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Biomedical Science

What is Biomedical Science and why study it?

Biomedical science is the study of the bodily structure of living things. Students can study the structures and investigate how the systems work. Studying biomedical science will allow students to help improve people's health and help support the country's healthcare system. Also, studying biomedical science lets students gain a range of skills:

  • careers-specific skills such as scientific processes, digital skills, data handling

  • transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, attention to detail etc.

Also, you could get professional accreditation.

Future Prospects?

Studying biomedical science allows for good career development. After graduating, a specific field is chosen, and further training is required to reach senior and specialist roles. To progress through the different bands, you would need to obtain further qualifications such as Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) diplomas.

Course content?

In most universities, you study the same or similar modules. The course is assessed using dissertations, coursework, exams, presentations and maybe a research project. Some modules you may come across while studying Biomedical science are cell biology and disease, genetics, microbiology etc.

Where can I see myself after graduating?

After you graduate, if registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you could work in the NHS starting as a trainee. If you didn't meet the requirements for HCPC then you could apply to join the National Health Service (NHS) Scientist Training Programme (STP) and become a clinical scientist. You can then specialise in any role you prefer.

Job profiles?

Biomedical science graduates typically work in the research sector or medical sector. Professions you may consider include:

  • research scientist

  • forensic scientist

  • consultant

  • biomedical scientist

  • and many others.

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