What is the Medipathways BSc.(Hons) in Biomedical Sciences?
The Medipathways BSc.(Hons) in Biomedical Sciences is a unique 2-year programme taught on the campus of School of Economic Sciences, which is conveniently located in the heart of Central London. The course is validated by the University of Buckingham, awarding successful graduates of this course a BSc. in Biomedical Sciences degree.
What makes this BSc. programme unique?
- As far as we are aware, this is the first and only 2-year BSc. (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences in the UK.
- It gives students an opportunity to complete a Biomedical Sciences BSc. in just 2 years, as opposed to the traditional 3 years.
- Medipathways 2-Year BSc.(Hons.) in Biomedical Sciences students are provided with automatic membership of the Royal Society of Medicine in London – the UK’s largest provider of medical CPD and a great resource for all aspiring medics and dentists. This provides our students access to extensive online resources, events, e-journals and membership (including access to borrowing resources) at the largest medical library in Europe. Visit www.rsm.ac.uk for more information.
- Currently, virtually all medical and dental schools in the UK will consider graduates of this 2-year BSc. in exactly the same way as graduates of a conventional 3-year degree programme. They usually require at least a 2.1 honours degree, as well as other more specific entry criteria which can be confirmed by contacting them directly.
- It costs the same in tuition fees as other 3-year BSc. programmes – so you are not paying a premium for finishing early. In fact, since you are saving a year, that also means you save a year of accommodation, food and travel – an average of £12,000
- If you decide to secure employment after graduation, you will also start earning one year early. This is an average income of £25,000 – when others who are progressing to year 3 of their BSc. have yet another instalment of fees and living expenses to pay.
- We believe our graduates are better prepared academically. Students who can complete a 3-year course in just 2 years display ability to manage a greater task-load. This may appeal to universities when applying for postgraduate courses, including medicine or dentistry which are regarded as intensive courses.
- When in employment, employees do not get a long summer break and neither do our students. This informs prospective employees that our graduates are better prepared for hard work – making them stick out in the pile of other applicants they receive.
- Confirmed place in advance to study medicine abroad if UK applications do not succeed – see: Articulations
For further reasons why this course is so popular, please see our: 10 Reasons page
The course offers students a strong understanding of medical science taught at degree level. The programme offers a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and real-world application through a range of teaching methodologies, such as lectures, small group tutorial sessions, problem-based learning, one-to-one personal tutoring, seminars, practicals and personal assessments.
Stage 1 (September – June)
- Foundations of Medical Science (L4)Foundations of Medical Science introduces indispensible concepts you will need for the remainder of your Medipathways studies; in particular, Scale in biology, Energy, Mechanism, Information, and Evidence. These themes are taught through an examination of biomedical scenarios; for example, colour blindness, metabolic control, and viral infection.
- Doctors, Patients and Health (L4)Doctors Patients and Health introduces you to the profession of medicine, the conduct of trainee and qualified doctors, and the past and future of health care. The module is taught through scenarios that illustrate central ideas in medical practice, history and ethics, and prepares you to make concrete plans about your own application to medical school.
- Molecular Cell Biology (L4)Molecular Cell Biology surveys the composition, structure, maintenance and context of cells. How does the cell integrate incoming signals with its own genetic programme in order to survive, grow, divide and carry out specialized functions? This module anticipates ideas of cellular pathways and homeostasis that will be developed in the later level 4 module Gut Hormones and Metabolism
- Brain, Muscle and Coordination (L4)Brain Muscle and Coordination provides a unified introduction to movement and behaviour in terms of the nervous system and its interactions with muscle and skeleton. These themes will be encountered again in the level 6 module Brain Physiology and Behaviour
- Gut, Hormones and Metabolism (L4)Gut Hormones and Metabolism shows the role of the gastrointestinal system in nutrition and energy homeostasis, and their endocrine regulation. Special topics in this module include the gut microbiome, response to starvation, and selected pathology of the tract or the hepatobiliary system.
