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Duration

Four years, full time

UCAS deadline

15 January 2020

UCAS Code

B942, institution code S49

UK, EU and non-EU (international) citizens may apply

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The Biomedical Science MSci is a continuous, integrated four-year programme, aimed at students interested in science and research. It provides enhanced experience and skills transferable to employment or further study, and equipping students to apply for PhD courses or research posts in industry. In addition, the generalist research skills gained, in addition to the advanced science, will be advantageous for many non-science careers.

Our curriculum offers flexibility to better prepare students interested in pursuing careers in both healthcare and medicine.

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Home (UK/EU) tuition fees

Academic year

UK/EU (per academic year)

Total fee

2019/20

£9,250

£37,000

2020/21

£9,250

£37,000

Tuition fees for Home (UK/EU) students are determined by UK government policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the government.

Placement year and Erasmus fees

 

2019/20

2020/21

MSci Biomedical Science

£1,230

£1,850

Erasmus

£920

£1,385

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

International (non-EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee

2019/20

£17,500

£70,000

2020/21

£18,000

£72,000

Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s, University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X). They will not normally increase by more than 5 per cent each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

Placement year and Erasmus fees

 

2019/20

2020/21

MSci Biomedical Science

£3,500

£3,600

Erasmus

£7,750

£8,000

For more information, see our fees and funding pages, and read the UK government information about fees and funding.

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Highlights

  • Our campus is shared with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK, which means that clinical staff are involved in teaching, and there are opportunities for you to get experience working in NHS laboratories.

  • Many students progress onto further study in scientific research or medicine.

  • Teaching is informed by the latest research and the course evolves to keep up with current practice.

  • You will learn anatomy through demonstrator-led whole body prosection.

  • As part of your intensive final year project you will work with professional research groups tackling real medical and health problems and learning how biomedical research makes a difference to lives.

  • You have the opportunity study in European institutes in your final year, as part of the Erasmus scheme.

  • Your dedicated focus on acquiring first-rate biomedical research skills will be honed through a research project and specific modules.

  • Learning development is integrated into our curriculum.

  • You will have the option to take an integrated Professional Training Year within private industry, a research institution, a government body or the NHS to further develop your knowledge, practical skills and increase your employability.

You will need to meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before your year of application.

To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the GCSE requirement (or equivalent)

  • meet the A-level requirement (or equivalent)

  • meet the English language requirement

  • write a personal statement.

Entry criteria 2020

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GCSEs

Grades

Grade 6 or above for English Language, Maths and Double Science (or Biology and Chemistry).

Subject

Minimum of five GCSEs, which must include English Language and Maths, and either Double Award Science (or both Biology and Chemistry).

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.

A Levels

We do not accept BTEC qualifications for Biomedical Science BSc.

Grades

ABB

Subjects

Must include Biology and Chemistry.

Adjusted Criteria 

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (ie a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For Biomedical Science MSci this will be an A Level offer of BBC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Please note that eligibility is determined based on the school/college at which you take your A-Levels. If you completed your GCSEs at a school on our Adjusted Criteria list, but then undertook your A-Levels at a school/college that is not on this list, you will not qualify for an adjusted offer.

The scheme is reviewed annually, so may change scope in future years.

Additional information

Resits

We will consider your application if you are re-sitting your A levels (including AS levels and modular resits) over 3 years. You will be required to meet the standard A level grades. Any re-sit grades will supersede previous grades.

International Baccalaureate

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

Overall score of 34

Subjects

A minimum score of 16 points at Higher Level including both Biology and Chemistry, with a minimum of 5 in one and 6 in the other.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be in Maths (or Maths Studies) and English Language, if at least a B (Grade 6) grade has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O Level Maths and English.

Access Diploma

Award

Full Award Diploma - Access to HE Diploma (Medical and Medical Biosciences), or the Access to HE Diploma (Biomedical Sciences)

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Grades

27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit. Specific units from the Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics Subject Areas may be requested

Additional information 

You are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Students studying an Access Diploma need to provide a detailed transcript. All units must be verified by the local Open College Network (OCN).

Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma 

D3, M2, M2

Combinations of individual Pre-U Diploma subjects and A Levels are acceptable.

Scottish Highers

Three Advanced Highers at ABB, including Chemistry and Biology.

European Baccalaureate

Overall grade of 80 per cent, with a minimum of 8 in both Biology and Chemistry.

EU qualifications

View a list of the European qualifications we accept 

International qualifications

View a list of the international qualifications we accept

English language

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 6 / B or above.

Please note: all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing) must be completed and assessed.

IELTS

(International English Language Testing System)

 

6.5 overall (including minimum 6.0 in each component)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years. 

