Biomedical Science BSc with Integrated Foundation Year

Start date
September
Duration
4 years
Campus
Dubai
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation, Single Honours, Study abroad year
Fees

The foundation year fee of your programme is AED 109,145. Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 120, 294 per year of study which can be paid in instalments.

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

Our Foundation Pathways combine the highest standards as one of Britain's leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.

Subject to Ministry of Education accreditation

Choosing to study on the Integrated Foundation year provides an opportunity to enter the university environment before starting Year 1 of your Biomedical Science undergraduate degree programme. 

As a Foundation year student, you will be fully immersed in student life and you will be a greatly valued member of the student community, studying alongside our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Our Biomedical Science course is taught by experts in the UK and Dubai who cover all the major disciplines of biomedical science. You will follow a broad curriculum in the first and second year of the undergraduate course in Dubai and will study at our Birmingham campus in the United Kingdom in your final year of study. Discover how research translates into advances in clinical practice alongside exploring emerging fields such as stem cell therapies and also learn more about major disorders like cancer, cardiovascular diseases and arthritis. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy online lectures from Birmingham experts as well as joining them in your final year to access the University's own active research laboratories.

Foundation Year

As part of your Foundation Year, you will study the core introductory areas of biomedical science e.g. molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry data and statistics for life sciences, advanced study skills in the biological sciences as well as academic English and study skills.

These modules have been designed to provide you with a solid foundation in relevant subjects while supporting your English language and study skills, preparing you to move on to the next stage of your chosen degree programme. We will ensure you are fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the University environment.

First and Second years – broad foundations of knowledge

The first two years of the Biomedical Science course aims to provide you with a detailed understanding of how the human body functions and what can go wrong in disease. The content extends from the single cell to the whole body. You’ll begin to learn about major pathologies such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, arthritis and diabetes, and the genetic basis of inherited disorders. 

All students take a common set of key subjects which will provide you with the core knowledge to understand the importance of each of the major disciplines of biomedical science. This forms a strong foundation for your final year. In addition, throughout the course you’ll develop core research skills, such as data analysis and interpretation. This will help you to build a strong understanding of the key ethical and social issues surrounding medical science.

In the second year there will be an opportunity to specialise in a scientific area of your choice, linked to our College's major research themes. This student selected component will allow an in-depth exploration into your chosen area, under the guidance of one of our subject experts. The themes will include cancer, neuroscience, infection and immunity, pharmacology and cardiovascular science. This allows you to begin specialising and deepening your knowledge in a specific area, providing a platform for further specialisation in your third year.

Third Year – Welcome to Birmingham

During your final year you will be located at the University of Birmingham, UK. In your first semester, you have the opportunity to select modules from a variety of options to specialise in a particular area of interest to you. These taught modules are highly specialised and cover a wide range of subject areas, including different aspects of neuroscience, cancer, virology, cardiovascular science, pharmacology, endocrinology, stem cell biology, ageing and immunology. You’ll learn about the latest findings within the field and be exposed to advanced research techniques, guided by internationally recognised experts in these fields.

In the Spring semester, you will focus on a substantial research project, which in the majority of cases is laboratory based specifically within one of our leading research active laboratories. You’ll work independently, under supervision, for ten weeks full-time on an original piece of research. Acquiring and analysing your own data will be your responsibility, allowing you to enhance not just your practical and analytical abilities, but also a range of other skills. The skills learned within this project will be highly transferable to future roles within and outside of the industry and could ultimately be the key to success in whatever career path you choose.

Why study this course?

  • We have an excellent reputation for the knowledge and skills we develop in our graduates and for research that answers important questions, stimulates new ideas, and makes a difference to individuals, communities and societies.
  • We are ranked 8th in the UK for Anatomy and Physiology (QS World University subject rankings 2022).
  • We are ranked 49th in the world for Anatomy and Physiology (QS World University rankings by subject 2022).
  • The University of Birmingham is the first of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group universities to open a campus in Dubai.
  • The University of Birmingham Dubai’s programmes have been approved by KHDA.
  • We are ranked 1st in the Russell Group for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)

A transformative Biomedical Education founded on research excellence and innovative teaching practice, creating graduates with the attributes to make them highly successful leaders of the future.

Professor Chris Tselepis, Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences

Modules

Modules in Foundation Year

  • Academic English and study skills or Advanced Academic English and study skills
  • Molecular and Cellular biology
  • Organic Chemistry Data 
  • Statistics for Life Sciences
  • Advanced study skills in the Biological Sciences

Please note these modules must be completed and passed, in addition to your core programme modules, during the course of your degree.  For further information on these modules please contacts us on dubai@contacts.bham.ac.uk


Modules in the first year

The first two years of the Biomedical Science course builds a detailed understanding of how the human body functions and what can go wrong in disease.

