University of Westminster

Course Introduction

The course builds on the practical knowledge developed within the workplace, and provides underpinning knowledge essential to the development of practising biomedical scientists; This degree enhances your career prospects and also provides the essential grounding needed to go onto one of the many MSc courses available in the School or elsewhere; Initially you will study the important fundamental sciences underpinning human health and disease, followed by further investigation of disease processes and the biology of associated sub'cellular changes, combined with the principles of laboratory procedures used to aid diagnosis; In addition to this, immunology, molecular biology and genetics are studied within the context of disease processes, along with training in research methods and techniques; In Years 3 and 4 you will focus on the study of the complex nature of disease as it affects particular physiological systems, focusing on the laboratory procedures that are used in haematology, clinical chemistry, cellular pathology and medical microbiology to diagnose and monitor disease; A major research project, carried out in your home laboratory, will enable you to develop the skills required for genuine scientific inquiry.

Course Modules

Year 1 (Credit Level 4) subjects of study include: cell biology; critical thinking for scientists; human anatomy and physiology; work based learning 1; Year 2 (Credit Level 4/5) subjects of study include: biochemistry and molecular biology; fundamentals of disease diagnosis; immunology; work based learning 2; Year 3 (Credit Level 5/6) subjects of study include: applied pathophysiology; biochemistry; medical genetics; medical microbiology; research methods; work based learning 3; Year 4 (Credit Level 6) subjects of study include: cellular pathology; clinical chemistry; clinical immunology; haematology and transfusion science; project.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Part Time Day Release
BSc (Hons)