Five reasons why you should study Biomedical Science

Aimee Clyneon 17 March 2021
Biomedical science students in a lab

Biomedical Science is a scientific discipline that explores human health and disease. Here are five reasons why you consider studying biomedical science.

It covers interesting topics

If you’re curious about how the body works and want to find out what causes diseases, you should consider studying Biomedical Science. You’ll learn about how different body systems work, how a disease affects the functioning of these systems, and how to diagnose and treat diseases. Course content varies from microbiology modules that cover bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance to pathology modules that teach you about genetic diseases and cancer. You will be privy to the cutting-edge research and technological advances that help us diagnose and treat diseases. 

Fun laboratory practical sessions

Akey part of your learning involves applying what you have learnt to practical investigations. Examples of practical investigations you may undertake include blood typing, molecular analysis, and identifying different bacteria through special staining techniques and biochemical tests.

If you enjoy learning in a practical, interactive way, you’ll probably enjoy the course’s laboratory sessions. They teach you how to perform investigative tests and utilise equipment commonly used in professional laboratories, preparing you for a career in science.

You’ll gain a variety of skills

In addition to developing your scientific knowledge, studying Biomedical Science enables you to develop a wide range of skills, including problem-solving, teamwork, data handling and analysis, organisation, and communication. This broad skill set will be extremely valuable no matter what career path you choose. 

Placement opportunities

Most Biomedical Science courses allow students to undertake a placement between their second and final years of study. You can complete your placement within the NHS, a research institute, or a pharmaceutical company. You could even choose a placement unrelated to your degree if you want to explore other career paths. This is an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience in your field of interest, which will come in handy when applying for graduate jobs. A placement will give you insight into whether a certain job or industry is ideal for you. It will also equip you with valuable transferable skills.

Multiple career options 

Biomedical Science graduates have lots of options when it comes to applying to jobs. If you become registered with the HCPC, you could work in a hospital laboratory as a Biomedical Scientist. Alternatively, you could work in forensic science, medical sales, food safety, or a number of other scientific careers. If you complete further study, you could also work in research laboratories. Due to the transferable skills gained from a Biomedical Science degree, you can also work in industries not directly related to the subject, such as accountancy or marketing. 

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Aimee Clyneon 17 March 2021