Medical Bioscience BSc (Singapore)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Please see below for entry requirement details.
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Available to students in Singapore

Academic content provided by Aston University academics, supported by tutors at EASB

An honours degree awarded by Aston University - choose to visit Aston for your graduation

18 month part time course with study in the evening. 4 in-takes per year

Course summary

This course is for you if you are a student in Singapore looking to study human and applied aspects of biology. Gain an honours degree awarded by Aston University supported by academics from Aston and East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), Singapore.

Entry requirements

Type of qualification: honours degree programme delivered in Singapore through a collaboration between Aston University, UK, and the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), Singapore.

Mode of delivery: Part time.

Duration: 18 months.

Start date: There are up to four in-takes to the course per year (October, January, April and July).

Format: Students with appropriate diploma qualifications will enter the course at stage 2, and will undertake 240 credits of study in an 18 month period.

Qualification gained: On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded with a BSc Medical Bioscience by Aston University.

Entry requirements: 

Diploma in Biomedical Science or related Life sciences from the Polytechnics in Singapore and Proficiency in English Language: Minimum EASB/ETEDP Level 3/ IELTS 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component. (English requirement for your consideration). Entry will be at the start of stage 2, and will be via recognised prior learning of an approved programme of study at Diploma level. Students will normally require a minimum 2.0 GPA in an approved diploma, and a GCSE in English at level C or above.

Students will normally be in employment in a relevant setting.

Fees and further information

Please contact EASB directly for fees:

Course outline

As a Medical Bioscience student, you will take six blocks of study, arranged into three 80 credit semesters. Each semester is of 6 months duration, ensuring that the course can be completed in 18 months. 

Stage 1

All students joining the course will receive approved prior learning/recognised prior learning credit for stage 1 based on previous qualifications and experience, allowing direct entry into stage 2.

Stage 2

Semester A

Block 1

Modules include*:

  • Human Physiology: provides a detailed study of the mechanisms and processes through which the body achieves and maintains homeostasis.
  • Cell Biology: provides a basic introduction to cellular components and processes involved in the birth, life and death of cells.
  • Biomedical Bioscience Key Skills: provides the student with the opportunity to develop key academic research skills in preparation for their independent learning during the course and their research project.
  • Molecular Biology: provides students with a basic introduction to the nature, properties, structure, function and replication of genes.

Block 2

Modules include*:

  • Immunology: provides the student with an understanding of the immune system as an integrated system of tissues, cells and molecules.
  • Medical Biochemistry: provides a detailed study of the application of chemical and biochemical methods to the study of disease.
  • Metabolism: provides the student with an understanding of major pathways of intermediary metabolism and their integration and regulation.
  • Endocrinology: provides a detailed study of the endocrine system, extending and developing information covered in earlier parts of the course

Semester B

Block 3

Modules include*:

  • Molecular Pathology: examines some of the molecular mechanisms involved in cell growth, differentiation, maturation and senescence.
  • Cellular Pathology: provides students with a comprehensive overview of the key concepts, techniques and current laboratory practice in histopathology and cytopathology thereby allowing students to develop an understanding of the role this discipline plays in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of disease.
  • Molecular Genetics: aims to progress students through a study of molecular genetics as associated with prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

Block 4

Modules include*:

  • Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease: provides the student with an introduction to bacterial physiology, pathogenicity, infectious diseases and clinical microbiology.
  • Clinical and Food Microbiology: provides a comprehensive view of the pathogenesis and diagnosis of infectious disease within the community and hospital setting and a study of the relationship between food and health including the scientific, technical and manufacturing factors which influence food quality and safety.

Semester C

Block 5

Modules include*:

  • Biological Basis of Human Disease: considers the basic biological principles underlying the development of diseases in humans including obesity, cancer, motor neurone diseases, growth disorders, diseases of the heart, liver, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and kidneys.
  • Applied Molecular Biology: provides students with an introduction to the nature, properties, structure, function and replication of genes and in-depth explanations of genetic engineering techniques and their applications.
  • Clinical Haematology / Transfusion: provides an in-depth study of pathophysiology of haematological disorders
  • Medical Bioscience Research Project: students will undertake a research project using the systematic review methodology.  Research projects will be undertaken on topics relevant to biomedical science practice and will address the evidence base for practice.

Block 6

Modules include*:

  • Biomedical Technology: provides an insight into the importance of tissue culture and enzymology in Biomedical Science.
  • Advanced Immunology: builds on information learnt in teaching block 2.
  • Medical Biosciences Research Project

*Details provided are intended to give an overview of the proposed aims and content in modules, they are not a complete exhaustive and definitive description of module content. 

Learning, teaching & assessment
  • We use a range of assessment methods, although the typical methods are coursework and an end of year examination.
  • Exams generally take the form of an unseen essay, short answer and multiple choice questions, and in-silico practicals.
  • Learning materials are provided through Aston virtual learning environment.
  • Students' learning is also supported by tutorials delivered by EASB.
  • Supported by new blended teaching method in EASB (we are using smart interactive boards, gamification, short videos, bite sized information under each learning outcome).
Facilities

A virtual learning environment used general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, up to date key texts, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

This course is awarded by Aston University and is delivered in collaboration with EASB. Academic content is provided by Aston and tutorial support is held at EASB.

Staff

Academic content is provided by Aston University academics, and you will also be supported by tutors at EASB. The course director on behalf of Aston University is Dr Stephane Gross, Lecturer in Cellular Biology.

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