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.

Biomedical science students in a lab

Course structure

The first two years of the course are common for all final awards and contain compulsory modules. In year 3 there is a wide range of specialist taught modules available to both BSc and MSci students.

Anatomy is taught across the first two years of the course will be delivered with comparable breadth to that of the first two years of the Medicine MBBS (5 year) programme, but to less depth. The content will be contextualised to physiology teaching within the BMS curriculum.

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

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

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, including:

  • Lectures and laboratory practical sessions
  • Tutorials (including scenario-based learning)
  • Self-directed learning schemes
  • Computer-assisted learning programmes

There is a gradual change in emphasis over the three or four years; from large group lectures, delivering core knowledge and concepts, to smaller lecture groups for specialist knowledge. Tutorials, self-directed learning, practical sessions and in-course assessments further promote knowledge and understanding.

Assessment methods

A variety of examination types may be used during the course, these include:

  • Short and long answer questions
  • Single best answer questions
  • Calculation and data analysis problems
  • Essay questions
  • Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs) where you demonstrate knowledge of structure and function in the dissecting room
  • Oral examinations where you answer questions from a panel of examiners

Teaching staff

Teaching and research at St George's is conducted within four Institutes (Medical and Biomedical Education (IMBE), Molecular and Clinical Sciences, Infection and Immunity, Population Health) and the joint Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences. The Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences is a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s.

The course falls within the remit of the Centre for Biomedical Education which forms part of the Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education (IMBE) comprising research-active academic staff from a range of professional disciplines. While IMBE staff take the lead in the management and delivery of the course, colleagues from the other institutes also make a significant contribution to both teaching and project work within the programme.

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


Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:51