Biomedical Sciences: From Laboratory Bench to Hospital Bedside.

Based in the School of Biomedical Science, the Biomedical Sciences programme gives students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and work with evidence concerning biological sciences, the human body, disease, treatment and patient interaction.  English language training tailored to content, together with a social programme that introduces students to aspects of British heritage and culture, it will help in preparing students for more in-depth study in biomedical sciences and related disciplines at British Universities.

The three week programme in Biomedical Sciences is delivered through varied learning sessions as follows:

Enquiry-based learning based on case, with assessed presentations

At the start of the programme students will be introduced to a clinical scenario which they will be expected to research and then, at the end of the three weeks, complete a short assessed presentation (10-15 minutes) on an aspect of the clinical case that they found interesting.

To help prepare for the presentation, there will be three additional sessions:

a)     effective presentation skills

b)     information searching and library skills

c)      appraising evidence to answer clinical questions

Describing Evidence I

This session will focus on the language of medicine and biomedical science, to help students think about scientific writing in English and how to summarise information effectively.

Describing Evidence II

This session will build on the first session but will focus, in particular, on study design and using different types of data.

Consultation Skills I

This session will focus on patient interaction, the different phases of a doctor-patient encounter, and how clinicians can use communication skills to achieve effective outcomes. This session will prepare students for work with simulated patients later on in the programme.

Consultation Skills II

This session will also focus on patient interaction but will have a particular emphasis on complex and emotionally demanding situations, such as breaking bad news to patients.

Research Taster

Students will visit research groups to be introduced to the type of research that takes place, meet  University of Birmingham students, see the type of equipment and processes that are used, and have the opportunity to ask questions. We shall present back what we have learnt from the visit to peers.

Postgraduate Programme Taster

This session will be a brief introduction the postgraduate programmes that take place in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and will give students the opportunity to see and listen to the type of lectures they might receive if they registered for a postgraduate degree.

Learning from simulation

This day-long session will involve the use of simulated patients to explore a clinical scenario in a secondary care setting. Preparation for this session will include vocabulary and phrases needed for the scenario, potential actions and outcomes, and a concluding reflective session to consolidate learning with video feedback.

Learning from experts

This session will be a series of mini lectures on a variety of biological and clinical areas where the University of Birmingham has research strengths.  There will also be a short session on how healthcare in the UK is organised and funded. These expert sessions will be consolidated with summaries and discussion following the presentations.

The learning sessions will be supplemented with excursions and events as part of the wider summer school social programme. 

This is a three week programme and is equivalent to an accredited undergraduate course (20 UK credits, 5 US credits, or 10 ECTS). All students will receive a certificate of attendance.

(Please note that the programme content is subject to confirmation for BISS 2018)

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the Biomedical Sciences programme you must:

  • Have relevant subject background: academic backgrounds in Biosciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health will be considered. Students must be able to demonstrate relevant subject background with a translated transcript.
  • Be studying an undergraduate programme at a University outside the UK or be registered as an International student at a UK university
  • Be of good academic standing (based on a translated transcript, verified by your University or a letter of recommendation in English from your University provided during the application process).

English Language Requirements

  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of IELTS 6.0 overall with no lower than 5.5 in any band.
  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of TOEFL IBT 80 overall with no less than 19 in listening, 19 in reading, 21 in speaking and 19 in writing.
  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of PEARSON with a minimum of 53 in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The following equivalent English Language qualifications will also be accepted:

  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of 530 at level 4 or 500 at level 6 in Chinese College English Test (CET).
  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of 60 at TEM level 4.
  • Have achieved English Language Proficiency at HKDSE Level 3.

This is a three week programme and is equivalent to an accredited undergraduate course (20 UK credits) and is delivered by University faculty who are experts in their field.The Programme is formally assessed. Please check with your home institution regarding the transfer of credits. All students attending our courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the University of Birmingham on successful completion of their course.

On completion of the Programme in addition to obtaining 20 credits you will have been given a unique opportunity to

  1. Demonstrate an ability to understand and use scientific and medical terminology in English appropriate to the subjects being studied
  2. Analyse clinical problems in an integrated way to identify features worthy of evidence-based enquiry
  3. Formulate simple relevant research questions to allow the appropriate investigation of the problems raised in biomedical scenarios
  4. Identify appropriate source of information and demonstrate the ability to search effectively for relevant items of interest
  5. Apply findings from the literature to answer questions raised by specific clinical problems
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of communication theory and skills and their fundamental importance to clinical practice
  7. Demonstrate an ability to use and apply basic science principles to investigate specially constructed clinical scenarios
  8. Demonstrate an ability to interpret clinical / biomedical data to aid in the diagnosis and management of patients described in specially constructed clinical scenarios