who are at the forefront of biomedical research and contribute to all aspects of teaching, both lab- and non-lab based.

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to develop a career in biomedical science or progress to postgraduate study.

It is important to note that our Biology Suite content is currently under review. Should you require any further information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact Eva Malone, Programme Leader on e.malone@napier.ac.uk with 'Biology Suite Content Enquiry' as the subject. Thank you and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as part-time)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

B940

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

As well as developing an understanding of the scientific investigation of human health and disease, you will gain more specific knowledge of disease processes from the study of clinical laboratory specialities, such as cellular pathology, clinical biochemistry, immunology, genetics and medical microbiology.

This enables a biomedical scientist to understand the science of the causes, consequences, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

You’ll be equipped with the skills necessary to plan and perform a research project for publication and be aware of the need for good laboratory practice, health and safety and legal and ethical considerations.

You’ll have the flexibility to study different areas of biology and tailor the course to your own interests. You'll also benefit from studying in the heart of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside which is rich in biodiversity.

The applied nature of this course encourages the development of skills that make you more employable including problem solving, research, team working, communication and IT. As well as specialist analytical and numerical skills, you will be able to collect biological data and communicate scientific information.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You will learn through a variety of different methods, including lectures, tutorials, field studies and laboratory classes. Most of our staff are members of the Higher Education Academy and have received formal training in teaching undergraduate students.

  • note and pen Assessments

    A variety of assessment methods are used, including examination, assignments and practical assessments. These are balanced across the Programme to provide a challenging assessment experience, which allows you to do your best.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Short work placements are available on a competitive basis through the 'Getting Inside' scheme.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Erasmus Programme and International Student Exchange Program opportunities are available in the second and third year of study for one or two trimesters.

Popular modules

Year 3

  • Molecular Genetics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Scientific Communication: Dissertation and Statistics
  • Immunology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology

Year 4

  • Applications of Molecular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Cellular and Molecular Immunology
  • Honours project

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Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum Year 4

Applications will be considered individually based upon academic qualifications, for example an appropriate diploma, and/or relevant experience.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £14,350 £14,925
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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The skills you gain will prepare you for work in a number of areas, including biomedical sciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries.

Our graduates have gone on to find employment in the NHS and pharmaceutical research companies like Charles River.

The emphasis on research in this course equips you with the knowledge and skills required to continue on to postgraduate study, including possible PhD study at Edinburgh Napier University and a further academic career.

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