biomedical science
Entry Requirements
  • Passes in Biology & Chemistry in A/Ls or International Foundation Diploma in Applied Science.
  • Reasonable English ability
Course Details
  • Duration : 18 months(Full time)
  • Recognised by : Northumbria University with Final Year entry
  • Assured by : EDEXCEL assured Diploma in Biomedical Science (Advanced)
  • Intakes : March / October
  • Lectures : Tuesday to Friday
  • Progression : Entry to the Degree
  • Academic Year : 2015
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biomedical pathway

Higher National Diploma in Biomedical Science


HND in Biomedical Science is especially designed for anybody interested in science and its practical application, particularly in health care or related research. If you want to open up a the pathway leading to Doctor of Medicine (MD) from recognised universities around the globe , a degree in Biomedical Sciences comes to the picture. In the Biomedical Science programme, the student will study life processes (structure and function of the human body) to gain an understanding of health and the methods for diagnosing, analysing and treating diseases.

Subjects covered in the Biomedical Science Degree programme is broadly similar to the pre-clinical components of a medical degree with the addition of Molecular Biology, Statistics, Information Technology, the Screening and Evaluation of New Drugs, Laboratory Management and Environmental Health.

What is Biomedical Science? Biomedical science is the application of biology-based science to medical use; be it research, health monitoring or treatment. A biomedical scientist (or biomedical doctor) is a scientist educated in the field of biological science, especially in the context of medicine. As 21st century medicine and healthcare becomes increasingly sophisticated, the demand grows for highly skilled biomedical scientists capable of performing and analysing a battery of technical procedures to screen, maintain and improve human health. Their role is to develop or improve treatments, vaccines, equipment, and techniques involving health care.

What is the use of a Biomedical Science degree? Biomedical Science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long-term career prospects including management, research, education and specialised laboratory work. Most of the biomedical scientists around the globe, work in hospitals and medical research institutes to support the work of clinicians and general practitioners, but some are employed in public health (water, foodstuffs), veterinary laboratories (disease monitoring), blood banks, forensics, pharmaceuticals research /development and, of course, basic medical research.

Why study Biomedical Science? Sri Lankan Health sector undergoes certain expansions in recent years to uplift the health facilities in the country. Over the years, Sri Lanka has achieved major gains in maternal and child health services as well as controlling the spread of many communicable diseases. Due to increased life expectancy and changing disease patterns, Sri Lanka now faces a major challenge to provide the health services for non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, heart diseases, and mental health disorders and injuries. The major obstacle for such expansions is due to the lack of Biomedical Scientists in this country. Enhancement of the health sector through applying novel diagnosing methods to identify the diseases and control the spreading of infectious disorders could play a vital role in enhancing the ailing of the health sector in this country.

Sri Lanka research infrastructure is at the forefront of new developments in medicine (especially with private health care providers) and underpins much of the delivery of medical and related training at university level. Many universities in the world offer Biomedical Science programmes to increase their scientific knowledge, and learn how to put it into practical use within medicine or related professions. Highly skilled Biomedical Scientists have an increasing demand in many countries around the globe to work at Universities, Research Institutes and the Health Sector. Therefore, Sri Lanka needs biomedical programmes at any level to fulfil the requirements of the country.

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This module provides learners with an understanding of the chemical concepts that underpin many of the other modules within the biological sciences. It is designed to cater for those learners who need the foundations of chemistry and includes enthalpy and equilibrium, organic chemistry, thermodynamics and bonding.

This module is designed to extend the knowledge and understanding of normal body systems. This module will provide the learner with an appreciation of the importance of the immune response, and will also include the basic mechanisms of immunity, the role of immune response in diseases, and the study of components of the immune system using laboratory investigations.

This module develops learners' practical skills in chemical and biochemical techniques and allows them to carry out practicals and evaluate and interpret the results. The experiments carried out will relate to various methods of analysis. Theoretical aspects of various techniques, which may not be available in the laboratory, will also be covered.

