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Duration

Four years, full time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022 (2022 entry), 25 January 2023 (2023 entry)

Location

St George's, University of London

UCAS Code

B942, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2022, September 2023

Apply via UCAS

Please note: unfortunately, the clinical transfer scheme will no longer be available to students entering the course from 2023/24 onwards. Students entering in 2022 will still be eligible to take part in the scheme.

This continuous four-year, integrated Masters in Biomedical Science prepares you to work at the cutting edge of research in health and medicine, breaking the boundaries of existing knowledge in one of the broadest, most exciting fields of modern science.

St George’s has an outstanding track record of research and innovation in many areas, including immunity and infectious diseases, cardiovascular sciences, cancer, neurosciences, genetics and genomics, reproductive sciences, and population health. This expertise informs your learning in the classroom and laboratory on our MSci Biomedical Science programme.

Using our dedicated facilities and equipment, on this course you’ll develop a solid understanding of human anatomy, physiology, cell and molecular biology and genetics with a focus on human health and disease, together with the practical, technical and lab-based skills that will give you a solid foundation for a biomedical science career, tackling problems related to human health.

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Highlights

Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university that shares a campus with St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a major south London teaching hospital.

When you study this course with us you will:

  • Join one of the few Biomedical Science MSci course providers to offer a full-year final research project, allowing you to obtain greater practical and research skills. This will enhance your eligibility for subsequent PhD study or research posts.
  • Have access to the specialist expertise in laboratory, epidemiological and clinical research which is available within both the University and St George’s Hospital.
  • Have access to excellent facilities to help you develop strong research knowledge and skills, including cell and molecular biology techniques, microscopy, imaging and flow cytometry in our Imaging Research Facility (link to IRF), animal and cellular models of human disease and bioinformatics.
  • Take part in extra-curricular activities including external seminars and visits to exhibitions and research centres
  • Develop key transferrable skills including critical thinking, complex problem-solving, data analysis and application and communication skills. Our weekly small group problem-based teaching sessions are a valuable asset in improving these skills.
  • Increase your employability further by opting to take an integrated Professional Training Year either in the UK or abroad within the commercial/biomedical industry sectors, research institutions, government bodies or the NHS.
  • Be eligible for the same financial support throughout the course that you would be entitled to if you were studying an undergraduate degree – even though you will graduate with a Master’s level degree. This makes it a highly cost-effective option.

Course info

Biomedical science is the starting point for the medical breakthroughs that help people live longer, healthier lives. If you’re driven by the desire to use science to advance knowledge and understanding, studying this course could set you on a path towards making important contributions to scientific discoveries.

The first two years cover a broad interdisciplinary curriculum that encompass core modules of biomedical science and professional and academic skills designed to aid your learning journey in preparation for a bespoke third year. In year three the MSci programme offers research skills-focused modules and a choice of relevant subject specific pathways.

Practical from the outset, over the first three years, you’ll build experience in 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 and our museum of human disease.

The substantial final-year research project running the length of the academic year provides excellent preparation for further research training, and higher education degrees such as a PhD and working across the biomedical sector and beyond. The wide-ranging research competencies you develop in critical thinking, complex problem-solving, experimental design, project management, communications, and creativity, digital skills, collaborations and leadership are also key transferable skills that are highly desirable for employers. Whilst studying on the programme, MSci BMS students can attend the annual careers fair, summer careers festival, drop-in careers clinics or book individual appointments with the Careers Consultants. These and other resources, support your career thinking and planning through tailored careers and employability sessions that are embedded within the curriculum.

You can gain valuable work experience with opportunities to undertake short, or long-term placements. These include summer internships in academia and industry. There is also an opportunity to improve your employability further by undertaking a Professional Training Year (PTY)between your second and third years of study; St George’s has excellent industry links and previous students have worked in commercial organisations and on academic placements in both the UK and Europe including GSK, MSD, Pfizer, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Imperial College Division of Psychiatry, Institute of Cancer Research, King’s College London Department of Women and Children’s Health and University of Barcelona and University of Granada in Spain and Radboud University in the Netherlands.

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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

 

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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.

Entry criteria: 2023 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. For English, we accept A (language & literature) or B (language).

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. The course should be QAA recognised.

