Key Information

Full-time

4 years

Typical Offer

ABB (128 UCAS Tariff points)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation

Fees

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UCAS Code

B941

Course Code

BMSBMSUM

MBio Biomedical Science

Biosciences at Lincoln is ranked in the top 20 overall in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Key Information

Full-time

4 years

Typical Offer

ABB (128 UCAS Tariff points)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation

Fees

View

UCAS Code

B941

Course Code

BMSBMSUM

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Dr Matthew Simmonds - Programme Leader

Dr Matthew Simmonds - Programme Leader

Dr Matthew Simmonds is Programme Leader for Biomedical Science and his research involves investigating genetic predictors of long-term pancreas transplant function in people with type 1 diabetes. His specialisms include transplantation, autoimmunity, diabetes, Autoimmune Thyroid Disease, and genetics.

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Welcome to MBio Biomedical Science

Biomedical scientists play a key role in improving human health. By exploring life processes in humans they lay the foundations for understanding and investigating health, disease, treatment, and prevention.

Biomedical Science at Lincoln offers a broad scientific base, taking a multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates lectures, seminars, and laboratory-based work. The course emphasises the development of transferable skills in information retrieval, data analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking, as well as hands-on experience.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Completion of a Biomedical Science degree accredited by the IBMS, together with successful completion of a portfolio of competencies after gaining six to 12 months’ experience in an NHS laboratory and gaining HCPC registration are all essential steps to becoming a qualified biomedical scientist.

Our teaching team includes specialist staff from local and regional hospitals. Their areas of speciality currently cover diabetes, inflammation, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disease.

Students on this programme are able to undertake an optional overseas field trip in their third year. Those who choose to participate must cover the cost of their own flights, but accommodation and meals at the field site are covered by the University. Previously, students have visited the Andean Cloud Forest in Ecuador, the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, and Peniche in Portugal.

How You Study

The first year introduces the fundamentals of biomedical science, including human anatomy and physiology, genetics, and disease. It enables students to begin to develop some of the skills that are vital for a practising scientist.

Students can take their knowledge further in the second year, studying pharmacology, immunology, and molecular biology, while receiving an introduction to biomedical diagnosis and its application in the study and treatment of disease.

In their third year, students can explore topics such as cancer, transfusion, and disease pathology. They are also required to complete an individual research project.

In the final year, students participate in an MBio research project. The project provides the opportunity to contribute to high-impact research across a variety of research areas.

Final year modules also focus on developing your research skills further with workshops in research techniques. These combine demonstrations with hands-on work in-lab or in-field. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate scientific knowledge effectively, in different contexts, different formats and to different recipients.

This course is delivered through lectures, practical classes, workshops, seminars and tutorials. The course will also include inter-professional education and problem-based learning using case studies.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module aims to provide an introduction to the structure, composition and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. From this basis the module considers cell specialisation and division and an introduction to microscopy, histological and microbiological techniques which may be used to safely examine and identify cells and tissues.

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to genetics by discussing the development of genetics as a field of science, from molecular genetics through Mendelian genetics, to genetics at the population level. Students have previously studied cell biology and biochemistry, and this knowledge is built on in order to consider the replication, maintenance and expression of the genome. This module aims to provide the knowledge necessary to study applications of molecular biology at a higher level.

Module Overview

This module discuses health and how health is disrupted by disease and disorder. The International Classification of diseases will be discussed and a brief review of national and international disease patterns will be considered.

The module will allow students the opportunity to apply their physiological knowledge towards an understanding of disease. An introduction to pathological processes will be made and the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease will be discussed. National disease trends will be examined; key disorders such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancer will be examined in depth.

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of the anatomical structure and physiology of the brain, central and peripheral nervous systems in the human body. It is intended to explore the role of the nervous system in the physiology of stress and its role in homeostasis. The module will also enable students to identify and understand the function of human bones, muscles and joints and provides an overview of the anatomical structure and physiology of the heart, lung, cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the human body

Module Overview

The module explores the role of the endocrine system in homeostasis. It is intended to explore the components of the blood and immune system and their various functions. It will enable you to identify the anatomy and understand the physiology of the kidney, urogenital and digestive systems.

