What is biomedical science?
We offer courses based on biochemistry and neuroscience. These disciplines study the human body and other organisms at the molecular and functional level, in both health and disease. While biochemistry emphasises molecular events, neuroscience focuses on the nervous system. Many current advances in biology and medicine rely on the application of biochemical, genetic and physiological methods, generating an increase in national demand for graduates with expertise in biochemistry, neurosciences and molecular genetics.
All our degree courses combine biochemistry or neuroscience with aspects of biological chemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, molecular medicine, physiology or pharmacology, to give a distinct blend.
How will I study?
Our courses will provide you with a thorough training in modern experimental techniques and give you a wide range of transferable skills. Courses are modular and include both compulsory and optional modules. The first year will provide a general foundation in aspects of molecular biology, genetics and physiology together with biochemistry- and neuroscience-specific modules. The following years will provide an in-depth study through modules covering a wide range of topics related to the degree being taken.
In the latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise, 85 per cent of our research work was recognised as having international significance and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education complimented the way our courses prepare students for research.
Our School contains extensive laboratory facilities enabling a wide range of molecular, biochemical, cellular, neurophysiological and behavioural studies to be undertaken. We adjoin the 1,400-bed Nottingham University Hospital, enabling collaboration with clinical departments, and are linked to University Park Campus by a footbridge.
All degree courses have input from other schools in the University, including Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy and Psychology and several clinical departments.
Assessment is through exams, coursework and research projects. The first year is a qualifying year, which you have to pass but which doesn't count towards your degree. Grades obtained in the following years make up your degree.
On some courses there may be an opportunity to take a year out between years two and three to undertake laboratory work in a research institute, hospital or industry either in the UK or abroad – contact the School for details. Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.
Career prospects and employability
The broadly based scientific training provided by our degrees offers a diverse choice of career opportunities in areas including biological research, medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and agrochemical science, general chemistry, biochemistry and graduate entry medicine.
In 2012, 92.2% of first-degree graduates in the School of Biomedical Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £18,500 with the highest being £26,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates 2011/12.
Application and interview
Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry requirements may be invited to an interview.
Visit days for students offered a place are normally held in February and March. For University-wide open days, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays