UCAS code: C190
Duration: 4 years
School: Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences
College: Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Understanding the functioning of the human body at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels in health and disease is the ultimate aim of biomedical science.
Biomedical scientists integrate knowledge gained by research across a range of related disciplines and apply this knowledge in the analysis of disease mechanisms. The basic research carried out by biomedical scientists is fundamental for new developments and innovation in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Biomedical scientists develop individual scientific, experimental and critical skills that have the potential to facilitate major contributions to improvements in human health and the prolonging of life.
The main theme you will study is the importance of biomedical sciences to medicine and health. You will learn how biomedical science discoveries and breakthroughs in understanding have led to medical and scientific advancement. You will take three compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences 1; Molecules, Genes & Cells 1; and Medical Biology 1 plus others from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical courses. Students will also be expected to take at least one course in biological chemistry.
The theme of your second year is foundational understanding of biomedical sciences and it includes essential learning applicable to biomedical disciplines.
You take three compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences 2; Microorganisms, Infection & Immunity 2; and Cells to Organisms 2. You will choose other courses from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical options.
You study the compulsory course Biomedical Sciences 3, the cornerstone to the theme of developing knowledge from experiment. You will develop key graduate attributes, such as analytical skills, communication, and research and enquiry and study additional compulsory and option courses to broaden your understanding of the subject.
The final year theme is research in practice. You study two compulsory courses: Biomedical Sciences and Critical Analysis Skills in Biomedical Sciences, together with two option courses covering cutting-edge topics in more depth.
With individual supervisor support you will complete a major research project that involves original laboratory-based or library-based literature research.
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Teaching takes place at both the University’s Central Area and the King’s Buildings campus. You will have access to the University's libraries and computer laboratories. Study materials are available online.
There are opportunities to study abroad in Europe, North America and Asia. An exchange programme with Sweden's University of Uppsala offers up to four student places each year.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical work, problem-based learning and computer-assisted learning. In the third and fourth year, there is more emphasis on self-directed study and discussion sessions with internationally renowned research scientists.
In-course assessment and exams are used in all years of the programmes. Your degree classification will be based on your performance in Years 3 and 4.
Our programmes will appeal to those planning a career in biomedical research or related areas as well as graduate-entry careers in industry, management and the public sector. The broad analytical, scientific and personal skills you gain will equip you for a variety of careers.
Previous graduates have been employed in science and in non-science sectors including teaching, marketing, accountancy and policy research. A large proportion of our graduates choose further study before entering successful academic or industry-based research careers.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
Please apply for only one Biomedical Sciences programme. You will have the opportunity to switch between programmes in later years provided the required courses have been passed.
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