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8 Top UK Universities to Study Biomedicine

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Biomedicine is a sought after degree at most medical schools. We look at the top eight Biomedical degrees, according to QS University World Rankings.

 

In the ranking of QS top 25 universities to study Biomedicine, five of those were based in the United Kingdom. In this blog we will examine these options, along with others that are well known to be a great place to study this particular course.

Biomedicine is a degree that can lead to a vast array of jobs in various fields, the most obvious choice being a biomedical scientist, working for the various employers to carry out experiments on tissue samples and help clinicians diagnose and treat diseases. You can also specialise in fields such as haematology, immunology and toxicology.

1. University of Cardiff
2. University of Oxford
3. University of Edinburgh
4. University College London
5. Imperial College London
6. University of Sheffield
7. University of Bristol
8. University of Manchester

We will take a look at the different courses at each university, the unique opportunities that each course involves, as well as the differences that students might want to consider when choosing a University.

University of Cardiff

Entrance requirements
Students will need AAA at A level with an IB score of 38 points, including 666 in Chemistry, Biology and one other subject at higher level. Students must have broad depth of work experience, dependent on the opportunities available to them. They should also fill out a WES (Work experience form) before their UCAS application.

Assessment
You will be assessed via exams, coursework and a mixture of practical and clinical work.

Why I should study here
Students studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh will partake in a five year course or an accelerated four year course for graduates. They offer a 250-hectare livestock farm and Exotic Animals and Wildlife Service provides a diverse and exciting opportunity to work with some fascinating creatures. Further to this, the university also has links to Edinburgh Zoo and African wildlife projects.
You also have the opportunity for placements after your third year within the Roslin Institute and the Moredun Institute. Overseas placements are also available at Colorado State University and on the Cornell Leadership programme.

University of Glasgow

Entrance requirements
Veterinary Biosciences: ABB at A Level, including Chemistry and Biology. 34-36 at IB
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery: A*AA at A Level, including Chemistry, Biology and preferably a third science. 38 at IB. You will also be interviewed.
Students will normally be interviewed before an offer is made.

Assessment in Veterinary Sciences

Why I should study here
Students have the choice of two different courses: Veterinary Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.
Veterinary Biosciences teaches students about the key elements that underpin modern biological sciences, with a focus on health and disease in animals. It gives students many tranferable skills and allows them to work in a variety of fields. Whist it does not provide students training to practise as a Veterinary surgeon, many students go on to that a post graduate degree in Veterinary Medicine.  The School of Veterinary Medicine also has a 190 hectare commercial farm and research centre at Cochno, 15 minutes from Garscube.

Veterinary Medicine and Surgery teaches you about the prevention of disease and treatment of animals. The course has a spiral structure, meaning that students will get the chance to revisit topics in more detail throughout the course, in a more clinical and practical way.

University of Liverpool

Entrance Requirements
AAA with an IB of 36

Assessment
The course is assessed via a mixture of written work, practical assessment and coursework.

Why I should study here
The Veterinary School at the University of Liverpool was the first to offer a degree in Veterinary Science, along with the first to be part of a university, meaning that it has a lot of experience in training young veterinary students. The course boasts two farms and three first-opinion clinics, meaning students are able to receive an equal balance in three main disciplines: Equine, large animal and small animal medicine and surgery. Intercalation and summer projects are encouraged, plus there is the chance for students to take part in the new ‘Year In China’ programme, studying at their sister University, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. They have a close connection to Chester Zoo.

University of Cambridge

Entry Requirements
A*AA with 40-42 in IB. A levels in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

Assessment
Assessment takes a variety of forms, including written essays, short answer questions and practical examinations.

Why I should study here
The course is six years, which is longer then most UK courses. This means students will stand out from other graduates, and the Cambridge BA is universally renowned. Right from the start, students receive intensive training in practical clinical skills and animal handling. Students studying at the Queens Veterinary Schools Hospital in Cambridge will benefit from five animal surgery theatres, a fully equipped intensive care unit, an equine surgical suite, farm animal facilities and a new post-mortem unit. Cambridge has interactive models and simulators for students to refine essential skills, and one of the leading cancer therapy units in Europe.

University of Nottingham

Entry Requirements
Six year foundation course: BBC with grade B in Biology and Chemistry. IB of 28 at Higher Level.
Five year course: AAB with an A in Chemistry and Biology. IB of 34 at Higher Level.

Assessment
Students will be assessed via practical tests, oral exams, ‘Objective Structured Practical Examinations’, exam condition essays and short projects.

Why I should study here
Nottingham offers a 5 and 6 year programmes, with either a gateway year, or a preliminary year building on the scientific knowledge and animal handling skills preparing you for direct entry to the five-year course. The school of Veterinary Medicine has close links with many organisations, including Twycross Zoo, the PDSA, Oakham Veterinary Hospital and the Defence Animal Centre as well as many more.

University of Surrey

Entry Requirements
Six year foundation course: BBC with grade B in Biology and Chemistry. IB of 28 at Higher Level.
Five year course: AAB with an A in Chemistry and Biology. IB of 34 at Higher Level.

Assessment
Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Why I should study here
The University of Surrey’s new £45 million School of Veterinary Medicine opened very recently in October of 2015, and its cutting edge features make it one of the leading research bases in the field. They also deliver a One Health approach to human and animal science meaning students study the interface with human health alongside animal health. Students have access to the veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and veterinary pathology facility, meaning that students gain great practical experience throughout their degree.

Royal Veterinary College

Entry Requirements
For Veterinary Medicine AAA-AAB with and A in Biology, Chemistry and a third subject. 766 at Higher Level.
You must also attend an interview

Assessment
Students are assessed throughout the course through a mix of Practical and written tests, with In-course assessments occurring in the first two years such as research projects and continuous assessment in the clinical rotations.

Why I should study here
The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Royal Veterinary College prides itself on being ‘first and foremost a scientific discipline’, which means a lot of their teaching is grounding in theory, however they try to give clinical relevance in order to show students why the course is applicable to their prospective degrees. Teaching of special species such as exotic animals, wildlife, birds and fish are all integrated within the course. Situated in the heart of London, this means students can enjoy an urban life whilst using the college farm.

University of Bristol

Entry Requirements
For Veterinary Science, standard students much achieve AAA including Chemistry and one other lab-based science. Contextual offers is AAC with As in Chemistry and one other lab-based science.

Assessment
Bristol concentrates predominantly with written work in the first four years, however there is more coursework in the final year. There are not many practical exams in comparison, and a limited amount of coursework

Why I should study here
Like Glasgow, Bristol has a spiral structure to the course curriculum, meaning that students will intensify their learning in important areas of the course throughout their degree. The themes of the course include professional skills, animal welfare and veterinary public health. The veterinary school offers state-of-the-art referral hospitals for small animals and equines, a full diagnostic laboratory service, and equine, farm and small animal first opinion practices. The campus also has a 250-acre dairy and sheep farm. Bristol asks for ‘highly motivated, intelligent communicative and problem-solving candidates’. The City of Bristol offers city living with a rural setting.

A career as a doctor is challenging and requires dedication and perseverance. There will be hurdles along the way, but remember you have a very exciting career ahead of you and that is the ultimate goal to aim for. Good luck! If you want to talk to one of our consultants about your options, we will be happy to talk to you.

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