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Biomedical Science with Placement Year (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

 

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE WITH PLACEMENT YEAR BSC

Full-time 2019 entry

This course will develop your understanding of life processes with specific focus on the nature and extent of human disease. It prepares you for employment in many rapidly developing areas in human health, from research and drug development to medicine.


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Modules span human health and wellbeing, physiology, infection, and the biology of molecules and cellular systems, including recent research breakthroughs related to vaccine development, neurodegenerative diseases and metabolic diseases (e.g. diabetes). You will develop the research and analysis, presentation, communication, problem-solving and writing skills that are essential in all employment sectors. If you are considering a career in medicine, we work closely with Warwick Medical School to provide mentoring and support for medical school applications. This includes strategic application support, problem based learning, reflective practice training, and interview preparation.

An integrated core syllabus of biology, biochemistry and genetics in your first year forms the basis for later specialisation. In your second and third years, core modules include molecular cell biology, human and animal physiology, immunology and epidemiology, infection and tropical diseases.
Alongside these, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules such as oncology or synthetic biology, or those covering areas outside science such as business or languages.

You will spend your third year on a work placement, either in the UK or abroad, or on a study abroad programme.
In your fourth year you will complete a challenging full-time research project on an area of particular academic interest. This may be lab-based or involve data analysis and will give you invaluable experience of applying your subject knowledge to real-life workplace challenges.

You will have weekly (first year) and fortnightly (second and third years) taught tutorials, which are in small groups to ensure that you are able to develop, and receive regular feedback on assessment. Purpose-built teaching facilities are fully integrated with research laboratories, meaning you will be learning alongside teaching and research staff who are at the cutting edge of their fields. You will spend one or two days a week undertaking lab work. This becomes more project-oriented in your second year, culminating in a six-week individual research project in your third year.

You will be assessed through tutorials, laboratory practicals, oral presentations, written assignments and exam-based questions. Approximately 35% of your marks will be assessed by coursework throughout your degree.

As an alternative to a work placement we support student mobility with the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities all over the world. The Study Abroad Team based in the International Student Office supports these activities, and the School’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator will provide more specific information and assistance.

You can take a year in industry after your second year to gain industrial experience. Work placements cover a wide range of work experience types and destinations, both laboratory and non-laboratory. You will have both an academic and placement site supervisor. Your placement will allow you to improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and will enhance your employability. Whilst we do not guarantee you a placement, you will be given extensive support to secure one. Recent placements have included GSK, The Binding Site, Micropathology and The Body Shop. Many of our BSc students also choose to undertake work placements during vacations. We actively promote these placements and will support you with applications and interview skills.

A level: AAB, including Biology or ABB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology).

You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

  • IB: 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.

    These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

Laboratories and Tutorials

Molecules, Cells and Organisms

You will study this module as the essential foundation for most other modules taught in the School of Life Sciences. You will gain the basic knowledge you need of molecular and cellular aspects of biology, and also become familiar with whole-organism and developmental biology, in the context of evolution.


Agents of Infectious Disease

You will start by gaining a thorough foundation in microbiology and virology, using infectious diseases as a common link to promote your understanding. Through your study of epidemiology, you will learn to appreciate the way that diseases spread and the methods used to investigate this spread. On completion, you can expect to understand the role of various structures associated with the bacterial cell in causing a range of diseases, and appreciate the structure of viruses and how this relates to their capacity to cause disease and the host response to viral challenge. This will equip you with the necessary theoretical foundations to underpin your future studies.


Quantitative Skills for Biology

All biological scientists need to understand and analyse quantitative data. So, this module will see you learning to use statistical methods for analysing and summarising experimental data (for example, from your lab classes), and learning the basic principles for modelling biological populations.


Physiology and Metabolism

On this module, you will learn how parts of the body function and work together in the whole organism. You will study the physiology of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and special senses. Your study of metabolism will help you to understand the generation of energy within the body, anabolism, the role of enzymes, and specific functions such as glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, pentose phosphate pathway and photosynthesis. You will then combine your learning to gain a thorough understanding of the way the body adapts to environmental conditions such as altitude, depth, cold and heat.


Year 2

Tutorials

Laboratories

Human and Animal Physiology

On this physiology module, you will gain a broad overview of neurobiology, the linked blood and circulation systems. You will study the physiology of the nervous system and undertake detailed analysis of the cell and molecular biology underlying the development and functions of the nervous system, leading to an all-round understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the linked blood (haematological) and circulation (cardiovascular) systems.


Infection

On this module, you will study the physiology of important viruses, anti-viral therapies and diagnosis through ‘real-life’ case studies. You will also learn about a range of important microparasites, the diseases they cause and how the parasite, host and environment interact to govern their biology. You will also cover various approaches that are used to control these diseases.


Immunology and Epidemiology

On this module, you will study the innate and adaptive immune system at both the molecular and cellular level. You will also learn basic clinical immunology (hypersensitivity and autoimmunity), epidemiology and modelling of infectious disease.


Human and Animal Physiology

On this physiology module, you will gain a broad overview of neurobiology, the linked blood and circulation systems. You will study the physiology of the nervous system and undertake detailed analysis of the cell and molecular biology underlying the development and functions of the nervous system, leading to an all-round understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the linked blood (haematological) and circulation (cardiovascular) systems.


Year 3

Placement Year or Study Abroad Year

Year 4

Research Project

Laboratories and Tutorials

Modern Approaches to Human Disease

On this module, you will engage with two major themes in modern medicine: evidence-based medicine and medical ethnics. You will achieve this through in-depth study of the medical specialities of reproductive medicine, renal medicine and central nervous system (CNS) medicine.


One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases

On this module, you will learn the important concepts in population biology and epidemiology that are key to understanding medical and veterinary infectious disease transmission, treatment and control. In your studies, you will pay particular attention to current efforts to improve world health, with a focus on tropical diseases.


Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

  • Extreme Environment Biology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Oncology
  • Biological Clocks
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Interdisciplinary and Business modules
  • One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology

Your placement year will provide the valuable work experience and transferable skills, essential in today’s competitive jobs market. It will help you shape your career destination.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS, AstraZeneca, KPMG, Taylor and Francis Scientific Publishing, Diabetes UK.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Seed Pathology Technician, Research & Development Scientist, Management Development Associate, Medical Public, Relations Consultant. Others have pursued PG study.

A level AAB, including Biology or ABB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology).
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

IB 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.
These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

UCAS Code
CB19

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration
4 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

All students in Life Sciences are strongly encouraged to buy a computer, at an approximately cost of £600. Students are expected to have suitable clothing for field trips, including waterproof footwear. Recommended text books are estimated to cost a total of £250. There is a mandatory trip to Wales in year 2, at a cost of £175. Non-compulstory field trips cost approximately £50.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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