Chun Hei Kwok – Imperial College (Biomedical Science)

What is Imperial like?
Imperial is a welcoming community.  The moment you enter the Institution, you are surrounded by enthusiastic students and staff.  One thing to note, most students are Asian, and nearly 2/3 of students are males (maybe Asian males are more into science and engineering).  Imperial also offers student counselling and mental health advice, so if you are feeling stressed about anything, do not be afraid to talk to them.
Studying at Imperial
You will never get bored at Imperial.  Imperial has over 340 Clubs, Societies & Projects that are student-led and student-run, making it one of the universities that offers the largest varieties of student-led activities in the UK.  I encourage all freshers to take part in activities they are interested in.  In your second year, you may want to step up and be one of the committee members!
I found it a rewarding experience to coordinate non-profit events and volunteering opportunities as the Vice-Chair of the Public Awareness and Social Service (PASS) Society.  I decided to take up this role as I wanted to use my experience and skills I gained at VSA to optimise the student experience here at Imperial.  Around 30 universities in the UK have a PASS society.  There are a lot of inter-school activities like charity dinner and conferences for members to attend and socialise, so I encourage any potential students to stay tuned.

 

What is Biomedical Science?  Is it a subject for me?
For students who are interested in learning how the body systems work at molecular, cellular and systemic levels, a degree in biomedical science is an option for you.  Imperial has restructured the BSc Biomedical Science programme, and is now renamed as BSc Medical Bioscience.  The new programme has more emphasis on laboratory work, and students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in a research project, placement, or dissertation due to complete in their final year.
What makes biomedical science different from other courses is that most topics we study are disease-based, from emerging non-communicable diseases to neglected topical diseases.  It is different from medicine as we do not focus on the clinical presentations, but we still need to understand the causes, prevention and treatment of a range of complications.
Many other universities do offer biomedical science course – some of them cover generic topics, while some allow you to specialise in your area of interest.  I am currently specialising in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, which includes areas like regenerative medicine, pregnancy and birth, as well as paediatric infections and allergy.  This option is suitable for students who are interested in hormone-dependent systems and cancer, embryonic development and child health.