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PippaKate
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Hi all,
I am undecided between two universities one is to do biological sciences (Leicester) and the other biomedical sciences (Royal Holloway).
I am very interested in the human side of biology like physiology, disease etc. My preferred university is Leicester since I loved the campus and the accommodation was nice, however I am interested in going into research or perhaps converting to law after my degree and wondered which would be the best degree to take?
I noticed from the course modules Leicester has modules on immunity, disease, biochemistry etc whereas Royal Holloway is all medical molecular biology which I do find interesting.
I am just concerned that the biological sciences degree would be too broad, so would I be better off putting Royal Holloway as my firm?
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If you're primarily interested in human biology, I would take Biomedical.

I did Biological Sciences, with the thought that 'At least I won't restrict myself later on', but really wish I had taken something more specific. The trouble with taking a broad subject is that it doesn't directly lead to any particular career, so if you know what you want to do you'd be better off going more in depth in a specific area. For the general 'graduate scheme' type jobs your subject won't make any difference, but if you want to go into the NHS or Pharmaceutical research, you would probably have to re-specialise with a masters if you went down the Biological route.

Check that your Biomedical course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. The advantage of Biomedical is that you may be able to go straight into the NHS as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist, to be promoted when you've attained the practical skills to get a 'certificate of competence'.

Have a read up on the role of a Biomedical Scientist, because if it doesn't interest you at all, then you won't lose much by going Biological. Obviously the main plus of going Biological would be that you don't entirely lose the ability to go down a zoology/conservation route later on, should you wish to.
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I'd say chose which ever university you think is better then decide after the first year. Many university allow switches from different biology disciplines in the first or second year.
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