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Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Study Biomedicine and you’ll get to apply your passion for biology to tackle human diseases such as cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular disease – placing you right at the forefront of the battle to improve human health.

Our degree course will teach you how to apply cellular and molecular techniques to the understanding and treatment of human diseases. You’ll explore areas such as human physiology, antibiotic resistance, pathogens and genetics. And you’ll discover topics including ophthalmology, metabolic disorders and gastroenterology.

You’ll train in a wide range of modern biochemical techniques as well as the practice of testing ideas by experiment. And you’ll be able to take advantage of our teaching laboratories, which offer state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Overview

Throughout your time at UEA you’ll be learning to put your skills and knowledge to use in the fight against some of the most serious illnesses we face today.

Our Biomedicine degree has been designed to allow you to develop and apply your skills in the medically-related biological sciences. Our multidisciplinary approach takes from both biology and chemistry, combining the elements that are relevant to modern medicine.

You’ll be taught by world-class academics, hospital consultants and practising biomedical scientists, and you’ll have access to some of the best facilities in the country, including our undergraduate laboratories, the Biomedical Research Centre, the new Bob Champion Research and Education Building and the Norwich Medical School, which is based on campus. The Bob Champion Research & Education Building, houses a unique bio-bank facility to store DNA and tissue samples, and is where they’re currently undertaking cutting-edge research into cancer, antibiotic resistance, musculo-skeletal and gastrointestinal disease.

As you progress in your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise your studies with our module options. Popular topics on offer include Cancer Biology; Cell Biology and Mechanisms of Disease; Infection and Immunity; Evolution in Health and Disease; Embryo Development and Stem Cell Biology; Molecular Enzymology in Biology and Medicine; and Genomes, Genes and Genomics. And in your final year you’ll complete a substantial research project under the supervision of experts in biomedical research.

Biomedicine is an active and growing area of research within our School of Biological Sciences. Our academics are interested and excited by it, and it shows. Our course material is relevant and up-to-date with the latest thinking. And 100% of our biological sciences research impact has been recognised as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

You will benefit from our enviable position as an integral partner of the Norwich Research Park, which is also home to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and independent, world-renowned research institutes such as the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute, and the new £75-million Quadram Institute.

Course Structure

Our three-year degree programme will introduce you to aspects of biomedicine, biochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology. You will continue to study core material through our compulsory modules, while our optional modules will give you the chance to specialise in year three, when you’ll also produce a final year project.

Year 1

Your first year will provide an introduction to many aspects of biomedicine, biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology through our compulsory core modules. You’ll also receive training in essential scientific methods and techniques, such as appliedmathsand statistics.

Year 2

You’ll spend your second year studying a further range of core subjects, designed to build on the knowledge and skills you will have developed in your first year. Modules will include Microbiology, Human Physiology, Clinical Genetics and Investigation of Human Disease.

Year 3

In your final year you’ll tailor your learning to focus on your own specific interests, choosing from a list of up to 10 optional modules. You’ll also develop key skills in data analysis, and you’ll undertake a substantial research project.

Teaching and Learning

You will be taught by leading academic researchers who are experts in their fields of study. In addition, the clinical aspects of your course will be partly taught by biomedical scientists and consultants from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The majority of your learning will take place in lectures, seminars and practical laboratory sessions, which will provide you with hands-on experience as well as invaluable contact time with lecturers.

Problem posing and solving skills are promoted through seminars and group discussions. And mathematical and statistical skills are a major focus of both semesters of your first year.

Independent study

You’ll have plenty of opportunities for independent study using our state-of-the-art University library facility, and you’ll be assigned an Academic Advisor who will provide you with guidance throughout.

Your independent study will, or course, be best exemplified by your final year project, which we encourage you to deliver as independently as possible.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods throughout the course to best reflect the subject matter in hand. These include formal examinations, project reports, course tests, practical reports, poster and oral presentations, essays and worksheets.

After the course

When you graduate, you will have comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental scientific techniques required for research and clinical investigation into human health and disease.

