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Biomedical Science BSc
- Undergraduate, Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 Year)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
Modules in the first year
The first two years of the course builds a detailed understanding of how the human body functions and what can go wrong in disease.
- 20 credits – Cellular Biochemistry and Biology
- 20 credits – Digestion and Renal Sciences
- 20 credits – Fundamentals of life science
- 10 credits – Foundation of Neuroscience
- 10 credits – Foundation of Pharmacology
- 20 credits – Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences: Fundamental Principles
- 10 credits – Introduction to Experimental Design
- 10 credits – Transition to University
Modules in the second year
In the second year there will be an opportunity to specialise in a scientific area of your choice, linked to our College major research themes.
- 20 credits – Cancer and Stratified Medicine
- 20 credits – Immunity and Infection
- 20 credits – Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Pharmacology
- 20 credits – Neuroscience, Endocrinology and Reproduction
- 20 credits – Stem Cells and Genetic Inheritance
- 10 credits – Student Selected Science Project (3SP)
- 10 credits – Vascular Biology and Haematology
- Non credit-bearing – Year 2 Personal and Academic Development
Modules in the third year – follow your interest
During the first term of your final year you specialise by selecting from a variety of taught specialist modules in a wide range of subject areas, including different aspects of neuroscience, cancer, virology, cardiovascular science, pharmacology, endocrinology, stem cell biology, ageing and immunology. You’ll learn about the latest findings and be exposed to advanced research techniques, guided by internationally recognised experts in these fields.
Modules in the third year
- 10 credits – Experimental Data Interpretation
- 50 credits – Research Project
- 20 credits – Global Challenge
Students should choose one optional module from the list:
- 40 credits – Cell Communication in Health and Disease
- 40 credits – The Biology of Ageing
- 40 credits – Infection: Bacterial Threats and Defence
- 40 credits – Cardiovascular Science (Integrated Regulation in Health and Disease)
- 40 credits – Molecular and Integrative Pharmacology: From Molecules to Man
- 40 credits – Neurotrauma and Disease: Degeneration and Regeneration
- 40 credits – Vascular Biology and Pathology
- 40 credits – Liver Function in Health and Disease
- 40 credits – From Genes to Therapy
- 40 credits – Immunity and Inflammatory Disease
- 40 credits – Stem cells: Differentiation and Disease
- 40 credits – Molecular Medicine (Endocrinology of Metabolic Disorders)
- 40 credits – Neuropharmacology
- 40 credits – New Targets and Drugs in Cancer Therapy
- 40 credits – Reproductive Medicine
- 40 credits – Viruses, Society and Future Medicine
- 40 credits – Hypoxia in Health and Disease
- 40 credits – Science Communication: Principles and Practise
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
See further details of our English Language requirement
USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
As a Newcastle graduate, you will thrive in the workplace as you to apply your knowledge and skills to your chosen career.
Our Biomedical Science graduates have an excellent record of employment in a wide variety of careers. Many embark on laboratory work in universities, often in PhD positions, hospitals, as clinical scientists and biotechnology companies. Other degree-related careers include work in clinical trials, and in marketing and management in biotechnology companies.
The skills that you will acquire on the course are highly transferable, making it the ideal preparation for many other high-profile careers, such as teaching, accountancy, law and banking, as well as management positions in a variety of companies.
Up to ten of our graduate students will be considered for a guaranteed interview for our medicine course. The success rate of those gaining an interview was 70%, 40%, 43% and 50% in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Newcastle degree, our outstanding Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
Our unique careers guidance service will help you to develop your career from the moment you arrive. Working closely with academics, alumni and employment providers, Careers Network provide you with advice and guidance on the recruitment process, including support with applications and interview preparation.
We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.