BMB Students in classroom

Dr Kirsty Flower introduces the innovative teaching methods used on the Medical Biosciences course, equipping students with the skills they will need in the workplace

Dr Kirsty Flower introduces the teaching methods used on the Medical Biosciences course
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The new BSc in Medical Biosciences at Imperial College School of Medicine brings forward tomorrow's leading scientists, providing the opportunity for them to apply problem-solving skills to critical challenges facing human health. With traditional biomedical science content redesigned to prepare students to tackle the issues of the 21st century, the course's team-based learning and 'flipped classroom' teaching methods equip students with valuable skills for the workplace.

Throughout the three years of the course, students explore scientific underpinning of medicine and related fields, and apply these to areas of research, policy and industry. Students will become future research leaders in academia and industry, policy makers or science communicators, through to technical or managerial roles, journalists, or museum curators.

In the third year of the course, students are invited to choose specialist modules that examine health problems in the 21st century, and undertake a final year project in either a laboratory or literature based research project or a work placement, for which we are actively seeking work placement partnerships.

Placement possibilities are encouraged in industry, hospitals, publishing houses, museums, charities and government agencies.

Work placement details

  • Placements run for 14 weeks
  • Placements will usually be between November-April/May (subject to minimal changes)
  • Students will be in their third (final) year during placements, therefore students will be equipped with two years of biomedical science knowledge
  • Placements will be joint supervised by the course staff and work placement line management

Further information

Information for Prospective Employers

How your company could benefit
Our Work Placement-Based Project pathway offers your organisation:

  • An effective vehicle for recruiting our top graduates – recruiting a graduate who has worked with you already reduces your recruitment and training costs and can contribute to higher retention rates
  • A cost-effective way of getting a project completed to the highest standards
  • A way to exchange new ideas, combined with fresh enthusiasm and knowledge of some of the latest innovations
  • The opportunity to encourage and invest in biomedical scientists and research leaders of the future

How to advertise a placement
We are keen to establish a network with a range of organisations whose work focuses on health challenges and/or has a strong biomedical science component, including a variety of different positions. If you would like to advertise a potential placement opportunity for our Medical Biosciences students or think you may have a placement opportunity but are unsure, then please get in touch at: to discuss in more detail. 

Terms and Job Description
Placement providers should be aware that students will need to be released from placement to attend the university for timetabled teaching during week one of Term 2 (January). Other statutory terms and conditions will also apply, including holiday leave allowance. These conditions will be part of the contract of employment agreed between the company and their placement student(s). We will need to ensure that the type of work the students will be undertaking is relevant to their studies.

To find out more please view our Placement Learning Policy.

Information for Students

Should you choose to undertake the Work Placement Based Project pathway, you will have the opportunity for 14 weeks of hands-on experience, putting your skills into real-world practice.

Career Pathway Mentoring
As a student, you will meet regularly with your tutor group and your personal tutors throughout your studies. In your second year, particularly, you will discuss the various biomedical science career pathways and how your own evolving interests and skills match these opportunities.

Pathways Electives Fairs
During the second year, you will have the opportunity to attend at least two Pathways Electives Fairs where you will be provided with further in-depth information about Medical Biosciences work placements and self-sourcing information.

Showcasing your experiences, skills and motivation for a work placement is essential in securing your desired placement. To maximise your chances, the second year of the course has structured opportunities for CV building and review via the Careers team.


What kind of companies host placement students?
Companies can be any size from multinationals to recent start-ups. Companies don’t necessarily have to have biomedical science as their main business, but will understand the value of biomedical science in a broad sense. Through the discussion with our Industry Liaison Officer, we will establish that the placement role fully meets the School’s academic criteria.

Can the placement be overseas?
We are currently particularly interested in London-based placements, however we are keen to establish a network with a range of organisations nationally and internationally. To discuss overseas placements further, please get in touch at:

How will company confidential information be treated?
We recognise that some projects may contain confidential information. As such, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) may be put in place between a company and the student, and the Faculty of Medicine.

However, the work or NDA should not prevent the student from discussing your organisation, the technologies they used or evaluating what they have learned from their work experience.