How to Choose a University Degree Course: Biomed, Medicine, Biology, Pharmacy,… | Atousa

there are literally so many medicines Balaji biomed related courses and they all sound so similar so let's go through a couple of them shall we hey guys however doing so I want to make a video talking about some different kind of courses as I said that are similar to violin but there aren't quite the same so this includes things like it occurs with my laptop things like medicine pharmacology pharmacy genetics biochemistry microbiology biology there are literally so so many and I get questions from a bunch of you guys or something sighs well what's the difference between medicine and biomedical sciences or what's the difference between pharmacy in pharmacology and honestly I was confused about quite a few of these when and I would meet my options of unit reason why I wanted to study in my undergrad so I hope that if I can make this and share it with you guys and it can make some of you guys feel a little less confused so first of all let's start with medicine medicine is the course that you study and it's generally between five to six years and if you do an undergraduate it's a course where you actually train to become a physician or a doctor so as well as having the knowledge of the science and things like that you will actually be qualified to treat patients biomedical sciences on the other hand oh this isn't a title it is more based on the knowledge aspect of things and the science as opposed to the practice it generally tends to focus on how you know cells tissues organs and systems work within the human body this course is really really interesting because it's and lead you towards roots where you can develop more understanding of human diseases at Humber College and what we could possibly do to try and develop new treatments etc etc so while this course doesn't necessarily provide medical training it is absolutely crucial to medicine it's fun because without and biomedical scientists scientists during either for sample diagnostic testing the hospital and also doing the research of sorts of things couldn't actually do their jobs now another question I get quite a lot is well what's difference between biology and biomedical sciences and the main difference between that is that well biology does still involved and the human body and you know various and parts of a module that's infected today with the human body it also involves a whole range of other aspects of life so for example I've got some nutrition on my laptop here so if you want to for example go and do biology at Newcastle University it says that in your first and yes these from the modules that you will do and and these are molecular biology genomics and development which again can apply to humans but also various other and animals and plant these plant animal based interactions biodiversity and conservation and you also have a module on lab and field based sessions so I guess the difference between and this environmental scientist specifically is that when you do practical things in biomedical sciences you typically tend to be in the lab or as mythology you might go on a field trip and I don't know like measure plus or whatever it is that you're studying again a very good option if you're not interested in purely human sciences and you want to get a bit more of a wider range so the next thing I want to talk about our pharmacy and pharmacology because for the longest time I got these two mixed up and I didn't know and the difference between them and I remember often when my chemistry teachers oh like I want to go and do pharmacy and he was like why not pharmacology or video the way around and I was like I said you're not the same three hello so they're all the same thing he just looked at me like I was stupid it wasn't the greatest chemistry teacher I should say anyway so policy tends to be an accredited degree and it is where you learn the sciences of pharmaceuticals as well as being able to practice prophecy the course is typically three to four years long and when you qualify as pharmacists you are able to I guess work and policy so if you've ever been to your local boots or to any other pharmacies the people who work behind the counter have had that kind of training and are able to dispense drugs so basically to sum up if you become if you do this close and actually become registered as a pharmacist then your job will be a pharmacist Lorentz pharmacology on the other hand it's more of a research area and the whole premise behind pharmacology is learning how the body reacts to a drug and how the drug affects the body now this is a really great area again if you are interested in research and you want to learn a bit more about and for example how your body metabolizes drugs and how it brings about the effect and whether there are different ways to and optimize drugs or whether there might be like adverse side effects of certain drugs so while you will not be qualified to actually work as a pharmacist and dispense drugs you will be involved in you know the research aspects of things and again this will consist of a lot more and lab work I suppose because it is research as opposed to having to work with patients or you know people in the community the next one is genetics and as it says in the title it is the study of gene most importantly it's involved for example technologies and methods that we are developing in order to understand our genetics better because as you guys might know or may not know and but as you guys may know that our genetics plays a very big impact on certain phenotypes that we have in ourselves including diseases so by being able to understand genetic mechanisms and understand genetic expressions and learn about them we might be able to see that okay well a disease such as cancer which doesn't have one specific cause you can say well this person's genes might make them more susceptible to certain types of cancers again studying this course will take you more down a research path and you will be able to get an opportunity to do lab work and data analysis and experimental design so again if this is something you're interested in it's a really really good degree to go for and one more thing I should is that if you are somebody who you know enjoyed data analysis and you enjoy for example and biotechnology and bioinformatics genetics is a very good route to go down because it has the potential to involve a lot of respect bioinformatics because you will be looking at a lot of genes and trying to see if there are correlations between certain diseases and certain genetic expression definitely not for everybody but if you think you've got the mind for it as we look into it the next thing is biochemistry and this is I guess if you stripped back a bunch of the other things I've said biochemistry does lie at the bottom of every one of these courses that I just said but the summit of biochemistry is the study of life as a very very basic molecular level and you can range from all sorts of things from bacteria to solve the humans to anything and again I've got some notes on my laptop but some of the topics that might be involved in a biochemistry degree are things like learning about DNA replication a recombination and repair gene expression learning about the molecular basis of diseases such as cancer and other chronic diseases and the importance of application of biochemistry is do apologize my phone is beeping and I'm losing my chakra spot anyway and learning about the importance of application of biochemistry in real-world problems so for example things like biofuels or and biosensing and those kinds of things again because it's not something that I have a lot of experience in I can't necessarily tell you that much I will leave some links below although I think it is important to say that on the masters I'm giving now which is cancer research my supervisor is actually a professor of biochemistry but the biochemistry she is involved in particularly is looking at sugar molecules on cells so again if you do enjoy chemistry and this is a really great course because it allows you to combine your lot of chemistry with big stupid life now the next one is microbiology and this is the study of pathogens and microbes that are able to cause diseases it is about and I think as I said with the rest of the other modules and I guess biology is the same except you're learning about viruses and the attacks on the audience engine and again this similar to a lot of other courses can lead you down a research path to try and figure out you know what microorganisms can cause different things and how we can prevent that prevents like disease spread and things like I think it's important to note that generally a lot of the research ones that I've talked about those in pharmacology or genetics or microbiology and you know all of those kind of ones they do you have a very similar background or against a very similar backbone and very often even if you study biomedical sciences in the first year you will have an option to test out all of these modules and then in your second year decide if you want to do straight biomedical sciences or if you want to specialize into one of these specialities and in fact that's what I did in my biomedical sciences degree which I did at Newcastle I did BioMed's first year and our whole cohort was about 360 people I believe and it was mixed with people who want to do microbiology pharmacology physiology genetics picked a few more I can't remember but by the way in the second year we have the option to specialize and when you do specialize you will still come out with a BSc degree and yeah actually this is something I forgot to mention at the start so with medicine you get an actual and like a medical title with the rest of these is BSC actually I think it would be exceptions of policy and where your qualification is I think the qualification is a tenth all or maybe that's the monsters that you can get I really believe some links below but the majority of those are the exception of medicine and possibly pharmacy all theses which are bachelors of science but yes my lovelies I hope that kind of card some more bucks for you because as I said I remember being really confused myself if you enjoyed this please give a thumbs up and I will leave some links around if you want to either follow me on social media or support me overall I will do all having an amazing day and until next time yeah I'll see you