Module Overview

This module aims to provide students with an overview of biochemistry at the cellular level. The importance of cellular and molecular systems will be covered with a view of highlighting key signalling pathways required to sustain cellular functions. General concepts of biochemical signalling pathways will also be introduced.

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide a foundation to develop an understanding and appreciation of biochemistry in the context life processes. The module will focus on basic biochemical principles and introduce the fundamental building blocks of life with the inclusion of concepts relating to the structure and functional properties of biological molecules. The importance of cellular and molecular pathways will be covered with a view of highlighting key metabolic pathways required to sustain cellular functions. Basic concepts of biochemical signalling pathways will also be introduced.

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce the skills and knowledge necessary to assimilate and judge scientific knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to search and evaluate the scientific literature relevant to their studies, and learn some of the key philosophical constructs around which scientific knowledge is based.

Students can be taught about hypothesis testing, experimental design, data collection, basic mathematical and statistical concepts and data presentation, and gain hands-on experience of their application.

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to the theoretical principles, instrumentation and applications of a range of techniques relevant to the biosciences. Applications will be related to key biological molecules and cellular systems as appropriate. The module content will build on biochemical and cell biology knowledge gained in the first year. The module provides background required for study of these techniques and biomolecules at higher levels and aims to develop the basic analytical skills which can aid students in their final year projects.

Module Overview

The module provides an overview of the biology of some common human diseases, such as cancer, haemostatic disorders, neurological disease, and anaemia. It introduces students to the use of laboratory techniques in the investigation of disease, from a theoretical and practical point of view.

Module Overview

This module is concerned with the study of the mechanisms by which drugs interact with biochemical, cellular and physiological systems.

The module aims to:
•\tgive an introduction to key pharmacology principles
•\tprovide a detailed knowledge of the mechanisms of actions of selected drugs
•\tdevelop a critical appreciation of the importance and relevance of pharmacology in the treatment of diseases
•\tUnderstand the principles of toxicology and drug overdose

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response in health and human diseases. The structure, function and complex mechanisms of host defence by B- and T-Cells will be discussed. Students will evaluate the role of inflammatory mediators, soluble effectors and cellular cytotoxicity in inflammation and immunity.

Module Overview

The module provides an overview of the main principles of medical biochemistry It enables students to discuss endocrine disease as well as liver, respiratory, gastrointestinal, vascular and renal disease.

Module Overview

The module provides an overview of medical microbiology including bacteria and viruses, both through study of the biology of specific microorganisms, but also through the study of diseases of a variety of body systems. The module considers the transmission of infectious disease, including a discussion regarding situations of medical environments, and control and treatment of infectious diseases

Module Overview

Molecular biology is of critical importance when understanding biological systems. This module is designed to provide students with an insight into the techniques used and applied by molecular biologists in a number of specific contexts. The module will explore the origins of molecular life on Earth, before examining the molecular control of eukaryotic replication, transcription and translation. The focus will then move to in vitro experimentation including DNA isolation, amplification, sequencing and manipulation; before looking at applications of molecular biology and how they can be applied to our understanding of population genetics and health and disease

Module Overview

This module introduces the principles of experimental design and various methods of collection of quantitative and qualitative data. It describes statistical significance tests for comparing data and enables students to practise where and how to use each statistical test. The module is designed to allow students to critically assess published work with regard to design of experiment and analysis of data. It will provide students with the chance to develop the skills required to design and analyse a research project generally, and specifically that undertaken in year three of their course.

Module Overview

This module looks at advanced aspects of pharmacology, aiming to build an understanding of drug-target engagement in relation to therapy, as well as drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics.

Module Overview

This module examines the application of molecular techniques to study ecology, evolution and conservation of animal populations and species. It aims to provide the theoretical background for understanding evolutionary and population genetics. Case studies will be used to illustrate how the theory and molecular techniques are applied to inform behavioural, ecological and conservation questions, particularly relating to management of rare and threatened species of animals.

Module Overview

Biotechnology is the use of biological products, organisms and processes to improve the quality of human life. Biotechnology is a globally important multi-billion pound industry, with applications across medicine, industry and environmental sectors. This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the field of biotechnology, introducing some of the methodological (including molecular biology) approaches that are important in biotechnology and focus on biotechnological products and processes within medicine, industry and the environment (including plant biotechnology).

