M BioMed Sci (Hons) Biomedical Science

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Overview

Our biomedical science integrated Masters degree offers an advanced-level understanding of biomedical science practice. You’ll gain a deeper knowledge of the biological principles that relate to the workings of the human body, as well as the characteristics and diagnosis of disease leading to possible therapeutic interventions.

As you progress through the degree, you’ll move on to more specialist and advanced topics. That could include anything from cell and molecular biology, physiological systems and research skills, to blood science, cellular science and immunology – to name but a few. You’ll spend a year focusing on a major independent research project in the area of your choice.

Features and Benefits

  • Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
  • Our pioneering research in lifelong health and ageing, microbiology, vascular biology and musculoskeletal science and sports medicine has led to important advances in diagnosis and care.
  • We have high-spec teaching and research laboratories with specialist equipment, including a point-of-care testing and clinical skills laboratory, blood biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control and exercise performance laboratories, and a purpose-built facility for the advanced practical study of physiology.
  • Our £3m Biomedicine Research building houses one of the few magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to be found outside a hospital setting.
“Our students can undertake a wide range of laboratory research projects from traditional culture-based microbiology to molecular and genomic research. We run live projects in collaboration with local pathology departments and other current research projects at the University.” Dr Lisa Coulthwaite, Principal Lecturer

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Our £3m building for Biomedicine research houses one of the few magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to be found outside a hospital.

Career Prospects

Biomedical and healthcare science graduates may go on to a range of subject-specific careers in the biological, pharmaceutical, clinical, medical, public health and other associated industries. Recent graduates have gone on to secure employment in laboratory/research work, the pharmaceutical industry, education and medical communications.

Your degree will also give you a wide variety of transferable skills that can be applied to non-subject specific career pathways such as in local government, environmental agencies, teaching, management and the civil service. For those who wish to continue their studies, we offer a range of postgraduate programmes across the breadth of healthcare sciences.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

112-120

112-120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC-BBB) including a minimum grade C at A2 in Biology (must include a Pass in the Biology practical assessment), Human Biology or Grade C at A2 in Applied Science. Other Sciences may be considered. General Studies is not accepted. 

BTEC Diploma at Level 3 (Grades D*D*) Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM) in relevant subject (Applied Science).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. GCSE Science and Mathematics requirement may be met through the Level 3 requirements for the course. Please contact the institution if further information is required.

Level 2 Functional Skills English also accepted. BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science/ Medicine/ Dentistry/ Pharmacy) with a minimum 112 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 Diploma pts (Biology at HL grade 5)

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with not less than 5.5 in any element.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

The skill to diagnose and offer therapeutic intervention is all about bringing scientific understanding to a human context. It’s the ability to bridge the gap between patient and treatment – improving people’s wellbeing and even saving lives.

Our biomedical science degrees will help you to build on your knowledge of biology to make a positive impact on health and wellbeing. With us, you could be examining blood cells and microorganisms to help diagnose patients or learning how to perform tests to determine safe blood matches for blood transfusion. You will learn about the latest genomic and proteomic techniques and how these may be applied in diagnostics and in the development of new drugs and therapies.

The Department of Life Sciences has strong links to the NHS, hospitals and clinicians, which not only shape our curriculum but also ensure the skills you’re learning are fully relevant to the workplace.

Study the biomedical science integrated masters with us and you’ll emerge as an independent thinker who can apply critical analysis to real-world problems, with knowledge and laboratory skills that are in demand by healthcare organisations. In other words, you’ll have the attributes you’ll need to embark on a range of fascinating careers in the biological, pharmaceutical, clinical, medical, public health and other associated industries. 

On our biomedical science integrated masters degree, you will gain a solid grounding in the principles of the subject prior to studying more specialist and advanced topics.

Typical areas of study include biomolecules, cells and microorganisms, systems physiology, biochemistry, medical microbiology, haematology and transfusion, histopathology and cytology, immunology and immune disorders, integrated pathology, advanced biological aspects of disease and research methods and ethics.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

In Year 1 you will study four, 30-credit units. Typical units include:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Physiological Systems
  • Research Skills and Employability

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Core Units

Research Skills and Employability

This unit will lay the foundation for research skills and employability within the physiology, human biosciences and biomedical science sector. It will encompass ethical and legal issues whilst working in scientific research.

Cell and Molecular Biology

The unit provides a knowledge and understanding of biochemistry including basic organic chemistry. Biological molecules and their importance in cell structure and function are also studied. Students are introduced to microorganisms, with focus on the importance of identification and classification of microbes, and the techniques and skills required for their isolation, enumeration and microscopic examination.

Physiological Systems

The Physiological Systems unit introduces students to principles of human physiology at the organ system level with appropriate links to anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and metabolism, disease pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics.

Biomedical Science

This unit introduces biomedical science and its constituent specialisms and provides an introduction to disease, its nature and the analytical techniques used for investigation. Some basic aspects of normal cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and physiology will be reviewed as a basis for a sound understanding of disease processes.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

In Year 2 you will study four, 30-credit units. Typical units include:

  • Blood Science
  • Cellular Science
  • Infection Science
  • Techniques and Applications in Biomedical Science

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Core Units

Cellular Science

This unit introduces the roles of cytology and histopathology in the diagnosis of disease. It focuses on cells, tissues and organ systems and the changes that occur in these systems during pathology, with a particular focus on cancer. Normal cell development, including cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis is studied, as well as the classification of normal tissues and the relationship of one tissue type to another. Disorders of the renal, respiratory, central nervous and female reproductive systems as well as disorders of the liver are studied in detail. 

