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I'm really really stuck on which universities I should apply to for biomedical Science.

What matters more the university itself or whether or not its accredited when it comes to applying for jobs?

Southampton and Birmingham are really good universities but they aren't IBMS accredited and as far as I know Southampton doesn't offer a sandwich placement.

Coventry, Aston and Kent aren't as prestigious but they are IBMS accredited and they offer sandwhich placements.

All lly the top unis I've looked at aren't IBMS accredited so id have to spend another year and money to get that accreditation. Then there's the HCPC approval..

so which University would make it easier for me to get a (higher paying) job? The prestigious one or the Accredited one?

You can't work in hospitals without an accreditation and they also want experience so the latter seems better but at the same time employees like to see applicants from Russell group unis..

Thanks for reading and for any replies
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I'm really really stuck on which universities I should apply to for biomedical Science.

What matters more the university itself or whether or not its accredited when it comes to applying for jobs?

Southampton and Birmingham are really good universities but they aren't IBMS accredited and as far as I know Southampton doesn't offer a sandwich placement.

Coventry, Aston and Kent aren't as prestigious but they are IBMS accredited and they offer sandwhich placements.

All lly the top unis I've looked at aren't IBMS accredited so id have to spend another year and money to get that accreditation. Then there's the HCPC approval..

so which University would make it easier for me to get a (higher paying) job? The prestigious one or the Accredited one?

You can't work in hospitals without an accreditation and they also want experience so the latter seems better but at the same time employees like to see applicants from Russell group unis..

Thanks for reading and for any replies
Hi there,

I think we might argue that we are prestigious, but we understand there is a bias towards the Russel Group. However as a system you can buy your way into the Russel Group. If you're concerned about a high paying job, we should be the right university for you, the accreditation and our in built placement year mean you should hit the ground running after you graduate. You can see here, on average our graduates earn more than those of several Russel Group institutions:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/p...-be-67750.html
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You can't work in hospitals without an accreditation and they also want experience so the latter seems better but at the same time employees like to see applicants from Russell group unis..
Just wanted to correct you on something as there seems to be some misconceptions surrounding the whole accreditation thing. Let me start just by explaining what the accreditation means. When a course is accredited it means it provides you with all the knowledge/training/skillsets required by the IBMS for you to become a Biomedical Scientist with the NHS. That last bit is important because it only affects that area of work. If, say, you wanted to do something else such as a postgrad, masters/research/PhD etc then it doesn't matter in the slightest if the degree is accredited because you aren't applying to be a Biomedical Scientist with the NHS.
Now, secondly,not having accreditation does not mean you can't work in hospitals/ as a Biomedical Scientist on the NHS. It simply means you will have do undertake a few extra modules and exams with the IBMS if they deem it necessary and complete a portfolio if you wish to work within the NHS. This is essentially to bring you up to speed with the skills and knowledge required if it was not provided by your unaccredited degree.

So long story short, accredited means you can go straight on to work in the NHS, unaccredited means you might have to take a couple extra exams and then go on to work there. If you aren't going to work as a Biomedical Scientist i.e. you're doing a postgrad or even going on to work a different job, accreditation doesn't mean jack squat.

Lastly, I just want to point out that yes, not many "prestigious" universities offer accreditation (Which just proved my point about accreditation not being essential - Otherwise how would the thousands of students coming out of prestigious universities like Oxbridge, York, Birmingham, Sheffield etc. get good jobs like they do?) However, both Surrey and Durham do offer accreditation. I'm sure I don't have to tell you Durham is prestigious. Surrey, however, is an extremely good university, and very prestigious, even though it's not a Russell Group. It's always high ranked on the league tables and is known for excellent courses and research.

I've accepted an Unconditional for Biomedical Science at the University of Birmingham this coming September, simply because I absolutely loved the course and facilities, and of course Birmingham is "prestigious". However, I also applied to Surrey, and that was my contender for Birmingham. In the end, the only reason I didn't choose Surrey was because I didn't actually like the fact it was accredited - the course was far too rigid and gave you little to no choice and flexibility on what you study and specialise in. Plus for me the accreditation didn't matter because I want to do a postgrad afterwards. However, if your heart is set on an accredited Uni, then I would say Surrey is definitely the way to go. The course is still excellent, it's accredited, the University is prestigious (and plus my sister did Nursing there - she said it was absolutely excellent and she really enjoyed her time there).

So yeah. Sorry for the essay, that's my two cents. TLDR; Go for Birmingham if you don't care about accreditation (which you shouldn't too much tbh) or Surrey if you do. (And if you choose the former, feel free to PM me about anything - since I've accepted Birmingham you can be sure I've done my research on it, so feel free to ask questions etc).

Hope this helped.
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Oh, forgot to mention Surrey offers a placement year in Industry which seems like that's what you're after, and Birmingham offers both a a placement year OR a summer research project depending on which you like and if you want to do one at all - you just apply to one course and can choose whether or not to do one at the end of Year 2.
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Also, I just realised I misread your thing and you did mention having to spend more time/money getting an accreditation after Uni if your course doesn't offer it. My bad. However, I don't think it will take you a year to get accreditation, you can probably do those exams and modules within a matter of months, you could perhaps even do it while working somewhere else.
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So I'm about 4 years late, but hey ho maybe my reply will help other people. For a bit of context, I recently graduated from University of Southampton with an integrated masters degree in Biomedical Science (MBioSci). Southampton offered a research-based degree with an emphasis away from simple IBMS-accreditation, and thus has given me the skills and knowledge to chase careers in biomedical science (through IBMS competance via an optional placement year either between 2nd and 3rd year, or by undertaking lab assistant roles within an industrial laboratory post-graduation). However, it also provided me with the core understanding of self-directed lab work which is crucial for going into post-grad research.It definitely depends what your focus is however, go see the unis and talk to the researchers and students, and go for what makes you happy.
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