Biomedical sciences are life sciences subjects related to medicine and the human condition. They include subjects at the forefront of life sciences research where issues and new developments frequently grab the headlines and can often have an immediate impact on our lives.
Biomedical Sciences encompasses a broad range of inter-related life sciences disciplines. These concern the structure and function of the human body in health and disease.
Biomedical scientists research new and improved ways to diagnose and treat human diseases. These contribute to improvements in human health and wellbeing in general.
Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on laboratory teaching, and you will be encouraged to see how the blending of field and laboratory based research is essential to the training of a properly rounded biomedical scientist.
Top-rated research staff are involved in planning and teaching our degree programmes, and recent research developments are reflected in our teaching, particularly at the advanced levels.
At Dundee the biomedical sciences focus on:
- the structure and normal function of the human body
- the effects of disease and ways to prevent and treat disease
- the study of anatomy in relation to health, disease and human identification
- the study of physiology from the molecular level to that of the whole organism
- understanding how the brain and nervous system function in health and disease
- understanding how drugs work.
Undergraduate student Rachel from Malaysia talks about the Biomedical Sciences BSc at the University of Dundee
Our flexible choice of modules means you'll get to study a wide variety of topics. This broad exposure gives you the time to develop your understanding of biomedical science. You can then choose to specialise or graduate with a broad biomedical sciences degree.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.
|Courses starting 2016|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||AABB at Higher including biology and chemistry, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)||AB at Advanced Higher including biology and chemistry, plus BB at Higher in different subjects, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)|
|GCE A-Level||ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C||ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||AABB at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, plus Ordinary Level mathematics||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4||34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4|
|BTEC||BTEC Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences.||A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units||A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry||Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 (grade C)|
|SWAP Access||Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|Advanced Diploma||Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry||Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry||Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C|
|European Baccalaureate||70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry||75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
If you choose to leave at the end of Level 3, you will graduate with a BSc Ordinary degree in Biomedical Sciences that reflects the breadth of subjects you studied at Level 3, as well as the core knowledge and skills gained throughout your degree programme.
If you are aiming for an Honours degree you will graduate with one of
- Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)
- Neuroscience BSc (Hons)
- Pharmacology BSc (Hons)
- Physiological Sciences BSc (Hons)
How you will be taught
We use a variety of teaching methods, with lectures and practicals forming the core. In addition, we use
- computer-based learning
- media / video exercises
as appropriate to each module.
How you will be assessed
All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course assignments. Regular in-course assessments (e.g. practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises) provide feedback on your progress and help you prepare for end-of-module examinations.
Online assignments are used extensively at Levels 1 and 2, with access on or off campus. Peer assessment is used to promote teamwork and group learning.
What you will study
Typical Degree Programme
Levels 1 and 2
All Life Sciences degree programmes share common core modules at Level 1 that provide a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practical work and field excursions.
At Levels 3 and 4 you will study a combination of modules appropriate to your chosen degree subject within the biomedical sciences theme.
If you are reading for a single Honours degree in one of these subjects you will take modules in your main subject combined with modules in other subjects in this group, or combined with Level 3 modules in an appropriate biological sciences subject.
MSci Integrated Masters Programme
Develop your own research project and work for five months in a lab with our MSci Programme.
The MSci Programme takes students coming from the Biological or Biomedical Sciences streams.
This programme provides an additional year of study in the indicated specialisms that is designed to increase your practical ability and employability, giving you focused training in laboratory research that results in the award of a Masters degree.
Based from the outset in one of our internationally renowned research laboratories, you will build on your Level 4 experience but go well beyond it: you will develop your own research project that you will write up in the form of a grant proposal, receive training in a variety of research skills and carry out a 5-month, full-time project in your host lab based on the proposal you have written.
In addition to enhancing your laboratory skills you will develop your ability to think critically and analytically, learn how to formulate new ideas and research hypotheses and develop skills in data analysis, interpretation and communicating scientific information.
Entry to the MSci Programme will be by interview and you must maintain a B3 average at first attempt across your Life Sciences Modules throughout Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 to be eligible.
- MSci Biochemistry
- MSci Bioinformatics
- MSci Cell Signalling
- MSci Cell & Developmental Biology
- MSci Drug Discovery
- MSci Immunology
- MSci Molecular Biology
- MSci Molecular Microbiology
- MSci Neuroscience
- MSci Pharmacology
- MSci Physiological Sciences
- MSci Plant Sciences
The Procedures for managing student applications to transfer to the SLS MSci Programme are available to download.
Students interested in applying for the MSci Programme should complete and return the MSci Application form with their CV by the last week of Semester 2, Friday, 27 May 2016 to Schooloffice-LS@dundee.ac.uk. Late applications will be considered if space is available.
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Statistics for recent years show that our graduates find employment or postgraduate training opportunities in a wide variety of destinations, particularly related to biomedicine and healthcare, and including:
- research in universities, research institutes and the pharmaceutical industry
- teaching in schools, colleges and universities
- graduate entry to a degree in medicine or dentistry
Biomedical sciences graduates will also be valued for their scientific training and problem-solving skills by many potential employers in fields that are not directly related to the specific degree subject.
Accredited by the RSB
The Royal Society of Biology is the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. The Society represents approximately 15,000 biologists from all areas of the life sciences, as well as over 95 organisations which make up the diverse landscape of biology in the UK and overseas. The Royal Society of Biology offers members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology.
Whichever area of biology you wish to gain a career in, membership will help you:
- Stay up to date with what is happening across the life sciences
- Gain additional recognition for your skills and experience
- Develop your professional network
- Demonstrate your support for the future of biology
The Biomedical Sciences degree offered by the University of Dundee is not accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS). IBMS accredited courses focus on the specific vocational training required to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in a pathology or biomedical laboratory within (or serving) the NHS.
I was sold in coming to Dundee on the applicant’s day when talking to some of the lecturers. Since then I have come on leap and bounds learning a variety of topics in great detail and I am confident this will serve me well in the future.
This unique opportunity to work in a real research environment, and the practical skills and understanding I developed during my project, helped me secure a one-year industry placement with a global medical technology company.
My time as a biomedical undergraduate at The University of Dundee has been invaluable in providing me with the skills I need to progress in life beyond education. Although not travelling down the traditional science route after university, studying a STEM subject has given me so many transferable skills that will seamlessly transition me into a more corporate environment.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2016|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.|
|Rest of UK students||£9,000 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.
|Degree||UCAS Code||KIS Data|
|Apply Now||Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)||B900|
|Apply Now||Biomedical Sciences (with a year in industry) BSc (Hons)||B901|