  • Cellular Biochemistry and Biology - 20 credits
  • Digestion and Renal Sciences - 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Life Science - 20 credits
  • Foundation of Neuroscience - 10 credits
  • Foundation of Pharmacology - 10 credits
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences: Fundamental Principles - 20 credits
  • Personal & Academic Development: Transition to University - 10 credits
  • Personal & Academic Development: Introduction to Experimental Design - 10 credits

Modules in the second year

In the second year, whilst continuing to build a strong foundation of knowledge in biomedical science, there will be an opportunity to specialise in a scientific area of your choice, linked to our College's major research themes. 

  • Cancer and Stratified Medicine - 20 credits
  • Immunity and Infection - 20 credits
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Pharmacology - 20 credits
  • Neuroscience, Endocrinology and Reproduction - 20 credits
  • Stem Cells and Genetic Inheritance - 20 credits
  • Student Selected Science Project - 20 credits
  • Personal and Academic Development - Non credit-bearing

Modules in the third year - follow your interest

During the first term of your final year you specialise by selecting from a variety of taught specialist modules in a wide range of subject areas, including different aspects of neuroscience, cancer, virology, cardiovascular science, pharmacology, endocrinology, stem cell biology, ageing and immunology. You’ll learn about the latest findings and be exposed to advanced research techniques, guided by internationally recognised experts in these fields.

Compulsory modules:

  • Experimental Data Interpretation - 10 credits
  • Research Project - 50 credits
  • Global Challenge - 20 credits

Students should choose one optional module from the following list (examples):

  • Cancer Pathogenesis and Treatment - 40 credits
  • Cardiovascular Sciences (Regulation of blood vessels and heart in health and disease) - 40 credits
  • Cell Communication in Health and Disease - 40 credits
  • DNA Damage Pathways in Human Disease - 40 credits
  • Experimental Immunology - 40 credits
  • From Genes to Therapy - 40 credits
  • Hypoxia: Health and Disease - 40 credits
  • Immunity and Inflammatory Disease - 40 credits
  • Infection: Bacterial Threats and Defence - 40 credits
  • Liver Function in Health and Disease - 40 credits
  • Metabolic Aspects of Immune-inflammation - 40 credits
  • Molecular Medicine (Endocrinology of Metabolic Disorders) - 40 credits
  • Molecular and Integrative Pharmacology - 40 credits
  • Neuropharmacology - 40 credits
  • Neurotrauma: Degeneration and Regeneration - 40 credits
  • New Targets and Drugs in Cancer Therapy - 40 credits
  • Reproductive Medicine - 40 credits
  • Scientific Communication: Principles and Practise - 40 credits
  • Stem cells: Differentiation and Disease - 40 credits
  • The Biology of Ageing - 40 credits
  • Vascular Biology and Pathology - 40 credits
  • Viruses, Society and Future Medicine - 40 credits

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2022. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2023 entry

The foundation year fee of your programme is AED 109,145. Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 120, 294 per year of study which can be paid in instalments.

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available. 

Find out more 

How To Apply

To find out more about our application process please visit our how to apply page before starting your application. 

International Requirements




Visit our entry requirements for the Foundation Pathways page 

Alternative offers through our Pathways to Birmingham programmes and our Contextual Offer scheme

Students who are eligible and successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme will receive special consideration from admissions tutors and an alternative offer (typically two grades below the standard offer). In addition, our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of students whose personal circumstances may have restricted achievement in school or college. If you are eligible to benefit from the contextual offer scheme, you will receive an offer which is one grade lower than the standard offer.

International Students

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

You will have access to a comprehensive academic support system that will assist and encourage you, including a Personal Academic Tutor who will provide support and guidance with your academic development and needs. This is in addition to our Student Services  who provide a wide range of assistance to ensure your welfare and wellbeing throughout your studies.

We use a range of teaching methods to help you become an independent and self-motivated learner. In 2017, we received a Gold rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), demonstrating our commitment to providing our students with outstanding teaching. The University of Birmingham is proud to count 11 Nobel Prize winners among our staff and alumni, including three prizes awarded in 2016.

Your learning will take place in a range of different forms, dependent on the subject matter; from scheduled teaching in lectures, online lecture delivery broadcast live from the UK, laboratory and computer based practicals to interactive e-learning. You will engage in small groups and reinforce your learning with tutorials, problem-based and feedback sessions. 

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Global employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have climbed at a rate well above national trends.

Our Biomedical Science graduates have an excellent record of employment in a wide variety of careers. Many embark on laboratory work in universities, often in PhD positions and in hospitals. Many also go on to become clinical scientists and working for biotechnology companies. Other degree-related careers also include work in clinical trials, and in marketing and management roles at biotechnology companies. 

Many of the skills that you will acquire throughout the course are highly transferable, making it the ideal preparation for many other high-profile careers, such as teaching, accountancy, law and banking, as well as management positions in a variety of companies.

To find out more about our graduate employability, view our Career Profiles.

Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our outstanding Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.