Biomedical science is an exciting new field with great opportunity for a challenging career. However most students seeking higher education are still unaware of this upcoming field. To those seeking a career in the field of human biology or seeking a laboratory based career with interest in research obtaining a degree in Biomedical Science would be a monumental gain in achieving life goals.
What do you study in Bio-Medical Science?
In a nutshell Biomedical Science is the study of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. A Biomedical undergraduate would essentially require an understanding of anatomy, physiology, medical biochemistry, medical microbiology, pharmacology, molecular biology, clinical microbiology and immunology to name a few.
Fields such as basic and advanced pharmacology, clinical/ systemic microbiology and pathology, applied hematology and biostatistics are the newer fields that have been added to the biomedical science degree when compared to the medical laboratory science degree, thus giving it a wider scope.
During this study programme a student
- acquires the ability to understand, critically analyze and interpret scientific and biomedical data.
- gets an opportunity to engage in biomedical research and
- be able to read scientific publications which helps in exposure to the latest research developments.
- Gets an opportunity to acquire professional writing skills to convey scientific information in a meaningful way.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Biomedical Sciences – Job Prospects in Sri Lanka
Biomedical scientists typically are degree holders and usually take postgraduate studies to further enhance their career path. This degree enables one to seek faculty positions at academic institutions, as well as senior scientist positions in industry. The category with tenured Faculty positions at universities, colleges, non-profit research institutes, and sometimes hospitals, usually afford more intellectual freedom and have time for research. In addition they are able to attend scientific conferences, compete for research grant funding, publish scientific papers and take up teaching of undergraduates.
Further the skills gained during a Biomedical Science degree helps one to embark on a range of scientific careers, discovering vital medical developments and improving the lives of others. The direct career opportunities available include Biomedical scientist and healthcare scientist in industry, research institutions and health care settings in various fields including biochemistry, genetics, haematology and microbiology.
Yet another attractive opportunity for those pursing the Biomedical Science degree is the opening of the “for-profit” industry corporations. Employment at large pharmaceutical companies or biotechnology companies can be obtained with a degree in Biomedical Science. These positions in industry tend to pay higher salaries than those at academic institutions.
How to select a Biomedical Science Course of study?
When seeking a course to study Biomedical Science, employability/ recognition of the degree is of vital importance. Most often to work as a clinical biomedical scientist approval of relevant regulatory bodies of that particular country is important. The course content, the quality of teaching, the learning environment, research activities and the facilities available are key factors looked in to by regulatory bodies. For a degree to be recognized it must integrate a basic knowledge of human biology, cellular and molecular biology and analytical techniques with the specialist subjects. High quality courses integrate aspects of clinical and routine laboratory diagnosis with a holistic view of biomedical sciences. These broader courses prepare one for a wider range of careers, including university research, government- funded research laboratories, and a whole range of careers in the global pharmaceutical and bio-sciences industries.
BSc. Honours in Biomedical science at KIU
KIU is a Ministry of higher education accredited, University grant commission recognized degree awarding institute. BSc. Honours in Biomedical science has commenced and is now taking in the 3rd Batch of students. KIU is proud to be able to award a completely Sri Lankan degree in Bsc (Hons) in Biomedical science approved by the Ministry of Higher Education recognized by the UGC. We at KIU offer a highly qualified teaching panel with a state of the art laboratory for training of these graduates.
In conclusion today, globally science and technology are advancing rapidly, providing opportunities to improve the quality of care for people at all stages of their lives. Care delivery is also changing, with new models of integrated care emerging for different care settings. Roles for the healthcare science workforce has changed as a result. Thus the urgent need to modernize scientific careers to provide competent and highly equipped staff with the right set of knowledge and skills for today and for tomorrow.
Prof Neluka Fernando
MBBS, Dip Micro (UOC) PhD (LONDON,UK)
Kaatsu International (KIU)
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