- Circulation and Fluid Balance (L4)Circulation and Fluid Balance explores the complex interrelation of the heart, respiratory and vascular systems and kidney that maintains the composition of the internal environment. This first-year module is taught in a PBL format that uses clinical scenarios to illustrate the fundamental physiology and how departures from normal state can lead to disease. Students will also complete exercises in the analysis of physiological data.
- Matter and Energy in Medicine (L4)Two obvious applications of physics and chemistry in medicine are medical instrumentation, and drug design and delivery. More fundamentally, the human body interacts with physical fields and is the site of complex chemical reactions, is subject to the laws of chemistry and physics, and is moreover studied through technologies that rely on these sciences. This module shows how matter, energy change and biological matter impinge on each other. The chemistry component covers all the principles of bonding, conformation, reactivity and mechanism. The physics component shows how states of matter, atomic structure, waves & optics, molecular collisions and radiation relate to biology and medical technology. Students will carry out a short project in modelling biophysical states.
- Integrated Pathology and Therapeutics 1 (L5)Integrated Pathology and Therapeutics 1 is a PBL module that explores the origin, development and resolution of tissue pathology, together with the pharmacological approaches to treating them. Students will learn how to recognize the signs of pathology, and how selected drug classes interact with the body to exert their effect. This approach extends to 6IPT2, which will consider more complex pathologies and their treatment.
- Inflammation, Infection and Immunity (L5)Inflammation, Infection and Immunity examines medical microbiology, the immune response to infection, dysfunction of the immune system, and the rationale for immunisation. The module deals in some detail with antibody-antigen interactions. The clinical studies component is taught by PBL. Students will have the opportunity to pursue a special topic such as sepsis, hyper-reactivity, autoimmunity, rheumatology, or cancer immunology.
- Experiments Data and Evidence (L5)Experiments Data and Evidence is vital preparation for level 6 Projects. The main elements are the computer workshop in statistical analysis, a student-led journal club, and workshops on experimental methods and design. How do we evaluate published data to assess their claims, and how do we proceed from preliminary evidence to design new investigations into biology, medicine and health?
- Cell Signalling and Communication (L5)Cell Signalling and Communication builds on the findings of 4MEM (in particular) and will introduce students to the principles underlying cell signalling, for example specificity, amplification, response divergence/convergence and feedback. At the same time, students will learn how signal processing generates biological complexity, such as self-assembly, bistable states, and behaviours. Fundamental concepts from biophysics and computational biology are illustrated by a range of biological scenarios in metabolism, development, and cancer cell biology. Students will have opportunities to model more complex states; some will choose to deploy these approaches in level 6 Projects.
- Integrated Pathology and Therapeutics 2 (L6)Integrated Pathology and Therapeutics 2 continues the approach initiated in IPT1. Further pathological mechanisms are linked to commonly prescribed entities and their pharmacological mode of action. Higher order skills of interpretation, justification and hypothesis testing are emphasized throughout, and the module is taught in a problem-based format. Themes in Medicinal Chemistry, clinical trials and and the drug pipeline are explored. Finally, topics in personalised medicine, unmet clinical need and the placebo effect are introduced.
- Genes, Disease and Identity (L6)This module resumes the work of 4MCB and 5CSC to examine in more detail how (and to what extent) genotype gives rise to phenotype. The first part of the module examines the arising and transmission of chromosomal and genetic disorders, illustrated by conditions that are interesting in their molecular biology, their presentation, or their frequency. Later, you will examine the evidence for a heritable component of complex behaviours and phenotypes. Students will carry out exercises in bioinformatics and data reduction, two approaches that may be deployed in level 6 analytical projects.
