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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022

Location

St George's. University of London

UCAS Code

B940, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2022

Apply via UCAS

Overview

This Biomedical Sciences degree provides a fascinating insight into the biology-based science behind health, disease and medical intervention. It covers a diverse range of subjects, starting with fundamental aspects of cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and genetics, progressing to the investigation of the disease process, including diagnosis and treatment.

Equipping you with broad-based clinical knowledge and practical laboratory skills, you’ll have a wide range of career options on graduation. You could work in biomedical research, science policy or regulation, or choose to specialise in areas such as forensic medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, technology transfer and licensing, clinical trials or biomedical product marketing. We also offer a clinical transfer to the second year of our graduate entry medicine programme. However, places are strictly limited (25) and extremely competitive: we typically receive around 90 applications per place.

St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research. We share our site with a major London teaching hospital which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions. You’ll study in a clinical setting with like-minded individuals, mixing with the many different healthcare professionals you will go on to work alongside throughout your career.

Highlights

  • Develops a solid understanding of human health and disease, informed by the latest research, equipping you with clinical skills and knowledge to conduct medical research in a variety of professional settings.

  • Opportunity for a Professional Training Year within industry, research, government or the NHS: previous placements have included GSK, Pfizer, MSD, HPA Colindale, Novartis (GSK) and Public Health England, as well as St George’s Clinical Research Facility and Image Resource Facility.

  • Option to transfer to either BSc Clinical Bioscience or Year 3 of our four-year MSci Biomedical Science at the end of your second year, subject to academic achievement and available places.

  • Focus your learning in Year 3 in either healthcare or medicine, graduating in one of 10 specialisms: Biomedical Science with: Anatomy; Cell and Molecular Biology; Genomics; Global Health; Global Health Humanities; Immunity and Infection; Medical Ethics and Humanities; Physiology and Pharmacology; Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

  • As well as biomedical research, science policy or regulation, the transferrable skills you will gain on this degree allow you to consider wider careers options such as law, finance and teaching.

  • Cutting-edge facilities include specialist laboratories, a pathology museum, anatomy and dissection rooms, which enable you to learn scientific and clinical skills and practise techniques in a safe environment.

  • St George’s is the only UK university based on a hospital site and as a specialist university, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals – our expertise and learning focuses on healthcare, science, medicine and the many medical professions to build your multidisciplinary understanding and context.

Course info

Developing new technology and treatments for human illness and disability, biomedical science has laid the foundation for medical breakthroughs in everything from COVID-19 to cancer, diabetes to heart disease, bone strength to brain development and more.

Learning how the body fights disease and infection through scientific and laboratory research, they contribute to the design of better treatments, discovery of new drugs and vaccines, and invent new forms of biotechnology –tissue engineering, cell enhancement and gene editing all discovered during the last half century.

If you have a passion for science and want to strengthen your knowledge of the body and its biological processes, our broad interdisciplinary curriculum covers anatomy, cell and molecular biology, immunology, infection, genetics, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and reproduction.

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Transfer into Medicine

If you are a Home student wishing to pursue a medical career, a Biomedical Sciences degree provides excellent preparation. Our exclusive Clinical Transfer programme offers the opportunity for 25 of our students to fast-track to the second year of the four-year graduate entry MBBS programme. We use Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs) to assess candidates for all medical degrees, which usually take place in July.

Places are extremely competitive, and eligibility is dependent upon academic performance at all stages of your degree study. If successful at interview, you will receive a conditional offer for a deferred place on the graduate entry MBBS. You must follow the Clinical Bioscience pathway in your third year on the BSc Biomedical Science. You must graduate with a first class or upper-second class (2:1) degree to proceed to Year 2 of the graduate entry MBBS, which acts as a transition year before what is essentially the final two years of the five-year MBBS.

