Biomedical Science MSci

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

Tuition fee for 2023 entry is AED 120,294 per year of study.

Taught by experts across our UK and Dubai campuses, our MSci Biomedical Science course covers all the major disciplines of biomedical science and benefits from a ‘bench to bedside’ approach with access to professional development and entrepreneurial opportunities. 

Subject to Ministry of Education accreditation

Taught by subject experts who carry out fundamental scientific and medical research, this 4-year course will explore the science of the human body and the causes and treatments of diseases that affect us. Similar to our 3-year BSc Biomedical Science course, this broad course is taught across our campuses in Dubai and Birmingham, UK and covers all the major body systems right down to cellular and molecular level.

You will learn how research translates into advances in clinical practice through our 'bench-to-bedside' approach by spending time working in our state-of-the-art laboratories in Birmingham. You will gain access to professional development and entrepreneurial opportunities including good clinical laboratory practice (GCLP), business and enterprise, in addition to building strong research and practical skills. The MSci Biomedical Science course explores emerging fields such as stem cell therapies alongside more common major disorders like cancer and arthritis.

First and Second Years 

The first two years of this MSci Biomedical Science course are identical to the 3-year BSc Biomedical Science course and will build 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 will 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 medical science. This forms a strong foundation for transitioning onto the MSci. Throughout the course you will develop core research skills, such as key technical skills, problem solving ability, data analysis and interpretation. You will also develop an understanding of the key ethical and social issues surrounding medical science.

During the second year there will be an opportunity to specialise in a scientific area of your choice, linked to the College's major research themes. This student selected component will allow an in-depth exploration of the area under the guidance of one of our subject experts. Themes include cancer, neuroscience, infection and immunity, pharmacology and cardiovascular science. This provides a platform for further specialisation in your third year. Within this module you can also select a business and enterprise project which develops entrepreneurial and communication skills with external business partners.

Third Year - Welcome to Birmingham

During your third year you will move to Birmingham, UK at our Edgbaston campus and specialise further by selecting a single taught option from over 10 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 will learn about the latest findings and be exposed to advanced research techniques, guided by internationally recognised experts in these fields. You will then undertake a compulsory module in Experimental Data Interpretation that re-enforces your statistical knowledge to handle the analysis of large data sets.

These taught options lead on to a translational research module which is underpinned by understanding the legislative process required when moving treatments from the bench to the bedside. This module has a substantial practical element, requiring you to demonstrate advanced competencies within the laboratory and to demonstrate and acquire a Good Clinical Laboratory Certificate. The final module in year 3 is the Global Challenge, allowing team work to develop your creativity and innovative thinking to resolve a biomedical issue using modern technology.

Fourth Year

In the final year of the MSci Biomedical Science course you will choose from a selection of optional modules around emerging technologies within the biomedical field (e.g. omics, bioinformatics). The final module is the extended individual research project, which in most cases is laboratory based within one of our leading research active laboratories. You will work independently, under supervision, for 15 weeks full-time on an original piece of research, acquiring and analysing your own data. The project develops and enhances not just your practical and analytical abilities, but also a range of other skills that will be a key to success in whatever career path you choose.

Students who enrol on to the 4-year MSci course are able to switch to the 3-year BSc course at the end of year 2 should they wish to.

Modules

Modules in the first year

  • Cellular Biochemistry and Biology - 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Life Science - 20 credits
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences – Fundamental Principles - 20 credits
  • Digestion and Renal Sciences - 20 credits
  • Foundations of Neuroscience - 10 credits
  • Foundations of Pharmacology - 10 credits
  • Personal academic development 1 – Transition to University - 10 credits
  • Personal academic development 2 – Introduction to Experimental Design - 10 credits

Modules in the second year

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

Modules in the third year

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules

  • Biology of Ageing - 40 credits
  • Immunity and Inflammatory Disease - 40 credits
  • Cancer Pathogenesis and Treatment - 40 credits
  • Cardiovascular Science (Integrated Regulation) - 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 Diseases - 40 credits
  • Infection: Bacterial Threats & Defence - 40 credits
  • Liver Function in Health & Disease - 40 credits
  • Metabolic Aspects of Inflammatory Disease - 40 credits
  • Molecular and Integrative Pharmacology - 40 credits
  • Molecular Medicine (Endocrinology of Metabolic Disorder) - 40 credits
  • Neuropharmacology - 40 credits
  • Neurotrauma: Degeneration & Regeneration - 40 credits
  • New Targets and Drugs in Cancer Therapy - 40 credits
  • Reproductive Medicine - 40 credits
  • Stem Cells: Differentiation and Disease - 40 credits
  • Vascular Biology and Pathology - 40 credits
  • Viruses, Society and Future Medicines - 40 credits

Modules in the fourth year

Compulsory modules

  • Research project - 80 credits

Optional modules

  • Scientific writing - 20 credits
  • Omics Techniques and Technologies and their Application to Genomic Medicine - 20 credits
  • Foundations of Computing Practices in Health Data Science - 20 credits
  • Clinical Haematology - 20 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

We charge an annual tuition fee which is set at 120,294 AED per year of study.

How To Apply

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


Number of A levels required:
3 AAB
Typical offer:
AAB
Required subjects and grades:
Two science A levels from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics; GCSE grade A/7 in Mathematics, and B/6 in Biology and Chemistry (or double award science) if not offered at a higher level.

General Studies:
Not accepted as part of the minimum 3 A Level subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are not accepted.

Offers are not made on the basis of tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as part of the minimum of three A level subjects. 

Scottish Certificate of Education and Irish Leaving Certificate:

Please contact Admissions Tutors for further information.

International Baccalaureate Diploma:

Overall score of 32 points, with minimum grades of 6, 6, 5 in higher level subjects, to include at least two sciences (from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics – Maths Studies is excluded).

International Students

Standard English language requirements apply.

Please contact the admissions for further information.

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.

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.

Learning settings

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. 

Facilities

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.

Teaching Staff

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.

Student Support

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.

Contact Hours

Year 1:

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.

Year 2:

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.

Year 3:

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.

Year 4:

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.

Assessment Methods

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. 

As a Birmingham graduate, you will thrive in the workplace as you apply your knowledge and skills to your chosen career.

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.

This newly devised course will allow you to experience a personalised journey in both your third and fourth years.  In addition to developing your analytical, practical, technical and creative skills which are highly valued by employers, we teach modules which provide professional development opportunities including good clinical laboratory practice (GCLP) and offer an insight into the regulatory roles which govern Biomedical Science.

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.

Our unique Dubai-based Careers guidance service will help you to develop your career from the moment you arrive. Working closely with academics, alumni and employment providers, and the Careers Network on our Edgbaston campus can provide you with advice and guidance on the recruitment process, including support with applications and interview preparation.