- Brain, Physiology and Behaviour (L6)Brain, Physiology and Behaviour builds on 4BMC to examine a range of topics in human performance, behaviour, mood, and neural processing. These topics might include addiction, memory, depression, autism, pain. Students are encouraged to consider the strength of evidence for our current understanding of these topics. Fundamental ideas of connectivity and adaptation will be studied, assisted by concepts drawn from the physical and computational sciences. The intention is to emphasise a systems approach to the brain. At the same time, the strengths and limitations of technology and animal models in behaviour will be kept in mind.
- Independent Project (L6)For the independent Project, students are encouraged to devise their own title, and to write up their work with publication in mind. The emphasis of 6PRO is the generation of novel data and experimental proposals through in silico approaches, such as data mining, bioinformatics or dynamic modeling, an area of increasing importance in the medical sciences. Meta-analysis, in particular, is considered to be a gold standard of clinical evidence. Projects may address scientific, clinical or theoretical problems and will include three elements: systematic review, data analysis, and a proposal for a controlled investigation that will advance the field. Projects will be examined by viva voce. The module is supported by an advanced seminar series and employability workshops.
Medipathways BSc. in Biomedical Science: £27,000 in total for the full 2-year course.
We are currently unable to consider applications from international students that require a Visa to study in the UK. Student finance may not be available from the Student Loans Company, so please budget accordingly.
Each applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis, and an interview may be required. • A-Level grades of BBB , which include Biology & Chemistry (or equivalent e.g. IB score of 32 points overall) are usually our standard requirement for entry onto our 2-year BSc. programme. • Successful completion of the Medipathways Foundation guarantees a place onto the Medipathways BSc. • Equivalent qualifications, such as the Irish Leaving Certificate, the I.B. Diploma and the Scottish Advanced Highers are also accepted. Prospective international applicants with other qualifications should contact us for an individual assessment. • We welcome applications from students who have successfully completed a BTEC programme of study, however students who have a BTEC as their highest attained qualification will normally be offered the Medipathways Foundation programme. • If English is not a student’s native language, they are normally expected to have passed a recognised test in English to the level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (with not less than 6.0 in the writing and listening sections).
Please note: If your actual grades fall below these requirements, contact us to discuss as we may be able to look into your circumstances and the possibility of an individual plan.
To find out how to register your interest and apply for this programme, please see our Apply Now page.
Places are filling quickly, so please submit your application as soon as possible to secure a place to study on the BSc. in Biomedical Science programme for September 2017.
- 1. How do you manage to cover the same amount of work for a 3-year BSc in 2-years - what corners are you cutting?We are not cutting any corners, in fact we are adding them! Each corner is a turning point at which is an opportunity to secure a place into university or employment, without the need to commit to a whole 3-years. We use the summer term to make up for credits that would otherwise take a whole year to complete. We have found that students are far more likely to get the job or place they want as a graduate than a student in the middle of their degree. However, if you want a nice long, lazy summer holiday each year and worry about the mounted debt once you have finished – then this course is not for you.
- 2. What guarantee is there that I will get into a UK medical or dental school after I have graduated from this course?We can not offer such a guarantee. However, we have contacted most medical and dental school in the UK and so far none have stated they they would penalise our graduates because they completed our BSc in 2 years, compared to a traditional 3-year BSc. Therefore, as long as you achieve at least a 2.1, you will also be considered by all UK medical and dental schools for their 4-year or 5-year courses. What we can guarantee is a course that will offer the best possible chances for students to secure a place into medical or dental school.
- 3. What is your success rate in getting graduates into UK medical or dental school after this BSc course?As this course started running in September 2013, we can not provide such statistics. However, all the other facts, features and benefits on this website suggest that it should be the same – if not higher – in comparison to graduating from a typical 3-year BSc degree, as well as saving 1 year of studies and cost.
- 4. Can you provide me with a list of which UK medical or dental schools are most likely to consider my application as a graduate?Yes, please see page 17 of our current prospectus
- 5. If I start the BSc, can I leave after the 1st year?(Pre-Med year)Not usually. If you are planning to study abroad or want to leave with a CertHE for any other reason, it’s better to enrol for the Pre-Med (CertHE) and then transfer into the 2nd year of the BSc. if required. (subject to availability).
