Intercalated BSc (Biomedical Science)

1 year

Intercalated BSc (Biomedical Science), 1 year

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Whether you’re studying at Leicester Medical School or another institution, an iBSc (Biomedical Science) will give you a professional advantage once you graduate from your medical degree.

Course description

Course description

The iBSc (Biomedical Science) is an optional extra year of study in which you can take a break from medical learning and broaden your horizons, drawing on the expertise of academics in the University of Leicester's College of Life Sciences. You will have the opportunity to research a biomedicine-related subject which is important to you, and to produce work which may lead to poster presentations at conferences or even publication in medical journals.

An intercalated BSc is an unparalleled opportunity for you to study something in depth without the daily pressures of the medical curriculum. You can take a step back after the first two or three years of your Medical Degree, reflect on how far you have come, and look to your future career. With an intercalated BSc you will have an additional qualification, and additional knowledge and experiences that will be to your advantage when you are applying for jobs or further training.

At Leicester we offer two different ways to study for an intercalated BSc so you can choose one that suits your strengths and aspirations: the iBSc (Biomedical Science) or the iBSc (Psychology).

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To apply for the iBSc you must already be studying for a Medical Degree at Leicester or another UK university, and must have passed all your exams before commencement.

Application is via a form on the Leicester Medical School website.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

In financial terms your intercalated year is no different from the other years of your degree so your fee will be the same as it would be if you were continuing on your Medical Degree without taking an iBSc.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

In financial terms your intercalated year is no different from the other years of your degree so your fee will be the same as it would be if you were continuing on your Medical Degree without taking an iBSc.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure

iBSc in Biomedical Science

iBSc in Biomedical Science

You will join the final year of one of our Biological Sciences degrees, choosing from a range of modules to broaden your knowledge in areas such as Genetics, Physiology, Biochemistry or Microbiology. You will also carry out a research project, which could be lab-based or more analytical in nature.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and learning

For information on teaching and assessment please visit the iBSc section of the Medical School website.

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Course Intercalated BSc (Biomedical Science) Qualification BSc Duration 1 year full-time Availability How to apply

I chose Leicester because you get patient contact from year one. This keeps me focused on what I will be doing throughout my career.


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