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Biomedical Sciences

BSc (Hons)

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

Why study Biomedical Sciences at Dundee?

The term Biomedical Sciences encompasses a broad range of closely inter-related life sciences disciplines, concerned with the structure and function of the human body in health and disease.

Biomedical scientists will play increasingly important roles in the 21st century as the results of their research, particularly at the molecular and cellular levels, lead to new and improved ways to diagnose and treat human diseases and contribute to improvements in human health and well-being in general.

At Dundee the biomedical sciences are concerned with:

  • 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, in relation to health, sport and exercise
  • understanding how the brain and nervous system function in health and disease
  • understanding how drugs work.

What's so good about Biomedical Sciences at Dundee?

"Dundee life science students graduate knowing what real research is: they can ask the right questions, carry out experiments, problem solve as well as gather and analyse data."
Shamshad Afzal, BSc Biochemistry and Pharmacology, 2008

Read more life sciences student profiles »

Flexible pathways

The Biomedical Sciences degree gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of different aspects of the life sciences, or to delay your subject specialisation until you have gained experience of a variety of different subject areas.

You can choose either to specialise later in your studies and study for a more specifically named degree (see related courses below), or if you wish to maintain a broad learning experience, you can graduate in Biomedical Sciences.

Laboratory teaching

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.

"The best thing about my course is that I can study modules from different subjects at the same time. For example, I am doing Physiology and Pharmacology modules now, and the way in which these two fields are interrelated fascinates me."
Rubina Khanal, current student

Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by staff based in the College of Life Sciences.

Programme progression

The Biomedical Sciences degree is a broadly-based programme which allows you to combine a wider range of subjects than a single Honours degree.

If you choose to leave at the end of Level 3 with a non-Honours degree, 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 it is likely that this will be in a single named subject e.g. BSc (Hons) Pharmacology.

However, there are also options to study a combination of two main subjects at Levels 3 and 4, e.g. physiology and pharmacology, and graduate with a BSc Honours degree that reflects your subject choice e.g. BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Physiology and Pharmacology).

How you will be taught

We use a variety of teaching methods, with lectures and practicals forming the core. In addition, we use workshops, tutorials, computer-aided learning, and field excursions, as appropriate to each module.

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.

Please refer to the Biological/Biomedical Sciences degree structure and overview webpage for details of the common curriculum in Levels 1 and 2.

At Levels 3 and 4 you will study a combination of modules appropriate to your chosen degree subject within the biomedical sciences theme.

Group A

If you are reading for a single Honours degree in either Anatomical Sciences or Forensic Anthropology, you will study within a common curriculum at Level 3, which will include in-depth study of human anatomy.

If you are reading for a degree in Anatomical and Physiological Sciences you will take a combination of human anatomy and physiology modules.

Group B

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.

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course procedures. 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.

On-line assignments are used extensively at Levels 1 and 2, with access via a PC on or off campus. Peer assessment operates in many team projects.

Careers

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.

Please note that 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.

Postgraduate Study

Some of our students proceed to higher degrees (MSc or PhD) and go on to undertake or supervise original research.

We offer a number of Masters level courses in addition to PhD research opportunities in the College of Life Sciences.

Sharadha Dayalan Naidu, from Singapore, graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences in 2011, and is currently studying for an MRes in Cancer Biology.

Entry Requirements

These are minimum indicative entry requirements, not a guaranteed entry level. You will get an individual offer from us following our review of your application. Please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2014

Your application for entry will be judged based on the highest level qualifications you have or are taking, e.g. students offering A-Levels or Scottish Baccalaureate will be made an offer based on entry to the 3 year Honours degree as this offers the best academic progression.

4 year Honours degree (Level 1 / SCQF 7 entry)

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher AABB
GCE A-Level not available
ILC Higher AABB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Biology and Chemistry (Higher, ILC Higher, IB Higher Level) plus
Mathematics and Chemistry (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate 2 at C, ILC Ordinary Level at C or IB Subsidiary Level at 4)
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

3 year Honours degree (Level 2 / SCQF 8 entry)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AB (AH) + BB (H) in different subjects
GCE A-Level AAB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Biology and Chemistry (AH or A-Level or IB Higher level) plus
Mathematics (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate 2 at C, GCSE at C, or IB Subsidiary Level at 4)

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units (Level 2 entry)
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 (grade C) (Level 2 entry)
SWAP Access to Science Programmes Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6 (Level 1 entry)
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules (Level 2 entry)
Advanced Diploma Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C (Level 2 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C (Level 2 entry)
European Baccalaureate

70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry (level 1 entry)
75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry (level 2 entry)

Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

Courses starting September 2015

Your application for entry will be judged based on the highest level qualifications you have or are taking, e.g. students offering A-Levels or Scottish Baccalaureate will be made an offer based on entry to the 3 year Honours degree as this offers the best academic progression.

4 year Honours degree (Level 1 / SCQF 7 entry)

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher AABB
GCE A-Level not available
ILC Higher AABB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Biology and Chemistry (Higher, ILC Higher, IB Higher Level) plus
Mathematics and Chemistry (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate 2/National 5 at C, ILC Ordinary Level at C or IB Subsidiary Level at 4)
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

3 year Honours degree (Level 2 / SCQF 8 entry)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AB (AH) + BB (H) in different subjects
GCE A-Level AAB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Biology and Chemistry (AH or A-Level or IB Higher level) plus
Mathematics (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate 2/National 5 at C, GCSE at C, or IB Subsidiary Level at 4)

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units (Level 2 entry)
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 (grade C) (Level 2 entry)
SWAP Access to Science Programmes Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6 (Level 1 entry)
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules (Level 2 entry)
Advanced Diploma Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C (Level 2 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C (Level 2 entry)
European Baccalaureate

70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry (level 1 entry)
75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry (level 2 entry)

Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year for each year of the degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,500 per year of study.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree
UCAS Codes
KIS data
BSc Biomedical Sciences B900 View KIS data for this course

UCAS Application Process


International Applicants

We have information specifically for international applicants on our International website:

What skills, qualities and experience do I need?

Your personal statement should demonstrate an interest in the subject you are applying for and a commitment to the study of that subject. How did your interest in the subject arise, and do you have a particular career path in mind?

You should comment on your participation in both school/college/work and extracurricular activities and on the extent to which they have aided in your personal development and the acquisition of skills that will be of value to you as a life sciences student.

  • Do you have an enquiring mind?
  • Do you have good analytical skills and problem-solving ability?
  • Are you self-motivated and able to work independently?
  • Are you a good team player?
  • Do you have good communication skills?

If you are planning a gap year, comment on the intended activity and the benefits that you think you are likely to gain from the experience.

Tips for your application

Give careful consideration to both the style and content of your personal statement as it can be an indicator of your ability to communicate as well as providing an account of your personal achievements and skills.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in 3 years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

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