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Hello!

This is my previous post: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2976311

After some thinking, I decided to leave sports for hobbies and study something else, which I enjoy.

While searching for information, I found out that there is also Bioscience degree. I feel like I would enjoy studying both, Bioscience and Biomedical science, but I just can't decide...

So now I am down to two options, however I am still really confused about which one to choose and the deadline is getting closer

Can someone explain the differences between these two degrees? Any pros/cons? Any experience?

Any information would be helpful

Thank you!
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Hey, just giving this thread a bump :bump: Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific university or course forum should help you get more responses. :yy:

If you haven’t already found it, then university connect is a really useful way for finding people at your course/university! You can also find a list of applicant threads and courses here.
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I've also been selecting between biochemistry, biosciences & biomedical sciences. If you look at the actual modules in the degrees offered by various unis you'll find a lot of overlap in topics covered between the three courses. Also biomed at one uni won't necessarily be the same as biomed at another. The best advice would be to look at the specific modules to help narrow down which unis offer a programme you might enjoy, from there it is relatively easy to cut more out by entry requirements, then by whether you like the campus etc. Best of luck!!!

Here's a list of what I've applied for in case you want to look at what I'm talking about with module similarities between different courses that are titled the same:

Oxford Brookes - Biomedical science
Reading - Biological sciences with industrial experience
Royal Holloway - Medical biochemistry
Southampton - Biomedical sciences
Surrey - Biological sciences
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If you are struggling to decide between biosciences/biology and biomedical, you could consider universities that allow you to transition between the two easily (generally at the end of your first year). Off the top of my head, I can only think of Durham that does this, but I know there are plenty of others. For those that don't have a clear route, it is often still possible to change. As lovali points out, there is quite a lot of overlap, particularly in the first year.

So, if you feel you have an interest in biosciences but are not sure which board area to go into, don't feel that you have to be certain about your decision when applying. There will be opportunities to change at a lot of universities.
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Biosciences (looking at the courses, it's just another term for Biology/Biological sciences) encompasses all of biology. You will learn a little bit about all biological disciplines, so zoology (animals), botany (plants), ecology (the enviroment), genetics (DNA), molecular biology (molecules), bioinformatics (more DNA) and probably other things as well.

Biomedical sciences is essentially medicine without the clinical years. You learn human biology, in short. I haven't looked at biomed too much, so that's research you'll need to carry out yourself.

Honestly, if you want to study biology-related science, but aren't too sure about where to specialise, I would go into Biological sciences/bioscience. The general first year often allows you to find out where your interests lie, and then depending on uni, you can begin to specialise in the second and third years.
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Thank you everyone!

After lots of thinking, I decided that my first choices should be broader biology. So, I chose bioscience, biological sciences, human biology Since I had to have more choices I also applied for biomedical science
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