Biomedical Science

Address critical health challenges in this research-intensive course, which includes a year of management study.

Key information

Award

BSc

Duration

4 years

full-time

Minimum entry

Three A-level offer: AAA

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

n/a

New course for 2017

  • UCAS course code: B111
  • ECTS: 240-241
  • Start date: October 2018
Introduction to Medical Biosciences
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Overview

This new, interdisciplinary course allows you to explore the science underpinning medicine and its related fields. You'll also explore the principles and practice of biomedical science, and how they are applied in research, policy and industry.

This exciting new course will open up the potential for you to become one of tomorrow’s leading scientists, by allowing you to develop pure scientific rigour and skills, as well as the analytical ability, professional outlook and interpersonal intelligence required to succeed in a changing world.

It is taught in our Faculty of Medicine, one of the world’s most respected – Imperial currently ranks fourth in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016–2017.

Our teaching taps into the cutting-edge research programme being conducted by internationally recognised experts within the Faculty. This gives you access to the very latest developments in the subject field.

Mobile technology is also central to the course, so you will be provided with a tablet computer to allow you to engage with a blended syllabus of online and in-class learning.

Added to this, your final year is spent in the Business School which is triple-accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The year is designed to complement your scientific and clinical skills with business acumen.

Study programme

Biomedical Sciences studentThe first two years cover topics in fundamental human biology and the molecular basis of human disease.

You also complete an extensive laboratory programme, which is designed to integrate theory and practice. This enables you to work on real life research questions in a learning environment that mirrors an authentic research laboratory.

In your third year you can choose from a range of specialist modules, each of which examines a global health problem, and you will also complete a final-year project. This can be an intensive research project, a placement, or a dissertation on a biomedical science topic.

Placement possibilities may include industry, hospitals, publishing houses, museums, charities and government agencies.

Management year

The fourth year is spent in Imperial College Business School. This covers a challenging programme that's aimed at equipping you with the skills and tools required to innovatively address management issues faced by modern healthcare systems.

This degree is also available without the management year.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Transfer between courses

You are able to transfer between our two Medical Biosciences courses up to the Easter of your third year. There is no benefit in applying to more than one Medical Biosciences course so you should only apply for one course.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Structure

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for 2018 entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Chemistry of Biological Interactions
  • Integrative Body Systems
  • Lab Pod I
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Statistics

Year 2

Core modules

  • Cancer Biology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Lab Pod II

Optional modules

You choose four from the list below.

  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Biology
  • Immunology and Inflammation
  • Microbiome in Health and Disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Stem Cells and Reproductive Biology

Year 3

Core modules

Project modules

You choose one module from below.

  • Laboratory Based Research Project
  • Literature Based Research Project
  • Work Placement Based Project
Compulsory modules

If you choose a literature based or work placement based research project, you study both of the modules below.

  • Imperial Horizons – offers a wide range of modules, including languages and humanities options, which are designed to broaden your education, inspire your creativity and enhance your professional impact
  • Science Communication and Public Engagement

Optional modules

You choose three modules from below.

  • Biology of Ageing
  • Data Science
  • Designing Drugs for the 21st Century
  • Global Health
  • Nanotechnology and Bioengineering
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Science Communication and Public Engagement*
  • Stratified Medicine
  • Targeting Antimicrobial Resistance

* If you choose the laboratory based research project this module becomes available as an optional module

Year 4

You spend this year studying at Imperial College Business School.

Core modules

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Primer
  • Business Economics
  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Global Business Management
  • Group Project
  • Innovation Management
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Plagiarism Awareness
  • Pre-Programme Maths
  • Study Skills
  • Sustainable Business

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We teach core and optional modules through a combination of face-to-face teaching (team-based learning and other small group teaching) and guided online learning – you will be provided with a tablet computer to enable you to fully engage with our e-learning materials.

Immersive learning environments, which may include using iWalls and 3D environments to visualise complex data and biological responses, will also be features of the course.

You will experience flipped learning, where you are provided with all of the information you would usually receive in a lecture in advance, and then consolidate your knowledge through active learning in class.

Theoretical knowledge and practical transferable skills will increase in complexity over the three years so that you gradually develop your critical thinking, analytical skills and ability to evaluate information.

