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    I wanted to find out, which university's are best for doing Biomedical sciences in and if you think it has a lot of career opportunities or not? And what minimum requirements will be needed to be accepted.
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    I'm just finishing a top-up Biomedical course. Advice if you want to work in the NHS: get into a course where you'll get experience and HPC registration on your course, not afterwards. They're just changing the degree and I of course am doing the older one Not looking forward to job-hunting...

    I'm not too well up on what the difference is but I think the better one for working in the NHS (where you won't need further training after you graduate) is the Applied Biomedical course.
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    I wanted to find out, which university's are best for doing Biomedical sciences in and if you think it has a lot of career opportunities or not? And what minimum requirements will be needed to be accepted.
    You just need to do a course that is accredited by IBMS.


    (Original post by Sprockette)
    I'm just finishing a top-up Biomedical course. Advice if you want to work in the NHS: get into a course where you'll get experience and HPC registration on your course, not afterwards. They're just changing the degree and I of course am doing the older one Not looking forward to job-hunting...

    I'm not too well up on what the difference is but I think the better one for working in the NHS (where you won't need further training after you graduate) is the Applied Biomedical course.
    Why don't you try private research companies? Where are you graduating from?
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    You just need to do a course that is accredited by IBMS.




    Why don't you try private research companies? Where are you graduating from?
    I don't think any of the Russel Group universities get their courses accredited, neither do loads of other good ones.

    Though I know at the end of my (non-accredited) course I can apply to get it accredited.

    The reasoning behind it is the IBMS is simply a money making organisation and the criteria they give to get accredited are useless to anyone who is considering anything other than hospital lab work (or so we were told).
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    (Original post by 4TSR)
    You just need to do a course that is accredited by IBMS.




    Why don't you try private research companies? Where are you graduating from?
    I'm at Glasgow Caledonian - it was the nearest uni that did the accredited course. I thought that getting into research you would need more qualifications than a BSc? Tbh I still don't really know that much about it I'm learning as I go but it would have been so much better to have all this info at the start!? I'm still having to get a job outside the NHS probably, I'm trying everywhere. I don't get IBMS registered until December but I'm applying now anyway... I'm not very optimistic.

    The only research jobs I've seen are postdoctoral ones...
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    (Original post by callum9999)
    I don't think any of the Russel Group universities get their courses accredited, neither do loads of other good ones.

    Though I know at the end of my (non-accredited) course I can apply to get it accredited.

    The reasoning behind it is the IBMS is simply a money making organisation and the criteria they give to get accredited are useless to anyone who is considering anything other than hospital lab work (or so we were told).
    What jobs are you looking at for after you graduate or are you that far on yet? Do you get much experience outside uni in unaccredited courses? I might want to get into research but I don't know yet. I'll take whatever job I'm offered first and see where it leads me - it looks a bit desperate!

    And no, all the good unis who do Biomedical seem to offer the unaccredited ones, they want the better people who will be well known and reputable in research, make them look good! I wanted to go to Edinburgh uni but it doesn't do it (I'm only a top-up student)
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    (Original post by Sprockette)
    I'm at Glasgow Caledonian - it was the nearest uni that did the accredited course. I thought that getting into research you would need more qualifications than a BSc? Tbh I still don't really know that much about it I'm learning as I go but it would have been so much better to have all this info at the start!? I'm still having to get a job outside the NHS probably, I'm trying everywhere. I don't get IBMS registered until December but I'm applying now anyway... I'm not very optimistic.

    The only research jobs I've seen are postdoctoral ones...

    Why don't you do PhD? yea it is all complicated... and IBMS are just a money making institution.
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    (Original post by 4TSR)
    Why don't you do PhD? yea it is all complicated... and IBMS are just a money making institution.
    I don't want to end up with a PhD in the exact same position I'm in now - no experience, therefore no job. Plus I want to get a job first and specialise in something and see what it's like, not waste further education! I'll see what happens when I finish, 3 months to go. At least I'm getting 2 months experience now. Not much but all I have!
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    There are two types of Biomedical Science course. If your Biomedical Science Degree is accredited by the IBMS and approved by the HPC, it means that you can jump straight to a trainee Biomedical Scientist position, working for the NHS.

    If you want to go into research, being IBMS accredited isn't necessary. If you want to work the NHS, being accredited helps, but isn't necessary (there are top-up options). Being accredited is only important if you want to work as a Biomedical Scientist for the NHS.

    Here's a list of accredited courses:
    http://www.ibms.org/includes/act_dow...date-Oct09.pdf

    I don't like the idea of uni rankings, but the only university which offers the accredited course and is one of the traditional "better" unis is Durham. Though as I said, I'm not fond of ranking universities ¬_¬

    Entry requirements for Biomed vary from uni to uni; Manchester want ABB, as does Durham. MMU (offers the accredited one) wants 240 UCAS points, with 200 from A Levels.

    Varies, really. Depends on what you want! Just know that work as a Life Scientist graduate is pretty competitive.

    (I got all this information from a lecture when I was considering switching degree to Biomed. I'm doing Genetics now, so apologise if anything is wrong )

    Best of luck with your application
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    (Original post by Sprockette)
    I'm just finishing a top-up Biomedical course. Advice if you want to work in the NHS: get into a course where you'll get experience and HPC registration on your course, not afterwards. They're just changing the degree and I of course am doing the older one Not looking forward to job-hunting...

    I'm not too well up on what the difference is but I think the better one for working in the NHS (where you won't need further training after you graduate) is the Applied Biomedical course.

    Thanks to every1 who replied, i think its better doing a sandwich course so you get the experience aswell and it will make it easier to get into the NHS.
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    (Original post by callum9999)
    I don't think any of the Russel Group universities get their courses accredited, neither do loads of other good ones.

    Though I know at the end of my (non-accredited) course I can apply to get it accredited.

    The reasoning behind it is the IBMS is simply a money making organisation and the criteria they give to get accredited are useless to anyone who is considering anything other than hospital lab work (or so we were told).
    depends you could say that some of the "higher unis" know they are going to have people applying to med, or thinking about it, so gear the course that way, there are a lot of good unis that offer it as accredited, a few in the 1994 group, uni like SGUL

    is it really unless, alot of what i study is not that different to alot of non- accredited unis, ok i may not have as much hands on anatomy, but other than that, it may be a money making organisation, unis get a lot of funding, from like the NHS, hell of a lot of skills learnt and you can go onto say that some accredited uni see a lot more lab time
 
 
 
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