At 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 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, laboratory and computer based practicals and 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 through different forms of assessment and feedback.
Laboratory-based practical work is an integral part of our Biomedical Science programme, delivering important transferable skills and giving you the experience of practical work that is essential for your future career.
Lectures take place in our theatres which, as well as the traditional whiteboard and pen, are equipped with the latest technology, including facilities to show movies, animations and graphics, to record lectures and to interact 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 programme and demonstrate your commitment to, and enthusiasm for, your subject and for the learning that will continue throughout your professional career.
E-learning mechanisms include Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and Wiki podcasts; excellent tools for supporting 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 gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.
Based in the Medical School, you will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, lecture theatres, recently refurbished small group teaching spaces, anatomy resource rooms and computer clusters.
The Barnes Library and Learning Hub provide students with four floors of individual, group and silent study areas alongside all of the learning resources of a modern library. Laptops are available in the Hub for students to borrow and wireless internet is available throughout the building.
Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
Teaching staff for this course
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 have published important works about their areas of expertise, whilst others have taught at international institutions and can offer unique perspectives of their subjects.
For more information about staff in the school, their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest, visit the School of Biomedical Science staff profile page.
Most students need support at some point in their course, and whether you need help with a disability, illness or other personal or family problems, our outstanding student support system means there is always someone there for you. Through our strong community you will feel strong sense of belonging, resulting in personal and professional relationships that can last a lifetime.
We work hard to support you through good times and bad through our Student Service Centre. You’ll have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors, mentoring programmes, welfare tutors and wellbeing officers who can help with both academic and welfare issues. If there are particular areas where you need support, rest assured that we will be here for you.
Years 1 and 2: on average over the two teaching terms (Autumn and Spring) you can expect approximately 20 hours of scheduled teaching (lectures, small group tutorials and lab practice) and 20 hours of independent study per week.
Semester 1 (taught module): on average over autumn term you can expect approximately 15.5 hours of scheduled teaching (lectures, small group tutorials and lab practicals) and 24.5 hours of independent study per week.
Semester 2 (final year project): Full-time throughout the spring term on average 35 hours per week for 11 weeks (experiments or data collection, data analysis and dissertation write-up).
You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. You will 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 programme 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 programme 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 who is based in the Medical School and can help with any academic issues that you may encounter.