Biomedical Science

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  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
  • biomedical science degree aligned to contemporary industry practices – modules reflect current issues in biomedicine and biotechnology.
  • Roehampton is ranked top 5 in London for Biomedical Science (Complete University Guide 2020). 
  • Gain experience in the latest laboratory practices, instrumentation and analytical techniques.
  • Study life processes, disease treatment and prevention for improving human health.
  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
  • 90% of our graduates in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2018 results).

Summary

Make a difference to humanity by studying a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at Roehampton. Here you will discover life processes, health, disease, treatment and prevention.

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This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, and offers a strong scientific foundation in the biological aspects of health and disease, ready for building a career in the health sciences. This accredited degree can lead to State Registration as professional Biomedical Scientist, by the Health and Care Professions Council.  

You will develop your knowledge in the essential functions of life, by studying cell biology and molecular biology; and gain an understanding of areas such as pharmacology, the branch of medicine concerned with the use and effect of drugs; and immunology, which studies all aspects of the immune system. Theres also an opportunity to explore the relationship between nutrition and health.

To support your studies, you will have access to modern, well-equipped laboratories, with facilities for DNA analysis, high performance liquid chromatography, electrophysiology, microbiology, light and electron microscopy. You will have use of computer suites equipped with subject-specific software, and be supported with your work by a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians. 

Research collaborations with many of London's hospitals and medical schools facilitate visits, projects and access to specialist libraries. 

We offer a range of interesting modules such as Introduction to Human Disease or Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology, which looks at the immune system and patterns for diseases. Other modules include, Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, which reviews recent developments and applications in biomedicine together with the commercial and ethical implications of these technologies or The Brain in Health and Disease, where you will be exposed to the latest developments in brain imaging and theories on brain plasticity, the ability for the brain to modify its structure in response to change.

Year one 

  • Take core modules covering the foundations of the biomedical sciences, including general and biological chemistry, cell and molecular biology, nutrition and human disease.  
  • A module on practical methods introduces a wide range of biological and biochemical techniques and develops laboratory skills, including the use of computer systems to present and analyse data. 

Year two 

  • Build your knowledge of human health aspects and study modules that focus on specific subjects such as pharmacology and toxicology, molecular biology, neurobiology, physiology and immunology. 

Year three 

  • Undertake a research project and study more advanced medical subjects, such as medical microbiology, molecular genetics, and practical methods in hæmatology, microbiology, histology and biochemistry.

Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Introduction to Human Disease
Chemistry of Life
Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths
Cell Biology
Professional Practice for Biomedical Science
Biomedical Science: Practical Methods

Year 2

Biosciences Research Methods
Immunology
Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice
Physiology and Metabolism
Pharmacology and Toxicology
The Brain in Health and Disease

Year 3

Compulsory module:
Biomedical Research Project

Required modules:
Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology
Medical Microbiology
Biomedical Science: Clinical Methods

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You will be in a strong position to secure work in different areas of the biomedical sciences, such as microbiology, haematology, immunology, cellular sciences, drug discovery, genetics or neuroscience. You could also work in various roles in the NHS, or choose further study at postgraduate level. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Teaching staff on our BSc Biomedical Science are connected to our Health Science Research Centre. Find out more about their research interests here.

Dr Laurent Lacroix (convener)
Senior Lecturer and programme convener

Dr Laurent Lacroix

I am Laurent; I am the Programme Convener of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and I've been at Roehampton since 2012. My main speciality is neuroscience and not surprisingly I am most passionate about teaching the module,The Brain in Health and Disease which looks at the extraordinary mechanisms that make our body work. I really enjoy the discussions with students about the advances in our understanding of how the brain and our body function using real-life case studies. Working at Roehampton I particularly appreciate the fabulous campus, close to Richmond Park and close to central London, and enjoy being part of a team that is very close to students and uses its scientific expertise to illustrates teaching through their research progress.

Dr Maria Teresa Esposito
Senior Lecturer

Dr Maria Teresa Esposito

I am Dr Maria Teresa Esposito. I'm a cancer biologist and my research focuses on mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance of leukemic cells. I joined Roehampton in 2017. I love working in a multidisciplinary small department surrounded by green! I also enjoy working with students and helping them to realise their potential. My favourite module to teach is Cell Biology. I love to teach this module because I love cells and I love to show students how microscopic phenomena happening in our cells affect our daily life, how we fight a bug or cancer or how we feel hungry.

Dr Robert Busch
Senior Lecturer

Dr Robert Busch

Hello, I am Robert. As a senior lecturer, I teach all years of the Biomedical Science programme. As the smallest independently-living units in our body, the vital processes that sustain cells and their mutual cooperation are fundamental to how we survive, adapt, and suffer illnesses, so this subjects is a great introduction to living systems. My research is about key mechanisms by which immune cells communicate about infectious agents to mount immune defences, and about how the same mechanisms go haywire in immune-related illnesses. I have worked in the United States and Germany and started at Roehampton in 2013. I love Roehampton's human scale, its commitment to research excellence and inclusive teaching, and its friendly staff. The sunsets over Richmond Park, seen from the rear windows of Parkstead House at Whitelands, are a lovely bonus!

Dr Peter Wright
Lecturer

Dr Peter Wright

I'm Peter, I am a lecturer and I convene the Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology module. Disease processes do not occur in isolation and are the result of multiple physical and societal pressures on the individual. As a researcher, I study the mechanisms that cells use to make sense of the external world. I do this with novel forms of microscopy and enzyme assays which report on molecular activity inside cells at the nanometer level. I joined Roehampton in July 2020 - an interesting time historically, epidemiologically and pathophysiologically!

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