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BScBiomedical Science

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £15,450 per year
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From cancer-screening to blood transfusions, from infections to genetic diseases; biomedical scientists research the causes and diagnosis of diseases and the effectiveness of the medicines that cure them. You apply the concepts of biochemistry and cell biology to the study of health and disease in the human body. Our multidisciplinary approach means you learn skills that are at the forefront of advances in medical research.

At Essex, our research focuses on genetic diseases, infection and immunity, and age-associated conditions such as dementia, cancer and heart disease.

On our BSc Biomedical Science, you study areas including:

- The structure of viruses, and how they interact with cells in infected organisms
- The anatomy and structure of the human immune system
- Pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria
- Drug design

You discover the molecular basis of cellular dysfunctions, and describe modern strategies to diagnose and treat them.

Programme structure

Year 1

Molecular Cell Biology
Genetics and Evolution
Biochemistry of Macromolecules
General and Organic Chemistry
Scientific and Transferable Skills for Biosciences
Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2

Biomedical Science: Practice and Employability
Human Genetics
Molecular Biology: Genes, Proteins and Disease
Immunity in Health and Disease
Medical Microbiology
Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science
Clinical Biochemistry
Cell Biology and Cellular Pathology

Final year

Research Project in Biomolecular Science
Issues in Biomedical Science
Rational Drug Design (optional)
Advanced Medical Microbiology (optional)
Human Molecular Genetics (optional)
Molecular and Developmental Immunology (optional)
Cancer Biology (optional)
Mechanisms of Neurological Disease (optional)

Career opportunities

You graduate ready to move into a wide variety of industrial and public sector environments, from the NHS to pharmaceuticals, research, health and safety, teaching.

Our students have gone on to work in a number of laboratory-based roles in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and in hospitals, clinics and healthcare companies. Others have gone on to work in sales, publishing and management, while others still have chosen to enhance their career opportunities by studying for MSc or PhD degrees.

Biochemistry and biomedical science courses also provide the ideal background for entry onto postgraduate medicine programmes, and eight of our 2011 graduates obtained places at medical schools across the UK.

Other recent graduates have gone on to work for the following high profile organisations:

NHS Hospitals at Moseley Hall, Basildon, Barts and Colchester
Nuffield Health
John Lewis

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States