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Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science

About the Course
Course Curriculum
International Application
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Programme Objectives 

In addition to developing subject-based expertise and skills, consideration of practices adopted in this field globally will ensure the programme is relevant to an international community of students. 

The programme is intended to:

  • Provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding in the fundamental subjects that underpin Biomedical Science, including: human physiology and anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, immunology, microbiology and the biology of disease. 
  • To develop intellectual skills in relation to knowledge and understanding of current methods available for laboratory investigation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. In addition to the roles of specialist disciplines, including: medical microbiology, clinical biochemistry, cellular pathology, haematology and transfusion science and clinical immunology.
  • To develop practical skills in the laboratory in addition to broader professional skills.
  • To prepare students for employment or future study by developing transferable skills, including: self-management and reflective practice, communication, IT, numeracy, data analysis and interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • To develop an appreciation of the role of scientific research in the advancement of Biomedical Science.

Northumbria University

    Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.  By putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world leading research and award-winning partnerships, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university.

Northumbria works with major global employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, while more than 560 employers and 60 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University’s programmes. Innovative and entrepreneurial, we are also ranked fourth in the UK for graduate business start-ups.

Northumbria University works with prestigious Institutions of Higher Education throughout the world, including MDIS. Together we offer an exciting portfolio of programmes that will develop international citizens who are equipped to work in a global marketplace. Northumbria University and MDIS have a successful working relationship for a number of years, starting initially with just one programme BSc (Honours) Biotechnology but has grown to now offering a number of undergraduate and post graduate programmes across a range of subject areas.

  • Ranked 21st out of 111 universities in the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey.

Engineering and Environment at Northumbria offers programmes to equip students with the skills, critical thinking and knowledge needed to change the world. The faculty aims for excellence in research, teaching and enterprise. High quality courses enable students to study disciplines that shape the world to be a better place for people. The faculty offers degree programmes in Architecture and the Built Environment; Computer Science and Digital Technologies, Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences, Geography as well as Physics and Electrical Engineering, providing education that gives our graduates an advantage in the employment market.

 

 

Year 1

CELL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS

This module will deal with the fundamental characteristics and features of living cells and will be of interest to students who wish to increase their understanding of biological processes at the cellular level. The module will cover the structure and function of the major cellular components, the roles of the various types of specialised cells in the human body. The module also will provide students with a sound understanding of the basic characteristics of the major groups of microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, fungi) and viruses, including practical experience of handling and examining non-pathogenic bacteria in the laboratory. A major component of study will be the fundamentals of genetics. A broad introduction to the basic principles of heredity, including molecular, classical, human and microbial genetics and the structure and behaviour of genes will be prescribed.

PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY

This module will deal with the structure and function of the human immune system and its role in health and disease. It will be of interest to students who wish to understand how the principal defense system of the human body operates, Topics covered will include non-specific and acquired immunity, the principal cells and molecules of the immune system and the ways in which they interact to provide an immune response.

INTRODUCTORY PATHOLOGICAL SCIENCES

This module will provide the student with theoretical knowledge and practical experience of the four major specialist areas within Pathological Sciences. The student will be introduced to the roles of the various laboratories within a modern Pathology Department, gaining experience in each of the specialist areas.

PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR BIOSCIENCES

This module enables students to develop skills necessary for techniques employed in laboratory sciences. These include techniques related to microbiology, histology, biology and biochemistry. It introduces students to methods of data handling and interpretation, including numerical and graphical approaches.

APPLIED ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

This module will provide students with a thorough grounding in the anatomical structure and major physiological functions of the human body. This will be essential to students who wish to understand how the various systems of the human body operate.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

The purpose of this module is to prepare students for the study of scientific subjects and for subsequent employment. Study skills, such as time management are introduced early to enable students to learn to plan activities and multi-task whilst working effectively on a number of topics. Use of statistical software enables students to manage data produced throughout their degrees. Scientific communication sessions introduce electronic and paper based information sources and enable the development of good practice in extracting, using and reviewing information from these sources. The legal and ethical framework within which scientists currently work will also be explored.

BIOCHEMISTRY

The module will provide an introduction to the structure and function of the principal molecular components of living systems, and the actions and properties of enzymes. The first part of the module will provide a foundation for this by explaining relevant chemical concepts. Following this an investigation will be conducted into the structure, nomenclature, functions and significance of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids, in order to provide a foundation for the study of metabolic biochemistry at a higher academic level.

