In Britain’s Ocean City, University of Plymouth students find more than just a city. They find a new home.
And an idyllic, breathtaking and inspiring one too. From the vibrant waterfront to the finest countryside in the nation, there’s nothing quite like it. There’s much to love from locals and travellers alike — just ask Ikenna Ibeanusi, a MSc Biomedical Science student.
Unlike tourists, most University of Plymouth students get more than a weekend to remember at their city. They get years to discover the gems of the UK’s South West region, with seemingly something to suit every lifestyle.
Sport and leisure abound between the two counties of Devon and Cornwall — where Plymouth is ideally situated between the two — making for a place where one can snowboard or ski at the popular dry slope, cycle on moorland trails, SCUBA dive (including with sharks), and more, all in one marine environment.
At the Plymouth Pavilions arena, top bands play as up-and-coming local talent perform at the wealth of smaller venues and films screen at its two major entertainment hubs. Food, drink and shopping are just as copious in amount and diversity.
Ibeanusi lives in the midst of this of all this action — and he relishes it. “I was honestly quite pleasantly surprised when I came over to Plymouth. Primarily because I never thought I would enjoy living here so much. The sights, sounds, and people all make it really worthwhile,” he says. “From taking a dip in the sea (not for too long ideally), to taking a hike up at Dartmoor, you’ll find that it’s quite difficult to stay bored here for long. Additionally, if you miss food from home so much, there are plenty of solid restaurants around that can easily scratch that itch.”
More profound still are the people he’s met. “I’ve made some fantastic friends and there’s plenty to do around!” he says. “Make the most of your experience here, it’ll be one to remember.”
A lifetime of memories await anyone who joins the School of Biomedical Sciences. Programmes here combine exceptional clinical learning, strong social engagement and world class research. Teachers leverage engagement, experience and expertise — ensuring each student engages with their subjects through direct experience related to the “real world of biomedical and healthcare science.”
Like the city it’s based in, the school delivers the best experience possible during your time at university, whichever programme you choose. These four Bachelor of Science programmes set to uncover new passions and dive deep into what you love — the perfect stepping stone to secure the future you deserve.
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
This three-year programme addresses the scientific basis for human health, disease and therapeutics.
In the first year, students master the foundation in topics like human anatomy, pathology, disease, metabolism and immunity, among others. A deeper understanding of core biomedical disciplines, with an emphasis on the scientific understanding of pathological processes and diagnostic practice, follows in the second year. Students can then choose to apply for a six-month or 12-month Industrial or NHS placement in their last year.It’s a journey that tackles today’s most challenging healthcare issues, through research-informed teaching and active, real-world learning.
BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology
If you seek to explore the study, diagnosis and treatment of cardiac function and impacts on the human body, then this is the programme for you.
First-year students can expect to learn the basic science underpinnings of modern disease diagnostics, evaluation and treatment. Using different techniques and methodologies in this field is critical and year two is where students will master this.
The last two years then see students spending a minimum of 40 weeks undertaking full-time clinical work in a cardiology department and completing a research project of their choice, applying everything they have learnt so far.
Key features of this programme include well-equipped laboratories and the ability to learn from professionals on the job at the Major Trauma Centre for the southwest of England.
BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences
Enhanced by links with expert researchers from different fields, opportunities include optional elements of psychology or nutrition at each stage of the programme, a strong international reputation in translational research and significant financial investment in laboratory infrastructure — students can expect these and more in the BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences programme.
As they develop skills and knowledge across the spectrum of subject disciplines, students will answer key questions relating to human biology, health and disease. It’s an “intellectually stimulating” programme, as reported by 100% of students in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020.
BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise & Health
From potentially facilitating top sportsmen and women to helping neighbours and members of your community to lead better, healthier lifestyles, Nutrition, Exercise & Health (NEH) has it all. Combining a solid knowledge base with the opportunity to earn a Level 3 Personal Trainer award, NEH will set you on the road to maximising your potential to make the world a better, fitter, healthier place to live.
You will learn alongside colleagues from different disciplines and schools, unpacking the importance of good nutrition and its relationship to health. Build on this with practical work to understand the science behind daily food choices such as nutrition labelling, composition of food products and devising menus for schools, weight loss companies and hospitals.
Choose the NEH, and you can grab the opportunity to go on placement, opening you up to further qualifications in physiotherapy or cardiac rehabilitation. NEH will help you see how what you do feeds directly into the wider healthcare provision and unlock your potential today.
What are you waiting for? Start making a difference today with a University of Plymouth degree. Learn how you can apply to join the School of Biomedical Sciences here.
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