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Biological Sciences (for intercalated students) BSc

Course code

BIOLOGSCIEN3FTD

Start date

September

Subject area

Biomedical Sciences

Mode of study

1 year full-time

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £9,250

International £19,280

Entry requirements

Successful completion of first two years study of a UK medical degree with a profile equivalent to a 2:1 average

2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Overview

Are you currently studying a medical related degree? Would you like to gain an insight into the exciting research that’s at the foundation of some of the latest advances within the medical field? Perhaps you'd like to study new or alternative subjects that aren't covered on your current degree or develop your knowledge and skills in a field that complements your current area of study?

If you’ve completed at least two years of an undergraduate UK medical degree and wish to further develop your skills and knowledge to improve your career prospects, then this year-long programme is designed for you.

By studying Biological Sciences BSc (for intercalated students) at Brunel you’ll gain an advanced knowledge and understanding in life science and the impact this has on biomedical science. You’ll enhance your university experience and prepare for your future career by learning a more specialist pathway. Our programme provides you with the opportunity for personal self-development and an in depth study of biological sciences. 

On successful completion of this course, you’ll gain an additional, research degree at the point of graduation (Biological Sciences BSc).

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

Within this one year course, you'll gain a range of strong practical skills alongside developing your research skill set. You'll benefit from being taught by academic experts who are actively involved in a wide range of world-leading research, where their knowledge will become yours. You'll learn how to conduct research related to pressing contemporary issues in the biomedicine industry that, coupled with the laboratory skills you'll acquire, will represent a perfect platform for you to begin a research career.

To find out more information on how this course is structured, click here.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

Our Biological Sciences (for intercalated students) BSc is focused on helping you achieve your career ambitions and provides you with the opportunity to study a topic that isn't covered within your current degree, or to deepen your knowledge within a specialist field to improve your career prospects. You'll attain a comprehensive learning of both practical lab and research skills, which will form the ideal foundation for you to begin a research career within the medical industry. On successful completion of this course, you’ll also gain an additional, research-based degree, at the point of graduation (Biological Sciences BSc).

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UK entry requirements

  • Successful completion of first two years study of a UK medicine degree (including dentistry and veterinary medicine courses) with a profile equivalent to a 2:1 average (with no condoned/failed/re-assessed modules).
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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 sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 79 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)  

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 entry

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

International

£19,280 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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.

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

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Teaching and Learning

The programme will be delivered in several ways. Lectures and seminars will be supported by group discussion, problem solving sessions, laboratory practical sessions, formative presentations and attendance at the divisional research seminar series.

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Assessment and feedback

Knowledge and skills will be assessed via a range of assessment methods. You'll write for scientific and non-scientific audiences, present posters, give oral presentations, analyse experimental datasets and write reviews that cover overarching disciplines with completion of the research project and dissertation.

You'll also receive constructive feedback in all assessments and tailored advice on your progress throughout the course.

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