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Biomedical Science BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time B930 2018
2019
4 years full time including sandwich year B931 2018
2019
4 years full time including foundation year B948 2018
2019
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2018
2019

Why choose this course?

Biomedical scientists are involved in areas ranging from cancer screening to diagnosing HIV, from blood transfusion to the control of infections. This course is ideal if you are interested in learning about, or working in, laboratory investigation and the monitoring of diseases. It provides excellent grounding for many careers in science, health, and education, and for postgraduate studies, including medical and research degrees.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). It is not approved by The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for Registration. However, when put together with completion of the IBMS's Registration Training Portfolio, it does provide eligibility to apply for HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist. The IBMS Training Portfolio can potentially be completed during the placement year of the 4 year sandwich course (B931); however the majority of students undertake this after graduation, once in appropriate employment.

Foundation year

If you would like to study one of our science degrees at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you can include an extra foundation year within your chosen degree. Please see the science foundation year course page for details of modules.

What you will study

Year 1 offers a firm foundation in the biological and chemical principles upon which biomedical science is based, including various laboratory techniques. You will be introduced to molecular and cell biology, physiology, anatomy and biochemistry.

Year 2 includes in-depth study of the more specialised aspects of biomedical science, particularly the nature and effects of human disease. You will develop your knowledge of microbiology and immunology and the cellular pathological changes that occur in medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

Year 3 consists of specialist modules covering the theoretical and practical aspects of the major branches of biomedical science. These include clinical chemistry and haematology, clinical immunology and medical microbiology. The Clinical Applications of Biomedical Science module includes clinical case studies, integrating diagnostic procedures from across the course and developing awareness of contemporary issues within biomedical science.

Year 3 also includes a research project. This may be undertaken in University research laboratories or in a hospital or medical research laboratory. It enables you to carry out independent research in a subject that interests you, and gain first-hand experience of a busy research or diagnostic laboratory.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This is a core module taken by students studying BSc Biomedical Science, Nutrition, Medical Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Pharmacology, and Forensic Biology.

    The module introduces students to fundamental physiological concepts which underpin the coordinated functioning of the human body, including homeostasis, cellular communication and movement of molecules through body compartments. The main physiological systems of the body are then covered, including the nervous, muscle, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, renal and digestive systems. Core material is delivered through lectures, problem solving exercises and directed reading. Laboratory practicals provide experience of selected techniques, experimental design and data analysis used in physiological experimental work.

    On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • demonstrate an understanding of fundamental physiological concepts
    • demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of selected human physiological systems, and an appreciation of some of the experimental observations from which this knowledge is derived
    • be able to write clear explanations of physiological mechanisms
    • understand how to perform simple physiological experiments and clearly and accurately record, analyse and interpret experimental data
    • demonstrate skills which will enhance employability

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  • This module introduces basic cell biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, molecular, organismal and population genetics, germ layers and basic tissue types in the human body, and a variety of microorganisms. The laboratory work incorporates selected current techniques used to study cells, tissues, chromosomes and microbial organisms.  

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the major cell components and discuss their functions in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in molecular, population and evolutionary genetics.
    • Perform simple calculations relating to inheritance and population genetics.
    • Display a basic knowledge of the early development and structure and functions of major tissue types in the human body.
    • Recognise and discuss the characteristics of a variety of medically important microorganisms.
    • Demonstrate a comprehension of selected current techniques in light microscopy, histology, cytogenetics and microbiology and explain their relevance in employability.

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  • This module introduces basic chemistry from first principles with particular emphasis on application to biology and biochemistry. An introduction to the structure and function of the major classes of biological molecules is also covered.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of atomic structure and bonding and how molecules interact with one another.
    • Understand basic chemical reactions including making and breaking of bonds.
    • Understand the conformations and stereochemistry of molecules.
    • Describe, recognise and understand the structural properties and functions of the major classes of biologically important molecules.
    • Summarise general aspects of energy metabolism.
    • Demonstrate the key communication skill of report writing and develop laboratory and independent learning skills.
     