You’ll leave UEA ready to pursue a wide range of career paths, including industry, management or teacher training. Alternatively, you might choose to progress to a higher degree. Many of our graduates go on to take posts in universities, or research laboratories within the fields of medicine or industry.

The School works together with UEA’s Careers Service to offer support at every stage of your course, from choosing a career through to applying for graduate jobs and further study.

Career destinations

Example of careers that you could enter include:

  • Medical research
  • Industrial research
  • Academia
  • Teaching
  • Management

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.

Accreditation

Our Biomedicine degree is not accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. We have chosen not to have our degree accredited to enable you to make choices about the final year modules that best reflect your interests and to give you maximum flexibility in your graduate destinations. 

If becoming a Biomedical Scientist within the NHS is your goal then you can undertake the NHS Scientist Training Programme post-graduation or submit your details of your Biomedicine degree to the IBMS for their consideration. Based on the modules that you have chosen during your degree, the IBMS will then inform you of any top-up modules that you may need to take.

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICINE

Through a series of lectures, seminars, clinical demonstrations, workshops and practical classes, this module aims to (i) develop an understanding of why and how human disease develops, (ii) introduce the laboratory investigation, diagnosis and monitoring of disease, and (iii) provide insights into how novel drugs are translated into the clinic to treat disease.

BIO-4012Y

40

MOLECULES, GENES AND CELLS

You will explore the principles of how information is stored in DNA, how it is expressed, copied and repaired, and how DNA is transmitted between generations. You will gain an introduction to fundamental aspects of biochemistry and cell biology. The essential roles played by proteins and enzymes in signalling, transport and metabolism will be considered in terms of their structures. You will discover how living cells are visualised and the nature of the cell's component membranes and organelles.

BIO-4013Y

40

PHYSIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY FOR LIFE SCIENCES

You will gain an understanding of the key aspects of physical and biological chemistry that underpin the physiology of living systems. You will also gain a basic understanding of a number of physiological processes and functioning of major organ systems of the human body.

BIO-4009Y

20

SKILLS FOR BIOLOGISTS

The aim of the module is to provide a you with a broad range of skills that you will need as biologists and in future employment. You will develop a working knowledge of mathematics and statistics, as well as gain skills relating to information retrieval, structuring writing and arguments, data analysis, team work, presenting work verbally and visually and an appreciation of the role of ethics in science.

BIO-4008Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

BIOCHEMISTRY

This module aims to develop understanding of contemporary biochemistry, especially in relation to mammalian physiology and metabolism. There will be a particular focus on proteins and their involvement in cellular reactions, bioenergetics and signalling processes.

BIO-5002A

20

CELL BIOLOGY

This module explores the molecular organisation of cells and the regulation of cellular changes, with some emphasis on medical cell biology. Dynamic properties of cell signalling, growth factor function and aspects of cancer biology and immunology. Regulation of the internal cell environment (information flow, cell growth, division and motility), the relationship of the cell to its extracellular matrix and the determination of cell phenotype. Aspects of cell death, developmental biology, mechanisms of tissue renewal and repair. It is suggested that students taking this module should also take BIO-5003B (Molecular Biology) or BIO-5009A (Genetics).

BIO-5005B

20

CLINICAL GENETICS

This module imparts the theory and practice of clinical genetics. A detailed comprehension of basic genetics will be obtained from lectures provided within BIO-5009A (Genetics). Students undertaking this module will then build on these details to identify how genetics is important in a modern, well-founded clinical setting. An overview of clinical genetics services will deal with aspects ranging from molecular pathology and techniques for DNA analysis through to genetic assessment and genetic counselling. Genetics and molecular biology lie at the heart of biological processes, ranging from cancer biology to evolution.

BIO-5011A

20

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

This module will provide you with an understanding of the themes and principles of physiology and a detailed knowledge of the major human organ systems. An understanding of how disease affects the ability of organ systems to maintain the status quo will be an important part of this course.

