• Welcome BioMeds!

    Biomedical science is a course run by the Faculty of medicine that allows you to study medical science without doing any of the clinical placements medical students have to. It is a unique course which has many prospects with previous graduates going on to a wide range of places from scientific research to banking and from graduate medicine to consultancy roles. Many students also go on to study a specific area at a masters level and beyond.

    Year 1 and year 2 cover many core topics. In year 3 you have the opportunity to study a specialist area of medicine for the entire year. This is run in conjunction with year 4 of the medicine course and more information on the options and what they are like is available here. 

    At ICSM we work hard but also play hard and ICSMSU runs a whole array of clubs, societies and events to help you do this, so get involved with as much as possible.

    Should you be having any problems during the course there is loads of support available to you, through your personal tutor, icsmsu’s welfare officer and the welfare officer at ICU. Or if you’re not happy with something on the course you can make your view known to your year rep or myself.

    Feel free to contact me about anything and I hope you really enjoy your time here and make the most of it!

    Cyin San

    ICSMSU Academic Officer Year 4, Biomed. & Pharmacology
    e: academic.officer4bp@imperial.ac.uk 

  • Year 1

    As a fresher, you might be wondering what the first year of the Biomedical Science course entails! You will cover many modules with the medics during the first part of your first year including: Cell Biology, Immunology, Nucleic Acids and Gene Expression, and Metabolism. There will be also a separate BioMed only module which introduces you to basic laboratory techniques.

    In terms 2 and 3, you’ll cover a wide range of human biology topics. Integrative systems like Musculoskeletal and Nervous Systems will be covered in term 2 with a chance to further your learning in the anatomy dissecting rooms(my favourite part!!!!). You will go on to learn about endocrinology and haematology. Term 3 will focus on specific systems like the GI tract and Reproduction.

    Throughout the year you will also be given Transferrable Skills sessions which are not examinable but play a part in your learning. (they are honest to blog boring but important!!) These will most definitely help you pick up basic essay skills and help you with the numerous 1000-word essays you’ll get in your first year.

    Teaching is split between the main South Kensington campus and various hospitals throughout west London. But you’ll find yourself travelling to South Ken and Charing Cross Hospital more often than any other place.

    Remember that this year is only 5% of your entire degree so you should enjoy your time and not be too stressed over exams!! A mock exam will be done some time in the first term to familiarise you with the exam format. The format is quite easy to catch on and nothing out of the ordinary.

    As most of you guys will be in halls, make the most of it and make loads of friends because in the second year they are going to be hard to meet so easily!! I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy your first year in Imperial as I have been!

    Best bits of the course: – If you love human biology/lab aspect of medicine and are thinking of being a researcher, then this course is perfect for you as the Imperial course trains you towards research.

    Worst bit of the course: – Lots of travel between campuses!

    A “non-typical and very fluid timetable” of your first year









    Samuel David Tan

    Best of luck!!!

    Year 1 BioMed Representative

    Student Representatives

    Pei-ling Chay pei-ling.chay10@imperial.ac.uk Biomedical Science 1st Year Rep
    Cyin San chunyin.san12@imperial.ac.uk Biomedical Science 1st Year Rep
    Samuel Tan samuel.tan12@imperial.ac.uk Biomedical Science 1st Year Rep

    All of the course information, lectures and exam information can be viewed here: https://bb.imperial.ac.uk/webapps/login/

  • Year 2

    The second year of the new Biomedical Science course will include the following modules: Applied Molecular Biology, Principles of Pharmacology, Infectious Diseases, Biology of Cancer, and the option of Nanotechnology or Pharmacology (in more detail that the earlier module). As well as this, you will be covering Immunology with the Biology students.

    My favourite module so far has been Principles of Pharmacology. It is a well-organised course and the content is interesting and logical. The only down side was learning all of the drug names and how to spell them – I recommend flash cards!

    Year 2 involves a couple of 1000-word essays and presentations. You will also be writing a dissertation of 4000 words. You are given the dissertation titles in December and list your preferred 8 titles (in order) in January after the exams. You will be given your option by February and you have until May to write it. Not too bad (bearing in mind I haven’t started yet!).

    The teaching is split between the South Kensington campus, Hammersmith hospital and St. Marys hospital – be prepared to travel! But at least you get to see different parts of London. This year we have only had a couple of lectures at Charing Cross hospital. The teaching hours also vary: the majority of our days have started at 10am, not 9am (I consider that a lie-in!) and most days have finished well before 5pm.

    Overall, it is a really enjoyable year, but sadly it is the last one you will spend with your fellow BMS students as a year group. Year 3 is integrated with the year 4 medics, with a total of 20-40 students on each option. So, make the most of your time together as a close-knit BMS family!

    Good luck!

    Lucinda Osbourn

    Year 2 Rep

    Student Representatives

    Lucinda Osbourn lucinda.osbourn11@imperial.ac.uk Biomedical Science 2nd Year Rep
    Adela Constantinescu adela.constantinescu11@imperial.ac.uk Biomedical Science 2nd Year Rep

    All of the course information, lectures and exam information can be viewed here: https://bb.imperial.ac.uk/webapps/login/

  • Year 3

    Year 3 follows the same format as Year 4 of the medicine course. You can find more information here.

    Student Representatives

    Stephanie Mo stephanie.mo09@imperial.ac.uk Biomedical Science 3rd Year Rep
  •  [accordion auto_height=”false” ui_theme=”ui-smoothness”][accordion_panel title=”Which campus are we based at?”]In first and second year you spend 60% of the time based in South Kensington, in the SAF building. The other 40% is split between Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, and St Mary’s Hospital.In third year, it all depends on which BSc pathway you choose.[/accordion_panel] [accordion_panel title=”How many contact hours do we have per week?”]It ranges massively, depending on whether you are studying a Life Sciences module (joint with Biologists) or a module run by the Faculty of Medicine. Life Sciences modules are usually 15-20 hours a week, while weeks in the Faculty of Medicine can be more varied; anything from 15 hours, to the hectic 27 hour week of Endocrinology in Year 1. [/accordion_panel] [accordion_panel title=”What coursework do I have to do?”]First year: Human Biology is assessed with 4 essays (all 1000 words) as well as two practical tests; OSKAs. These tests involve using microscopes, pipettes, and other core skills such as labelling diagrams and molar calculations. Cell Biology and Biochemistry coursework can involve 1000-word essays, practical write ups or MCQ assessments on Blackboard.Second Year: Coursework in second year involves giving presentations, timed essays, poster design, practical assessments, PBL sessions, a Bioinformatics Project and most importantly; a 4000 word tutored dissertation.[/accordion_panel] [accordion_panel title=”What format are exams in?”]Exam papers for the previous two years should be available on Blackboard. The majority of exams are essay based, however some Life Science exams have multiple choice questions. The second-year Immunology exam contains short answer questions.[/accordion_panel] [accordion_panel title=”Should I bother meeting my personal tutor if I don’t have any personal problems?”] Yes, yes, yes!! A personal tutor is there for a reason, and regular meetings (such as once a term) can be really beneficial. They can offer advice and encouragement, and if you are nice to them they’ll be nice to you and write you a glowing reference on graduation![/accordion_panel] [/accordion]