- 6. Why have you decided to offer a 2-year BSc? Whats wrong with the standard 3-year?Medipathways was created by a group of medics and academics who have over 18 years of experience in medical and dental admissions. (In fact, our founder was a medical student himself who did not secure a place into UK medical school). We have gathered our strengths, experience and statistics on what options students have when wanting to secure medical or dental schools entry. More importantly, we have listened to what students want. We believe that students should not study a science degree course just as a ‘means to an end’ to qualify for application to UK medical or dental school. Three years is a very long time to commit to a course you do not really want to study in the hope that you might get in – let alone the mounting cost of each year of study. Nor should students be forced to study abroad without really exploring all their options and opportunities. Our BSc. is designed to give students what they want, in a far more cost-effective timeframe.
- 7. I have an offer from another university to do a similar BSc. Why should I turn that down to study with you instead?Our BSc. is designed to give students what they want, in a far more cost-effective time-frame. Please see the table which compares our 2-year BSc ‘vs’ 3-year BSc.
- 8 If this is a University of Buckingham course and I will be their student, why are you called 'Medipathways'?Medipathways have been working with the University of Buckingham for several years. We have formed a strategic partnership to offer students the perfect BSc. degree course in Central London. Medipathways students are registered with the University of Buckingham and the degree award is from the University of Buckingham. Students will also be able to attend a graduation ceremony in Buckingham.
- 9. Are you not squashing too much study into 2-years, what should really be taught over 3-years?No. There is no ‘squashing’ taking place here as the contact hours and weekly time-table are very similar to what you would find on other 3-year BSc. courses. Our BSc. only takes 2-years because teaching continues over the Summer term, when students who are on a 3-year course are usually on holiday.
- 10. If I decide not to apply for medical or dental school after graduation, how do I know employers or my MSc. application will be considered positively?As this is a brand new course, it is impossible to give you a ‘track-record’ on how your future applications will fair once you have graduated from this course in 2 years’ time. This is also due to the fact that we do not know where you will be applying in 2-years time, if not medical or dental school. As stated above, we are aware that many of our graduates will want to apply for medical or dental school and so we have contacted most of them in the UK and so far all have confirmed that at the very least our graduates will not be penalised. We therefore have no reason to believe that this will not also be the case when applying for employment or a Masters degree. In fact, we believe that our graduates are likely to be considered favourably because they have displayed ability to take on a greater work-load, manage time and be generally more driven. If there is any particular employer or Masters degree courses which you are keen to pursuing upon graduation, then we would be keen on assisting you to confirm from the outset what their views are on this 2-year BSc. course.
- 11. While studying the BSc, should I re-sit A-level(s) at the same time?We don’t usually advise this. Most of the medical and dental schools we have contacted have confirmed that they don’t really look at A-levels once the applicant has achieved a satisfactory grade (2.1) on a relevant BSc. degree. Therefore, it makes sense to focus all energy onto your BSc rather than be distracted by re-siting A-level(s), which may not count once you have graduated anyway.
- 12. Is the course accredited by the IBMS?As with other universities offering similar 3-year courses, our degree is currently not accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). As this degree is primarily designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree course in medicine or dentistry, we have chosen not to have our degree accredited in order to allow you maximum flexibility in your choice of course units. However, students interested in a career as a biomedical/healthcare scientist in the NHS may undertake the NHS Scientist Training Programme after completion of our Biomedical Sciences degree.
- 13. If I started on your 2-year BSc, but then then I wanted to transfer to your 3-year BSc, would this be possible?Yes. There may be certain circumstances where students may wish transfer into our 3-year option. This is normally considered only after full completion of Level 4 and is subject to application and availability.
- 14. Can I apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning?Yes, all applications for APL are processed by the University of Buckingham. Students are advised at interview whether APL credits will be accepted by medical or dental schools to which students may want to progress