BIO-5004A

20

INVESTIGATION OF HUMAN DISEASE

This module imparts the theory and practice of laboratory investigation into human disease. A comprehension of how clinical biochemistry data, together with an understanding of disease mechanisms, impacts on diagnosis, treatment and prognosis will be gained. An introduction to modern molecular medicine is followed by examples of the molecular basis of aquired and inherited diseases, their diagnosis and assessment in the clinical laboratory, and disease management. Workshop sessions form an integral part of this module, developing analytical skills based on clinical and other data, supporting concepts introduced in lectures and providing feedback to the students. The module is restricted to Biomedicine students and builds on previously taught content in compulsory modules.

BIO-5016B

20

MICROBIOLOGY

A broad module covering all aspects of the biology of microorganisms, providing key knowledge for specialist modules. Detailed description is given about the cell biology of bacteria, fungi and protists together with microbial physiology, genetics and environmental and applied microbiology. The biology of disease-causing microorganisms (bacteria, viruses) and prions is also covered. Practical work provides hands-on experience of important microbiological techniques, and expands on concepts introduced in lectures. The module should appeal to biology students across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

BIO-5015B

20

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

INTEGRATED LABORATORY RESEARCH PROJECT

Primarily an alternative to the 'Research Project' module, this module provides you with an introduction to biological research. It provides you an insight into the development of a hypothesis or questions to test, experimental design, and critical analysis. You will develop crucial research and work skills, including group work.

BIO-6023Y

40

RESEARCH PROJECT

This module will provide an understanding of how to conduct an independent, hypothesis driven research project. Projects involve extensive data collection, either in the laboratory or field, of a particular topic supervised by a member of staff of Biological Sciences or an affiliated institute. Topics are chosen in consultation with the supervisor. The project report is submitted at the end of the Spring Semester. Projects may also be available for suitably qualified year long visiting students registered in Biological Sciences. Students may be moved to BIO-6023Y Biology Research Skills based on Stage 2 results. Some supervisors require particular module enrolment for placement in their laboratory.

BIO-6019Y

40

TRANSLATIONAL BIOMEDICINE

You will address the molecular and cellular aberrations that lead to the diseased state. An understanding of the underlying mechanisms is vital to the research and development of drugs that intervene in disease processes. For each disease considered, an overview of tissue pathology will be followed by an analysis of the epidemiological and basic research studies associated with the submission of a drug into clinical trials. An important component will be problem-based discussions of the material covered in each aspect of the module.

BIO-6021B

20

Students will select 20 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

CANCER BIOLOGY

Do you want to learn about the concepts and principles of genetic analysis of cancer? On this module you will learn about the various roles of genes in development, apoptosis, the cell cycle, metastasis and angiogenesis, for example, and discuss the potential for novel therapies. We work closely with experts at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital wherever possible, enabling you to gain an in-depth appreciation of cancer as a disease process from both the scientific and clinical viewpoints.

BIO-6009A

20

CELL BIOLOGY AND MECHANISMS OF DISEASE

Do you want to learn about the key topics within cell biology and understand how these relate to human diseases? You will learn about the structure and function of cells in health and disease through a combination of practical demonstrations, where you will experience some of the imaging techniques used in the study of Cell Biology. You will also participate in a workshop, where you will learn how to design experiments. This module will provide you with a solid understanding of aspects of cell structure, function and related diseases concerning: ubiquitination; the cytoskeleton; cell division; cell signalling in motility and wound healing; the extracellular matrix; growth factors and proliferation; cell differentiation and adult stem cells and apoptosis.

BIO-6006B

20

CELLULAR SIGNALLING

How do cells receive and react to information from their external environment? What is the molecular basis for how cells respond to external signalling cues and how does this relate to physiological processes? In this module you will study cellular signalling by ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors, enzyme-linked receptors; the associated signal transduction mechanisms and relevance to human physiology and disease. The module includes aspects of the molecular basis of cellular signalling, structure-function relationships and pharmacology. You will study the molecular basis of cellular signalling by three principle receptor families, namely ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors and enzyme-linked receptors. You will build on your knowledge of cell biology and human physiology to deepen your understanding of cellular signalling. You will learn through lectures and independent study.

