Biomedical sciences cover a wide range of scientific and allied disciplines, including molecular and cell biology, genetics and genome science, bioinformatics, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biological and medicinal chemistry, immunology and microbiology, and public and environmental health. The study of biomedical sciences focuses on the relationships between humans, health, and disease, translating biomedical applications of basic sciences to the clinical practices of health services and healthcare industry.
The 21st century is widely regarded as an age of ‘biomedicine’. With the backup of its excellent track record in biomedical research and a strong team of biomedical scientists, the Faculty offers the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) programme with the aim of nurturing graduates with broad but core knowledge in key biomedical disciplines. They will be well-trained to develop careers in areas such as research in universities, government and medical laboratories; research and development for the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical devices and laboratory instrumentation industries, and management and business development of related industries; clinical trials management; media and communication; and health promotion, hospital administration and healthcare planning. They will also have acquired an excellent foundation for articulation to medical, veterinary sciences and other health-related professional programmes through graduate entry, and for MPhil/PhD studies.
The BBiomedSc curriculum is designed with a good balance of structure and flexibility, allowing students to plan their study straddling sciences and humanities. The focus of the Biomedical Sciences core courses is to cover:
Students are required to complete a total of 240 credits of courses in the four-year curriculum, of which 96 credits are Biomedical Sciences major courses, 36 credits are Common Core courses, and 18 credits are Language Enhancement courses. The remaining 90 credits are for minor and electives.
Students will be exposed to a wide range of learning experiences, varying with courses they are enrolled in. These experiences include traditional lectures, laboratory practicals, problem-based learning tutorials, web-based learning as well as research projects.
BBiomedSc students are provided with ample opportunities to experience laboratory-based research and be trained for a career in research and development. Under the Summer Research Internship Programme, they can join the research teams of professoriate members of the Faculty, attach to the research laboratories of top class universities abroad, and work in an external agency related to field of Biomedical Sciences or in other industries in the summer of Year 1, 2 and 3. The Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme (URFP) of the University supports students in their pursuit of research and development with the provision of scholarships.
The core courses are divided into introductory and advanced levels.
The introductory courses consolidate students’ knowledge of anatomy, human biology, human physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology which are all necessary to understand the basis of human biology and processes that are essential to life.
The advanced courses provide students with a foundation in the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of human diseases, as well as strategies for diagnosis. In the last year of study, students are required to undertake a final year project. The Final Year Project constitutes a capstone experience for students, allowing them to integrate their knowledge and apply experimental and informatics skills to solve defined problems by research.
Students can plan their study with the remaining 90 credits in various manners. They may opt to take a minor and/or electives offered within the BBiomedSc curriculum or offered in other curricula. The minor options offered in the BBiomedSc curriculum include Biotechnology & Clinical Research, Genetics & Genomics, and Kinesiology.
There are also elective courses offered under the curriculum, such as Advanced Physiological Science and Biomedical Innovation Team Project.
Biomedical Sciences graduates will be equipped with practical and transferable skills applicable to a wide range of areas in both public and private sectors.
Major employment areas include research in university and government laboratories; medical development and management for the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical devices industries; and hospital and healthcare planning. BBiomedSc students can participate in overseas exchange and/or articulation programmes in the third year of study for obtaining professional qualification after graduation.