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 Biomedical Science MSci degree is a four-year modular programme of study, in which the first two years of the study are identical to the Biomedical Science BSc programme at St George’s.

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. We will consider how these techniques are applicable to advancing scientific knowledge, disease diagnosis and therapy.

Opportunity to undertake and optional integrated Professional Training Year between Year’s 2 and 3 to hone your professional skills and experience. All students completing this year are provided with an awarded graded certificate of their achievement.

In Year 3), you will undertake compulsory modules to the value of 45 credits which are designed to prepare you to plan, design, conduct and evaluate scientific research. For example, Experimental Design and Data Analysis will provide you with necessary analytical skills, the Structured Research Project allows you to develop a mini-research project and Biomedical Research Techniques for Drug Development provides knowledge of the process of drug discovery.

You then have flexibility to tailor your programme of study to your scientific interests by choosing modules to the value of 75 credits from a wide range of optional modules focused on a series of specialist pathways in: cell and molecular biology; genomics; immunity and infection and physiology and pharmacology;

In Year 4, the Research Project provides an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in a project of your choice to generate detailed high-quality research outputs. Dissertation projects will involve the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of substantial research data, primarily lab generated, although some projects may involve meta-analyses and bioinformatics. You will work in a vibrant research environment alongside teams of researchers from all levels, from established principal investigators to postgraduate students. Your project work is further supported by a compulsory 15-credit research proposal module which strengthens your understanding of research culture and values and enables you take ownership of your project by generating a project-specific research proposal. There is the opportunity to broaden your horizons by undertaking your research project in labs abroad, at our partner Universities.

Core modules

Year 1

Personal & Academic Skills 1&2 (10 credits)

Fundamentals of the Living Cell (30 credits)

Fundamentals in Physiology & Pharmacology (15 credits)

Fundamentals of Pathology (10 credits)

Physiology 1 (40 credits)

Anatomy 1 (15 credits)

 

Year 2

Personal & Academic Skills 3&4 (25 credits)

Genomics (10 credits)

Physiology 2 (20 credits)

Anatomy 2 (15 credits)

Microbiology and Immunology (25 credits)

Molecular Basis of Disease (25 credits)

 

Year 3

Experimental Design and Data Analysis (15 credits)

Structured Research Project (15 credits)

Biomedical Research Techniques for Drug Development (15 credits)

Pathway choices (45 credits):

Immunity and infection

Cell and Molecular Biology

Genomics

Physiology and Pharmacology

 

Year 4

Research Proposal (15 credits)

Research Project (105 credits)

Teaching and learning methods

Biomedical science will give you a solid scientific grounding that prepares you for a wide range of careers in biomedical research, industry medicine and healthcare sciences and beyond.

You’ll progress from basic competence in laboratory skills in Year 1 to the use of more sophisticated techniques in years 2 and 3. By the time you graduate, you will gain the ability to confidently plan experiments and interpret the data obtained from them and draw relevant conclusions. You’ll also gain a range of valuable interpersonal, academic and transferrable skills include written and oral communications, data handling, group working, problem-solving and time-management

Teaching is delivered through a variety of research-informed methods, including: lectures and laboratory practical sessions; tutorials using scenario-based learning; self-directed learning; and computer-assisted learning. There is a gradual change in emphasis during your degree, from large group lectures, delivering core knowledge and concepts, to smaller lecture groups for specialist knowledge and interactive discussion.

One of the many benefits of studying at St George’s is the opportunity to study socialise and network with students on other healthcare-related courses including medical, clinical pharmacology, physiotherapy, diagnostic and therapeutic radiography. You’ll be welcomed into our community by students and staff and supported in your studies and professional and personal development. 

Assessment methods

Your learning is assessed using a variety of methods including: practical assessments, in-course assessments such as poster and oral presentations, laboratory reports, essays, objective structured practical examinations and data analysis assignments. Examinations include single-best answer questions and short and long answer questions. A major element of the programme is the final year dissertation.  

Our expertise

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

For over two centuries, St George’s has been at the forefront of developing new and innovative solutions to enhance the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. We enjoy a global reputation as experts in population health, infection and immunity, and molecular and clinical sciences. Scientists from across our institutes (link) work together to uncover new scientific knowledge addressing emerging health-related problems such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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: Embedded within the curriculum

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain the career of their dreams. As a St George’s graduate, you will continue to receive this support for life. Careers consultants work with careers tutors from each course area to ensure that careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession come to you.