BIO-6003A

20

EVOLUTION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE

The module provides up-to-date learning in evolutionary medicine and the evolution of disease. The module examines how evolutionary principles illuminate and provide fresh insight into a broad range of contemporary health problems including infectious, chronic and nutritional diseases and disorders. Topics are introduced in a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the relationship between biology and society. The module covers 4 areas: (i) principles of evolutionary medicine - humans in their evolutionary context; (ii) evolution and non-infectious diseases (cancer, lifestyles, ageing); (iii) evolution and infection (vaccines, antibiotics, pathogens, emerging diseases); (iv) personalised medicine and social context of evolutionary medicine.

BIO-6017A

20

GENOMES, GENES AND GENOMICS

This module will provide you with knowledge of the biological analysis of genomes. This will focus on our understanding of genome composition, organisation and evolution, and the global regulation of gene expression. When you have completed this module you will understand contemporary methods that inform us about the biology of genomes.

BIO-6013A

20

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

This module provides a detailed coverage of the biology of selected infectious microorganisms, in the context of host and responses to pathogens. The properties of organs, cells and molecules of the immune system are described, along with the mechanism of antibody diversity generation, and the exploitation of the immune response for vaccine development. Examples of pathogens are used to illustrate major virulence strategies.

BIO-6010B

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

EMBRYO DEVELOPMENT AND STEM CELL BIOLOGY

You will study the mechanisms that drive embryonic development, including the signals and signalling pathways that lead to the establishment of the body plan, pattern formation, differentiation and organogenesis. Your lectures will cover different model organisms used in the study of development with a focus on vertebrate systems. The relevance of embryonic development to our understanding of human development and disease is a recurring theme throughout the module, which also covers stem cells and organoids and their role in enhancing our understanding of development and disease, healthy tissue maintenance and drug discovery.

BIO-6012A

20

MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

This module provides an overview of the uses of microorganisms in biotechnological principles. It provides training in the basic principles that control microbiological culture growth, the microbial physiology and genetics that underpin the production of bioproducts such as biofuels, bioplastics, antibiotics and food products, as well as the use of micro-organisms in wastewater treatment and bioremediation.

BIO-6004A

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

MOLECULAR ENZYMOLOGY IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE

The module sets out to explain the molecular basis of the often complex catalytic mechanisms of enzymes concentrating particularly on their relevance to and applications in biotechnology and medicine. An extended practical based on the kinetics of a model enzyme, chymotrypsin, helps underpin concepts learnt in the module.

BIO-6001A

20

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

You will gain an understanding of how science is disseminated to the public and explore the theories surrounding learning and communication. You will investigate science as a culture and how this culture interfaces with the public. Examining case studies in a variety of different scientific areas, alongside looking at how information is released in scientific literature and subsequently picked up by the public press, will give you an understanding of science communication. You will gain an appreciation of how science information can be used to change public perception and how it can sometimes be misinterpreted. You will also learn practical skills by designing, running and evaluating a public outreach event at a school or in a public area. If you wish to take this module you will be required to write a statement of selection. These statements will be assessed and students will be allocated to the module accordingly.

BIO-6018Y

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Biology or Human Biology and an A level in another Science or Maths or BBB including Biology or Human Biology and an A level in another Science or Maths with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL 5 in Biology and one other Science or Mathematics
  • Scottish Highers AAABB including Biology or Human Biology and one other Science or Maths
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC including Biology or Human Biology and one other Science or Maths
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3 including Biology or Human Biology and one other Science or Maths
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology and 12 Level 3 credits in another Science or Maths
  • BTEC DDM in Applied Science, or Applied Science (Medical Science) is acceptable. Excludes BTEC Public Services or Forensic Science
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall with at least 70% in Biology or Human Biology and one other Science or Mathematics

Entry Requirement

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C/4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B/5 or above at GCSE.

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking A levels are not accepted.

Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

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Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

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