A degree in Biomedical Science can lead you down many different paths. You could combat bioterrorism, test the latest anti-frizz shampoo, develop drugs for cancer treatments or even outsmart the flu.
But how do you choose which path is right for you?
We’ve pulled together a few of examples of areas you can expect to work in as a Biomedical Science graduate.
Behind the scenes medicine
Despite what TV shows like CSI show you, Pathology isn’t all about dead bodies. Hospital Pathology labs deal with a wide range of biological samples that often need urgent processing and analysis.
Many people don’t realise that Doctors rely on these lab tests to be able to diagnose what’s wrong with the patient and decide on the best treatments. It’s the Biomedical Scientists who provide the crucial information for an accurate diagnosis.
It’s their job to analyse and get clues from specimens, then provide facts and interpretations about what could be wrong with the patient.
Work will range from routine testing to urgent medical emergencies. It can be a very high-pressured environment. For example, in some cases the patient will still be on the operating table whilst you are examining a section of a tumor that’s just been removed. You will then have to advise on whether or not the surgeon needs to preform more extensive surgery.
The role of a Biomedical Scientist can be life changing, it under-pins every aspect of the patient’s care in modern medicine.
Many Biomedical Science graduates go into medical research, either through further study or straight into industry; working on various areas of drug discovery, including cancer treatments, heart disease medication, and antibiotics. Graduates are well equipped to have a major societal impact working for institutes such as the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Bradford graduate, Imad Faghmous was part of an Ebola response group for the WHO just three years after graduating with a BSc Biomedical Science degree.
Specializing in epidemiology, he worked in Geneva looking at modelling the Ebola outbreak in Africa to help map out the spread of the disease and inform how to combat and prepare for a similar outbreak in the future.
Getting under the skin of science
You may be thinking that Biomedical Sciences are all about medicine and disease, but you’d be wrong.
It can involve testing and developing cosmetics for brands such as Boots No7 and products for Unilever or researching how the skin ages and developing anti-ageing solutions.
Bradford scientists are carrying out research into skin pigmentation to develop methods of sunless tanning and even looking into the biological composition of hair, to find ways to stop people going grey or balding.
They’re also looking at how the skin repairs itself from minor cuts to major injuries and burns.
Biomedical Science at the University of Bradford offers you five different specialities in year three, including; cancer biology, medical biochemistry, medical microbiology, haematology and medical cell biology.
However, unlike many similar courses, you don’t have to choose your specialism until the end of your second year – because who knows what they want to specialize in until they’ve tried it out, right?