I spoke to one of our current students Farah Saddique, a BSc Biomedical Science student. I asked her about her time here at Salford, her degree and current university experience.
Why did you choose to study Biomedical Science?
When applying for university I was torn between Biomedical Science and Medicine. A Biomedical Scientist uses all the tools from diagnostic investigations to suggest to the doctor what is possibly the patient’s diagnosis, but it is protected in a sense because my decision would not be the final decision. The course is also very broad in its content and so leaves me with plenty of options. I knew the course would suit me as I enjoy and have always had an interest in science – this course seemed like the perfect fit.
What made you choose Salford and how will this help with future career plans?
The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science which enabled me to pursue the route to becoming a Biomedical Scientist. Provided that I get a first-class degree, my degree will be accredited.
Within my professional studies I have gained skills in training as a Biomedical Scientist, and combining this with my IBMS portfolio means that I will be fully qualified once I leave university.
Tell us what a typical day at university is like for you
I come in around 9am and I always have a room booked in the library. I have a milkshake and do some of my work, be it literature review for my dissertation or processing and interpreting data for a laboratory report. I then take a break and catch up with my friends. Go to my lecture(s). Resume studying in the library or return home depending on what time it is.
Tell us what type of work you complete on your course – practical or theoretical? Favourite module?
It is an equal amount of both. My dissertation involves a big chunk of practical investigations for the first semester, followed by mainly writing this up in the second semester. Each module has its own set of written exams, practical exams and laboratory reports where we conduct our own tests and then interpret our findings in a scientific format. My favourite module at the moment has to be my dissertation, its not as a straightforward as a text book. It keeps you on your toes and motivates you to research rather than follow a traditional reading list.
Why should prospective students study Biomedical Science?
Studying Biomedical Science not only gets you a qualification but it also provides you with starting points for other courses at university. The course also provides placement opportunities. If you don’t know what to do but you know you enjoy science and it is your strength then definitely go for it. The content of the course provides so many career routes – you don’t always have to end up in a laboratory!