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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.
Dr Rogelio M. Levardo Jr.
Dr Rogelio M. Levardo Jr. collaborates with academic leaders in both the Edgbaston and Dubai campuses and manages the academic team across our Dubai Biomedical Science programmes. As well as teaching various modules and implementing excellent pedagogical practices, Dr Levardo also provides academic support to all students.
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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)