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Hi, can anyone specify what the difference between biomedical and biological sciences are?? ive looked at courses online however i dont feel like i fully understand, i know universities all do different courses but could anyone give me a general overview?

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Compare course structures. Generally, biomed is more human body and medical sciences based and biol is broader.
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(Original post by georgiahjohnson)
Hi, can anyone specify what the difference between biomedical and biological sciences are?? ive looked at courses online however i dont feel like i fully understand, i know universities all do different courses but could anyone give me a general overview?

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So based on my university experience, biological sciences is the broadest life sciences degree and includes the disciplines such as zoology, biomed, genetics, physiology, microbiology etc. So at my university you are allowed to pick modules from a wide range and there are practically no compulsory modules apart from the core ones that all life sciences do. So if you like a lot of areas of biology it's great as you can explore all. Biomedical sciences is more focused, so you'll study select modules that are human based and obviously medical related. If the latter is what interests you and you want a more specific degree then biomed would be best. If, like me, you want to have a more broad degree and like a few disciplines within the life sciences, biological sciences would be best. My university allows all biological sciences to move to any of the other degrees within the life sciences department up until the end of second year, in case you want to move to a specialised programme such as biomed or zoology

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I'm doing Biology and my course doesn't really do proper human biology (what I mean by that is we aren't taught things like how the heart works). Of course we do some human biology, but it's more genetics and cell based. If you didn't know the cells and receptors were in a human you wouldn't know you were doing human biology.

Like people have said above Biology is much broader and Biomedicine to more refined with fewer options. If you like learning about the human body and hate topics on other organisms then Biomedicine is probably a better choice for you. If you like most topics then Biology is probably a better choice. There are people on my course who aren't enjoying it because they wanted more human based topics so it's best to work out what you actually want to study now!

Have a look at the modules different courses offer online. You can probably find a degree with the right balance of modules for you

(Like the person above me said as well most university will let you swap between a Biology and Biomedicine course if you have the grades)
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