A wide range of optional modules

In your final year, you can specialise and tailor your studies choosing from a wide range of optional modules including global health, ethics and law, neglected tropical diseases, pharmacology and physiology of drug abuse or conflict and catastrophe medicine. We offer nine different Biomedical Science pathways, as well as limited places to transfer at the end of the second year to the BSc Clinical Bioscience or Year 3 of our four-year MSci Biomedical Science.

Study in modern laboratories

Practical from the outset, you’ll develop essential lab techniques in our modern teaching and research laboratories and study body systems both in class and hands-on in our dedicated dissection room. You’ll relate your learning to everyday living through real-life disease and treatment case studies, research and access to our unique on-site collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens.

Meet our world-class research institutes

St George’s is home to four world-class research institutes – Molecular and Clinical Science, Population Health Research, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and Infection and Immunity – giving you access to the latest research. You’ll also hear direct from medical professionals, which have previously included consultants from St George’s, representatives from Doctors Without Borders and United Nations.

Placements and internships

You can gain valuable work experience with opportunities to undertake work shadowing, summer placements and apply for summer internships in industry. You can also opt to take a Professional Training Year (PTY) after your second year and previous students have worked with the likes of GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer in the commercial world, as well as academic placements in the UK and Europe, thanks to our excellent industry links.

“Biomedical scientists can specialise in one of 11 different areas and therefore have a huge amount of choice when it comes to settling down into a career. It’s great if you’re still unsure what you want to do with your degree because you gain so many new skills and experiences which open up numerous doors.”

- Hafsa

Biomedical Science BSc

“I urge anyone thinking about studying biomedical science at St George’s to just do it! You won’t find a course like it in the UK. On top of being highly scientific, it also offers a great deal of clinical knowledge that makes you a stand-out candidate for any job or course you apply for.”

- Stanislav

Biomedical Science MSci (2017 Graduate – Currently a PHD student 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 £27,750

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 BSc

£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 £57,750

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

 

2022/23

Biomedical Science BSc

£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

Clubs, Societies and Community Projects at St George's

Visit the Students' Union website

Entry Criteria: 2022 Entry

To be eligible for the Biomedical Science BSc 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.

Biomedical Science BSc is a modular three-year degree covering the range of biological science disciplines, which underpin medicine, and more general modern developments in medicine and the biomedical field. It combines academic study and practical skills training in our specialist facilities, with the option for additional professional experience.

Years 1 and 2

In Years 1 and 2 of the course, all modules are compulsory. During these years, you build a solid knowledge and understanding of cellular, molecular and medical sciences, including normal functioning of the human body, as well as disease processes and the therapies used to treat diseases. You will gain insight and learn to appreciate the various scientific methods used in biomedical research and diagnostic laboratories, for example, molecular and cellular biology techniques, including nucleic acid and protein analysis, cellular and tissue microscopy and analysis and anatomical dissection. We will consider how these techniques have advanced scientific knowledge and improved diagnoses underpinning the detection and treatment of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, just to mention a few.

 

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Year 1 modules

  • Personal and Academic Skills 1 and 2

  • Fundamentals of Pathology 1

  • Anatomy 1

  • Fundamentals of the Living Cell 1

  • Physiology 1

  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Physiology

Year 2 modules

  • Genomics

  • Personal and Academic Skills 3 and 4

  • Anatomy 2

  • Physiology 2

  • Molecular Basis of Disease

  • Microbiology and Immunology

Placement

You have the opportunity to apply to undertake a Professional Training Year between Years 2 and 3 of the course on a placement in industry, the NHS or international placements, both paid and unpaid options with means-tested loans available for Home students.

 

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Professional Training Year

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. You’ll build a portfolio of professional and clinical skills and competencies, to the standard expected by professional organisations. You will gain experience of working as part of a team, demonstrating professional behaviour, developing your transferrable skills and performing a range of biomedical techniques and research.

