Professional Studies 1


A module developing a student's awareness of their career and professional development potential in biomedical and biological sciences. Case studies will be used for PBL to introduce students to the scope of the profession. Additionally, the science of clinical trials and epidemiology will be introduced.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of the career structure and professional development aspects relevant to the Biomedical Science degree, together with an introduction to medical research.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of career structure & professional development opportunites open to graduates of biomedical science programmes. 

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the funding & commerce of biomedical & biological sciences. 

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the role of professional bodies relevant to CPD in biomedical & biological sciences.

4.  Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of clinical studies and epidemiology in the context of medicine and bioscience. 

Indicative Content

1 Professional Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Structure & activity of Institutes & Learned Societies associated with CPD in biomedical & biological sciences. Statutory obligations of membership of such organisations. Public, academic & private sector structure and function. 

2 Laboratory Management

Good laboratory management & practice. Health & Safety issues. Professional development in science laboratories. 


Career structures and development opportunities in health, academic & industrial contexts. 

4 Clinical Trials and Epidemiology

Introduction to clinical trials and epidemiological concepts. Types of study, including case control studies, cohort studies, cross-sectional, randomised control trials. Error and bias. Evaluation of strategies to treat and prevent illness.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students on this module are encouraged to develop their own understanding of their career potential and options. This is achieved via a seminar series aimed at introducing the students to their career options in academic, industrial and health-related work environments. Students are required to develop a student-led portfolio of pertinent material, which will be assessed. This portfolio is based on the student's own literature review and negates the requirement for a supportive reading list. This module is designed to make a significant contribution to the development of graduate attributes and PDP in particular. The clinical studies and epidemiology assignment is entirely separate from the portfolio, and will encapsulate a scenario-based approach.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 70
Independent 106

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.