Module Overview

The module provides an overview of the role of cellular pathology in the diagnosis and monitoring of malignant and non-malignant diseases. This module intends to discuss the normal and abnormal histology and ultra-structural features of human cells and tissues. The module enables students to appraise malignant and non-malignant gynaecological cytology, and the role of electron microscope and immunocytochemistry in pathological differential diagnosis.

Module Overview

The module provides an overview of the role of clinical biochemistry and immunology laboratories in the functional diagnosis and monitoring of endocrine function, bone metabolism, malignancy, gout, allergy, autoimmunity and nutritional status.

Module Overview

The module provides an overview of the applications of genetics and its ethical and social considerations with an introduction to ethical philosophy. This module also intends to discuss genetic counseling, diagnosis of genetic disease, carrier detection and pre-symptomatic testing. The module enables students to evaluate population screening, and community genetics for single gene and chromosome disorders and also the ethical and social considerations of the understanding of the human genome, the treatment of genetic diseases, gene therapy and the ethics of experimental animal use.

Module Overview

The module provides an overview of the pathogenesis and diagnosis of the various non-malignant and malignant blood diseases. This module intends to discuss haemopoiesis, erythrocyte disorders, acute and chronic leukaemia, myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative disorders.

Module Overview

This module aims to reinforce the underlying concepts and principles of microbiology developed previously. Students can become familiar with diagnostic techniques involved in the field of microbiology, and will have the opportunity to apply their developing knowledge and skills to some contemporary issues and concerns in the field of microbiology.

Module Overview

This module is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of forensic anthropology. Students will be introduced to forensic anthropology before embarking on a series of lectures and practical sessions covering human osteology and the methods used to estimate a biological profile; sex, ancestry, age and stature estimation. This module will also introduce the student to the various pathological conditions and traumatic injury affecting human bone including post-mortem damage. This module will equip the students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to participate in forensic anthropological analysis by preparing a case report on a skeleton.

Module Overview

In this module, students undertake an independent programme of research under supervision from a member of staff. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate original and critical thought, as well as to build discipline-specific research and project-management skills.
A wide range of subject expertise exists within the School, and students are expected to work on a project that is relevant to their programme of study. Under the guidance of a supervisor, students will review the literature, identify a research question/aim and objectives, and design a programme of research respectively. Students will be expected to manage the project and work in a safe and ethical manner, which will include undergoing training in and engaging with obtaining relevant ethical approval and risk assessment. Students will collect and analyse data, record their activities and research methodology and results in a “lab book”/ equivalent robust means of recording.
We currently offer projects in the laboratory (wet or animal) or field, projects that involve data analysis, literature research, educational research, science communication research and market research. Students may work individually or in groups addressing similar questions, but must write up individually. The findings of the research will be written up and presented orally. The conduct and performance of the student as a research apprentice will be assessed.

Module Overview

This module provides students with the opportunity to investigate biological phenomena in the field at an overseas location. Students work in groups, guided by staff, to develop and test hypotheses allowing them to understand more about biological processes operating within the study area. They are encouraged to view the ecosystem within the wider context of the anthropogenic impacts being imposed on it. Potential sites include: Quinta Sao Pedro study centre near Lisbon (http://www.quintasaopedro.pt/) and Santa Lucia Ecuadorian Cloud Forest Reserve near Quito (http://www.santaluciaecuador.com/), both regularly used by other UK universities for similar modules. Other sites will be considered, with location and costs made clear to students at the start of their second year. This module is optional and courses run subject to sufficient student demand

Module Overview

It provides an overview of blood donor selection, collection, testing and blood processing and components storage for transfusion and its adverse effects. It will discuss immunohaematology and techniques used for detection and identification of relevant antibodies. This will enable students to appraise acute and delayed adverse transfusion effects as well as the transfusion-transmitted diseases.

Module Overview

The impact of parasites to the health, welfare and productivity of animals remains one of the most important issues in veterinary biology. A detailed understanding of the biology and epidemiology of parasites and the association they have with their hosts is vital in protecting and improving animal’s health and welfare. This module aims to provide a theoretical background for understanding the specialised features that parasites have developed to adapt to their host and transmit between hosts, the diseases which result and advances in treatment and prevention of infection. Students will also learn analytical laboratory methods for the identification of different types of ecto- and endoparasites. Case studies will be used to illustrate how the current advances in research are applied to understand and inform the epidemiology, control and prevention of parasite mediated disease in animals and monitor emergent diseases globally and within the UK.