On placement, you are supervised by experienced scientists, clinicians and trained mentors. You receive the support as needed with at least two visits during placement, either by your personal tutor or another member of academic staff involved in running the placement. Potential placements include*:

  • UK placements: HPA Colindale, Novartis, GSK, Pfizer, MSD, 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, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

  • Erasmus placements: University of Barcelona and University of Granada in Spain; Radboud University and Leiden University in the Netherlands, and the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

*This list is subject to change and should be used as a guide of where students may be able to go.

Assessment for the Professional Training Year is as follows:

  • Personal and professional skills (30% of marks): CV preparation, Preparation programme, Completion of mandatory placement weeks, employer and tutor 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.

Year 3

In the final year, you will develop your knowledge in-depth on one of 10 different pathways, choosing and graduating with a named pathway degree. You will undertake a comprehensive research project under supervision on subjects as diverse as disease-causing infectious organisms and drug discovery screening in zebrafish embryos, to mention just some of those chosen by previous students.

Each Biomedical Science ‘with’ pathway comprises a group of closely-related compulsory modules. Your research project can be in a related discipline or you might choose to explore different areas.

You will choose a pathway in a specific subject area as outlined below.

Pathways

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BSc Biomedical Science with Anatomy

  • Development and Disease

  • Images of Anatomy

  • Clinically Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy

BSc Biomedical Science with Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Biology of Cancer

  • Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Genes and Gene Expression in Eukaryotic Cells

BSc Biomedical Science with Genomics

  • Clinical Application of Genomics in Rare Diseases and Cancer

  • Human Medical Genetics

  • Personalised Medicine

BSc Biomedical Science with Global Health

  • Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine

  • Global Health Diseases

  • Global Health and Comparative Health Systems

BSc Biomedical Science with Global Health Humanities

  • Global Health Ethics and Law

  • Culture and Mental Health

  • Global Health Humanities

  • Humanitarian Action and Ethics

BSc Biomedical Science with Infection and Immunity

  • Medical Microbiology

  • Immunity and Infection

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases

BSc Biomedical Science with Medical Ethics and Law

  • Future of Medicine Ethics and Neuroethics

  • Research Ethics and Clinical Ethics

  • Medical Ethics and Law

BSc Biomedical Science with Physiology and Pharmacology

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases

  • Science of Reproduction

  • Pharmacology and Physiology of Drugs of Abuse

Biomedical Science with Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

  • Clinical Neuroscience

  • Psychology and Psychiatry of the Mind

  • Neuroscience of Sensation and Perception

BSc Clinical Bioscience

The BSc Clinical Bioscience option is open to all students subject to specific academic achievement by the end of Year 2 (Year 1 counts for a third of your marks, Year 2 two-thirds). Up to 60 places will be available on this pathway, 25 of which are guaranteed for ‘Transfer into Medicine’ students (see below).

Where the number of qualifying students applying to the Clinical Bioscience award exceeds the number of spaces available, remaining places will be allocated based on academic performance.

On the BSc Clinical Bioscience, you study compulsory taught modules in clinical subjects (60 credits), a research project (15 credits) and a further two or three optional modules (45 credits). If you choose this pathway, you will be introduced clinical and communications skills, and develop and build on your existing anatomy knowledge.

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Modules

  • Structured Research Project

  • Clinical Anatomy

  • Clinical, Communication and Professional Skills in Healthcare

Transfer options

MSci Biomedical Science

At the end of Year 2, you have the option to transfer to Year 3 of the four-year MSci pathway, subject to spaces and academic achievement by the end of Year 2 (Year 1 counts for a third of your marks, Year 2 two-thirds). 

Transfer into Medicine

If you are a Home student wishing to pursue a medical career, a Biomedical Sciences degree provides excellent preparation. Our exclusive Clinical Transfer programme offers the opportunity for 25 of our students to fast-track to the second year of the four-year graduate entry MBBS programme. We use Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs) to assess candidates for all medical degrees, which usually take place in July.

