Oxford Brookes University Biomedical Science

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Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons) – single

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Biomedical Science degree from Oxford Brookes will put you at the forefront of health-related research and development. This course is delivered with the support of leading laboratories within the Oxford University NHS Trust, and the course team includes internationally recognised scientists researching into areas such as molecular drug delivery systems, neuroscience, and DNA structure as well as parasite biology. The degree has a strong focus on modern clinical research and its integration into both knowledge and practice.

Course details

The Biomedical Science degree is structured to prepare you for a career in a hospital or research laboratory environment, but can also be a valuable passport to many other careers in biological, clinical, pharmaceutical or medical areas. The course is taught at the University by our own staff, with some aspects taught by health professionals from the local hospitals.

A feature of Year 1 is a series of tutorials with your academic adviser (a member of the teaching staff who is responsible for overseeing your academic progress while you are at university). The tutorials are designed to help you adjust to academic life at university and establish good study habits.

This lays the foundation for the advanced modules in Year 2 and your final year where these themes are further developed. The emphasis is on the interdisciplinary nature of causes and treatment of disease, so that you become aware of the many ways in which our understanding is applied to medicine and other health-related disciplines.

Year 3 can be an optional professional placement in a laboratory concerned with research or clinical work.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.

Year 1

  • Biology of Cells (double)
  • Chemistry of Cells (double)
  • Human Structure and Function (double)
  • Scientific Skills
  • Professional and Experimental Skills

Year 2 and final year

Compulsory modules:

  • Biochemistry of Cell Function (double)
  • Biomedical Laboratory Placement (only for 4 year sandwich mode)
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology (double)
  • Haematology and Immunology
  • Infection, Immunity and Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics (double)
  • Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • Project (double)
  • Research Methods for Life Scientists

Plus two of the following:

  • Evidence-based Medicine and Diagnostics
  • Genomic Medicine
  • Molecular Medicine

Work placements

During the second year of your course you will have the opportunity to register your interest in extending your course to four years by taking the following year as a work placement. This may allow you to complete the IBMS portfolio of competences in readiness for registering with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on graduation. Although Oxford Brookes will support you academically during your year out, you will need to organise the placement and fund any associated expenses.

Study abroad

Great opportunities to study or work abroad
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you may be able to gain credits which count towards your degree, but only if the exchange course is also IBMS-accredited.
The university has more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

Free language courses for students – the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Additional costs

You will need to buy some basic personal protection equipment for laboratory practicals (lab coat, safety glasses), at a cost of around £25.