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Biomedical Sciences (Genetics) BSc

Course code

C400

C401 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £9,250

International £18,720

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDD (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

The Human Genome Project is having a huge impact on the field of science and genetics. How will it provide new insights and therapies for the treatment of genetic diseases? If you’re interested in the field of genetics and the treatment of genetic diseases then this specialist course is perfect for you.

At Brunel, we understand that your specialist knowledge should be built on a sound grounding of all the areas of biomedical sciences. This means that your first year will cover areas such as the human body, biochemistry and research skills. As you continue through your degree you will study specialist areas that will teach you how the role of various genetic mutations alter cellular processes and biomechanical pathways in normal metabolism, and also how these pathways may be altered during specific human disease.

And if you change your mind about your specialist area, don’t worry. The flexibility of our course at Brunel means that you can switch to another specialist pathway in the second year or even take the general Biomedical Sciences BSc.

Our genetics biomedical sciences degree can be studied over three years full-time, or four years full-time with a one-year work placement between years two and three.

The Royal Society of Biology has awarded its accreditation to all of Brunel’s BSc Biomedical Sciences courses. This means that you can be confident that your degree will prepare you for the working world – and your prospective employers will know this too. You will receive a one year’s membership as an Associate Member once you graduate, integrating you into the sector with access to key contacts and up-to-date knowledge.

In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to our research programmes in cellular and biochemical pathways, the regulation of gene expression, DNA repair and immunological responses to microbial infection. This will give you first-hand experience of real-world laboratory research and prepare you for your future career.

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Course content

You will study a range of areas relating to human health from stem cells and genetic manipulation through to food safety. The content of the programme means that you will graduate with an understanding of the main subject areas in biosciences and medically related research and with an in-depth specialist knowledge of genetics.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

Year one includes practical lab skills and research skills, alongside a taster of the various pathway options.

Year two introduces the biochemical and molecular processes which are altered in various human diseases. You’ll also develop your employability skills in the 'Career Skills' study block.

The placement year will follow year two, if opted for.

In year three you are given the opportunity to gain a further understanding of your specialist interest.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

As a graduate in Biomedical Sciences (Genetics) you’ll have the skills to work in research and development in the medical field. You may want to become a clinical research associate, a pharmacologist, a geneticist or a healthcare scientist to name a few.

Whatever your future goals are, this course is focused on helping you achieve your career ambitions. The employability teaching blocks at Brunel provide a personalised approach towards developing your skills. You’ll work on improving your CV and your interview techniques, as well as attending careers events and carrying out research projects with academics. Each year, we hold a Biomedical Sciences Careers Fair where you’ll have the opportunity to network with some of the biggest names in the business such as GlaxoSmithKline, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Parexel, Age UK and Royal Brompton Hospital NHS Foundation.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB, including a grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Applied Science.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD (all subjects accepted) with an A-level at grade B in: Biology, Human Biology, Applied Science, Chemistry or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D (all subjects accepted) with two A-levels at grade B, to include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access to Science, Biomedical Science, Medicine or Health and Human Science course, with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit or above in all units. All Biology and Chemistry units must be Distinctions at Level 3.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language, Maths and one Science subject. 

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£18,720 full-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You will be taught by academics who are actively involved in a wide range of world-leading research. The four main areas of biomedical science research at Brunel are: health and disease; treatments and cures; genomic and epigenomic level; and technology and methodology.

Many of our academics have been involved in making major advances and breakthroughs in human diseases and syndromes. This means you’ll be learning the most up-to-date scientific discoveries in a fast-moving field where our academics teach you leading-edge research through practical experience.

The biomedical sciences teaching team have created a unique teaching and assessment strategy which has been recognised in an award from the Higher Education Academy. It will allow you to combine your learning over the course of the year and apply knowledge from different study blocks into one assessment, making your education as close to your future real-world career as possible.

We have produced thousands of scientists now making scientific breakthroughs and improving lives across the globe. As a Brunel graduate, you will be gaining from their reputation and the reputation of the University.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and written examinations to test your knowledge, understanding, problem solving and data interpretation.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.