Places are extremely competitive, and eligibility is dependent upon academic performance at all stages of your degree study. If successful at interview, you will receive a conditional offer for a deferred place on the graduate entry MBBS. You must follow the Clinical Bioscience pathway in your third year on the BSc Biomedical Science. You must graduate with a first class or upper-second class (2:1) degree to proceed to Year 2 of the graduate entry MBBS, which acts as a transition year before what is essentially the final two years of the five-year MBBS.

* Modules listed here are indicative and the actual modules available when you enrol may vary.

Biomedical Science will give you a solid scientific grounding that prepares you for a wide range of careers in research, medicine or industry.

Practical sessions in our specialist labs will give you hands-on experience of using scientific instrumentation, developing the lab techniques required for research and scientific investigation. You’ll put theory into practice conducting research and experiments from scratch – whether you are manipulating live embryos, working with the specimens in our extensive pathology museum or contextualising your study of anatomy through experience in dissection room.

You’ll progress from basic competence in laboratory skills in Year 1 to the use of more sophisticated techniques and, by the time you graduate, the ability to confidently plan experiments and interpret the data obtained from them. You’ll also gain a range of valuable interpersonal, academic and transferrable skills include communications, data handling, group working, note taking, presentation and problem-solving exercises.

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, including: lectures and laboratory practical sessions; tutorials including scenario-based learning; self-directed learning; and computer-assisted learning. There is a gradual change in emphasis over the three or 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.

One of the many benefits of studying at St George’s is the opportunity to study in the same environment as other healthcare-related courses, including medical, clinical pharmacology, physiotherapy, diagnostic and therapeutic radiography, to lay the foundation for future practice as part of a clinical multidisciplinary team.

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Our expertise

You’ll be taught by experienced staff with ‘bench to bedside’ research expertise – from the earliest phase of basic discovery to the development of new diagnostics, treatment protocols and approaches to healthcare delivery and preventive medicine.

Our award-winning faculty have scooped several prestigious prizes including the BPS Student Choice Award for Excellence in Pharmacology Teaching; the BPS Outstanding Young Investigator Award; Mentor of the Year at the  Women of the Future Awards; the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award; and an International Award for Publishing Excellence from The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).

You’ll have access to seminars and events delivered by our four renowned Research Institutes and the chance to work alongside our researchers in your final-year project or through a four-week mini project. In the past, as an example, students have worked on animal models of congenital disease and investigated the efficacy of cancer drug treatments.

Our strong links with industry and the relevant professional bodies, including the Royal Society Life Sciences and British Pharmacological Society (BPS), facilitate opportunities to attend professional conferences, as well as apply for prizes and travel fellowships. Past guest speakers and visiting lecturers have included an ex-army conflict and catastrophe specialist, ethics experts from clinical trials and researchers from the Francis Crick Institute and Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

Assessment methods

We use a range of assessment techniques, chosen to match the competencies being learned and tested within each module. Progress is judged by a mixture of in-course assessment and written exams; each year’s marks contribute towards your final degree classification. Methods include: 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; and oral exams where you answer questions from a panel of examiners.

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.

A relatively young field in medical science, with new developments and breakthroughs occurring all the time, Biomedical Science is an incredibly exciting, fast-paced area to work in. Combining skills and knowledge in biology and medicine, with a focus on both human and animal health, it opens up a wide range of careers in the science and medical field, as well as further study.

Careers teaching and employability are embedded in the curriculum across all year groups, following the themes of explore, plan, apply. This allows our students to understand which stage they are at so that we can support them with their career thinking and decision making.

In addition to dedicated pages on our web-based learning management system Canvas, an annual careers fair and timetabled careers sessions for each year group, we provide workshops with recruiters, drop-in clinics, one to one support from an academic lead for Biomedical Science employability, as well as appointments with careers consultants. Support offered covers career pathways, CV writing and interview skills.

