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I have done a lot of my own research into these courses and from my understanding the modules covered at the vast majority of universities are vastly similar so could anyone offer any insight into any notable differences? Thank you!
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Biomedical science and medical science will be pretty much the same, just under different names at different universities. My advice would be to look through the modules and choose from there - no need to apply to both. Human biology will cover similar areas, but is likely to focus more on physiology etc., whereas the other two would focus more on the side of disease and treatment of disease. That said, they are very similar, so it depends which areas of the subjects you’re after. You could probably do an identical course under different names, but it seems smartest to work out what you most want to study and go for that. Hope this helps.
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I have done a lot of my own research into these courses and from my understanding the modules covered at the vast majority of universities are vastly similar so could anyone offer any insight into any notable differences? Thank you!
I have just graduated from Medical Sciences from Bangor University. Our first year with all 3 of the courses you mentioned were identical. We had the same modules. To be honest, not entirely sure on Human Biology as we only had a few students in the class but BioMed and MedSci was identical for the first year. The second-year we shared some modules, we as MedSci students started going into discectomy rooms and they were more oriented towards more lab work on the practical end. We did anatomy, physiology and they had modules such as immunology, hematology. Third-year we had no identical modules apart for the help lectures for our dissertation. They became professionals in lab works and we had immense experience in anatomy and physiology from the dissections. That was my university though and I dont know how different the others would be.
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I have just graduated from Medical Sciences from Bangor University. Our first year with all 3 of the courses you mentioned were identical. We had the same modules. To be honest, not entirely sure on Human Biology as we only had a few students in the class but BioMed and MedSci was identical for the first year. The second-year we shared some modules, we as MedSci students started going into discectomy rooms and they were more oriented towards more lab work on the practical end. We did anatomy, physiology and they had modules such as immunology, hematology. Third-year we had no identical modules apart for the help lectures for our dissertation. They became professionals in lab works and we had immense experience in anatomy and physiology from the dissections. That was my university though and I dont know how different the others would be.
This was really helpful, thank you! Do you have any idea how you’d like to use your degree in a career field?
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This was really helpful, thank you! Do you have any idea how you’d like to use your degree in a career field?
The issue with a Medical Science degree is that it hasnt got an approved institution such as BioMedicine. BioMed is often accredited by the IBMS which means you would be able to get into many lab work based fields fairly easily in comparison to MedSci although not an awful lot of difference.

Med Sci on the other hand is most appealing to students who want to go into medicine or physicians associate programmes and want to exchange certain modules for Anatomy and Physiology. What I plan on doing with my degree is to get into a masters programme in Clinical Neurology and then possibly a graduate entry medical course and as a fallback option do my PhD and become a university lecturer. I have got an offer from Sheffield for Clinical Neurology and the brain is my primary interest. You can become a biomedical scientist with an additional fast tracked course, clinical researcher on many branches, a paramedic if you decide to take the additional course.

Other options include roles such as to be the representative that connects the Pharmaceuticals, Hospitals and the Business Men. So essentially the Lab, Doctor and the Money. There are various management style roles for someone pursuing such career and they are often paid well. The fact that you will likely have modules on Clinical Technologies means that you will also have understanding on different equipment in a clinical environment. These vary from MRI's and X-rays to understanding what different coloured caps on blood sample tubes mean. This allows you to prove to any hospital board that you will be able to provide the best advice on what clinicians need and still focus on management issues.

Many of future careers can be found in the link bellow if you wish to have a look.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...dical-sciences

Feel free to ask any further questions. I am sorry but I dont know much about human biology.
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I have done a lot of my own research into these courses and from my understanding the modules covered at the vast majority of universities are vastly similar so could anyone offer any insight into any notable differences? Thank you!
I don't think you are correct in assuming the courses are much the same. Unlike a set AQA syllabus at GCSE and A level, universities have a lot more leeway as to what they teach. If you really look at the syllabus covered by the universities you are considering you will see specialisms in one uni that you do not see in another because the lecturers in the different unis have their own areas of research interest which then bleed into the course syllabus.

For example, compare the first year of the Human Biology courses at Birmingham uni and Loughborough uni [modules in italics indicate the topic is not offered in the other comparator uni].

Birmingham
- Human nutrition and metabolism
- Introduction to evolution and animal biology
- Cell biology and physiology
- Genetics I
- Fundamentals of biochemistry
- Introduction to microbiology
- Personal and academic development

Loughborough
- Biochemistry and cell biology
- Genetics and molecular biology
- Human evolution and adaptation
- Anatomy and physiology
- Lab skills for biology
- Study skills, research design and data description

If you look at the 2nd year and final year syllabus you will see how much further they diverge. Again down to the special interests of the professors in these particular unis. This is true for any uni you care to select; not just Birmingham and Loughborough.

It will be really hard for you to determine if one particular course offering suits you more than another so I recommend you aim to get into the best uni you can and study any course that interests you. If you go to a high ranked uni you will be taught by professors who are at the top of their game; world-renowned in their field.
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