Hannah, Applied Biomedical Science Student

My name's Hannah and I'm a fourth-year student at Glasgow Caledonian University studying Applied Biomedical Science.

What motivated you to study Applied Biomedical Science?

When I was at school, to be able to do this degree, I studied all three sciences. I did Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as English and Maths, and some other studies that I enjoyed as well, like Modern Studies and German.

My initial interest in Biomedical Science came from my love of science when I was at school. It was my favourite subject and I knew that when I was applying to university, it was something that I wanted to do.

I went to open days to learn a bit more about all the different degree programmes you could do in science, because there are so many. To me, Biomedical Science just stood out, because there is so much that you can do within it. It gives you the opportunity to work in so many different disciplines and in different job roles. If you want to work in a lab, you can do so, but you can work in so many different areas. In science, where things are constantly changing and evolving, that is something that is so important. No two days are the same and there's always something interesting happening.

What’s a typical day like for you as a student of Applied Biomedical Science?

The degree course is challenging. I'm going into my fourth year now. I go to lectures and tutorials, and other practical lab classes as well. So, we have a pretty full-on schedule. You have a lot of notes and things to remember, but I absolutely love it and I've enjoyed it so much.

The accredited degree was a good route to go down. Whilst I was on my placement, I was able to complete my Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration portfolio and do my Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) verification. You have to do both of these to become a registered biomedical scientist and show you're able to practise competently. It was a beneficial thing for me to do, so I don’t need to wait until after I graduate to complete my registration portfolio. The experience of being on placement was completely invaluable too.

What do you enjoy most about Biomedical Science?

I think the best thing that I enjoy about biomedical science is the lab work, particularly when I went to go on my placement. It was completely different, compared to any of the university labs. I really enjoyed being able to work within healthcare, right at the heart of where healthcare is. Although I didn’t have any contact with patients, I was still having a significant involvement in being able to help and treat them.

What advice do you have for students who’d like to do an Applied Biomedical Science degree?

For students who want to go into biomedical science, my advice would be to do some research about the degree programmes.

I do an accredited degree, which is slightly different from the normal pathway into biomedical science. I think doing your research about all the different pathways will help you find the most suitable route for you.

What would you like to do after you’ve finished your degree?

Once I've finished my degree, I think I would like to work in a lab in a hospital. That's what I did on my placement and I absolutely loved it.

Again, you're not limited by what you can do in biomedical science. At some point, I think I'd like get some experience in a research role as well.