biomedical science
Entry Requirements - HND
  • Passes in Biology & Chemistry in A/Ls or International Foundation Diploma in Applied Science.
  • Reasonable English ability
Course Details - HND
  • 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 : 2016
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Entry Requirements - Final Year
  • Over all merit in HND Biomedical science Programme.
  • A Merit in the Biology of Disease Module.
Course Detalis - Final Year
  • Duration - 9 months
  • Recognised by - Northumbria University
  • Intake - September
  • Lectures - Monday to Friday
  • Academic Year - 2016
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biomedical pathway

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

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

How is a Biomedical Science degree useful ? Biomedical Science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long-term career prospects including management, research, education and specialised laboratory work mainly focusing medicine. Most of the biomedical scientists around the globe work in hospitals and medical research institutes to support the work of clinicians and general practitioners while some are employed in public health and veterinary laboratories, blood banks, forensics, as well as pharmaceutical research / development.

Why study Biomedical Science ? 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. With the increased life expectancy and changing disease patterns, Sri Lanka now faces major challenges in providing health services for non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, heart diseases, and mental health disorders. To overcome this obstacle, the role of Biomedical Science and Biomedical Scientist could be effectively applied in the health sector where novel diagnostic techniques in disease identification and management could be used to improve the health sector in this country. Therefore, Sri Lanka requires biomedical programmes to fulfill the needs of the country

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science is especially designed for those who are interested in science and its practical application, related to health care and research. If you want to open up a pathway leading to Doctor of Medicine (MD) from a recognised university, a degree in Biomedical Sciences would be immensely beneficial. 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. Highly skilled Biomedical Scientists have an increasing demand in many countries around the globe to work at Universities, Research Institutes and in the Health-Care Sector.

Subjects covered in the Biomedical Science Degree programme are broadly similar to the pre-clinical components of a medical degree with the addition of Molecular Biology, Statistics, Pharmacology and Laboratory Management.

This module will enable the learner to appreciate the cell as the basic unit of life. Learners will have the opportunity to explore the structural features of cells, cellular diversity, and the growth and development of cells. The importance of the cell membrane in controlling the internal environment of the cell and in communication will be emphasised, and a study of the cell's internal organisation will be used to explain how cells can develop and perform specialized roles in multicellular organisms.

This module provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of biochemistry. It examines the chemical characteristics of some major biological building block molecules and uses these to develop an understanding of the structure and functions of related biological macromolecules. The key features of principle metabolic pathways and their relationship to each other are introduced.

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.

Final Year Biomedical Science

Module Detalis

This module provides students with an understanding of the integrated approach of pathology disciplines in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diseases. Pathological principles of the diseases and disorders of a range of organ / systems will be explored from a clinical investigative group problem-based learning. The ability to work as part of team is a key learning outcome for this module and students will make a critical appraisal of the contribution by each member of their group and how the team operated.

This module builds 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 response 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.

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), separation techniques (e.g. capillary electrophoresis, advanced chromatographic separations) and advanced molecular genetics techniques, together with their biomedical appl ications. The use of bioinformatics in Biomedical Sciences will also be investigated both from a research and diagnostic point of view.

This module explores events that underpin cellular communication and serve to maintain cellular homeostasis. These signalling events often involve a chain of 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.

To enable the students 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.

This module provides an opportunity for the 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 to literature evaluation. Students will receive weekly oral feedback from their supervisors within small group tutorial sessions.

  • Career Opportunities

    Biomedical Science 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 not only in local hospital laboratories, but also for international healthcare projects in hospitals, schools and universities to support the work of clinicians and general practitioners.

    Apart from the hospital based laboratories, career options are also available in the field of Public Health and Community Medicine as well as being involved in voluntary work in developing countries on behalf of international bodies such as the World Health Organization, or Overseas Voluntary Services. The skills of Biomedical Science could be used in communicable disease management as well as test samples of drinking water, milk and food to make sure they are fit for human consumption.

    A degree in Biomedical Science would be a stepping stone if you prefer to work in forensic science, using the latest DNA profiling and forensic techniques to help identify suspected criminals or for the National Blood Authority, which provides support to hospital blood banks and the Blood Transfusion Service or 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. Furthermore, Biomedical Scientists are also employed in other roles such as the veterinary service, university laboratories, pharmaceutical and product manufacturing.

  • 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.