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BSc Biomedical Sciences

Level three student, 16-17 academic year

One of the exciting things about this degree is that all students will learn about computer programming – a skill that is lacking in many biology graduates.

In the final year of my degree in Biomedical Sciences I was asked to participate in the design team for the new BSc course in Life Sciences. I was interested in this because I’ve loved my study here at Brunel and I hope one day to be an academic. The team was made up of lecturers from Biosciences, Environmental Sciences, Psychology and Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. There were also administrators on the team to ensure quality standards were met and current Brunel students to ensure the course would deliver a good student experience.

We also wanted to make sure that this course would equip students with the skills that employers need. The government and research councils have found that employers are looking for graduates with an interdisciplinary background, including data analysis and numerical skills. This course has been designed with this in mind and therefore offers a stream in computational data analysis, a skill that is lacking in many biology graduates. 



Postgraduate research student, graduating in 2017

Biomedical Sciences BSc graduate, 2015

By combining different streams, along with the chance to choose from a range of electives, you really would be designing your own unique degree.

I was part of the design team who put together this new degree. I think it’s exciting that students will be able to study two different disciplines, bringing together subjects from the Department of Life Sciences that really interest them, to create their own tailor-made interdisciplinary degree. It’s especially exciting to be able to combine study in Computer Science with Biological Sciences, as in my own research I can see this is the way science is moving. Modern science involves working with big data sets and you can only really start to understand and analyse big data if you know about computer programming.

Another option on this new course is studying non-science subjects from outside the department. So you could study a language, creative writing, law, business – lots of things that might interest you and help make you into a more rounded person. Perhaps a more employable person! I would have loved the opportunity to study about intellectual property law! With all the different streams, along with the chance to study these electives, you really would be designing your own unique degree. The course has been designed with care to ensure you really understand the interdisciplinary links between your streams, and how your unique degree will make you more attractive to employers.