At St George's we offer a broad range of learning environments which include traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, and web-based delivery. The modules which make up a course are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling you to demonstrate your capabilities in a range of ways.

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Course structure

For 2017 entry, the new programme provides flexibility after year 2 in addition to the BSc Biomedical Science degree.

The first two years of the course are common for all pathways and contain compulsory modules. In year 3, there is a wide range of specialist taught modules available to both BSc and MSci Biomedical Science students.

Anatomy is taught across the first two years of the course and will be delivered with comparable breadth to that of the first two years of the Medicine MBBS (5 year) programme, but to less depth. The content will be contextualised to physiology teaching within the BMS curriculum.

If you pursue the Clinical Bioscience pathway, knowledge and understanding of anatomy will be further developed within a compulsory clinical anatomy module in year 3. Anatomy teaching will be at a greater depth and emphasise the clinical importance of human anatomy by consolidating the knowledge from the first two years of the course. The clinical emphasis will be linked to the other compulsory module Clinical, Communication & Professional Skills in Healthcare; linking anatomy and clinical practice, and enhancing the contextualised learning of both disciplines.

Throughout the course, you will work towards developing your practice of practical, cognitive and transferable skills. Essential practical techniques are developed through the course as you progress from competence in basic laboratory skills in year 1, to the use of more sophisticated techniques in year 2, and ultimately to your research project in year 3 of the BSc or year 4 of the MSci Biomedical Science

You will also be developing your cognitive skills; from simple problem solving exercises and data handling, to self-directed literature review, culminating in the research project which will require you to develop a highly critical approach to the scientific literature and to your own data.

Below is an overview diagram of the different progression options, once you are studying at St George’s, with more information about each option detailed beneath the diagram.

Biomedical Science programme scheme

BSc Biomedical Science

This option is open to all students. Here is key information about this option:

  • Students undertake a compulsory research project module to the value of 45 credits and select further taught module options to the value of 75 credits.
  • Students who successfully complete 75 credits or more within a specific subject will be awarded a modified degree title to reflect this specialisation.
  • The number of places available on the specific modules will reflect the number of students within the full cohort.

The possible degree award titles* are:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Anatomy (IBMS accredited degree)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Cell & Molecular Biology (IBMS accredited degree)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Genomics (IBMS accredited degree)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Global Health (IBMS accredited degree)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Immunity & Infection (IBMS accredited degree)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Physiology & Pharmacology (IBMS accredited degree)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Psychiatry (IBMS accredited degree)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Behavioural Medicine (IBMS accredited degree)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Neuroscience (IBMS accredited degree)


*Subject to re-accredation with the IBMS.

MSci (Hons) Biomedical Science

This option is open to all students who meet the academic requirements to progress into year 3 (weighted average mark ≥ 60% at the end of Years 1 and 2). The average mark is calculated by weighting the marks for Year 1 to Year 2 at a ratio of 1:2.

Here is key information about this option:

  • The MSci pathway is open to entry from Year 1 but students must meet the specified academic requirements to progress from Year 2 to Year 3.
  • MSci students can opt to transfer from the MSci pathway to the BSc pathway upon successful completion of Year 2 (or will be automatically transferred if they do not meet the specified progression criteria).
  • BSc students can opt to transfer from the BSc pathway to the MSci pathway at the end of Year 2. Transfer will be subject to available spaces and achievement of the specified progression criteria.
  • Students undertake compulsory taught modules to the value of 45 credits and select further taught module options to the value of 75 credits.
  • MSci students who complete all Year 3 modules successfully but do not meet the academic requirement to progress from Year 3 to Year 4, or students who wish to the exit the programme upon successful completion of Year 3, will be eligible for the award of BSc (Hons) Science of Biomedicine. This degree title is not accredited by IBMS.
  • Up to 25 places will be available on the MSci pathway, subject to taught module and research project capacity.

BSc (Hons) Clinical Bioscience

This option is open to all students who meet the academic requirements to progress into year 3 (average mark ≥ 66% at the end of Years 1 and 2). The average mark is calculated by weighting the marks for Year 1 to Year 2 at a ratio of 1:2.

Here is key information about this option:

  • Up to 60 places will be available on this pathway. However, 25 of these places will be reserved (and are compulsory) for internal ‘clinical transfer’ students; these are Biomedical Science students who are successful in securing a conditional offer for fast-track graduate entry to MBBS4 at St George's.
  • Where the number of qualifying students applying to the Clinical Bioscience award exceeds the number of spaces available, places (except for clinical transfer students) will be allocated based on academic ranking at the end of Year 2, weighted as described above.
  • Students undertake compulsory taught modules to the value of 75 credits and select further module options to the value of 45 credits. A research project is optional.
  • Students who complete all Year 3 modules successfully will be eligible for the award of BSc (Hons) Clinical Bioscience. The IBMS will not accredit this award.

All of the award titles and new elements of the curriculum are subject to successful re-validation of the curriculum, occurring in September 2017. You can read more about what re-validation means on our information page.

 

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, including:

•    Lectures and laboratory practical sessions
•    Tutorials (including scenario-based learning)
•    Self-directed learning schemes
•    Computer-assisted learning programmes

There is a gradual change in emphasis over the three or four years; from large group lectures, delivering core knowledge and concepts, to smaller lecture groups for specialist knowledge. Tutorials, self-directed learning, practical sessions and in-course assessments further promote knowledge and understanding.

 

Assessment methods

Progress is judged by a mixture of in-course assessment and written exams. Each year’s marks contribute towards the final degree. A variety of examination types are used during the course, including:

  • Short and Long answer Questions
  • Single Best Answer Questions
  • Calculation and data analysis problems
  • Essay questions
  • Objective structured practical examinations where you demonstrate knowledge of structure and function in the dissecting room
  • Oral examinations where you answer questions from a panel of examiners

 

Teaching staff

Teaching and research at St George's is conducted within four Institutes (Medical and Biomedical Education (IMBE), Molecular and Clinical Sciences, Infection and Immunity, Population Health) and the joint Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences. The Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences is a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s.

The course falls within the remit of the Centre for Biomedical Education which forms part of the Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education (IMBE) comprising research-active academic staff from a range of professional disciplines. While IMBE staff take the lead in the management and delivery of the course, colleagues from the other institutes also make a significant contribution to both teaching and project work within the course.

Find out how the course is structured and assessed on the Unistats website


Last Updated: Monday, 28 November 2016 14:27

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