This is complemented by an innovative laboratory-based programme – you will spend eight hours per week in laboratory environments during the first two years.

You can also choose to undertake a 20-week long final-year project embedded in real work environments such as research teams based within Imperial or other academic or pharmaceutical organisations.

Assessment

You can expect a variety of different types of assessment methods.

Written assessment

  • Essays
  • Lay articles/press releases
  • Grant applications
  • Digital storytelling
  • Written examinations
  • Report writing
  • Scientific papers

Oral assessment

  • Seminars
  • Laboratory practicals

Staff expertise

At Imperial, you will be taught by a range of teachers of all levels from Professors to PhD students, including some who undertake groundbreaking research and are regarded as experts in their field.

You may also experience peer teaching and be taught by specialists external to the College.


Associateship

As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Imperial College School of Medicine (AICSM).

Find out more about Associateships.

Compare this course

See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats Key Information Set (KIS).

You can use the KIS to find out how this course compares in areas such as the proportion of time spent in timetabled teaching and independent study, how the course is assessed, student satisfaction and what our graduates are doing six months after completing this course.

Please note this course is new and therefore the employment and student satisfaction data provided below is an illustration of provision in the subject area rather than specific data for this course.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

A-levels

Minimum offer

Our minimum requirement is for three subjects to be passed at A-level with AAA overall, to include:

  • A in Biology or Human Biology
  • A in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Physics

If you are offering an A grade in Mathematics or Further Mathematics, the third A grade must be in a non-Mathematics subject.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum offer

Our minimum requirement is 38 points overall, to include:

  • 6 in Biology at higher level
  • 6 Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at higher level

Advanced Placements

Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Biology
  • 5 in Chemistry
  • 5 in a Mathematics or Science subject

Selection process

Assessing your application

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant.

Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three As at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.

English language qualifications (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students who apply for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
£9,250 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only.

The fee for Home/EU students is controlled by the UK government. The regulations around fees for 2018–19 have not yet been announced. We will update this page as soon as this information is available so please check back before submitting an application for 2018 entry.

Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually in line with UK government policy on fee increases.

EU students

The UK government has confirmed that funding arrangements for EU students starting a course in 2018 means they will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition for the duration of their course.

Government funding

If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course. You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.

The government has confirmed that EU students entering university in the UK in 2017 and 2018 also have access to the Tuition Fee Loan for the duration of their course. This will remain the case even if their course finishes after the UK's exit from the European Union.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£29,000 per year

You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing annually by an inflationary amount. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Additional course costs

This section outlines any additional costs relevant to this course, which are not included in your tuition fees. It is possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the figures provided are usually based on the cost in the most recent academic year. These are likely to change from year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their approximate cost to help you budget for student life at Imperial.

This section indicates whether any additional costs that apply are mandatory or optional. Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you will be free to opt out of these.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Personal Protective Equipment Mandatory Provided
Placement (travel) Optional Varies
Tablet computer Mandatory Provided
Please review the information below for more information on the costs listed in the table.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing personal protective equipment is compulsory for some activities on this course. Where this applies, we will provide you with the necessary PPE free of charge. This includes a lab coat.

Tablet computer

All students on this course will be provided with a tablet computer for the duration of their studies. This will be provided free of charge.

Travel to placement

There are three project options in your third year (see Structure – Year 3).

The placement project option will involve travel to and from your placement, which you should expect to budget for.

The other placement options will not require you to budget for travel expenses, and can be completed at Imperial College.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

Over 90 per cent of Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Careers

Our courses are designed to educate future leaders in research and industry, policy makers and science communicators.

Medical Biosciences graduates may, for example, pursue careers as academic researchers, in technical and managerial industry roles, or as journalists and museum curators. The programme also provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate study, enabling you to progress to Master's and PhD courses.

Our courses' emphasis on developing highly sought transferable analytical and research skills will also equip graduates to enter careers in the professional and charitable sectors and in small and medium enterprises.

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: B111
  • UCAS institution code: I50

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Application deadlines

All applications, other than those which include choices for medicine at Imperial, must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2018 for entry in October 2018.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2018 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2017.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:

Contact us

Biomedical student

Got a question?

Admissions team
T: +44 (0)20 7594 7259
E: medicine.ug.admissions@imperial.ac.uk

Read more on the School of Medicine website.

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