Other tests

Please contact us for details

Non-academic criteria

Personal statement

We look for able students who have a strong interest in their chosen subject and are willing to work hard. Your success in Biomedical science will be underpinned by a good understanding of biology and a thorough knowledge of the principles of chemistry.

As a guide, your personal statement should include: 

  • what in particular interests you about biomedical science

  • the extra activities you may have undertaken to support this interest. Any participation in extra-curricular activities relating to science may be beneficial to your application.

Please remember that your personal statement should be subject specific, not general. You will also be expected to have an awareness of current issues and include any other relevant information to support your application.

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, including lectures and laboratory practicals, tutorials (including scenario-based learning), self-directed learning schemes, and computer-assisted learning programmes.

 

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Course structure

The first two years of the course are common for all final awards and contain compulsory modules.

In year 3 there is a wide range of taught module pathways (75 credits) available to both BSc and MSci students. In addition, MSci students will study three compulsory 15 credit taught modules:

  • Biomedical Research Techniques for Drug Development

  • Research Project Planning & Management

  • Statistics.

Anatomy is taught in the first two years of the course. You will cover the same range of topics as the first two years of the Medicine MBBS (5 year) programme, but in less detail. Your study will be contextualised to physiology teaching within the Biomedical Science curriculum.

In year 4, the MSci integrates a year of master’s level study designed for students who plan to have a career in the research field, or extend their experience of laboratory-based biomedical science. A highlight of is the extended final year research project, which is designed to help you to develop more advanced practical and research skills that are required for a research career.

Students are able to move between the BSc and MSci programmes at the end of Year 2, depending on academic criteria and capacity.

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 four years of your degree, 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 may be 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.

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

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, a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s.

This course falls within the remit of the Centre for Biomedical Education in the IMBE which comprises 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 programme.

Biomedical science continues to provide a wide range of career opportunities in both the UK and overseas. You may choose to undertake research within a medical or biomedical science discipline or opt for clinical diagnostic laboratory work, forensic medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, clinical trials coordination, biomedical product marketing, or technology transfer and product licensing.

The MSci Biomedical Science will provide enhanced experience and skills transferable to employment or further study, equipping you to apply for PhD courses or research posts in industry. The generalist research skills you will gain alongside the advanced science will be advantageous for many non-science careers.

Careers support

Biomedical Science students are supported in their career and professional development throughout their time at St George’s. 

Each year group has a careers programme, which includes workshops on topics such as CV writing and interview skills.  You can book a one-to-one appointment with our Careers Consultant to discuss all aspects of careers and employability. This might include investigating options and making career decisions, gaining advice and guidance on where to look for jobs, CV and application checking or booking in for a practice interview.

You can access online career resources and information as well as jobs and volunteer opportunities on our virtual learning environment. A Course Career Liaison tutor is on hand to support Biomedical Science students during their time at St George’s. You can also make an appointment with your personal tutor to discuss your future options.

 

You will have the opportunity to apply to undertake a professional training year between years 2 and 3 of the course. You can choose between industry, NHS or international placements with paid and unpaid options. Loans will be available for Home students depending on family income.

The aim of the placement year is to increase your employability by giving you professional experience and improving your skills in the environment of a relevant industry.

Potential placements include the following. 

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UK Placements

  • HPA Colindale

  • Novartis, GSK

  • PHE Didcot (toxicology), Public Health

  • St George’s NHS Trust

  • Audit work

  • Clinical Research Facility, St George’s

  • Imaging Research Centre, St George’s

Academic placements

  • The Francis Crick Institute

Erasmus placements

  • University of Barcelona, Spain

  • University of Granada, Spain

  • Radboud University, Netherlands

  • Leiden University, Netherlands

  • University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Assessment for the Professional Training Year will be as follows.

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Personal and professional skills: 30%

  • CV preparation.

  • Preparation programme.

  • Completion of mandatory placement weeks.

  • Employer assessment of workplace assessment.

Evaluation of placement: 60%

  • Interim placement report (2,000 words)

  • Final placement report to be submitted at the end (6,000 words)

Placement of learning: 10%

  • Returning to St George’s and engaging with your student community.

  • Summary report (500 words) of the experience and skills developed.

  • Preparation of an updated CV to aim further career aspirations.

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 January in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.

 

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Application checklist

You must provide:

  • full details of your Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualifications with grades

  • full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) qualifications with achieved/predicted grades

  • a personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website). 

  • an academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades.

After submitting your application to UCAS:

  • log in to UCAS Track and make sure all your academic details have been included

  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the Admissions Officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades.

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

Acknowledgement emails and letters are sent out as soon as we receive your application. Please make sure that your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you via email.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend interview. Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track.

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Duration

Four years, full time

Application Deadline

15 January 2020

UCAS Code

B942, institution code S49

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