BSc Biomedicine (2020 Entry)


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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 practicing 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 and Education Building houses a unique bio-bank facility to store DNA and tissue samples, and currently hosts cutting-edge research into cancer, antibiotic resistance, and musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal disease. As you progress in your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise with our module options. Popular topics currently 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 3, 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 applied maths and 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 have developed in your first year. Modules currently 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. 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, and you’ll be assigned an Academic Adviser who will provide you with guidance throughout. The culmination of your independent study will be the 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 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. 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.

Accreditation

If becoming a Biomedical Scientist within the NHS is your goal then you can undertake the NHS Scientist Training Programme after you graduate 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 2020/1

Year 1U

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-4008Y

SKILLS FOR BIOLOGISTS

20

BIO-4012Y

INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICINE

40

BIO-4015Y

CELL BIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY

20

BIO-4017Y

BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY

20

BIO-4018Y

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS

20

 

Year 2U

Core modules (120 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5002A

BIOCHEMISTRY

20

BIO-5004A

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

20

BIO-5005B

CELL BIOLOGY

20

BIO-5011A

CLINICAL GENETICS

20

BIO-5015B

MICROBIOLOGY

20

BIO-5016B

INVESTIGATION OF HUMAN DISEASE

20

 

Year 3U

Students can choose either BIO-6019Y or BIO-6023Y, but if choosing BIO-6019Y may be moved to BIO-6023Y, based on stage 2 results.

Core Modules (60 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6019Y

RESEARCH PROJECT

40

BIO-6021B

TRANSLATIONAL BIOMEDICINE

20

BIO-6023Y

INTEGRATED LABORATORY RESEARCH PROJECT

40

 

Option Range A

Students will select 20-60 credits

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6003A

CELLULAR SIGNALLING

20

BIO-6006B

CELL BIOLOGY AND MECHANISMS OF DISEASE

20

BIO-6009A

CANCER BIOLOGY

20

BIO-6010B

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

20

BIO-6013A

GENOMES, GENES AND GENOMICS

20

BIO-6017A

EVOLUTION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE

20

 

Options Range B

Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6004A

MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

20

BIO-6012A

EMBRYO DEVELOPMENT AND STEM CELL BIOLOGY

20

 

Options Range C

Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6001A

MOLECULAR ENZYMOLOGY IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE

20

BIO-6018Y

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

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 grade B in Biology or Human Biology and an A Level in a second Science or Maths with an A in the Extended Project. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points with HL 5 in Biology and H5 in a second Science or Maths.
  • Scottish Highers AAABB including grade B in Biology and a second Science or Maths.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC including Biology and a second Science or Maths.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2 and 2 at H3, including Higher Level Biology and Higher Level in a second 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/maths.
  • BTEC DDM in Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science). Excluding Public Services, Forensic Science, Uniformed Services and Business Administration.
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall, including 70% in Biology and 70% in a second Science or Maths.

Entry Requirement

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

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

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.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes.

 

Biological Sciences with a Foundation Year

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 yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

 

 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree: 

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 on your UCAS application.

Intakes

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

Alternative Qualifications

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.

GCSE Offer

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.

Course Open To

UK and Overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

 

UK students

 

EU Students 

 

Overseas Students

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.

Scholarships

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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

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