Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBMS)

Biomedical Sciences is a rapidly advancing field where newer discoveries and technological inventions are a constant feature. Newer technologies require newer skills and competencies. College of Medicine, with a view to cater to this demand for trained technologists and researchers, started the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences [BBMS] program in the year 2014.

BBMS program is innovative and best suited for students who are interested in Biomedical sciences and are planning a future in Clinical Laboratories/ Medical diagnostics/ Healthcare/ Life science industry or aspire to do cutting-edge Biomedical Research.

BBMS program is of 4-year duration with program learning outcomes aligned to Level 7 of the National Qualifications Framework – QF Emirates and to the Quality Code for Higher Education Subject Benchmark Statement for Biomedical Sciences, UK. The program is currently being accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, UK.

The program has well designed courses which lay a strong foundation in biomedical and clinical laboratory sciences with a good mix of theory and hands-on practical sessions.
All students are encouraged to take elective training within the country and abroad during their summer and winter breaks in either research or diagnostic laboratories as per their interest and choice. Students are posted in the  CAP-accredited diagnostic and referral laboratories of the Thumbay Group in the last semester which prepares them well for future work.

Research is an important part of the program. Students do a mandatory hands-on Research Project in the final year which is facilitated by the Thumbay Diagnostic Laboratories, Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine and the Thumbay Hospitals which are all a part of the Academic Health System.

On successful completion of the program, BBMS graduates will be able to work as technologists in clinical/research laboratories or in the medical diagnostics industry. They will also be well prepared for further graduate studies in fields such as Genetics, Molecular Diagnostics, Cancer Biology, Immunology, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Public Health etc.

  • 4-year (8-semester), 128-credit program
  • Program learning outcomes are aligned to Level 7 of the National Qualifications Framework – QF Emirates
  • General education courses (20 credits)
  • Core Biomedical science and Clinical laboratory science courses 2nd -7th Semesters (88 credits)
  • Elective training in research/diagnostic laboratories in UAE or abroad during winter and summer breaks
  • Hands-on research project (5 credits)
  • Clinical laboratory placement in 8th semester in state-of-the-art Thumbay diagnostic laboratories (15 credits)

Admission requirements for BBMS program for AY2020-21

  1. The applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 years of school education.
  2. All applicants must complete 17 years of age on or before the 31st of December in the year of admission.
  3. The applicant must have passed any one of the following English Language Proficiency Tests with a minimum score as follow:
  • 1100 in Emirates Standardized Language Test (EmSAT)
  • 500 in TOEFL (CBT 173 – iBT 61)
  • 5.0 in IELTS for Academic
  • 44 in PTE A
  • B2 in Cambridge ESOL /
  • or equivalent in any other standardized internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE
  1. Applicants from various educational systems must comply with the rules listed below:
Country Education System Minimum Grade requirements as per UAE Grade Equivalence for BBMS program
UAE UAE

(Advanced or General Track/Stream or Abu Dhabi Education Council criteria)

Student should secure an overall minimum score of 70% in the 12th Grade.

(Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th, 12th Grades).

India Indian State /

Central Board (CBSE/ICSE)

Student should secure an overall minimum score of 50% in the 12th Grade.

(Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th, 12th Grades).

Pakistan Bangladesh Pakistan Board
Bangladeshi Board
Student should secure an overall minimum score of 50% in the 12th Grade.

Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th, 12th Grades).

UK IGCSE/GCE Student should have been studied all the 3 Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in O Level with a Minimum of:

·         ‘C’ in all ‘O’ level subjects and

·         ‘D’ in AS level or “E’ in A level in any of the two Science subjects

Science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

ECTS International
Baccalaureate
Student should have secured an overall minimum 24 points.

 

(Must have at least 2 Science subjects (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)

USA American Diploma Student should have secured an overall minimum score of 70%.

(Student should complete all Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th ,11th, 12th Grades).

(SAT (Chem / Math) to be completed for equivalency )

Africa WAEC

NECO

Student should secure an overall minimum score of 50% in the 12th Grade.

(Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th,11th, 12th Grades).

 

  • Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems not listed above must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% as per International Grade Conversion Table published by World Education System.
  1. Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems must submit an Equivalency Certificate of their High School certificate from Ministry of Education, UAE.
  2. Applicants who did not study the science subjects (Biology or Chemistry or Physics) in Grade 12, may register for the preparatory course offered by the University.
  3. All applicants shall be evaluated for cognitive and non-cognitive traits demonstrating their aptitude for the chosen area of study by the Admissions Committee which includes Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and personal interview.
  4. Admission is finalized on competitive basis.

The program provides the students with competencies needed for a career in Biomedical Sciences, and for further studies in Genetics, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Microbiology, Immunology, Public Health etc

Job prospects for Biomedical Science graduate include:

  • Medical Technologist* in
    • Clinical Laboratories in Hospitals and Medical Centers
    • Toxicology Laboratories
    • IVF Labs
    • Forensic Labs
  • Technologist in Research Laboratories, Government and Municipality laboratories
  • Biomedical Specialist in companies manufacturing/marketing Biomedical supplies
  • Research Assistants in R&D in Biomedical/Pharmaceutical industries
  • Journalists / Science writers in medical/health-related publications

After fulfilling requirements of respective licensing authorities.

