This course provides you with an understanding of the main subject areas in biosciences, with a focus on genetics. It will help you develop transferable and professional skills appropriate to a wide range of careers in health care, industry and academia.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 320 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BBC, preferably including a biological subject, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects, preferably including a biological subject.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, preferably including a biological subject, plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma No subjects currently accepted.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 32 points, including 5 points in Biology at Higher Level.Access: Pass in a related subject.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English, Maths and Science.Course AimsThe aim of the BSc Biomedical Sciences (Genetics) course is to emphasise how various genetic mutations alter cellular processes and cause human disease. You will also learn how the genome project will provide new insights and therapies for the treatment of genetic diseases. In addition you will study the main subject areas in biosciences and medically related research.
These subject areas include biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, immunology and anatomy and physiology as related to human health disease and treatment.
The course also allows you to develop good practical, analytical and transferable skills applicable to a wide range of employment opportunities such as medicine, MSc and PhD, pharmaceutical research, pathology and diagnosis, clinical trials and data management.
You will be encouraged to exercise leadership, initiative and responsibility, and to appreciate the need for continual professional development.Course ContentThe modern biomedical scientist needs to be familiar with a wide range of subject disciplines. This is why our Biomedical Sciences degree provides all students with a sound grounding in core subject areas.
Specific interests often emerge as students progress through a course, which is why we offer flexibility to transfer between pathways at the end of Level 1.
Optional modules at Levels 2 and 3 allow you to follow a degree programme which reflects your interests and strengths. In addition, by selecting a particular pathway, you can gain specialist knowledge in your chosen subject area.
All our undergraduate courses are modular and you will study a set number of modules each year (120 credits). To obtain an Honours degree you will complete 120 credits at each level, including a 40 credit research project at Level 3.
Level 1 is core for all pathways, and gives a grounding in cellular and organismal processes. Practical lab skills and research skills (IT, communication, information retrieval/analysis, etc) modules are included to prepare you for the practical nature of the subject, and to give you a 'taster' of the various pathway options.
At Level 2, 60 credits are core. At this level we are introducing more formally the biochemical and molecular processes which are altered in various human diseases. The Professional Skills modules develop employability skills alongside the practical skills needed for each pathway. With the exception of Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry), all programmes have optional module choices.
At Level 3, you are given as much choice as possible, to allow you to follow your interests. Topics are studied to a greater depth than in earlier years. All students must undertake a research project, which allows you to bring together the skills developed at levels 1 and 2. This will probably be the greatest challenge of your degree, but also the most rewarding. You are usually associated with one of our research centres and your project will normally be clinically-related. Level 1 CoreAnatomy and Physiology
Biology of the Cell
Biochemistry: Structure and Function
Practical Skills In Biomedical Sciences
Research SkillsLevel 2 CoreCellular, Molecular and Immunobiology
Genetics and Development
Principles of Human Disease
Professional SkillsLevel 2 OptionsAnalytical Biochemistry
Microbial PathogenesisLevel 3 CoreFinal Year Project
Genomic TechnologiesLevel 3 OptionsBiology and Treatment of Cancer
Molecular Pharmacology and ToxicologyFinal year projectIn your final year you will be required to complete a research project of your own under the supervision of a member of staff. Final year projects are often the most fulfilling aspect of the course.
Projects may take a variety of forms (lab-based research to complex data analysis), but it will be related to your chosen programme pathway, and may relate to your future career plans. Your project experience is often what sets you apart as an individual and employers usually ask about your project in interviews. Teaching and LearningOur ApproachWe pursue excellence in both teaching and research, and believe that by linking the two we can provide the best education and experience for our students. Our degree programmes combine innovative and classical teaching methods with leading-edge research, and we recognise the value of practical experience in the learning process.
Biomedical sciences is a fast-moving field, and we ensure that text book information is supplemented with the latest scientific discoveries to give you a topical, up-to-date education. Student SupportAs well as offering students some of the best teaching in our subject areas, we are committed to help you progress confidently through the levels of your degree programme. Throughout your course, you will be supported by a personal tutor who will advise you on academic issues and provide pastoral care.
In addition, you can approach subject lecturers, project supervisor, technical and administrative staff, who are all available to help. Should you decide to do a work placement, you will be allocated a tutor who will visit you at your place of work (unless you are abroad) and take a keen interest in your progress. How will I be taught?The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and practical laboratory sessions. Lectures - Most modules involve two hours of lectures per week. These give a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and provide a framework for independent study. Seminars - These examine lecture material in more detail, and are used to discuss issues arising from the modules. Typically, student involvement is greater than in lectures. Laboratory Work - Practical classes are an integral part of the course, and are included in most first and second year modules. They give you "hands-on" technical experience, but equally important is the analysis, interpretation and reporting of the results you obtain. In the first year, competencies in basic laboratory skills are developed in the "Practical Skills for Biomedical Sciences" module. One-to-one - You will have one-to-one supervision during your final year project, and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic issues. AssessmentAssessment varies from one module to another. There are formal written examinations at the end of each year which may include a variety of elements, eg multiple choice questions, essays, short answers, problem solving, data interpretation. Performance in laboratory classes and written laboratory reports are assessed in each term through coursework. There are no practical examinations.
It is a requirement to pass Level 1 in order to progress to the next level, but the marks do not contribute to the final degree classification. Level 2 marks contribute one third and Level 3 marks two thirds to the overall degree award. CareersStudying biomedical sciences will equip you with a range of transferable skills that will enable you to follow the career you want after graduation. We also give all our students the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies needed for employment through a unique, credit-rated module at Level 2, which is delivered in partnership with employers and the Placement and Careers Service.
In recent years, graduates have found employment with a wide range of companies, in both the public and private sectors. Some examples include:
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Home Office Forensic Science Service
Laboratory of the Government Chemist
Hospitals and NHS Research Centres
National Institute for Medical Research
Unilever Research Ltd
Chester Beatty Research Institute
Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology
A substantial proportion of our graduates go on to obtain higher degrees by research PhD or by study for further qualifications such as medicine, dentistry, ophthamology or teaching. For further information on career destinations for Brunel Biosciences students, go to this Placement and Careers Centre pagehttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/pcc/students/whatbrunelgradsdo2.shtml and scroll down for the Biosciences link.
Please note: for those wishing to pursue a career in the more junior position of NHS medical laboratory scientific officer (MLSO) this course is not IBMS accredited, so further study would be required after graduation.