This module will enable the learner to explain the cellular processes leading to the modification and inheritance of phenotype characteristics. The role of nucleic acids in directing protein synthesis and the regulation of these processes in vivo is introduced. Methods used to manipulate genetic material in vitro are covered. This technological approach is complemented by an investigation of classical genetics relevant to individuals and populations.

The module focuses principally on the underpinning knowledge of anatomical structure and function, and physiological systems of the human body. This will be essential to learners who wish to understand how the various systems of the human body operate. The module also introduces the concept of homeostasis within the human body and the control systems engaged in the maintenance of the internal environment.

The aim of this module is to investigate and evaluate the processes involved in histology and haematology. The module will be achieved by practical experience wherever possible and is intended to develop the learner's understanding of cell biology, molecular genetics and applied biology. The subject matter will be treated broadly to serve as a base for further development.

The overall aim of this unit is to give the learner a broad grounding in the theory and practice of medical microbiology. Pathogenic microorganisms will be presented in context. For each of the major groups of pathogens the unit considers collection and transport of specimens, and isolation and identification of pathogens.

The module includes diverse topics, each of which provides underpinning knowledge for key areas of work that technicians may be required to do in the course of their duties. Key areas are laboratory organisation, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, supervision and management, and the techniques involved in supervisory management.

The learner should carry out the assignment in the workplace and the assignments should be set in an industrial context. This unit therefore differs from the project unit which should be based at the learners centre of learning. It is important that the learner has a suitably qualified industrial supervisor to co-ordinate with the academic supervisor in the planning stages, monitoring and collection of assessment evidence for the unit.

The module aims to demonstrate the important role that biochemical investigation plays in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The rationale behind routine tests such as, electrolyte measurements and metabolite and enzyme assays will be studied, with the emphasis on both the underlying pathophysiology and the contribution that these tests make to the diagnosis and to the management of the patient. Consideration will also be given to more specialized investigations in the areas of endocrinology and toxicology, including recent analytical development.

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.

This module covers the areas of pharmacology necessary for an appreciation of the rationale for drug action. Prior knowledge and an understanding of human physiology are essential. The module includes receptor theory of drug action, pharmacokinetic principles, the immune system and the manipulation of its effects by drug action.

This module is designed to introduce and or develop some of the mathematical and statistical techniques commonly used to process scientific data. In the 21 century, much data processing is performed by computer. The importance of understanding how and in what circumstances to use individual mathematical and statistical techniques and the significance of the results obtained is not diminished by the availability of computational facilities.

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.


  • Career Opportunities

    Since Biomedical Science is a continually changing and dynamic profession, it offers a fantastic variety of career opportunities with excellent promotion prospects including specialist laboratory work, expert and consultant roles, research, education and management.Once qualified, many biomedical scientists work in hospital laboratories to support the work of clinicians and general practitioners, Biomedical Science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long-term career prospects including management, research, education and specialised laboratory work. But if working in a hospital laboratory is not for you, there are many other avenues to explore. One of those is the field of Public Health and Community Medicine. The public health officers seek to improve health through the diagnosis, prevention and control of infections and communicable diseases and its scientists will test samples of drinking water, milk and foodstuffs to make sure they are fit for human consumption.

    You may decide that you would prefer to work in forensic science, using the latest DNA profiling and forensic techniques to help identify and catch wanted criminals or you may work for the National Blood Authority, which provides support to hospital blood banks and the Blood Transfusion Service or you may work for the Medical Research Institute, where you would carry out research in the medical and biological sciences to help safeguard health and combat and control diseases.

    Biomedical scientists are also employed in other roles such as the veterinary service, university laboratories, pharmaceutical and product manufacturers. If you prefer travelling, there is the opportunity for you to use your training and skills in healthcare posts and projects around the world. The skills of a biomedical scientist are highly sought after for international healthcare projects in hospitals, schools and universities. You may want to become involved in voluntary work in de veloping countries on behalf of international bodies such as the World Health Organisation, or Overseas Voluntary Services.


  • Transfer Opportunities

    Students who successfully complete HND in Biomedical Science, can transfer to Northumbria University Biomedical Science Degree which is accredited by the Institute for Biomedical Science (IBMS). It provides the education and training required to become a Registered Biomedical Scientist.