First two years
The first two years of the course are common for all pathways and are made up of compulsory modules.
In year 3, you have the chance to specialise by choosing from a wide range of specialist taught modules, which are available to both BSc and Biomedical Science MSci students.
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.
Throughout the course, you will work towards developing your 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.
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.
Biomedical Science BSc
In your third year you will undertake a compulsory research project module (45 credits) and select further taught module options (75 credits). If you successfully complete 75 credits or more within a specific subject, you will be awarded a degree title that reflects this specialisation:
Biomedical Science with Anatomy BSc
Biomedical Science with Cell and Molecular Biology BSc
Biomedical Science with Genomics BSc
Biomedical Science with Global Health BSc
Biomedical Science with Immunity and Infection BSc
Biomedical Science with Medical Ethics and Humanities BSc
Biomedical Science with Physiology and Pharmacology BSc
Biomedical Science with Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience BSc
Clinical Bioscience BSc
Biomedical Science MSci
This option is open to all students who achieve 60 percent or above by the end of year 2. (Year 1 counts for a third of your marks and year 2 counts for two-thirds.) Students enrolled on the BSc can opt to transfer from to the MSci pathway at the end of Year 2, subject to available spaces and academic achievement.
Clinical Bioscience BSc
This option is open to all students who achieve 66 percent or above by the end of year 2 (year 1 counts for a third of your marks and year 2 counts for two-thirds). Students enrolled on the BSc can opt to transfer from to the MSci pathway at the end of Year 2, subject to available spaces and academic achievement.
Up to 60 places will be available on this pathway; 25 of these places are reserved for internal ‘clinical transfer’ 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.)
On the BSc Clinical Bioscience, you study compulsory taught modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (15 credits).