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Our Applied Biomedical Health degree is a programme of study that will enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of health from a biomedical perspective. Undertaking this degree at Liverpool Hope will enable you to develop a range of applied laboratory, specialist practical and transferable skills that will prepare you for future employment, postgraduate research and lifelong learning in the sciences.
Based within the School of Health Sciences, you will have full access to the multi-million pound Health Sciences Building and its dedicated and well-equipped teaching labs and research spaces. You will be taught by widely published, research-active academics, who will bring you an enhanced learning experience and facilitate your scholarly development. Small-size, student-centered teaching sessions are a feature at Liverpool Hope and you will benefit from this through greater opportunities for practical work and the application of knowledge to real-world scenarios.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
On top of teaching hours, first year students have a fieldwork placement for three days at our Plas Caerdeon outdoor education facility in North Wales.
In your first year of study, there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of usual teaching hours, you are also expected to spend approximately 30 hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.
During your BSc degree, you will have a number of coursework assessments with two exams in the summer term being taken at the end of each academic year (Years 1, 2 and 3). These exams are worth 33% of the first year and 25% of the second and third years.
Assessments are wide-ranging in design and format, enabling you as the learner to excel. Assessment types include: scientific/laboratory reports, critiques, essays, individual and group oral presentations, portfolios, case studies, and practical laboratory tests. We provide comprehensive online feedback for all coursework and future support for every piece of coursework, with the opportunity to discuss this further with academics if required.
In your third year, you will complete an independent research dissertation (worth 25% of your final year), allowing you to specialise in a particular topic of interest, whilst being guided through the process by an expert in the field.
Applied Biomedical Health at Liverpool Hope encompasses a comprehensive and integrated blend of topics focused on gaining a biomedical understanding of the human body and the factors which affect health and the manifestation of diseases.
The degree programme incorporates the various sub-disciplines of biomedicine including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, epidemiology and nutrition and these are delivered in the applied context of contemporary health issues including: aging, obesity, cancer, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
Unlike a standard Biomedical Science degree, you will also be introduced to public health and health promotion to prepare you more fully for careers in human health. Statistical and quantitative analytical skills are also developed during your studies, alongside those essential for critical analysis and data interrogation in the sciences. This will enable you to become an independent learner, fully equipped to undertake your own research dissertation in your honours year. Throughout the course, personal and professional development will also feature strongly.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
Your first year introduces you to the key disciplines that underpin Applied Biomedical Health. You will study human anatomy and physiology, chemical and cellular basis of life, ecological and genetic perspectives in human biosciences, human nutrition, energetics of metabolism, introduction to human health and body system dysfunction and disease. A significant amount of time will be spent each week throughout first year building a strong foundation of laboratory and practical skills using a range of scientific equipment.
Your first year also denotes the beginning phase of your journey in developing essential transferable skills for success in your degree and future careers.
By the end of the first year, you will also have gained skills in researching information, academic writing, problem solving referencing, numeracy and data analysis.
Your second year builds on an understanding of the functional and regulatory physiology of key systems of the human body and how they are altered through poor health and disease.
You will study the epidemiology and biology of contemporary diseases and the factors that may positively influence them including environmental factors, nutrition, sleep and physical activity. You will also learn about the psychology of health, behavior change and health education/promotion strategies in order to develop a strong breadth of applied biomedical health perspectives from which to specialise at Honours Level.
You will continue to extend your practical development of laboratory and practical skills, including measurement and data interpretation, and will study research methods/statistics to prepare you for the Honours level research project.
In your third year, you will study in detail biomedical disciplines applied to special populations and the assessment, treatment and prevention of disease from a mechanistic and applied-health perspective. You will have the opportunity for specialism in particular disciplines through ‘Specialist Seminar’ option choices such as Analysis of Performance (biomechanics), Clinical Nutrition and Exercise and Cardiovascular Health.You will also continue developing the more advanced core skills in applied biomedical health including laboratory and research techniques.
Two other major elements you will study at honours level will be the supervised research dissertation and advanced statistical techniques.
A degree in Applied Biomedical Health provides you with the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable graduate skills such as critical analysis and evaluation, data handling, problem solving, communication, numeracy, understanding complex ideas and arguments and teamwork, all of which enhance your future employability prospects in both scientific and non-scientific careers.
The key discipline-specific skills developed throughout the degree provide a solid basis to continue studies for a postgraduate degree in the sciences or the undertaking of a research degree.
Career paths following Applied Biomedical Health are dependent on specialisms in the final year but may typically include working in: the NHS and private healthcare (e.g. BUPA, Nuffield); clinical trial research units; research and development laboratories, community/local authority health promotion or in teaching/academia.
At Liverpool Hope, you will be supported throughout your degree through tutor and self-directed learning, allowing you to become self-aware, proactive and motivated in your academic and life goals. Therefore, our degree also opens the door to a wide range of general non-science graduate careers such as business, management and finance.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £11,400 (provisional) per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
With Foundation year, this degree is only available to study as a Single Honours course.