  • This first year module is a core module for all Bioscience and Forensic Science programmes, and provides a firm foundation in general scientific and laboratory skills that students require to successfully complete their programmes of study.  Students are introduced to the nature of studying in higher education, the need for effective time management and planning of work, the appropriate use of information sources, and to sources of information relating to careers in the biosciences.  Scientific analytical and lab/practical skills are developed, together with essential mathematics and statistical skills for life scientists.  A significant component of the module consists of the development of basic research skills such as practical skills in the laboratory, the principles of experimental design and the statistical analysis of data.

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Year 2

  • Choose between the following two modules:

     

    • This is a core module taken by student in the fields of Biochemistry, Biological Sciences (Genetics and Molecular Biology route), Pharmacology, and is an option module taken by Biomedical Science and Biological Sciences (General route)

      The module builds on topics covered in LS4001 (Genes, Cells and Tissues) and explores more advanced concepts in cell and molecular biology. The module provides insight into the structure and function of cells, and takes an integrated approach to looking at how cells respond to changes in their environment - from receptor interactions and intracellular signalling pathways through to the regulation of gene expression and changes in cellular processes.

      Formal lectures are supported by laboratory classes, tutorials, workshops, independent study and further resources available on Canvas. The module also includes opportunities to develop both data-handling and written skills.

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    • This module is core in the Biochemistry, Biological Sciences (Human Biology, Medical Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology routes) and Nutrition (Human Nutrition). It is also an option module for Biomedical Science. The module provides students with knowledge of the structure and methods of analysis of proteins, with particular emphasis on enzymes. This is followed by the study of the major catabolic and anabolic pathways and investigates how organisms obtain and use energy. These processes, and their regulation in health and disease, are considered at the molecular level, which involves many proteins including enzymes.

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  • This is a core module for students studying Biomedical Science. The module aims to develop scientific, academic and research skills that were introduced at level 4, and to relate the application of these skills to the study of physiology. Research methods and employability skills are taught within the context of biomedical and associated employment opportunities. The module is designed to enhance students' understanding of the recurring physiological themes in non-communicable diseases, relating physiological systems to common chronic diseases and likely mechanisms involved. The module will further develop the study of human physiology from level 4, covering topics such as endocrinology, neurophysiology, cardiovascular, reproductive and respiratory physiology.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Appreciate the importance of experimental design in physiological research, and select, apply and interpret appropriate statistical tests for data analysis.
    • Locate, analyse and critically evaluate research papers, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues relating to biomedical research.
    • Present concise, analytical and objective scientific information relating to physiology in the form of essays and reports.
    • Reflect on their personal and academic skills, and to research potential employment opportunities in the biomedical and related industries, demonstrating an awareness of the attributes and skills needed to achieve their aspirations.
    • Discuss selected specialised physiological systems and pathological changes in such systems.
    • Perform selected physiological experiments accurately and safely, and record and analyse experimental data.

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  • This is a core module for Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences (Medical Biology), Medical Biochemistry, Nutrition and Pharmacology, and an option for Biological Sciences (Human Biology). It is a pre-requisite for the level 6 modules LS6003 (Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Disease) and LS6006 (Clinical Immunology and Medical Microbiology).

    This module provides an opportunity to learn more about the structure and function of microbiological agents in health and disease and the immunological responses raised as a consequence by the human body. Through the lectures a number of microbiological processes will be examined along with methods of controlling the organisms responsible in the laboratory environment as well as within a patient. Students will also become familiar with the different cells and organs of the immune system and how these function and interact to protect the body from infection. The module also introduces some of the molecular processes and signalling events that are important in communication between cells of the human immune system.

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  • This module discusses cellular mechanisms of disease. In addition, the module deals with the role of cellular pathology in the context of other pathology disciplines such as clinical pathology. Particular emphasis is given to laboratory aspects of cellular injury and their application in routine diagnosis.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Discuss the pathogenesis and structural/functional changes which take place in tissues/organs in diseases resulting from cell injury (genetic and acquired factors), inflammation and neoplasia.
    • Explain the role of epidemiology and medical laboratory science in the investigation of disease.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the applications of light and electron microscopy in the diagnosis of disease. Critically evaluate the use of histochemical and immunocytochemical techniques in cellular pathology.
    • Discuss the techniques and applications of image capture, image processing and image analysis, including the use of histomorphometry.
    • Discuss the techniques and applications of cytological methods for population screening and disease diagnosis.

