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Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement (MBio) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)


UCAS Code
C1A7

Qualification
Master of Bioscience (MBio)

Duration
4 years full-time

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
Department of Life Sciences

Location of Study
University of Warwick


Life Sciences provides a wide range of biology-focused degree courses. Advances in new technologies, including genomics and integrative biology, have made this varied discipline more exciting than ever. We teach and research the processes of life from the molecular, right through to whole animal and the environment, to understand the cellular, molecular and physiological interactions that are fundamental to biology and medicine.


Course overview

Biomedical Science involves the study of life processes in humans and provides an understanding of the causes and consequences of human and animal disease, including infection, cancer and neurological decay. The application of new biological concepts in medicine is an ever-growing and exciting process. Developments in molecular, genetic and cellular biology research continue to drive progress in areas such as vaccine development, neurogenerative diseases and metabolic diseases.

Through lectures, laboratory work, tutorials and independent research, you’ll develop an understanding of the nature and extent of human and animal disease, both locally and globally. You will develop the hands-on lab, problem solving and research skills employers desire. If you are considering a career in medicine we provide mentoring and support for medical school applications.

Our four-year MBio gives you the opportunity to undertake an extended final-year research project in industry.


Course structure

A core syllabus is offered in the first year for all degree courses providing the essential foundations in biology, biochemistry, genetics and chemistry. The same content in the first year means that it is often possible to transfer between the different degrees at the end of the first year.

All modules are core in the first year with more optional modules in year two and three with the fourth year comprising of an Extended Research Project and Research Skills (training in advanced laboratory techniques, data handling and statistical analyses, critical analysis of the literature and designing research proposals).

How will I learn?

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.


Class sizes

In your first year, lecture sizes are typically 320 students. The modules you take in years two and three will vary in class size. The maximum number is typically 100 and the minimum 10 students.


Contact hours

12 - 16 hours per week over 25 weeks. In your first year you should expect around 10 lectures a week, a full day in the laboratory and a taught tutorial with your personal tutor and 6-7 of your peers. Independent learning, reading and preparing for lectures and preparing assessments will occupy the rest of your study time.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through tutorials, laboratory practical, oral presentation, written assignment and exam-based questions. Approximately 45% of your marks will be assessed by coursework and projects throughout your degree.


Work experience

You will take a 12-month industrial research placement in your final year. Recent placements in industry have included the Assisted Reproduction Unit at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, AstraZeneca in Sweden, GSK and Novartis. You will join carefully monitored research projects, covering a wide range of scientific areas and giving you valuable experience in scientific writing, data analysis and information technology. Whilst we do not guarantee you a placement, you will be given extensive support to secure one. Many of our BSc and MBio students also choose to undertake work placements during vacations. We actively promote this, and will support you with applications and interview skills.

General entry requirements

A level:

  • AAA to include Biology
  • OR AAB to include Biology and one of the following: Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology or Geography
  • You must also achieve a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable)

IB:

  • 36 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology
  • OR 34 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths/Geography.

BTEC:

  • We welcome applications from students taking BTECs as long as essential subject requirements are met.

Additional requirements:

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry 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).


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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.


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.


Year One

Molecules, Cells and Organisms

You'll study this module as the essential foundation for most other modules taught in the School of Life Sciences. You'll 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.

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.

Tutorials and Laboratories

Chemistry for Biologists - compulsory for entrants without A2 level Chemistry>

Year Two

Tutorials and Laboratories

Molecular Cell Biology

On this module, you will gain a sound knowledge of the organisation, complexity and essential processes that occur in the genomes and information-processing mechanisms in all three domains of life. You will study the molecular biology that underlies fundamental cellular processes, including the cytoskeleton in cellular structure, function and motility, the mechanisms that control cell proliferation and genome stability, protein processing in secretory pathway organelles, and programmed cell death in eukaryotic cells.

Plant Molecular Development

You will discover the complexity of the eukaryotic cell and its subcellular compartments. You will gain an overview of cell division and its underlying control process, the cell cycle, and how this responds to growth signals and death signals, resulting in cell proliferation and programmed cell death respectively.

Genetics and Genomics

This module introduces concepts and techniques in genetics and genomics that are used to understand and manipulate complex traits. It includes hands-on workshops.

Ecology Principles and Processes

This module is designed to give an overview of ecological principles and processes to aid an understanding of the natural world, and to provide a foundation for later studies for students with a special interest in environmental studies.

Biological Oceanography

You will be introduced to the major marine habitats, the ecologically significant groups of organisms, and the biological processes in the oceans that play a crucial role in regulating the global fluxes of major elements. You will examine how anthropogenic influences are influencing the marine environment and, thereby, the climate.

Evolution

An introduction to modern evolutionary theory, population and evolutionary genetics in order to understand the fundamental processes and the genetic make-up of populations.


Year Three

Tutorials and Research Project

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.


Year Four

Research Skills Training

Extended Research Project in Industry


Examples of optional modules/options for current students:

  • Science Communication
  • Health and Community
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Molecular Endocrinology
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Oncology
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Medical Virology
  • Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology
  • Interdisciplinary and Business modules

Tuition fees

Find out more about fees and funding


Additional course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

Your career

Graduates on our courses have gone on to work for employers including:

  • AstraZeneca
  • NHS
  • Civil Service
  • KPMG
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Tesla
  • ALS: Sarstedt Ltd
  • Novartis
  • Universities and Schools

They have pursued roles such as:

  • Graduate-entry medicine students
  • NHS scientists
  • Biomedical research and development scientists
  • Scientific publishing professionals
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Teachers
  • Business, marketing and accountancy professionals
  • Postgraduate students or researchers

Find out more about career opportunities from Life Sciences.


Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Life Sciences Networking Event
  • Careers in Science
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Mock Interviews for Life Sciences students
  • Interested in Careers in Scientific Publishing

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

Maisy

“I took part in the tardigrades outreach project because I thought it would be a good chance to learn about a new topic. Tardigrades were something that we hadn’t studied and so it was an opportunity to learn about something interesting outside of my course. During my experience as a demonstrator I went to Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve to help educate the public about tardigrades as they had recently made the news for being sent to space. I discussed with members of the public what tardigrades are, where they live, what they eat, what they do. Tardigrades can survive in extreme conditions and this is the sort of thing we went into detail about. As well as this the members of the public had the chance to see tardigrades for themselves with the use of microscopes.

I am glad that I participated in the project as it helped with my confidence and presentation skills, which are important as a student as I have done several assessed presentations since. Overall it was a really enjoyable experience getting to engage with the public on an interesting biological topic.”

Maisy

MBio Biomedical Science

This information is applicable for 2021 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.