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I'm just about to send off my UCAS form, I'm applying for Biomedical science courses but I'm unsure if it's a good career or not. What are your opinions?
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Do you have an alternative?
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I would have done medicine but I realised thats more about helping people in general and upfront contact with patients. Biomedical science is more on the research side, I love the idea of studying all the topics on the course, which is the reason why I applied for biomed. Career paths are good also, but we'll see
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Biomed is a good starting point for a biology career. The career path depends a lot on what you want to do though; whether it's the research side (which is pretty broad in itself) or the clinical side (what people traditionally see as Biomed science, running tests as part of the medical service), and also depends on the particular field you'd like to get into at the end.

The career path is broad to such an extent that there's no real way you can know what you want beforehand, some things that you'd think would be interesting turn out to be really dull and vice versa. Just keep a note on what you enjoy and what you don't throughout the degree to make a decision on the sort of career you want.
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Biomed is a good starting point for a biology career. The career path depends a lot on what you want to do though; whether it's the research side (which is pretty broad in itself) or the clinical side (what people traditionally see as Biomed science, running tests as part of the medical service), and also depends on the particular field you'd like to get into at the end.

The career path is broad to such an extent that there's no real way you can know what you want beforehand, some things that you'd think would be interesting turn out to be really dull and vice versa. Just keep a note on what you enjoy and what you don't throughout the degree to make a decision on the sort of career you want.
Nice advice, would you say that it is a course which is a step down for medics? I get a bit annoyed when medicine applicants apply for a couple medicine and 3 biomed with a medicine PS. What a couple have told me is that its easier to get into and an easier course(than medicine). Whereas I consider it to be its own course. Its irritating
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I found the course interesting, as a good deal of it is similar to pre-clinical medicine. The laboratory side of it, however, gets dull. The techniques are all interesting and exciting when first learning them, but actually working in a laboratory, performing the same routine procedures day in and day out... ugh. I would have gone insane, I think. So I'm opting for medicine. I want a balance between academics/research and people/patient contact. What you get out of it will really depend on what you want.
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Nice advice, would you say that it is a course which is a step down for medics? I get a bit annoyed when medicine applicants apply for a couple medicine and 3 biomed with a medicine PS. What a couple have told me is that its easier to get into and an easier course(than medicine). Whereas I consider it to be its own course. Its irritating
It's completely it's own course. Its focus is completely different to medicine; the role of clinical scientists and doctors are poles apart. Medical students can laugh all they like about how biomed is for medicine rejects, but with so many medicine applicants putting biomed down as a back-up choice it's a self-fulfilling prophecy created by medical applicants themselves. Comparing biomed and medicine in difficulty is taking the one-up-manship a bit far though, especially from applicants who haven't even started uni yet.

All biology courses are basically a pick and mix of the same 'pool' of modules, so Biomed is just like any other biology degree (i.e. criticise biomed, and criticise biosciences in general). Personally, I studied microbiology which shared a lot of the lecture modules with biomed (pathology, genetics, immunology, cellular biology), but I didn't do anything on anatomy or physiology like some biomeds do. Now working in a clinical science that has nothing to do with microbiology, so like I said before, the modules are more important than degree title.
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I'm just about to send off my UCAS form, I'm applying for Biomedical science courses but I'm unsure if it's a good career or not. What are your opinions?
Hey
I am also hoping to get into biomedical science and i was wondering how you found the course.
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It's completely it's own course. Its focus is completely different to medicine; the role of clinical scientists and doctors are poles apart. Medical students can laugh all they like about how biomed is for medicine rejects, but with so many medicine applicants putting biomed down as a back-up choice it's a self-fulfilling prophecy created by medical applicants themselves. Comparing biomed and medicine in difficulty is taking the one-up-manship a bit far though, especially from applicants who haven't even started uni yet.

All biology courses are basically a pick and mix of the same 'pool' of modules, so Biomed is just like any other biology degree (i.e. criticise biomed, and criticise biosciences in general). Personally, I studied microbiology which shared a lot of the lecture modules with biomed (pathology, genetics, immunology, cellular biology), but I didn't do anything on anatomy or physiology like some biomeds do. Now working in a clinical science that has nothing to do with microbiology, so like I said before, the modules are more important than degree title.
Thankyou so much for that I'm an AS student who is really interested in applying for biomedical science as I would really like to get into medical research, however people are always saying that It's just a course for medicine rejects and I'll just be seen like that even though i have had no interest in taking medicine. is biomed a limiting course though?
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Thankyou so much for that I'm an AS student who is really interested in applying for biomedical science as I would really like to get into medical research, however people are always saying that It's just a course for medicine rejects and I'll just be seen like that even though i have had no interest in taking medicine. is biomed a limiting course though?
It's a choice between depth and breadth. If you know exactly what you want to do, choosing a specialism to focus on depth makes sense. If you want to keep your options open, there's no problem with choosing a wider range of modules (within reason). Biomed is on the latter side of the spectrum. I know biomed grads who have gone into all kinds of fields, so it's not limiting.
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Am confused, can someone please help me out, I want to know the different between biomed, medicine and clinical scientists.
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If you can get the lab experience to get in the field then yes. BMS positions are highly oversubscribed but you never know in a few years when you graduate there may be more. :awesome:
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