Read our student profiles to find out what it’s really like to be a Biomedical Sciences student at Brunel.
Level Two student
Biomedical Sciences (Forensic) BSc
Biosciences at Brunel was my first choice university due to the variety and flexibility the course offers. I was pleased to find that from day one I was able to feel comfortable in my new surroundings and eager to get to work. The welcoming events and introduction to the staff and facilities was a delightful experience and I immediately felt a member of the division.
The structure of the course allowed me to set solid foundations for my further studies during year one, where we were taught the basic principles behind cellular biology and biochemistry. In addition, the extensive laboratory work helped me familiarise myself with basic procedures and develop my practical skills. The content in year two is incredibly interesting, though challenging at times, and the lecturers are all engaging and committed to their field of research. Their drive and passion for their subject areas have influenced several of my career choices so far, and I have come to be deeply interested in specific topics due to the enthusiasm conveyed by the teaching staff.
Apart from my degree, I have been given the opportunity to engage with the student body and staff on numerous occasions through my work as a Course Representative for Level Two. Being an elected representative, I act as the link between my fellow students and staff at official meetings and designated focus groups to shape the course according to changing student needs, to improve the university experience for all, and to ensure that every student’s voice is heard and taken into consideration. I believe that representation is of vital significance, and I try to promote that ideal in all aspects of my work.
As I’m currently finishing my second year, I feel confident enough to successfully tackle my dissertation next year and begin setting down the foundation for my postgraduate studies. I hope to continue to represent my fellow students at all levels, and do justice to the work set down by all student representatives in the past years.
Studying Biomedical Sciences at Brunel University London has been one of the most positive and important opportunities I’ve had the fortune to be given, and I am glad and proud to be a member of the Division of Biosciences.
Biomedical Sciences (Genetics) BSc
Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research MSc
I chose Brunel as an undergraduate because of the passion and enthusiasm that I saw in the lecturers. I was nervous to move away from home, but knew that Brunel was the best place for me. After thoroughly enjoying my first two years, I decided to do a work placement to put the skills I’d learnt into practice, before returning to Brunel to complete my final year.
When I started to look into the possibility of doing a Masters, Brunel’s course in Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research covered my interests. I’d found the cancer aspect of my undergraduate degree the most interesting and decided that this would be a great way to continue my study.
More than six years after starting my undergraduate degree, I’m still at Brunel and now studying for my PhD. I am sponsored by the company where I undertook my work placement, in my thick sandwich year as an undergraduate.
Being at Brunel has developed me as a scientist and a person, and I’m very happy here.
Molecular Medicine with Cancer Research MSc
After completing my BSc degree I was keen to further my studies. The MSc course at Brunel seemed to have the right balance between theory and practice, and I was attracted by the novel research programmes taking place. The excellent training I have received during my Masters studies has helped me to understand the principles behind the techniques and equipment I have used. Brunel has top grade lecturers who are experts in their field, and the facilities are continually being improved and upgraded.
My MSc dissertation involved the study of an inherited disorder called Friedrich Ataxia. I became increasingly more interested in this area and I wished to pursue further studies on this disease. With the help of my supervisor, I was fortunate enough to receive a bursary from Ataxia UK for my PhD. My research focuses on correction of this disease using gene therapy. My PhD is providing me with a stimulating environment for my learning and career development.
Brunel University is very multicultural, so you get many different opinions and views from other students in the university. My time here has been really exciting, and also very challenging. There is a great library and excellent computer facilities around the university. There is also a gym with affordable membership and loads of other classes, which is great if you have spare time on your hands.