Techniques and Applications in Biomedical Science

This unit builds on the knowledge of nucleic acids and cell biology gained in level 4 and introduces students to the key principles of molecular diagnostics. The methodologies are described in depth and put in the context of disease diagnosis and biomedical research. Topics include various types of PCR, cloning, sequencing, immunoassays, bioinformatics and the utility of in vivo and in vitro models of disease. The application of omic technologies is also considered and discussed in the context of molecular epidemiology and biostatistics.

Blood Science

The Blood Science unit looks at the roles of haematology and clinical biochemistry laboratory tests in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease processes. A range of haematological and biochemical disorders are studied ranging from disorders of renal function and the endocrine system, to red blood cell disorders and haemostatic disorders.

Infection Science

This unit investigates the role of microbiology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and the pathogenic changes that occur as a result of interactions between host and parasite. Throughout the unit, aspects of epidemiology and pharmacology will be used to describe prevention, control and treatment of infectious disease.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

In Year 3 you will study three, 30-credit units and two, 15-credit units. 

Core units include:

  • Haematology and Transfusion 
  • Immunology and Immunological Disorders
  • Integrated Pathology
  • Project

Optional units may include:

  • Biomedical Cell Biology
  • Genetic Science
  • Medical Microbiology

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Core Units

Project

This unit allows all final year students to plan and undertake either a laboratory based research project or a library based dissertation in an area of their own interest.  Students have the opportunity to develop a research question, plan an appropriate investigation and undertake that investigation under the guidance of an allocated supervisor.

Immunology and Immunological Disorders

This unit will develop knowledge in the field of Immunology with a particular emphasis of disorders of the Immune system including immunodeficiency, autoimmune disease, hypersensitivity, multiple myeloma and tumour immunity. The unit also covers the exciting field of cancer immunotherapy, and organ transplantation. This unit develops the students prior knowledge of the mechanisms of the immune system, previously covered in the level 5 Infection Science unit, as it demonstrates how their deregulation result in disease.   

Haematology and Transfusion

This unit describes the pathogenesis of a variety of haematological disorders and the principles of transfusion medicine. This unit develops the students prior knowledge of haematological diseases and covers several haematological disorders, including the immune associated haemolytic anaemias, and haematological malignancies. It describes the use of “omic” technologies in patient diagnosis and treatment and the development of personalised medicine in haematology. The principles of transfusion medicine are taught, explaining the immunological basis of transfusion, the serious hazards of transfusion, pre-transfusion testing procedures and the role of transfusion for therapeutic purposes. 

Integrated Pathology

The Integrated Pathology unit considers a wide range of disorders of the human body and investigates how different areas of biomedical science can contribute to both the diagnosis and the understanding of these disorders. The disorders studied broadly fit into the areas of ageing and disease, multifactorial disease, infectious disease and malignant disease.

Option Units

Biomedical Cell Biology

The Biomedical Cell Biology unit explores the cellular processes, cell cycle control and cell signalling events that occur during cell/tissue repair and regeneration, ageing and senescence, and human disorders. The cellular dysfunction that results as a consequence of ageing and disease development will be discussed in relation to normal cell function. Appropriate examples of biomedical techniques and model systems utilised in cell biology research will be highlighted to illustrate key concepts of the unit. Implications for biomedical research and medicine will be investigated, together with ethical issues relating to the field.

Medical Microbiology

Building on a background knowledge of genetics gained in years 1 and 2, this unit will consider topics such as genetic principles, gene structure, function & regulation, population genetics, techniques, genetic basis of health & disease and genetic approaches which may be used to treat these. The major topics covered in the unit are: Gene structure and genome organisation; molecular mechanisms involved in gene regulation; current and advanced techniques; bioinformatics; population genetics; evolutionary genetics; genetic basis of disease; genetic testing; genetic approaches to treating disease.

Genetic Science

The unit will cover current issues related to human genetics, particularly in relation to disease & the implications on public health. It will consider topics such as genetic principles, gene structure, function & regulation, population genetics, techniques, genetic basis of health & disease and genetic approaches which may be used to treat these.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

In your final year, you will study two, 30 credit units and one, 60 credit unit. Typical units will include:

  • Advanced Biological Aspects of Disease
  • Project
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science

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Core Units

Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science

This unit develops students skills in research, in order to support them to design experimental research, which is ethically acceptable. The unit also comprises the role of an evidence-based framework for the systematic review, dissemination of scientific research and information, and moral issues highlighted by developments in science.

Project

This unit allows all 4th year M Biomed Sci students to complete an independent laboratory-based research project, which is allied to their employment aspirations and specific academic interests.

Advanced Biological Aspects of Disease

This unit covers aspects of immunology, cancer biology, reproductive health, infectious diseases and medical genetics. You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the pathology and aetiology of these areas by investigating the philosophical concepts of biological systems in states of dysfunction. On completion of the unit you will be expected to demonstrate an appreciation of the interrelations of the pathological sciences and how, for example, a genetic predisposition can increase an individuals risk of susceptibility to a specific cancer or immune disorder.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Assessment

Additional information about this course

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Department of Life Sciences

Our Department of Life Sciences boasts an international reputation, outstanding record in teaching and research, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, internationally recognised research and strong links to partners like the NHS, and individual hospitals and clinicians.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£100

Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year however there are PCs in campus. Printing of coursework can be required each year, including the dissertation in the final year. You will be provided with a laboratory coat and safety glasses on commencement of your programme. If you lose or damage these, replacement is your responsibility.

Placement Costs

There is no placement associated with this programme. Should you choose to undertake a year out in industry as work experience, separate to your academic programme, you will step off the programme for the duration of this activity.

Professional Costs

You may wish to join the Institute of Biomedical Science, Royal Society of Biology or Physiological Society, particularly in your final year.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

8Y90

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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