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    Description

    The Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences offers you a modern and friendly environment in which to study with state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities. You have the freedom to develop as individuals but with the comforting knowledge that help and support is always available. The programme initially provides a foundation for biomedical science, focusing on the basic molecules of life, cell structure and body functions. This leads on to an in-depth understanding of physiology, microbiology and biochemistry. On completion of this foundation, you advance your clinical knowledge through the study of subjects such as pathology, haematology, bacteriology and clinical chemistry. The theoretical elements of the programme are supported by the provision of laboratory sessions in which you become proficient in modern scientific techniques that are currently in use in the biomedical industries. In addition the programme is designed to provide you with the ability to gather and interpret scientific data, to develop team work and communications skills and to acquire effective IT skills. The degree itself is approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC) for registration purposes, and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for licenciate membership. Professions Council (HPC) for registration purposes, and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for licenciate membership.

    Why Choose This Programme?

    This is the only Biomedical Science degree in the City of Glasgow which is approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

    Biomedical Science provides the scientific foundation for the clinical diagnosis of disease and is vital to the operation of the National Health Service and other health-related industries. Your study of Biomedical Science (cellular pathology, clinical biochemistry, haematology, immunology and clinical microbiology) will give you the knowledge and skills needed to undertake this key role as a biomedical scientist.

    As a biomedical scientist you would be responsible for around 70% of the diagnoses made in the NHS, a vital role which determines the treatment administered by other health care professionals (medical practitioners, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists and radiographers).

    The programme focuses on the topics which are most relevant in hospital laboratories. The degree is designed to produce highly employable graduates with both the advanced theoretical knowledge and the essential practical skills needed by todayâs professional biomedical scientist.

    Career Opportunities

    The programme satisfies the educational requirements for HPC registration and, after gaining suitable experience in hospital laboratories, for Licentiate Membership of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), essential for those wishing to practice as biomedical scientists. There is an opportunity to return to Glasgow Caledonian to study a postgraduate qualification in Biomedical Science or more specialised MSc programmes. Honours graduates may take up research posts or studentships. Other career opportunities include administration, management, information science, medical sales, teaching and many others.

    Teaching Methods

    We take a flexible approach to learning and teaching, combining larger scale interactive lectures with small group sessions examining case studies and honing data analysis and presentation skills, while retaining the emphasis on laboratory based practical classes. This allows our students to gain exposure to the rigour and demands of scientific investigation.

    Our third year students, who are selected for Applied Biomedical Science, undertake a 15 week placement in an NHS clinical laboratory, successful completion of which permits them to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council on graduation.

    We offer the only programme of this nature within Glasgow, approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

    The basis of our students' practical work in their in their first two levels is the development of their core laboratory skills which leads to more advanced training in Level 3. Our Level 4 students undertake a specialist molecular biology workshop in addition to an individual lab based project, all undertaken in our recently refurbished suite of teaching and research laboratories.

    Our third year students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in our international exchange programme at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline As soon as possible Tuition fee

    Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland £7000

    Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU, Oversseas: Contact us

    Not specified Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    Work Placement

    NHS Education Scotland have agreed that at least 30 workbased placement opportunities will be available in Semester B of the third year; as places are limited, not all students are guaranteed one. These placements take place in Scottish hospitals, in a relevant clinical disciplines. By undertaking this placement, at completion of your Honours degree, you will be able to apply to register as a biomedical scientist with the HPC.

    What You'll Learn

    Year 1: Foundation modules.
    Year 2: Fundamental Pathophysiology, Introduction to Microbiology, Cellular Metabolism &
    Regulation, Haematology, Immunology and Clinical Biochemistry.
    Year 3: Clinical Microbiology, Essential Molecular Biology, Systematic & Cellular Pathology, Practice Placement or Microbial Genomes, Introduction to Cell Biology, General & Systematic Pharmacology.
    Year 4: Molecular Biology Workshop, Research Project plus four modules.

    Assessment Methods

    Our graduates leave university with a balanced knowledge and understanding of all branches of biomedical science after completing a course designed to allow them to become enquiring, independent learners while exhibiting high levels of professionalism.

    Half of our assessment methods are practically based, providing hands-on laboratory skills and experience of data handling and presentation. This approach helps to make the programme distinctive and attractive to employers and will also equip graduates with the necessary skills and competencies to allow them to compete in the global marketplace.

    Teaching Methods

    We take a flexible approach to learning and teaching, combining larger scale interactive lectures with small group sessions examining case studies and honing data analysis and presentation skills, while retaining the emphasis on laboratory based practical classes. This allows our students to gain exposure to the rigour and demands of scientific investigation.

    Our third year students, who are selected for Applied Biomedical Science, undertake a 15 week placement in an NHS clinical laboratory, successful completion of which permits them to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council on graduation.

    We offer the only programme of this nature within Glasgow, approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

    The basis of our students' practical work in their in their first two levels is the development of their core laboratory skills which leads to more advanced training in Level 3. Our Level 4 students undertake a specialist molecular biology workshop in addition to an individual lab based project, all undertaken in our recently refurbished suite of teaching and research laboratories.

    Our third year students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in our international exchange programme at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


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    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 7 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS

    Requirements

    • Higher: BBBC
    • A-Level: BCC
    • IL; CBBC/BCCC at Higher grade
    Essential Subjects: Higher Chemistry and Maths (S) - Credit/Int 2 minimum
    Recommended Subjects: Biology (or Human Biology), English, Mathematics at Higher Grade.
    Additional Requirements: Applicants are invited for interview to one of our Biorama evenings (applicants living further than a 50 mile radius from the university can make alternative arrangements)

    Disclosure Requirement: Students are required to undergo an enhanced criminal disclosure procedure with Disclosure Scotland.

    In addition to meeting the qualification requirements, international students where English is not the first language require an IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Glasgow Caledonian University.

    Accreditation

    This is the only Biomedical Science degree in the City of Glasgow which is approved by the HPC and accredited by the IBMS.

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