Module Overview

This module is designed to accomplish two goals: support the students by developing the necessary skills to proficiently face the assessments on the other modules, and improve the student employability by developing their transferable skills.

Module Overview

This module is the follow up of the transferable skills module of semester A. It is designed to support assessments performance and help to improve transferable skills.

Module Overview

This module comprises a research project for the MBio suite of programmes. The project is supervised by a member of the Life Sciences academic staff and provides the opportunity to contribute to high-impact research across a variety of research areas.

The projects are set within one of the School's research groups and can be enhanced by research workshops and transferable skills offered in the accompanying modules. Projects present the opportunity of work towards generating a scientific article of publishable quality.

Module Overview

This module centres on workshops in research techniques which are delivered by supervisors of research projects.

Workshops will be delivered approximately fortnightly throughout Semesters A and B. The workshops are split into three broad research areas: Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare; Biomedical (including general Biochemical and Cellular) and Evolution and Ecology. Workshops combine demonstrations with hands-on work in-lab or in-field. Students are offered a choice of workshops from an extensive list of options, and the write up of six of these will form the basis of assessment.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

Students on this course are assessed through written assignments, unseen examinations, practical assessments, presentations, online assessments, reports and dissertations. The course is typically 50% coursework and 50% examinations, but this will vary from module to module with some modules being coursework only. At Master's level, assessment is 100% by coursework.

The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: ABB, to include a minimum grade B in Biology or Chemistry. Practical elements must be passed.

International Baccalaureate: 32 points overall to include Higher Level grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science*: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

*not all modules are accepted. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (admissions@lincoln.ac.uk).

BTEC Diploma Applied Science acceptable with other qualifications. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (admissions@lincoln.ac.uk).

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Biology or Chemistry

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Science Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/sfysfyub/lifesciences/

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Accreditations and Memberships

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) is the professional body for those who work within the field of biomedical science. An IBMS accredited degree programme provides students with a wide ranging, research-informed scientific education, covering the molecular, cellular and systemic basis of disease and the application of scientific principles and techniques to its investigation, diagnosis and treatment. IBMS accreditation ensures that your honours degree course meets the academic requirements for registration as a biomedical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In order to register as a biomedical scientist, you would need additionally to complete the IBMS registration portfolio in an approved laboratory.

Special Features

Students on this programme are able to undertake an optional overseas field trip as part of their third year. This will provide the opportunity to do research in a novel environment and to study local plants and animals. Destinations may vary, but have previously the cloud forests of Ecuador, the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, and Peniche in Portugal.

Students who opt to undertake a field trip overseas will be expected to cover transport costs (including flight costs). These costs will vary depending on the location of the field trip. Accommodation and meals at the field sites are fully funded by the University.

Students may be required to pay for overnight stays, local travel and food close to the destination if their flights arrive the day before the team are scheduled to meet. Students may bring personal items of clothing and travel equipment, some of which may be specialised for the environment they are travelling to, and recommended medicines and travel toiletries such as anti-malaria medication, vaccinations, insect repellent and sunscreen. These costs will depend on what you choose to bring.

School of Life Sciences Brochure

Discover more about our research, academic staff, facilities, and student and alumni stories in our dedicated School of Life Sciences brochure.

Life Sciences Brochure (PDF)

School of Life Sciences Brochure Front Cover

Career Opportunities

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. It aims to prepare graduates to work as qualified biomedical scientists on successful completion of a portfolio of competencies after gaining six to 12 months’ experience in a laboratory. Graduates may go on to careers in research laboratories, universities, the NHS, and the pharmaceutical industry.

"The lab experience and transferable skills I have gained have given me the confidence to apply for PhDs and I now feel I can go on to something more challenging as I have these skills behind me."

Joe Potter, MBio Biomedical Science graduate

Virtual Open Days

While you may not be able to visit us in person at the moment, you can still find out more about the University of Lincoln and what it is like to live and study here at one of our live Virtual Open Days.

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Related Courses

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