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B900 - Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

MSci Honours

  • UCAS code: B900
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

The accredited four-year Biomedical Sciences integrated master's provides you with experience in a professional research environment to ensure you're work-ready when you graduate.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-AAB
  • IB: 34-35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This Biomedical Sciences MSci Honours degree develops your understanding of how the human body functions in health and disease and equips you with the practical research experience you need. You will graduate well prepared to make a difference in modern medicine.

We're a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and our world-leading expert staff will guide you through your degree. This means you graduate with the latest knowledge in human health and disease.

You’ll explore the links between:

  • anatomy
  • biochemistry
  • genetics
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • neuroscience
  • pharmacology
  • physiology

By gaining an understanding of research in these areas, you'll learn how we can develop either preventative approaches or new treatments for a range of common diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, autoimmunity, cancer, and diabetes.

BSc or MSci?

Some of our degrees are offered at two levels:

  • three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • four-year Master in Science (MSci)

Our MSci degrees include an additional year of advanced study at master’s level, where you will gain additional research and practical experience to increase your employability and have the opportunity to work alongside our world-leading experts.

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Students working in the lab

Quality and ranking

  • top 20 in the UK for Biomedical Sciences – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Subjects Allied to Medicine category)
  • top 125 – Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Additional information

Transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degrees

There is flexibility to transfer between our degree programmes at the end of the first year if you find your interests change.

You can also apply to transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degree. This opportunity is open to UK, EU and international students. It is competitive, with a limited number of places available. Students are selected on the basis of academic performance in the first year, a UCAT score, a personal statement and, if shortlisted, an interview.

Find out about transferring courses

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as:

  • cell biology and disease
  • practical and presentation skills in biomedical sciences
  • human anatomy
  • integrated biomedical sciences

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Biochemistry 15
Genetics 15
Microbiology and Immunology 15
Cell Biology 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences 1 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2 15
Pharmacology 15
Physiology 15

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as:

  • cell biology and disease
  • practical and presentation skills in biomedical sciences
  • human anatomy
  • integrated biomedical sciences

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Cell Biology and Disease 20
Practical and Presentational Skills in Biomedical Sciences 10
Essential Biomedical Research Skills 20
Control of Eukaryotic Gene Expression 10
Cell and Molecular Biology of the Immune System 10
Human Anatomy 10
Optional Modules Credits
Neuroscience: from cell to cognition 20
Clinical Immunology and Viral Pathogens 20
The Biology of Ageing 20
Health and disease at mucosal surfaces 20

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as:

  • cell biology and disease
  • practical and presentation skills in biomedical sciences
  • human anatomy
  • integrated biomedical sciences

Stages 3 and 4

You will undertake an extended individual research project which begins in the final semester of Stage 3 and continues throughout your final year.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Integrated Biomedical Sciences 10
Optional Modules Credits
Medical Biotechnology 20
Research in Biochemistry & Genetics 10
Business Enterprise for the Bioscientist 10
Research in Biomedical Sciences 10
Genetics and Human Disease 20
Cancer Biology and Therapy 20
Diseases of the Human Nervous System 20
Health and Illness: Professional and Societal Perspectives 10
Science Communication 10
Clinical Ageing and Health 20
Chronic Disease 20
Immunology of Health and Disease 20
Bioethics 10
Epidemiology 20
Bioinformatics 10
Research Design Project 40
Research project for exchange students 40
Research Project for Stage 3 MSci Students 40
Microbiota and pathogens: Mucosal Microbiota, Protozoa and Fungi 20

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as:

  • cell biology and disease
  • practical and presentation skills in biomedical sciences
  • human anatomy
  • integrated biomedical sciences

Stages 3 and 4

You will undertake an extended individual research project which begins in the final semester of Stage 3 and continues throughout your final year.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Research Project 80
Optional Modules Credits
The Biological Study of Behaviour 20
Ageing & Health 20
Experimental Medicine & Therapeutics 20
Drug discovery and development 20
Cancer Studies 20
Clinical Epidemiology 20
The Biological Basis of Psychiatric Illness & Its Treatment 20
Biology of Ageing 20
Genetics of Common Disease 20
Molecular Microbiology 20
Studying Life at the Molecular Level 20
Sensory Systems 20
Scientific Basis of Neurological Disorders 20
Transplantation Sciences 20
Genetic Medicine 20
Developmental Genetics 20
Toxicology 20
Mitochondrial Biology & Medicine 20
Diabetes 20
Therapy Development for Rare Diseases: the neuromuscular paradigm 20
Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease 20
Bioscience Research Development and Enterprise 20
Comparative Cognition: Information Processing in Humans and Other Animals 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes and small group seminars.

You'll have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.

Teaching methods may vary from module to module.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills 

You'll have the opportunity to work alongside industry-recognised scientists in our research institutes while you complete research projects in your third and fourth years.

This will allow you to develop advanced research and scientific skills, while also getting an insight into a career as a researcher.

Professional skills

We make sure you have plenty of opportunities to gain work experience to enhance your employability while studying. This includes:

  • vacation studentships in a University research laboratory
  • paid work in one of our research institutes through our Laboratory Assistant Scheme
  • employability ambassador scheme
  • student mentoring scheme

Research skills

As a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research, you're guaranteed an education right at the cutting edge of the discipline, so you'll always be aware of the latest developments and innovations in the field.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas. You can even take a summer placement in an overseas research laboratory.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You'll be based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at our city-centre campus. The Faculty is also home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Pharmacy.

Situated next to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.

Our facilities include:

  • a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
  • large teaching laboratories
  • hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces

Find out about the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Support

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.

Your future

There is a great demand for graduates in the biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the health services and industry, particularly leading or working as part of research teams, and many of our students choose this career path.

A large proportion of our graduates choose to take a further degree either a medical, master's, PhD or teaching qualification, before embarking on permanent employment.

Recent Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences BSc and MSci Honours graduates have taken up roles such as:

  • clinical specialist
  • laboratory analyst
  • research technician
  • clinical data associate
  • trainee clinical scientist
  • research PhD student

Work in a range of industries

Sectors employing bioscientists include:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology
  • education
  • healthcare
  • chemical
  • cosmetics and toiletries
  • food and drink
  • scientific writing
  • research and development

Find out more about the career options for Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

Throughout your studies, there will be many opportunities to engage with industry including:

  • site visits
  • guest lectures
  • employability fairs
  • industrial placements
  • internships
  • advice from industry

Develop your employability with the support of the School through:

  • summer placements
  • internship opportunities
  • SOLAR – a student-led outreach group teaching school children science
  • opportunities to participate in clinical work shadowing
  • mock interviews
  • CV interviews
  • careers clinics
  • assistance with applying to medicine/dentistry

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAA-AAB

International Baccalaureate

34-35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.

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