Posted Oct. 14, 2021
Are you interested in biomedical science? If so, read on as in the blog we’re going to explore this vital healthcare role in a rapidly developing field
Biomedical Science, the study of biological issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases and conditions, is a rapidly advancing role. Bringing science to the heart of healthcare, biomedical scientists work to identify, research, monitor and treat diseases and medical conditions through testing and analysis of fluids and bodily tissue.
As one of the broader areas of medicine, with continuous advances in technology supporting medical breakthroughs and more effective treatments, biomedical science is one of the most exciting and rewarding specialities for research professionals looking to make a difference in healthcare.
The role of a biomedical scientist
Biomedical scientists will study a range of medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, aging, blood disorders and emerging diseases, and can specialise in areas such as infection science, blood science or cell science. The role provides opportunities to work in varied healthcare settings such as clinical pathology labs, pharmaceutical manufacturers and public health boards, and biomedical scientists play a vital role in a number of hospital departments including operating theatres and A&E, working with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to support the treatment of patients – according to the Institute of Biomedical Science, healthcare laboratories are involved in over 70% of diagnoses in the NHS, with Healthcare Scientists handling hundreds of millions of patient samples each year.
Collaborative role to fight the pandemic
Healthcare professions are highly valued careers, but the global prevalence of the Covid-19 pandemic has shone a greater spotlight on the importance of these roles, and how collaborative working within healthcare has helped to understand, effectively treat and help manage the spread of the virus and its effects. Biomedical scientists have played a large role in the pandemic, utilising their expertise to help understand the effects of the virus on the human body, and what treatments will support both recovery and prevention of future infections, working collaboratively with other medical and healthcare professions to overcome the complex challenges presented by the virus. Biomedical science is an expanding and exciting career path, working to improve the health, and change the lives, of people on a large scale.
Study at a Top UK Medical School
In response to the increasing demand for this vital healthcare role, Swansea University has launched two Postgraduate Taught Masters in Biomedical Science: MSc Biomedical Science (Clinical Biochemistry) and MSc Biomedical Science (Clinical Microbiology). These two new postgraduate courses are now open for January 2022 and September 2022 entry, and they have been specifically designed to develop the fundamental biomedical scientific skills and transferable professional attributes to develop your healthcare career, with opportunities to build specialist knowledge within the subject variations. Swansea University is currently ranked 1st in the UK for Medicine by the Complete University Guide 2022, so you could be joining the forefront of Medical education and innovation.
Specialised PG degrees
Let’s take a look at these two new courses in greater details.
MSc Biomedical Science (Clinical Biochemistry) will enhance your specialist knowledge of clinical biochemistry via the investigation of the function and dysfunctions of systems, organs and tissues. Your studies will cover the range and methods used for handling clinical samples, screening, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease, and therapeutic drug monitoring.
MSc Biomedical Science (Clinical Microbiology) will allow you to develop and enhance your specialist knowledge of clinical microbiology via the study and investigation of pathogenic microorganisms. You will focus on pathogenic mechanisms, public health microbiology, screening, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of infectious diseases, infection prevention and control, treatment therapies, and antibiotic drug resistance.
These taught masters degrees are open to graduates from a range of science and medical science undergraduate backgrounds, the MSc Biomedical Science degrees offer MSc and PGDip exit qualifications, as well as the option of full or part time study. As part of your degree you will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities at Swansea’s £100 million Institute of Life Science, as well as a strong working relationship between Swansea University and the NHS in Wales.
To learn more visit the online course pages or join the next Postgraduate Virtual Open Day.
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