Our graduates have gone on to work in academic and applied research, for a variety of pharmaceutical and bioscience companies and institutes, such as PRA Health Sciences, Barts and the London NHS Trust, University of Washington. Some are also working beyond the biomed sector for companies such as Deloitte, KPMG, Frontiers Publishing and Teach First. Others use their degree as a platform for postgraduate study, pursuing a range of MScs, PhD or graduate entry medical degree.

Transferrable skills in critical thinking, communication skills, time management, planning and logistics and data analysis make you well-equipped for a wide range of careers outside the lab, such as medical writing, biomedical marketing, health communication or teaching.

If you are interested in a career as a biomedical/healthcare scientist in the NHS, you can undertake the NHS Scientist Training Programme following graduation. To work as a biomedical scientist in the UK, you will need to gain at least one year of laboratory experience in a lab approved by the IBMS.

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Careers

  • Academic (teaching or research)

  • Accounting

  • Biomedical scientist

  • Biotechnologist

  • Clinical research associates

  • Clinical trials

  • Financial auditing

  • Forensic scientist

  • Healthcare scientist

  • Law

  • Medical writing

  • Microbiologist

  • Pharmaceutical industry

  • Physician Associate

  • Research Technician

  • Science policy and civil service

  • Scientific funding bodies

  • Scientific services and reagents commercial sector

  • Teaching

  • Toxicologist

St George’s University of London is the only UK university, which specialises in healthcare education and is based on a hospital site, namely St George’s Hospital, where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all the city lifestyle has to offer.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

Image Resource Facility (IRF)

First established in 1979, the IRF has developed to encompass Light Microscopy, Electron Microscopy, and sample preparation for both, all housed in a single department providing a range of imaging analysis options and the expertise to compliment them. Users of the IRF have the ability to image histology samples, cells and molecules of all varieties, and model organisms such as zebrafish using any of the light microscope, slide scanning, or electron microscope systems we maintain, supported by experienced staff at all stages of analysis.

Laboratories

Our teaching laboratories are fully fitted with equipment for biological, chemistry, biomedical, molecular biology and pharmacy practicals. This includes microscopes, spectrophotometers, DNA amplifiers, organ baths and specialist glassware. We also have audio visual equipment installed, so that microscope images can be projected on to large screens.

Museum of Human Disease

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including a number of original specimens donated by Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie in 1843. This space is used for small group tutorials by students across all of our courses as an educational tool to help you understand the mechanisms of disease.

Dissection room

The dissection room is where present and future healthcare professionals and scientists in the hospital and University learn or refresh their anatomy knowledge directly from the human body, through access to cadaveric material and models, and plastinated (preserved) specimens.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards and feedback through Canvas.

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

Student support

Whether you are heading off to university straight from school or college, or returning to education as a mature student, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare, science and medicine.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting. The University attracts a substantial number – over two-thirds – of ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many have family and caring responsibilities.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs), for example, provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff, which included the co-creation by one of our students of an art exhibition inspired by the Pathology Museum collection.

Personal tutor

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor – someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they don’t have the answer they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

Within your first week at St George’s, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Dissecting Room. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email.

Mums and dads scheme

‘Mums and dads’ is a buddy scheme organised by the Students’ Union. Every fresher (first year student) has the choice of being assigned a ‘parent’ from the year above in their respective course. The returning student then acts as a ‘go to’ for advice about courses and university life, providing an additional support system during your first year, both academically and socially. They have been in your position and know the struggles of starting university; they also know all of the best pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and will help introduce you to your new St George’s family.

Student Life Centre

Our Student Centre team can help you with almost any aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, careers, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home.

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain a rewarding and successful career. As well as general workshops on topics such as writing a CV and developing interview skills, the service works with the academic lead for Biomedical Science employability to ensure there are careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession. You will also be able to book a one-to-one appointment with a 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.   

How to apply

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.

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

Mild symptoms? Stay home and contact the Registry at coronavirusconcern@sgul.ac.uk with any dates and locations on site.

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 BSc 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

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022

UCAS Code

B940, institution code S49

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