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Course overview

Biomedical science is the investigation of a wide range of subject areas to understand the cause, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Working in partnership with clinicians and other healthcare professionals, biomedical scientists are at the forefront of the NHS and private healthcare services, undertaking a broad range of clinical laboratory investigations in cancer, toxicology, pathology, immunology and infectious disease control.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and provides the knowledge and clinical laboratory skills required by a professional biomedical scientist. You explore fundamental concepts of human anatomy and physiology, cell biology, pathology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology and microbiology. You develop employability skills including good laboratory practice, COSHH assessments, health and safety policies, the Human Tissue Act, quality assurance and transferable skills including verbal and poster presentations, written reports, independent research and teamworking. In the first year you develop knowledge in the fundamentals of biological, chemical and physical sciences, as well as numerical, communication, practical and learning skills. Successful completion of your first year enables you to proceed confidently on to the remainder of your degree course.

You study at Teesside University’s Middlesbrough campus, but during your degree you have the opportunity to gain valuable experience at the new National Horizons Centre at the University’s Darlington campus which is home to a range of state-of-the-art facilities. This £22m purpose-built biosciences research, education and training facility is a focal point for the growing regional biosciences community.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science

 
 

Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Anatomy and Physiology

You gain a basic knowledge of human body structure and to relate this knowledge to both the understanding of the mechanisms associated with the control and regulation of physiological processes of the major organs systems of the body. This will allow you to develop ability to apply, evaluate and interpret the knowledge to solve problems in the discipline. You also develop applied contexts of the knowledge such as the construction of biological profiles for human identification including sex, age at death, stature determination and biological affinity. The module will be delivered through lectures, computer- aided learning via interactive web-based activities and labs.

Biochemistry and Chemical Science

You will develop an understanding of key concepts necessary to underpin subsequent studies in chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical sciences and molecular biology. Building of the underlying principles of chemistry is essential to understand complex biological systems. This module will introduce the fundamentals of chemistry and link them to the key biomolecules and biochemical processes which form the basis of life.

Cell Biology

You increase your understanding of biological processes at the cellular level. You will explore eukaryotic cell architecture and function with a molecular and mammalian focus, and learn about cell division and the cell cycle, genetic organisation of cells, DNA replication and gene expression. Your exploration of these aspects of cell and molecular biology will be supported by a series of laboratory-based sessions.

Medical Laboratory Science

Within this module you recognise, use and demonstrate good laboratory skills in the biomedical laboratory. You develop your understanding of the role of a biomedical scientist and the skills set associated with the good laboratory practices, including knowledge of quality procedures.

Microbiology

You are introduced to a range of microscopic organisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, microbial cell structure and function, microbial growth, microbial diversity, and the importance of microbes in the environment, industry and human health.

Pathology

You gain an overview of normal histology and cytology of major organs and systems of the human body and molecular and cellular factors underpinning the pathology of common diseases. The causes, mechanisms and extent of disease are examined, as well as adaptations to injury, such as apoptosis and necrosis (death of living cells or tissues), autophagy, inflammation, wound healing, and neoplasia (abnormal new growth of cells).

 

Year 2 core modules

Clinical Pharmacology

You focus on treating and preventing disease. You study the nature of the adverse effects of drugs and other chemicals on living systems. You explore treatments of diseases in major organs and the effects of drugs used in chemotherapy.

Diagnostic and Experimental Pathology

You explore the various techniques involved in a biomedical laboratory to help identify the cause of disease. The module will introduce the procedures involved in the preparation, processing and staining of tissue for use in disease diagnostics and experimental research. Cellular pathology techniques such as microtomy, microscopy, staining and immunohistochemistry will be introduced in relation to alterations in cellular, tissue and organ function in different diseases.

Human Development

You are introduced to recent advances that have taken place in our understanding of human reproductive and developmental biology. You examine the process of human development from the formation of gametes (gametogenesis) through to birth and identifying genetic disorders. To complement this, you see how to apply this knowledge in the areas of stem cells, IVF and genetic counselling.

Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry

You gain a broad understanding of the human metabolism, endocrinology and clinical biochemistry. Metabolism, the chemical processes that occurs in living organisms, is examined in the context of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, cellular respiration and metabolism of drugs. Endocrinology, the study of the physiological role of hormones, is covered in detail, including a review of the mechanisms underpinning hormone action, the roles of second messengers and endocrine system disorders. Enzyme kinetics and enzyme regulation is also a significant topic.

The module will also explore the methods used for the collection, measurement and analysis of clinical samples in the biomedical laboratory. You will also cover the principles and applications of clinical biochemistry investigations used in screening, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.

Immunology

You gain a solid foundation of the immune system and its role in protection against microorganisms and maintaining human health. You will learn about the functional organisation of the immune system, the immune cells and chemical mediators, antibodies, and cellular processes related to the innate and adaptive immune responses.

Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

This module introduces you to a range of modern molecular biology concepts and techniques. General molecular biology, molecular biology of genetic diseases and the use of molecular biology for applications such as the production of recombinant proteins and biomedical science forensic applications will be addressed. The new age of molecular biology is underpinned by gene/genome sequencing, sequence analysis and sequence manipulation. You will be given a thorough introduction to the principles of sequence analysis and how these techniques have revolutionised all areas of molecular biology. Particular attention will be paid to the technique of PCR. The module will also introduce bioinformatics concepts around visualising and analysing DNA sequence data, as well as basic molecular data analysis. The module content will be delivered via a series of interactive lectures that will allow students to gain insight into the theoretical aspects of molecular biology and bioinformatics. A series of laboratory practical sessions will introduce the basic techniques that lie at the heart of modern molecular biology such as DNA purification, PCR, restriction digestion, nucleic acid analysis via agarose gels, and sequencing.

 

Final-year core modules

Clinical Biochemistry

You explore the function and dysfunction of systems, organs and tissues by measuring biochemical biomarkers. You explore modern analytical techniques used for measuring biochemical markers which aid the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases. You also explore therapeutic drug monitoring methods including those used to investigate drugs of abuse.

Clinical Genetics

You are introduced to genetic disorders, including chromosomal abnormalities, single gene disorders, birth defects with a genetic component, etc. You will learn to apply genetics knowledge to disorders seen in patients. The module is highly case-based, meaning the concepts will all be directly associated with patients throughout.

An emphasis will be based on new and current techniques like Next Generation Sequencing and advances in the NHS analysis of genetic disorders, such as whole genome sequencing of all seriously ill children and paediatric cancer patients that have recently been implemented. Discussions of the ethics involved in sequencing whole genomes, identifying genetic disorders, and screening for genetic disorders will be incorporated throughout.

Clinical Haematology and Transfusion Science

You study the origin and creation in the body of all the different types of blood cells (red, white, platelets), the roles of these in normal function, and how they are defective in blood disorders, including blood cancers. You will learn about blood groups, antibodies, and other important considerations in transfusion as well as transplantation. Coagulation and associated disorders will also be covered.

Some of these lectures and the practicals will be conducted by external lecturers (including NHS staff and from local companies). Practical sessions will train in preparing blood films and identifying disorders (haematology); identifying blood groups and antibodies in blood samples and recognising whose blood can be donated to whom (transfusion science); and testing for coagulation factors.

Medical Microbiology

You explore how modern clinical microbiology can be used to detect, diagnose and control infectious diseases. You extend your understanding of the molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis and it allows you to explore how modern molecular biology techniques have been employed to define the nature of host-pathogen interactions.

Science Research Project

You complete an in-depth, independent investigation into a specialist aspect of your field of study. In your project you will bring together a range of practical and academic skills developed in previous years of study. Regardless of the nature of the project, this process acts as a capstone experience requiring analysis and critical evaluation of data as well as critical reflection on the potential risks, moral and ethical issues. This piece of work will involve a significant individual contribution on your part. You will be supported by the appointment of an academic staff member as your research supervisor. They will act as a mentor and guide you through the development and completion of your research project.

Finally, you will communicate your independent research by producing a research poster and journal article to allow you to develop essential skills which mirror professional practice when research is presented at scientific conferences and for publication.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

This course aims to produce graduates who are competent in a range of knowledge, understanding, experience and practical skills appropriate to biomedical science.
You learn through a range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • lectures

  • tutorials

  • seminars and workshops (including oral presentations and poster sessions)

  • laboratory work

  • computer laboratory-based sessions

  • group projects

  • research projects.

The course provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours, but you are also expected to spend time on your own - self-study time - to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits and each unit of credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours). So, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment
Each programme and module is supported by a specific virtual learning environment (VLE) site.

How you are assessed

You may be assessed through:

  • formal exams including 'unseen' exams

  • laboratory reports

  • computer-based assessments

  • problem-solving exercises

  • data interpretation exercises

  • critical analysis of case studies

  • oral presentations and technical interviews

  • essays, literature surveys, evaluations and summaries

  • collaborative project work

  • preparation and display of posters

  • planning, conduct and reporting of project work

You will be provided with an assessment schedule providing details of the submission deadlines for summative assessments.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

As a biomedical science graduate you can work in the healthcare system to support the diagnosis of disease and monitoring of treatments by analysis of samples.

Biomedical science is a rapidly changing profession and graduates are also sought by a range of industries and organisations including food production, pharmaceuticals, environmental agencies and government laboratories. Some graduates also go into teaching or do further research and development work in higher education.

 

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Entry to 2020/21 academic year

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  • Length: 6 years if entering Year 1, 4 years if entering Year 2
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  • Enrolment date: September
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