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Duration

Four years, full time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022

Location

St George's, University of London

UCAS Code

B942, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2022

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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.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course for September 2020.

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.

Clubs, Societies and Community Projects at St George's

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Fees and funding

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Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic year

UK (per academic year)

Total fee

2022/23

£9,250

£37,000

Tuition fees for Home (UK) 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

 

2022/23

Biomedical Science MSci

£1,850

Erasmus

£1,385

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

International (including EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee

2022/23

£19,250

£77,000

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

 

2022/3

Biomedical Science MSci

£3,600

Erasmus

£8,000

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

Additional costs

The table below highlights the additional course-specific costs related to this degree. Visit the additional course-related costs page for more information on general costs to consider alongside your studies.

Additional cost Description
Dissection room coat

£20- Available for purchase in the SU shop 

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Students who decide to undertake a Professional Training Year in a clinical setting will be required to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

DBS - £40

Post office verification - £6

Administration fee - £9

 

Entry criteria: 2022 entry

To be eligible for the Biomedical Science MSci programme, you must meet the requirements outlined under Entry Qualifications, Other Academic Requirements, and Non-academic Requirements below.

Entry Qualifications

With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

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A Levels

If you are applying on the basis of A Levels, you must meet both the A Level and GCSE requirements below.

Grades

BBB

Subjects

Including Biology and Chemistry

Contextual admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Additional information

Resits may be considered.

GCSEs

Grades

Five subjects graded 6 (B) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Additional information

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

International Baccalaureate

If you are applying on the basis of International Baccalaureate, you need to meet both our Higher Level and Standard Level requirements, as outlined below.

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

Overall score of 32

Subjects

15 points at Higher Level, including a minimum grade 5 in Biology and Chemistry.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be attained in Maths and English, if at least a 6 (B) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English. We accept both Mathematics: analysis & approaches and Mathematics: applications & interpretations. 

Access Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of an Access Diploma, you must meet both the Access Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

Award

Full award diploma (Medicine and Medical Biosciences OR Biomedical Sciences)

Scores

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

Subjects

27 credits at Distinction and 18 credits at Merit

Additional information

Any additional level 3 credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.

GCSEs

Grades

Two subjects graded 6 (B) or above

Subjects

English Language and Maths

Additional information

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

Other UK Qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

M2, M2, M2

Three principal subjects to include Biology and Chemistry.

Five GCSEs at grade 6 (B) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Scottish Highers

If you are applying on the basis of Scottish Highers, you must meet the Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5 requirements below.

Highers: BBB including Chemistry and Biology

Advanced Highers: BB including Chemistry and Biology

English Language and Maths National 5 at grade B

International Qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

Other Academic Requirements

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English Language

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to meet the English language requirements outlined here. This is a group 2 course.

Non-academic Requirements

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Personal Statement

We look for able students who have a strong interest in their chosen subject. 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.

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

  • Structured Research Projects

  • Experimental Design and Data Analysis

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 this 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. 

There is also a 15 credit Research Proposal Module, which provides training in the writing of a research project proposal and associated lab safety. The research proposal will enable the students to clearly demonstrate that they have the relevant skills to design, present and interpret their study.

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 DiscoverUni 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.

While the St George’s programmes are recognised by many different countries, applicants are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their chosen country.

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.

Covid-19 guidance

For information on applications, clearing, work experience and gap years, view our latest Covid-19 FAQs for prospective applicants.

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.

Covid-19 safety guidelines

  1. Get your shot 
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and others.
    • Vaccinations services are available in the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's hospital.
  2. Wear a mask
    • Use a face covering when in communal or crowded areas to protect our community.
    • Type II masks are required on campus and available on site.
  3. Make space
    • Keep your distance when possible to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  4. Take a test
    • Get tested twice a week to keep our community safe.
    • LFD test kits are available from the University reception Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study. 

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course. 

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email

We will also continue to update our frequently asked question page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

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Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

We have not explored alternative locations for teaching, and have no immediate plans to do so.

If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching onsite in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Biomedical Science MSci programme.

Overall, the course in structure and content will be similar as advertised.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we expect to be able to continue to deliver the core modules of the programme and the final year specialisms and pathways as planned.

How the course is being delivered

For students in all years, the programme has been re-designed to be a hybrid delivery of lectures delivered online as pre-recorded sessions or ‘live’ (synchronous) online lectures, and ‘live’ interactive weekly Q&A and discussion sessions.

Interactive small group tutorials, and the majority of laboratory and computer practicals will be delivered on site.

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place.