BMS students have a wide variety of career options available to them because of the numerous transferable skills that they develop. We support students to explore career paths and plan their future career by offering activities and resources designed to prepare them for their next steps. On the Biomedical Science programme, careers and employability are embedded within the curriculum. This includes small group teaching careers tutorials, workshops and opportunities to network with alumni and recruiters.

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, via both paid and unpaid options. Home students are still eligible for student loan to cover their Professional Training but the amount depends on whether the placement is paid or unpaid. Eligibility for a student loan depends upon specific individual finanacial circumstances. However, generally if the placement is paid, then a tuition fees loan & a reduced maintenance loan dependent on the amount that you get paid may be available. If your placement is unpaid then a tuition fees loan & full maintenance loan may be available.

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/or 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 could include*:

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UK Placements

  • Novartis

  • GSK

  • Pfizer

  • MSD

  • UK Health Security Agency (formally PHE) 

  • St George’s NHS Trust

  • Audit work

  • Clinical Research Facility & Imaging Resource Facility at  St George’s

  • Institute of Cancer Research. 

Academic placements

  • The Francis Crick Institute
  • UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  • Division of Psychiatry at Imperial College
  • King’s College London Department of Women and Children’s Health 

Turing scheme

The Turing scheme enables placements world-wide. We have already placed students at the University of Barcelona, the University of Granada in Spain and Radboud University, the Netherlands.

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

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 26 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.

This information relates to 2021 entry.

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, year 4

Facilities 

St George’s University of London shares a site with St George’s Hospital, which is where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We are 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 facilities to support your learning, listed below.

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Laboratories

Our teaching laboratories are fully fitted with equipment necessary to carry out practical teaching sessions covering biomedical science subjects. Specialist audio visual equipment facilitates large-group laboratory teaching in these spaces. Furthermore, students will have access to tissue culture facilities, flow cytometry, molecular biology labs and animal model research facilities. 

Image Resource Facility (IRF)

First established in 1979, the IRF has developed to encompass light microscopy, confocal laser microscopy, and flow cytometry housed in a single department providing a range of imaging and cell analysis option with expert facility staff available for training and support. Users of the IRF can image histology samples, cells and molecules of all varieties, and model organisms such as zebrafish, using any of the light microscope, slide scanning, confocal microscope systems we maintain, supported by experienced staff.

Dissection Room

The dissection room is where present and future scientists and healthcare professionals in the hospital and University learn or refresh their anatomical knowledge directly from the human body, through access to cadaveric material and models, and plastinated (preserved) specimens, in addition to using state-of-the-art online anatomical resources.

Museum of Human Diseases

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens and has played an integral part in teaching at St George’s since the early 19th century. This space is used for consolidation sessions to promote student knowledge and understanding related to mechanisms of disease. 

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. 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. 

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. 

Student Support 

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, to all members of the University, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students.

Advice and support on finances and funding, housing, health and well-being, disability and University life are available through Student Support services and the Student Life Centre.

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Student Life Centre

Our Student Centre team can help you with every aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home. Each course has a designated contact within the student centre to link to and your personal tutor can signpost you to relevant support, including a confidential counselling service. 

Diversity and Inclusion

St George’s is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and to creating a positive working and learning environment where all people are treated with dignity and respect. Students frequently tell us they appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, made up from people of different ages, life experiences, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds.

We are dedicated to achieving equality and inclusion on race, gender, disability, LBTG+, religious belief and for parents/carers. Students and staff work together on initiatives and events to ensure that people from all backgrounds are afforded equivalent opportunities, support and protection.

Personal academic 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

The main goal of induction is to make sure that you are set up for your studies and start to feel part of the University and our community. As well as course-specific activities, we run an online ‘Get Started’ module which provides lots of information about social and enrichment activities, student safety, wellbeing and learning support, including study skills, a library induction and guidance about our careers and employability services. Additional information is provided for international students. 

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers, with opportunity to ask questions in live lecture and consolidation sessions or by arrangement via email.

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Duration

Four years, full time

Application Deadline

26 January 2022 (2022 entry), 25 January 2023 (2023 entry)

UCAS Code

B942, institution code S49

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