Exploration of how the body works is endlessly fascinating.
You learn about the onset, progression, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and are taught by research-active academic experts and practising Biomedical Scientists from our local hospitals. You’ll be equipped with skills that allow you to follow a professional career or to continue for further academic qualifications, such as Masters or PhD.
If you graduate having undertaken a placement year with the NHS, which we arrange for you, in one of the hospitals in our consortium you may register as an independent Biomedical Scientist and gain employment as a designated Biomedical Scientist. Alternatively, you may take a placement year in industry or spend a year abroad.
"I’m in my final year, having completed a placement in the pathology lab at Ipswich Hospital last year. The placement gave me so much experience; it enabled me to apply my knowledge like I had never done before. The rotation within the pathology labs gave me a fantastic insight into how each lab works and how they work together in a multidisciplinary nature. Being able to see things I’ve learnt in books and lectures in a practical and professional way has ingrained that knowledge and made it much easier to recall due to having first-hand experience of the processes."
"I didn’t originally plan to study at Essex; I came here through clearing. Life doesn’t always go as planned, but I believe this change was the best thing that could have happened to me, and I can’t imagine having studied BSc Biomedical Science anywhere else. I really enjoyed the practical aspects of my course, as it tied together the theory taught in lectures which showed how it’s applicable in a real-life setting. All the modules I took throughout my degree were exciting, thought-provoking and challenging. The focus at Essex isn’t just on learning, though; your career plans after university are just as important. I did a placement year working in a hospital, and this experience gave me the skills and confidence to secure a graduate job as a laboratory scientist at Antony Nolan."
Our curriculum is constantly evolving to reflect the latest findings and their applications in biomedical sciences and biotechnology, from cancer to synthetic biology. At Essex you learn in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and benefit from a research-led education, taught by world-leading experts.
"I studied both my undergraduate and Masters degrees at Essex. Studying MSc Biotechnology, I was fortunate to conduct research at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, where I learnt a lot both in terms of the science and working with people. I really appreciate the steep learning curve and independence I had with the research project. It was probably the most enjoyable time of my Masters course. Throughout my time at Essex I did two Frontrunner placements: one assisting the organisation of the Big Bang science fair, and the other researching placement opportunities and delivering career workshops for students. These experiences taught me substantial transferable skills and made me stand out for PhD interviews."
Our research covers a wide range of areas, allowing the opportunity for developing novel ideas and inter-disciplinary projects. Our research is also supported by modern, well-equipped facilities managed by trained technicians and research officers.
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