Doha Khalil
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“Gulf Medical University has been enriching in terms of academics and research training” Read More

My experience studying Bachelors Of Biomedical Sciences (BBMS) in Gulf Medical University has been enriching in terms of academics and research training. Being an honor graduate, the years spent in BBMS have been the best concerning learning, experience and gaining exposures to fields relevant to my discipline, all due to my faculty members. This course has taught me all the relevant skills I need for independent work to progress through to become a qualified biomedical scientist by achieving international qualifications. Moreover, it has also given me adequate knowledge required to pursue my masters in Molecular Biology. BBMS has proved to be a very well executed precursor in my career growth as well as in my ambition to serve mankind.

Areej Ahsan
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“The best aspect of BBMS program was the internship during our final semester in the CAP-accredited diagnostic and referral laboratories of the Thumbay Group”
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Gulf Medical University was the first university in the entire Gulf region to introduce the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBMS) program. This program is specifically tailored for those students interested with the science of human medicine, to work in clinical laboratories, diagnostics or research. The course was systematically divided into 8 semesters with clear learning outcomes, which allowed us not only a to gain in-depth knowledge and keen insight into the many disciplines of Biomedicine and Laboratory Sciences but also helped choose our field of interest for higher studies. We also gained the necessary research skills both theoretically and practically through our thesis work.

The best aspect of this program was the internship during our final semester in the CAP-accredited diagnostic and referral laboratories of the Thumbay Group. I have been accepted into the University of Bradford for their Drug Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology Master’s program for Fall 2019.

Aaminah Mahmood
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“GMU is the first university in the region to deliver the Biomedical Sciences program” Read More

“Within a month of graduating with a Biomedical Sciences degree from GMU, I was enrolled in the United Arab Emirates University for MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. GMU is the first university in the region to deliver the Biomedical Sciences program and I can confidently say that no effort was left to make the program meet international standards. The courses taught throughout the seven semesters are meticulously designed – giving in-depth and detailed knowledge of the field while preparing students for higher studies and making them ideal for the job market. The mandatory research project is the most interesting part of the program, as it enables students to apply their knowledge in a laboratory setting and develop extensive scientific skills.”

Ayesha Rifath
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“My understanding in every field was strengthened by an exceptional group of professors and extensive hands-on experience throughout the program” Read More

As part of the BBMS family at GMU and a proud alumnus of this department, I can say that the four years of my undergraduate degree was one of a kind. Through Biomedical Sciences I was able to gain knowledge in a breadth of subjects which has constantly challenged me to look at any case from all possible angles. My understanding in every field was strengthened by an exceptional group of professors and extensive hands-on experience throughout the program that took my learning beyond the constraints of the class. I found myself able to step out of comfort zone and communicate and learn from experts in various fields through conferences, competitions and workshops hosted and collaborated by the university.

For my undergraduate research project, I worked on the “Assessment of micronuclei (genotoxic marker) in the buccal cells of shisha smokers and non-smokers.” I did my internship (final year) in both Thumbay hospitals and the Thumbay Diagnostic Lab where I was able to interact with the patient and work under supervision in all diagnostic fields. I was taught all the needed laboratory techniques; how to think in a more scientific and practical way, and how to formulate scientific questions.

After I graduated with honors, I was lucky to follow with a research internship at the Thumbay Centre for Research and Precision medicine- where I’m investigating the exposure of lung cancer cell lines to shisha extract and how it could possibly interfere with chemotherapeutic drugs. Most of the subjects (cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, statistics) I undertook have provided me with a strong foundation to work with.  This experience has exposed me to techniques and skills one would learn only later on in their careers. All I aspire now is to pursue my postgraduate studies in cancer biology and genetics and to become an essential member of a community that I could make a difference within in the future.

Zahra Khan
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“I believe I have had the best college life anyone could ever think of, and this was mere because of my friends, professors, and well-wishers” Read More

I was always passionate to study the mechanisms of biological life, apply biomedical knowledge, and promote the quality of healthcare. After completing my high school studies, I came to know about the interdisciplinary program being introduced by the College of Medicine, Gulf Medical University – Bachelors of Biomedical Sciences. During my study at GMU, I have not only gained basic sciences knowledge but also developed communication skills and personality attributes. I have served as the Joint Secretary of the College in the Student Council, and as the Class Representative of my batch for two consecutive years showcasing my expertise.

The distinguished Professors have enlightened my scientific knowledge in the best manner. The professors were quite welcoming, cooperative and were willing to assist throughout my college life. My experience at GMU is built on both theoretical and practical sessions. In the coursework, education was provided from a basic introduction to clinically applied level with hands-on experience on biomedical equipment. The College facilitated educational field trips and various on-campus activities for advanced learning than just adapted traditional learning. The exceptionally designed courses, namely Journal Club, Skills, and Research Methods; have progressed my presentation skills and scientific literature writing. the later years, clinical cases were discussed based on the medical studies and correlated with the practical life. The final semester was planned with an internship in different medical departments of the laboratory to be trained in different medical streams with routine and advanced techniques being used. My dissertation work was on the topic “Prevalence of ESBL genes in Enterobacteriaceae in Urine Samples from Thumbay Hospitals, U.A.E”, based on molecular microbiology concept. I have presented the research project in a research competition conducted by Islamabad Medical College and grabbed the 1st Position in Oral Presentation. I believe I have had the best college life anyone could ever think of, and this was mere because of my friends, professors, and well-wishers.

Currently, I have cleared the Graduate Assessment Test (GAT) in Biological Sciences & Medicine with 99.62% percentile and have secured admission in National University of Medical Sciences, Pakistan to pursue M.Phil in Molecular Medicine. I wish to be a promising biomedical scientist in the near future, Insha Allah!