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The BSc (Honours) degree in Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. The degree studies how the human body works and you’ll discover how our growing knowledge is helping scientists and clinicians to understand, detect, manage, and treat diseases.
The knowledge you’ll acquire during the degree will prepare you for a broad range of scientific careers. The degree is well suited to supporting career progression within the NHS, such as a Biomedical Scientist. The course also is a strong starting point for careers in clinical, research or medical areas, and for entering scientific roles in various industries. The academics are expert researchers in varying subjects linked to bio-medicine,like molecular drug delivery systems.
Our strong links with employers such as the Oxford hospitals and bioscience companies enhances your learning and prepares you for employment after graduation. If you choose to study with a sandwich year, you will be supported seeking a placement in a bioscience company, research laboratory or in an IBMS-accredited hospital training lab.
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Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
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Learning and assessment
The Biomedical Science degree will prepare you for a career in a hospital or research laboratory environment but can also lead to many other careers in biological, clinical, pharmaceutical or medical areas. The course is taught at the University by our own staff, with some aspects taught by health professionals from the local hospitals.
This lays the foundation for the advanced modules in Year 2 and your final year where these themes are further developed. The emphasis is on the interdisciplinary nature of causes and treatment of disease, so that you become aware of the many ways in which our understanding is applied to medicine and other health-related disciplines.
A feature of Year 1 is a series of tutorials with your academic adviser (a member of the teaching staff who is responsible for overseeing your academic progress while you are at university). The tutorials are designed to help you adjust to academic life at university and establish good study habits
Year 3 can be an optional professional placement in a laboratory concerned with research or clinical work.
- Lectures and seminars
- Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)
Year 3 (optional placement year)
Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)
Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year and you would need to study on a BSc Biomedical Science degree oversees that also has IBMS accreditation. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
A degree in Biomedical Science from Oxford Brookes University is the first step to a career as a biomedical scientist in the NHS. Many leading universities around the world now have graduate medical schools, and this degree is also an excellent preparation for entry.
Our students pursue a wide diversity of career options. Opportunities include biomedical research and professional paramedical fields such as clinical biochemistry, clinical microbiology or pathology, where you would be involved in cutting-edge health care delivery in a hospital.
As many as fifty per cent of our graduates each year are appointed to research posts in universities, research institutes or biotechnology companies, while others pursue careers allied to medicine and health care.
Our courses are designed to equip you with the skills you need for employment. We put a strong emphasis on developing the multidisciplinary graduate attributes needed to keep ahead in a rapidly changing workplace.
Graduates often go on to further study including master’s degrees, such as the MSc Medical Genetics & Genomics at Oxford Brookes, PhDs and graduate medicine or dentistry.
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Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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