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What is it like to study Biomedical Sciences at Leeds Beckett University?

What is it like to study Biomedical Sciences at Leeds Beckett University?

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Final year student Bethany, who studies BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Micro and Molecular Biology, discusses what it is like to study Biomedical Sciences at Leeds Beckett University.

What is the course like?

A typical day on the biomedical sciences course is usually a lecture, followed by a seminar and then putting what you have learnt into practise in the lab by doing experiments.

The course is very lab based. In the first year, you explore all the different types of things you can do in the lab. There’s lots of variation, from pharmacology to biochemistry, to immunology. In your second and third year, you get to choose the modules that you want to study.

What are the lecturers like?

The thing I like best about my course is that it’s really informal, it’s not like being in a classroom at high school or sixth form – you’re really close to the lecturers and treated as an equal. They’re very approachable, supportive and always on hand if you email them.  All the lecturers’ backgrounds and degrees are very varied, so whatever area you choose to study, you always get a specialist.

What are the facilities like?

When I was deciding what uni to go to, one thing that I noticed about Leeds Beckett is that it had up to date labs, which made it stand out against other universities that had less modern facilities. Now I’m in my third year, I really know my way around the lab, where everything is and how all the processes work. You get to know the lab technicians on a personal basis and they’re always happy to help you.

What other opportunities are there on the course?

On the course you can do an optional placement year and can also take part in the study abroad scheme. There’s also the Biomedical Society, which is a great way to meet other people studying on the course and socialise. The lecturers are really helpful in letting you know what voluntary opportunities are available. Over the summer, you can get yourself out into the field doing research in labs.

I have worked with the police for a number of years voluntarily and have started to do a lot of forensic science with them, which relates back to my course. Volunteering has allowed me to apply my knowledge to the real world and helped me decide that I’d like to go into research once I graduate.

What is Leeds like as a student city?

Leeds is so multicultural, it’s lively but there are also some really nice quiet spots. Whatever you’re in to, there’s something that will suit you. In the city centre, there’s loads of places to go, from shops, restaurants and cinemas, to museums and galleries, some of which are free entry. The best thing is that nearly everywhere does some kind of student discount!

What can you do with a Biomedical Sciences degree?

The amazing thing about my course is that it’s not about being in a lab coat, doing experiments and blowing stuff up, it’s about gaining lots of knowledge so that you’re well prepared to go into a number of different jobs that involve science. From medicine, dentistry, teaching, working in the food or beauty industries to conducting research such as embryo screening and cancer research, the course sets you up to succeed in so many different careers.

You can also study Biomedical Sciences at postgraduate level at Leeds Beckett. There are lots of different options, but I’d like to do MSc Applied Biomedical Science Research and then a PhD. Knowing the labs and tutors here so well means I will be able to hit the ground running!

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