What is the Medipathways BSc.(Hons) in Biomedical Sciences?
This is a non-accelerated version of the 2-year Medipathways BSc.(Hons) in Biomedical Sciences, also taught on the campus of School of Economic Sciences. It is validated by the University of Buckingham, awarding successful graduates of this course a BSc.(Hons) in Biomedical Sciences.
What makes this 3-year BSc. programme unique?
- As far as we are aware, this is the most cost-effective 3-year BSc. (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences in the UK, costing just £6,000 per academic year.
- High quality programme geared specifically for medical or dental school entry
- Carries all features and benefits of the 2-year BSc, including UKCAT, BMAT and GAMSAT preparation as well as the Articulation routes to associated medical schools abroad.
- It gives students an opportunity to complete a Biomedical Sciences BSc. in the traditional 3-year format – ideal for students who wish to work or travel during the summer break.
- Medipathways 3-Year BSc.(Hons) in Biomedical Sciences students are provided with membership of the Royal Society of Medicine in London – the UK’s largest provider of medical CPD. This provides extensive online resources, events, e-journals and membership of 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 BSc. in exactly the same way as graduates of other conventional 3-year degree programmes. 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 less in tuition fees than most other 3-year BSc. programmes – so you are not paying a premium for our programme which is dedicated to medical and dental school entry.
- Confirmed place in advance to study medicine abroad if UK applications do not succeed – see: Articulations
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.
Level 4 (First Year)
- 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.
Level 5 (Second year)
- ”IntegratedIntegrated 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,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.
- ”ExperimentsExperiments 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?
- ”CellCell 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.
Level 6 (Final Year)
- ”IntegratedIntegrated 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,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,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 3-Year BSc. in Biomedical Sciences: £6,000* per academic year, £18,000 in total for the full 3-year course.
Student finance may not be available from the Student Loans Company so applicants are advised to budget accordingly. Please contact us directly for further information on the fees and funding for this course.
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 3-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 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 register your interest and apply for this programme, please apply 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 3-year BSc. in Biomedical Science programme for September 2017.
- 1. Why would I apply for this 3-year course when I can do the same course in just 2-years with you?
This 3-year non-accelerated version may appeal to students for the following two reasons: 1. Funding – SLC, scholarships or bursaries are not available for the 2-year BSc. However, at just £6,000, this 3-year version is currently the lowest cost in the UK. 2. Student may prefer a slightly slower pace and have a long summer break when travel or work can be completed.
- 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. As long as you achieve at least a 2.1, you will 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. Why would I study this Medipathways 3-year BSc when other universities are also offer similar 3-year courses?There are two main reasons why students would complete our 3-year BSc: 1) With annual tuition fees of just £6,000, it is the most cost-effective 3-year BSc(Hons.) in Biomedical Sciences in the UK. 2) Similar to our 2-year BSc, this course is designed specifically for medical or dental school entry, which is not the case with other 3-year courses.
- 4. At such a low tuition fee, are you compromising on the quality of the course?No, not at all. All our courses, including this 3-year option has been reviewed externally and this course is simply a longer version of our unique accelerated 2-year BSc option. We have tried to make this as cost-effective as possible for students who would otherwise not be in a position to fund our 2-year BSc option.
- 5. Why do other similar BSc courses cost much more?Medipathways and its validating institution the University of Buckingham are independent from state control. We are there free of central government control of funding. This means we are be flexible with fee structures and can adjust according to the needs of the student. This student-focussed model has resulted in the University of Buckingham being at the top of NSS on Student Satisfaction for the past eight years running.
- 6. 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.
- 7. Why have you decided to offer a 3-year BSc?Having successfully launched the UK’s first and only 2-year BSc.(Hons.) in Biomedical Sciences we have recognised the demand for our courses. However, although our 2-year option is very cost-effective, a number of good applicants may simply not have the funding required in the first place. We have recognise that applicants may wish to join Medipathways not necessarily because of our BSc is just two years in duration, but also because of our focus and expertise in getting into medical and dental school afterwards. Our 3-year BSc offers an opportunity to student who would otherwise be unable to find the funding for our 2-year BSc to complete our 3-year BSc in the most cost effective way and also attain the desired progression upon graduation.
- 8. 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, when they need it and in a far more cost-effective time-frame. There are very few similar courses in the UK, if any, that focus on medical or dental school entry in the same way we do. Please see the table which compares our 2-year BSc ‘vs’ 3-year BSc.
- 9 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.
- 10. If, after the first year I want to finish my BSc sooner, can I transfer to the 2-year BSc and finish a year early?Yes, this may be possible, subject to an internal application.
- 11. 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 three years’ time. This is also due to the fact that we do not know where you will be applying in two-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 all 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 3-year BSc. course.
- 12. 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.
- 13. 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.
- 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
* 3 year BSc. subject to availability.