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B991 MBioSci Master of Biomedical Sciences (4 years)

Study the mechanisms of life and the underlying causes of human disease with Southampton’s MSci Master of Biomedical Sciences degree.

Our biomedical science graduates are in demand in a variety of areas of employment in medicine and healthcare-related professions, or clinical or medical research.

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Introducing your course

Southampton’s biomedical science researchers are making a significant impact on today’s society by investigating potential cures for Alzheimer’s, discovering the causes of cystic fibrosis, and improving our understanding of cancer.

Our four-year, flexible masters programme allows you to join this pioneering team who will share their expertise, allowing you to focus on aspects of physiology and/or biochemistry to research level.

In year four, you will complete an extensive laboratory-based research project in the heart of our state-of-the-art Life Sciences building.

MBioSci Master of Biomedical Sciences

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Our four year integrated masters in Biomedical Sciences is one of our most flexible programmes, allowing you to combine interests in biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience, cell biology, genetics, and pharmacology. The emphasis is on the science that underpins and advances clinical practice, rather than the technical basis of routine laboratory tests. Human disease is studied at all levels, from genetic mutations through organ degeneration, such as the brain in Alzheimer's disease, up to whole-body metabolic disorders like diabetes. The programme offers an ideal preparation for a graduate career in medicine, clinically related professions or a career in clinical or medical research.

Our staff are involved in research in the molecular basis of disease, oncology, developmental biology, neurophysiology, epilepsy, brain damage, and recovery relating to stroke, and we have exceptionally good research facilities which you will be able to access during your third year project.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

 

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Programme Structure

Biomedical Sciences is the study of the biological basis of human disease. Our integrated Masters degree in biomedical sciences allows you to focus on selected aspects of physiology and/or biochemistry to a research level. Graduates in biomedical science are in considerable demand in a variety of areas of employment. In Southampton you will undertake a balanced programme where you will gain the relevant skills and knowledge required for a career in this subject area.

Key Facts

The National Student Survey, 2018

  • 100% of MBioSci Master of Biomedical Sciences students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course
  • 100% of MBioSci Master of Biomedical Sciences students agreed that staff are good at explaining things
  • 100% of MBioSci Master of Biomedical Sciences students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Talk to one of our students about this course

Photo of Aralee Rose Ramos
I had an Internship at the end of my second year at the University’s Cancer Sciences Centre at Southampton General Hospital - that was when I definitely knew I wanted to specialise in cancer research.
Aralee Rose RamosMaster of Biomedical Science with Foundation Year, 2016

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).
GCE A-Level AAA including Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will receive additional scrutiny during confirmation of results.
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.  Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AA from 2 A levels including Chemistry or Biology and one further science subject and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics,
a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. General Studies, Critical Thinking are excluded for entry.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass with overall score of 36 points, with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6 points at Higher Level in Chemistry or Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject.

Acceptable science subjects considered include Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2016) AAAAAA to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects considered include Biology, Chemistry Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3, D3, D3 to include Biology or Chemistry and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) D* in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA in A Level Chemistry or Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Chemistry or Biology and one further science subject.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) D* in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus AA in A Level Chemistry or Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC National Diploma/ BTEC National Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Chemistry or Biology and one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Human Biology, Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking
European Baccalaureate offer 82%-84% overall to include grade 8.5 in Biology or Chemistry and grade 8.5 in one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects considered include Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE Grades A*- C in English, mathematics and science. International students whose first language is not English must have already attained the necessary standard in English, such as 6.5 in IELTS
 GCE A-level AAA. For biomedical sciences degrees, biology and/or chemistry must be offered at A level with at least one other A level science subject. A level science subjects considered include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, psychology, environmental studies, geography and geology. Exceptional candidates with only one science A level may be considered
International Baccalaureate requirements 36 points overall, 18 at Higher Level, 6 in Higher Level Chemistry or Higher Level Biology and one further Higher Level science subject.
English Language For details of our English Language entry requirements please visit English Language Proficiency
Selection process:
Intake:
120
Average applications per place:
8

Other applicants:

Applicants with alternative UK or EU qualifications and international applicants should first refer to the general entry requirements.

