At Dubai and Birmingham, you’ll learn from subject experts covering all major biomedical disciplines in world-class settings, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. You will benefit from many different innovative approaches to teaching aimed at enhancing your learning.
Your learning will take place in a range of different forms, dependent on the subject matter; from scheduled teaching in lectures both in person and online broadcast from Birmingham, 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.
Supported by your personal tutor you will improve your biomedical science knowledge through different forms of assessment and feedback.
Laboratory-based practical work is an integral part of our Biomedical Science undergraduate course, delivering important transferable skills and giving you the experience of practical work that is essential for your future career in biomedical science. Throughout your first and second years you will undertake practical work in our brand new teaching laboratories in Dubai. Your two final years will take place in the UK at our Birmingham campus.
Lectures take place in our state-of-the-art lecture theatres which are equipped with the latest technology, including facilities to show movies, animations and graphics, to record lectures and deliver interactive sessions face to face and with colleagues in Birmingham and with ‘ask the audience’ style electronic voting systems.
Seminars and small-group tutorials run alongside the lecture course, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate scientific and professional lecture material.
Computer-based learning sessions which take place in the computer cluster.
Self-study is an essential part of the course, helping you to further your understanding of biomedical science and demonstrate your commitment to the course. Your enthusiasm for both the subject and learning in general will continue to aid you throughout your professional career, helping you to keep up to date with the latest innovations and best practices within the industry.
E-learning mechanisms including Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE); which supports our academic courses, allowing you to share thoughts on assignments with other students via the discussion group facilities, giving access to learning materials 24 hours a day and allowing you to submit your work electronically.
Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL offers you the opportunity to take a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.
Flexible study spaces; facilities range from large lecture theatres and laboratories through to smaller seminar and tutorial rooms enabling you to work closely with both our academics and your classmates.
Innovative library facilities located at the very heart of the campus, with an extensive catalogue of resources and the latest technology to aid self-study and easy access. Access to over 500,000 academic articles, textbooks and journals virtually from our Edgbaston campus allowing seamless transition between campus learning and online study.
State-of-the-art laboratories with the latest technologies allow you to benefit from transformational teaching in spaces designed to encourage and facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary working.
Students at the University of Birmingham are taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. Many of our teaching staff on the Biomedical Science course have published important works about their areas of expertise, whilst others have taught at international institutions and can offer unique perspectives on their particular subject area.
For more information about staff in the school, their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest, visit the School of Biomedical Sciences staff profile page.
Multi-award-winning careers services considered to be sector-leading both in the UK and internationally.
Dedicated Student Wellbeing Officer in Dubai, who can assist with academic or wellbeing concerns that you may have during your time with us. This is enhanced by specialist support through our Edgbaston campus where you have access to additional services like counselling and mental health support.
On average you can expect approximately 40% of your time to be spent in scheduled teaching (lectures, small group tutorials and lab practice) and 60% on independent study.
On average you can expect approximately 25% of your time to be spent in scheduled teaching (lectures, small group tutorials and lab practice) and 75% on independent study.
On average you can expect approximately 30% of your time to be spent in scheduled teaching (lectures, small group tutorials and lab practice) and 70% on independent study.
On average you can expect approximately 20% of your time to be spent in scheduled teaching (lectures, small group tutorials and lab practice) and 80% on independent study.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, which may change depending on the module. You'll be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations, laboratory-based work (depending on your chosen degree) and formal exams.
At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular area of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.
Throughout the course there will be opportunities to meet with your personal tutor to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. Your personal tutor based in Dubai can help with any academic issues that you may encounter.