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Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • This module builds on and applies the learning achieved in the Level 5 Infection and Immunity module which is a prerequisite.

    The module initially explores in detail diseases of: overactive immunity (eg autoimmune disease and hypersensitivity); and of immune deficiency (eg AIDS). It also explores other key areas of clinical immunology such as cancer immunology, monoclonal antibodies and laboratory diagnostics. The module then explores infectious diseases and the principles and practise of the medical microbiology. Selected infectious diseases and their laboratory diagnosis are studied in depth using an organ system approach; for example, infections of the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and urinary tract.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Discuss the pathogenesis and control of diseases associated with inappropriate immune responses and immunodeficiencies. 
    • Discuss the immunology of cancer and differentiate types of malignancy of the immune system.
    • Demonstrate safe practical skills involved in the investigation of immunological and microbiological disease, and critically evaluate the theoretical and practical basis of procedures employed in the clinical immunology and diagnostic medical microbiology laboratories.
    • Evaluate relevant laboratory data; write coherent and analytical laboratory reports, and demonstrate skills in communication and independent learning.
    • Review the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis control and treatment of a variety of infectious diseases.

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  • This is a core module for Biomedical Science, and an option for Biochemistry, Biological Sciences (Medical Biology route), and Nutrition (Human Nutrition). The module evaluates the contribution of laboratory investigations to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in key areas such as renal disease, diabetes, anaemia, and haematological malignancies. The module also considers the role of the transfusion laboratory in the treatment of selected disorders.

    Topics are introduced through a structured lecture series and further explored in practical laboratory sessions. Additional material is provided via Canvas, with tutorials used to support the practical programme and strengthen understanding of key concepts.

    Throughout the module, case histories are used to illustrate current best practice in Clinical Chemistry and Haematology, and this is re-enforced by keynote lectures from expert practitioners in the field. The module also places an emphasis on students' acquisition of the knowledge and practical skills required by employers.

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  • This module is synoptic in nature, providing an opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained from all other modules. Case studies will be used to provide an overview of biomedical techniques and, more importantly, their applications in clinical diagnosis, prognosis and patient management, including drug interactions and the basis of individual variation in drug responsiveness. The module will cover/review the following techniques and discuss their application in common diseases and clinical scenarios: immunoassay development and evaluation, infectious disease diagnosis and microbial identification, molecular and genetic approaches to disease diagnosis, biochemical analyses and histopathological examination of tissues.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Discuss techniques used in biomedical laboratories and their application in clinical settings
    • Interpret case study information and prescribe a laboratory approach covering biomedical disciplines to provide a diagnosis.
    • Explain and evaluate the hospital medical laboratory approach for a new patient and outline the process by which information from different specialist laboratories is integrated to formulate a diagnosis and for subsequent patient monitoring.
    • Discuss the factors leading to individual variability in drug response altering therapy outcomes and adverse drug events, and be aware of potential ways in which drugs can affect the outcome of laboratory diagnostic tests.
    • Prepare a high quality poster and present it to a scientific audience.

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  • This is a core module in the Biosciences field for a number of BSc (Honours) programmes. The project module forms a very important part of the degree programme and probably constitutes the largest piece of independent work a student is likely to undertake during his/her undergraduate studies. There are several types of projects that may be offered to students: a laboratory or field-based project, data projects involving acquisition of data and information from surveys, questionnaires, computer simulations or bioinformatics, or a systematic review of research literature that includes the collection, comparison and original presentation of reported research data. The end point is the same in all cases; review and critical evaluation of qualitative and quantitative information and data to address a hypothesis or research question, and the production of a written report.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • devise, develop and implement a plan of research;
    • critically evaluate, analyse and present qualitative and quantitative information and data that address a hypothesis or research question;
    • prepare a structured, critical evaluation of a research topic in the form of a written report;
    • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of a selected research topic both orally and in writing;
    • demonstrate key communication (written and oral), problem-solving, time management and appropriate ICT skills.  Students will be expected to demonstrate independent learning skills throughout the course of the module.  Numeracy skills will also be required to successfully acquire, manipulate and evaluate data;
    • evaluate risk, ethics and health and safety in relation to research projects.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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