Intake: 120
Average applicants per place: 8

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

On this biomedical sciences degree you will be able to take certain optional modules in Years 2 or 3, you may need to have passed specified modules previously.

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory
BIOL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

You must choose CHEM1012 if you have not passed Chemistry at A Level, or CHEM1039 if you have passed Chemistry at A Level.

CHEM1012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM1039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
BIOL1007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL1006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

You can choose either BIOL1021 or BIOL1023 if you have passed Chemistry at A Level. You must choose BIOL1023 if you have not passed Chemistry at A Level.

BIOL1021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
BIOL1008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

In addition to the compulsory modules, you will take two optional modules in each semester normally taken from the choices below including a free elective from any other discipline.

Semester One
Compulsory
BIOL2046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL2046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Semester One
Optional
BIOL3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3025Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3054Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3063Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Optional
BIOL3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3048Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3052Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3055Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3057Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 4

Semester One
Compulsory
BIOL6013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
BIOL6053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL6011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6055Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
BIOL6072Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6073Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
BIOL6074Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
BIOL6077Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
CHEM6157Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6038Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6042Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6071Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6155Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
BIOL6013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
BIOL6053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL6011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6072Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
BIOL6083Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
7.5
NATS6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6076Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL6080Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CHEM6156Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Biomedical SciencesMBioSci 2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
Biomedical SciencesMBioSci2019Full-time£9,250£20,970
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

List of additional costs for this course
TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingCoursework such as essays, projects and dissertations may be submitted on line. In the majority of cases, though, students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. Students entering year 1 2015/16 will be given a printing allowance of £3 per 7.5 ECTS BIOL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts. Practical handouts and module guides will be provided by the University. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?£0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All materials required for laboratory work are provided. Where necessary, suitable specialist safety equipment will be provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingLab coats and safety spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student. If these are lost the student must replace them at their own expense. The Students Union Shop stock these items.
PlacementsStudents who choose to go on an industrial placement at the end of Part 2 can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to.
OtherParking costs: There may be a requirement to undertake work at Southampton General Hospital (SGH), for example during a final year research project. Students may need to cover costs for transport to travel to SGH or for car parking.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

On this Biomedical Sciences degree you will be helped to acquire skills through aspects of the formal teaching programme.  In the early years this will mainly be through tutorial and coursework, whilst in years three and four your project work will give you ample opportunity to further develop and practise many of the individual skills.

We take very seriously the quality assurance of our learning and teaching structures. These issues are addressed in a variety of ways by the University, and by direct engagement of student comments at every level.

You will have the opportunity to have your say on the quality of the programme in the following ways:

  •  Anonymous student evaluation questionnaires for each module of the programme.
  • The National Student Survey.

Through student representation on the Staff-Student Liaison Committee, Faculty Programmes Committee, Centre for Biological Sciences Board of Studies.

The ways in which the quality of your programme is checked, both inside and outside the University, are:

  •  External examiners, who review examination papers, moderates marking and overall results, provide viva-voce examinations if necessary, meet collectively with all students during the Exam Board period and provide an annual report to the University via the Faculty
  • Periodical Programme review.
  • Periodical review of modules.
  • Annual appraisal of teaching staff, including setting staff development priorities.
  • Peer observation of teaching and learning.

The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Review and Action Plan (LTERAP)

Each programme on this degree in biomedical sciences has a Board of Studies that monitors and evaluates all aspects of learning and teaching at the undergraduate level.  It considers the results of student feedback and takes appropriate action to remedy any shortcomings. It also considers the results of peer observation of teaching and the reports of External Examiners from comparator universities who review our assessment procedures, subject content and overall standards of assessment. The Board of Studies reports to the Faculty Programmes Committee.
 
As a leading biomedical sciences university we have a Programmes Committee that scrutinises degree programmes and their constituent modules and monitors the performance of its programmes. The University has a Quality, Standards & Accreditation Team that supports the quality of learning and teaching of all faculties. External checks are conducted periodically by the Quality Assurance Agency.

 

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study21%24%20%23%
Independent study79%76%80%77%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment71%74%73%18%
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Coursework assessment23%26%19%68%

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The Life Sciences Building

Biological Sciences Building, Highfield Campus

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