Year 2

BIOTECHNIQUES AND PRACTICAL MOLECULAR GENETICS

This module will provide a sound theoretical framework and practical experience of a range of fundamental techniques used in the biosciences. It will be of interest to students wishing to broaden their understanding of the techniques and methods used to analyse DNA, macromolecular mixtures and biological fluids. The topics covered will include molecular labelling, separation techniques, analytical methods and molecular biology.

THE BIOLOGY OF DISEASE

The module will provide a thorough grounding in the causes and consequences of damage to cells, increase understanding of the pathological effects of cellular injury, and explore the consequences of changes in external environment and disease on the physiology of the human body, delivered by lectures, alongside seminars/tutorials and assessed by examination, assignments and seminar.

CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY

This module will provide the student with knowledge and understanding to appreciate the role of Clinical Biochemistry in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of some common diseases. The practical sessions will provide an opportunity to develop their practical skills and understanding of the methods applied. Interpretation of the test results generated by these practicals will develop an appreciation of their significance.

CELLULAR PATHOLOGY

This module will provide the student with knowledge and understanding of cellular pathology as a specialised aspect of diagnostic pathology. It will provide in-depth information on normal and pathological aspects of organ histology and the application of routine diagnostic techniques such as processing, microtomy and staining. It will also provide a sound understanding of the theory and practice of both cytology and immunocytochemistry/cytology/electron microscopy.

HAEMATOLOGY AND TRANSFUSION SCIENCE

This module will build upon the knowledge and practical experience from Introductory Pathological Sciences. The roles of the haematology laboratory and hospital transfusion laboratory in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease will be made apparent.

CELLULAR AND IMMUNOLOGICAL METHODS

This module aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical experience of culturing mammalian cells and of immunological methods, subjects that are closely related. The application of such methods will be illustrated. The module will benefit students who wish to develop their practical skills in these areas of bioscience, together with fostering an understanding of the underlying principles.

MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY

This module is designed for students who wish to develop their understanding of medical microbiology as a specialised aspect of biomedical science. It will provide in-depth information on the fundamental microbiology underlying microbial disease as illustrated by the study of infectious diseases of a range of body systems, and a range of pathogenic microbes associated with those systems.

METABOLIC BIOCHEMISTRY

This module will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the biochemical basis of living systems. This will be accomplished by in-depth study of the structure and function of enzymes and their roles in metabolism. The major pathways involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins will be studied along with their control and the contributions they make to the fast and fed cycles. The module will provide a sound foundation for further study of biochemistry, including the molecular basis of disease.

Year 3

PATHOLOGY IN PRACTICE

This module will provide students with an understanding of the integrated approach of pathology disciplines in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diseases through problem based learning. Pathological principles of the diseases and disorders of a range of organ/systems will be explored from a clinical investigative perspective.

ANALYTICAL METHODS AND APPLIED GENETICS

This module will provide students with in-depth knowledge of a range of biomedical techniques used in the investigation and diagnosis of disease. Students will be introduced to biosensors, spectroscopy (e.g. nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectroscopy, flow cytometry), separation techniques (e.g. capillary electrophoresis, 2 dimensional electrophoresis, advanced chromatographic seperations) and advanced molecular genetics techniques, together with their biomedical applications. The importance of the Human Genome Project will be discussed and students will be encouraged to consider its ethical, legal and social implications. The use of bioinformatics in Biomedical Sciences will also be investigated both from a research and diagnostic point of view.

CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY

This module will build on the underlying principles of immunology and introduces the student to the clinical aspects of the immune response. It will develop an understanding and knowledge of the immune responses in infections, allergies, tumours, immunodeficiency states and autoimmune disorders. The role of the clinical laboratory in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of immunological disorders will be covered

MOLECULAR CELL INTERACTIONS

This module explores the molecular events that underpin cellular communication and serve to maintain cellular homeostasis. These signalling events often involve a chain of protein to protein interactions which, when modified due to factors such as toxicity or mutation, lead to disease processes. Alongside the induction of pathogenesis the module explains how recent advances in biochemical, molecular or pharmacological therapies can be used to combat human disease.

RESEARCH PROJECT

To enable students in engage in a research project and to present their evaluation of the relevant primary literature and their own findings in a written report. Laboratory and/or computer based work will provide the students with the appropriate practical skills and independent and directed learning will be used to facilitate literature evaluation.

SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE REVIEW

This module will be the main opportunity for students to investigate the literature on a topic of their own choice, selected under guidance from their supervisor, and to present their evaluation of the literature orally and in a written report. Independent and directed learning will be used to facilitate literature evaluation.

Profile of lecturers and their respective teaching models

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 100 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 30 (tutorial)

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Structure and Duration


Full-time Programme

  • Completion in 36 months 
  • 20 modules and 1 research project

Class Commencement for 2017 

Course Commencement Date
Full-time programme Apr2017
  Oct 2017

Fees:

: : Application Fee       S$321.00

: : Tuition Fees*           S$41,730.00

* Tuition fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
- Non-tuition fees are not included.

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 17 and above, and meet at least ONE of the following requirements:

Year 1 entry:

  • International Foundation Diploma in Biomedical Science OR
  • GCE ‘A’ Level, in science stream subjects (Grades BBB, with B in Biology) OR
  • Life-Science related diplomas from local polytechnics (GPA 2.0 to 2.49) OR
  • Other PEI's foundation qualifications related to science with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education

Year 2 entry:

  • Life-Sciences related diplomas from local polytechnics (GPA 2.5 & above)

 

English Language Requirements:

  • Achieve a minimum of band 6.0 in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

 

 

Student Pass Application

International student is required to apply for student pass if he/she wishes to study full-time in Singapore. Please click here for more information.

 

Structure and Duration


Full-time Programme 

  • Completion in 36 months
  • 20 modules and 1 research project

For Advanced Standing (Year 2 Entry)

  • Completion in 24 months
  • 20 modules and 1 research project

 

Class Commencement for 2017

Course Commencement Date
Full-time programme Apr 2017
Full-time programme Oct 2017

Fees:

: : Application Fee                 S$32.10

 

Full-time Programme (Year 1 Entry)

  • Tuition Fees                 S$39,590.00
  • Non-Tuition Fees           S$840.42
  • Total                            S$40,430.42

For Advanced Standing (Year 2 Entry)

  • Tuition Fees                S$26,750.00
  • Non-Tuition Fees         S$672.95
  • Total                            S$27,422.95

Note:

  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees and fee protection scheme.
  • Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance and fee protection scheme.
  • The above does not include Miscellaneous Fees, which refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable.  Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by the PEI when the need arises.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be of age 17 and above, and meet at least ONE of the following requirements:

Year 1 entry:

  • International Foundation Diploma in Biomedical Science OR
  • GCE ‘A’ Level, in science stream subjects (Grades BBB, with B in Biology) OR
  • Life-Science related diplomas from local polytechnics (GPA 2.0 to 2.49) OR
  • Other PEI's foundation qualifications related to science with an entry requirement of 10 years of formal education


Year 2 entry:

  • Life-Sciences related diplomas from local polytechnics (GPA 2.5 & above)

 

English Language Requirements:

  • Achieve a minimum of band 6.0 in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 

 

 

Financial Assistance Scheme

Student loans from the organisations listed below are available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please contact the organisations directly to find out how you may benefit from their services.

 

STUDY LOANS
 

Organisation Contact Number Website
TCC Limited Tel : 6319 3700 www.tcc.org.sg
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com.sg
Maybank Tel : 1800 629 2265 www.maybank2u.com.sg

 

 

0% INTEREST CREDIT CARD INSTALMENT PLANS

For All Programmes (Available in 6 or 12 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Standard Chartered
Bank
Tel : 1800 747 7000 www.standardchartered.com.sg
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225 www.citibank.com.sg
Maybank Tel : 1800 968 2265 www.maybank.com.sg
UOB Tel : 1800 226 6121 www.uob.com.sg
OCBC Tel : 1800 363 3333 www.ocbc.com.sg
DBS Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com
POSB Tel : 1800 339 6666 www.posb.com.sg
Bank of China  Tel : 1800 669 5566  www.bankofchina.com/sg

 

For Degree and Master (Available in 24 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225 www.citibank.com.sg

 

 

 
 
QUICK INFORMATION
Duration of Course | 36 months
Award | DEGREE
  PROGRESS TO NEXT LEVEL  
COMMENCEMENT DATE  
 
Class Intake for 2017

Full-time Programme
Apr, Oct
CONTACT DETAILS  

TEL [65] 6247 9111/6372 1000
 

 

Local Enquiries
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+65 6247 9111
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+65 6278 8000
International Enquiries