Are you interested in a career in the health services, in a pharmaceutical company or in medical research? Would you like to explore the biochemical processes that occur in the human body, and particularly diseases like cancer or the response to infection? Are you intrigued to learn how medicines are discovered and how they work?
The School of Biosciences provides a stimulating, supportive research-led environment for teaching and learning, encouraging you to achieve your full academic and personal potential. We have excellent links with the local NHS trust, and with the pharmaceutical industry, and professionals from both of these important sectors teach on our programme.
Our Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). This option contains an additional year to the standard three year programme where you will work in industry or the NHS. This four year sandwich degree is also accredited by the Society of Biology (SOB) and will enable you to gain considerable further technical and professional experience.
Top marks for student satisfaction
In the National Student Survey 2014, our students gave us a score of 99% for overall satisfaction, which has placed us third in the UK. Our students go on to become some of the countrys most employable graduates we are placed in the top 20 for career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2014.
he course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take wild modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Possible modules may include:
BI300 - Introduction to Biochemistry
BI301 - Enzymes and Introduction to Metabolism
BI302 - Molecular and Cellular Biology I
BI307 - Human Physiology and Disease
BI308 - Skills for Bioscientists
BI322 - Biological Chemistry B
BI324 - Genetics and Evolution
Possible modules may include:
BI505 - Infection and Immunity
BI513 - Physiology
BI514 - Pharmacology
BI520 - Metabolism and Metabolic Disease
BI525 - Introduction to Laboratory Medicine A
BI532 - Skills For Bioscientists 2
BI548 - Microbial Physiology and Genetics I
BI521 - Metabolism and Metabolic Regulation
BI501 - Gene Expression and Its Control
BI503 - Cell Biology
Year in industry
Biomedical Science offers the possibility of doing a one-year placement away from the University between Stages 2 and 3. Sandwich placements provide an excellent opportunity to gain relevant work experience, usually in the pharmaceutical industry or a research institute. These placements can be in the UK or abroad. You are paid by your employer and produce an independent research project.
On a sandwich placement you acquire additional skills and gain first-hand experience of a particular type of work, which will help to inform your career decisions at the end of your degree. Students have worked at companies including: GlaxoSmithKline MedImmune, Lonza, BASF, Eli Lilly and Bayer Crop Science.
Visit the School of Biosciences web pages for more information about the sandwich option, including comments from past students.
Possible modules may include:
BI600 - Biology Project
BI627 - Haematology and Blood Transfusion
BI606 - Pathogens & Pathogenicity
BI622 - Advanced Immunology
BI626 - Integrated Endocrinology and Metabolism
BI620 - Virology
BI628 - Microbial Phsiology and Genetics II
BI638 - Bioinformatics and Genomics
BI639 - Frontiers in Oncology
BI640 - Magnetic Resonance in Biosciences and Medicine
BI642 - Cancer Biology
BI643 - Neuroscience
BI602 - Cellular Communication I
BI604 - Biological Membranes
BI797 - Sandwich Year Assessment
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The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
International studentsThe University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2015 financial support package includes a £6,000 cash bursary spread over the duration of your course. For Ts&Cs and to find out more, visit our funding page.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages. Please note that details of the scholarship for 2015 entry have not yet been finalised and are subject to change.