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Paving the Way towards a Successful Career in Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical scientists seek to understand the processes that occur in the human body as well as how medicines are discovered and how they work. As a field of study that is concerned with saving lives, research, testing, and analysis are part and parcel of biomedical science. In Malaysia, biomedical science is rapidly advancing to meet the demands of the growing healthcare industry.

Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) offers Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) that is parallel with that offered by its parent campus, Newcastle University in the UK. Dr. Roshan Mascarenhas, the Assistant Dean of Biomedical Science at NUMed, describes further about the BMS programme career development
possibilities and current research areas that NUMed is involved in.

Firstly, “The programme is designed to provide explicit links between research and teaching,”
he explained. Students also have the option to complete their final year research project in prestigious research institutes in Newcastle, UK.

Secondly, students get to explore the links between different subjects like anatomy, biochemistry, and genetics with options to expand to Biotechnology. “This multidisciplinary approach gives students in-depth knowledge about the science of the human body and the opportunity to explore how the human body functions in health and disease.”

Dr. Roshan also highlights the great learning environment at NUMed, which allows students to access valuable resources at their fingertips.“They are even given access to resources from the MBBS programme and collaborate with medical students,” he said. The university’s RECap system is particularly useful since it provides them with notes and recorded lectures from both the UK and Malaysia.

Upon graduation, BMS students can explore a number of interesting and rewarding career opportunities. “About half of our graduates go on to do their Masters or PhD either in the UK or Malaysia,” said Dr. Roshan. “The rest will work in biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries, research institutes, clinical or molecular diagnostic research laboratories or hospitals; on Ministry of Health projects as a research officer, fellow, or assistant; or even as teachers or in the sales and marketing of medical devices.”

NUMed is also actively involved in research projects that impact communities in South-East Asia. Among others, researchers are studying issues related to water quality and cancer. “Dr. Michaela Goodson, our Dean of Research, works on water security and sustainability. Dr. Jeyathy Iswaran, a Research Lead, is working on a project related to Haematological Malignancies and DNA mismatch repair of family cancers including colorectal cancer,” elaborated Dr. Roshan.

The cancer research projects aim to address the disparity in global cancer treatment outcomes. “On the other hand, the water sustainability project looks into water quality in the region that may influence changes in policies and practices for better quality of life.

“These research projects have also given opportunities for BMS students to gain experience in basic research skills through summer research projects or taking up the NUMed research fellowship,” said Dr. Roshan.

He advises BMS students to prioritise their goals and “be open and brave to embrace opportunities” that are available to them at NUMed.

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NUMed offers an exciting Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) that is parallel with that offered by its parent campus, Newcastle University in the UK.

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As a field of study that is concerned with saving lives, research, testing, and analysis are part and parcel of biomedical science.

published on: 19 March 2020