3rd May 2006




The University of Lincoln’s new Biomedical Sciences degree has become the first fully integrated degree in the country to be approved by the Health Professions Council.


The new BSc (Hons) course in Applied Biomedical Sciences was approved by the Health Professions Council last week and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.


The Trent Strategic Health Authority will sponsor a number of student places each year on this three-year degree course.


Students will be paid to attend placements at local hospital laboratories alongside their formal academic study at the university.


On successful completion of their degrees students will be included on the Register of Biomedical Scientists, which will allow them to practise within the UK. 


Previously graduates needed to complete a period of recognised training and obtain a certificate of competency from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, in addition to their degree, before being allowed to practise.


“This official recognition of the quality of our new Biomedical Sciences degree is excellent news for the university and enhances our growing reputation in science,” said Professor Brian McGaw, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences.


“Biomedical Sciences is a very competitive area and we are confident that our status as the first HPC-approved, NHS-funded, integrated Biomedical Sciences degree in England will prove very attractive to prospective students.”


The news follows a league table in The Guardian yesterday (Tuesday) which ranked Biosciences at the University of Lincoln 20th in the UK.



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