From September to December 2021, all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas.

Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus, with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students alongside self-paced independent study.

Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

In the final year, we will continue to offer research projects that enable students to work with professional research groups tackling real medical and health problems.

We expect to be able to deliver laboratory-based projects with appropriate social distancing measures in 2021/22.

Our capacity to do so may change if government guidelines change. If that happens, we will do our best to provide alternative arrangements and to enable students to complete on schedule.

Non-lab research projects will also be offered, including those involving data analysis of previously collected data, surveys/questionnaires, bioinformatic analysis/data mining, or analysis of anonymised patient data.

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements will be established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Microsoft Office 365 as part of the University’s institutional licence, and will be able to access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere.

In addition, we offer Microsoft Office for Mac via Office 365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and OneNote. Web-based Microsoft Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here.

There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements through the university’s IT Hardship team.

Course length

We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales, and for successful students to graduate at the expected time.

Assessments

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments, which might include essays, practical write-ups and special study reports, oral presentations, poster presentations and research project vivas.

Formal written examinations, practical examinations, oral presentations and poster presentations would normally take place onsite.

However, we have developed online assessments so that these can go ahead regardless of whether students can attend site in the coming months.

Although some assessments are designed to be taken onsite, we developed an alternative strategy in 2020/21 to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming to campus.

Through the process to agree changes to assessments, criteria were developed to ensure that they remained fair, valid and reliable and did not disadvantage any student.

This means that the assessment tasks will not change, but will be delivered online.

The impact will be limited because, although the way in which the assessment is being delivered is different, the assessment tasks, the learning outcomes that are being tested and the assessment criteria are the same.

The online assessments are also the same in terms of the challenges they present to students. The assessments are therefore consistent with the way they were intended to be delivered.

If assessments take place online, as in 2020/21, students will have (formative) practice exams, to get familiar with the process and make sure your WiFi, IT and environment are suitable for the exams.

In order to maintain an inclusive and equitable approach that recognises, for example, challenging domestic circumstances and poor home internet connections, we recognise that students will need to find an appropriate environment in which to take the assessment and make sure that they have IT equipment and a reliable internet connection. This may not be possible for all students.

Our aim is to lend equipment to students if their own facilities are inadequate.

We are also allowing students to apply to take their exam on campus using a networked computer or laptop with Wi-Fi connectivity.

Students can request assistance by contacting examonsite@sgul.ac.uk ideally 4 weeks before their exam if they think they will have difficulties meeting the requirements.

Placements and essential hands-on teaching

The majority of laboratory and computer practicals will be delivered onsite.

Although practical assessments in Years 1 and 2 are designed to be taken onsite, we have developed an alternative strategy allowing assessments to be completed remotely without coming to campus. This includes the majority of lab practical assessments and those previously undertaken onsite in computer rooms.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to re-design sessions, or delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year), to protect the safety of our students.

In the final year, we will continue to offer research projects that enable students to work with professional research groups tackling real medical and health problems.

We expect to be able to deliver laboratory-based projects with appropriate social distancing measures in 2021/22. Our capacity to do so may change if government guidelines change. If that happens, we will do our best to provide alternative arrangements are to enable students to complete on schedule.

Non-lab research projects will also be offered, including those involving data analysis of previously collected data, surveys/questionnaires, bioinformatic analysis/data mining, or analysis of anonymised patient data.

We are continuing to offer the optional Professional Training Year between Years 2 and 3 of the programme.

However, some placements may not be available, depending on government advice at the time and the restrictions that the placement providers have to apply.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

You will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures.

Information is available on recommended device specification.

If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE), if needed, will be provided for you by the university.

Course timetable

For students in all years, the programme has been redesigned to be a hybrid delivery of lectures delivered online as pre-recorded sessions or ‘live’ (synchronous) online lectures, and ‘live’ interactive weekly Q&A and discussion sessions.

Meetings with personal tutors, interactive small group tutorials, the majority of laboratory and computer practicals, and some interactive weekly Q&A and discussion sessions will be delivered onsite.

Onsite delivery is expected to be 2 to 3 days per week.

Term dates

Consenting to changes

At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page.

Any changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited. We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.  

If new you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

If continuing students wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance.

We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.  

Making a complaint

If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please raise these with your course team in the first instance.

If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure.

“I have found online studying to be quite successful for me. You can interact with your peers and lecturers as you usually would, but all from the comfort of your home. ”

- Jennifer, Medicine (MBBS) student, 4th year

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Duration

Four years, full time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022

UCAS Code

B942, institution code S49

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