  1. I love biology and am considering to study biomedical science but in my country, it's kinda hard to find a job related to biomedical science. In fact, my father's colleague got a degree in biomedical science but ended up doing IT.. I don't know what should I study😣😣 but I love biology 😭 hope to hear your advice ❤️

  2. Hi! I wanted to study biomed but having a BTEC, I’m struggling so I wanted to go into biology as an entry route into medicine ! Do you think I will be well prepared if I decided to go into medicine?

  3. I want to work in a biotech company that does medical research related to genetic engineering what degree should I go for and question can I for example major in biomedical sciences and minor in genetics at the same time. Sorry I know it’s a stupid question

  4. Hi, I know this is an old video but I have a quick question.

    Is Pharmacology a good degree if I were to have a potential interest in becoming a cosmetic scientist? Or would you say Chemistry would be more ideal?

    Thanks xxx 🙂

  5. I’m far from going to uni but I’m interested in reproductive biology and wonder if your uni studied in it, if so could you do a video about it to help me understand int better thx x

  6. Hi. I have been looking into studying either biomed or immunology at uni and was wondering if you can still become a biomed scientist with an immunology bsc? There is also a course near me called "human biology" and I was wondering what the differences are between this and biomed besides the name?

  7. Thanks for this. I'm from Brazil and I can't find people here to give me information about the courses, so I found your channel to help me out. Even being completely different, I was able to distinguish between the courses and the role of each one! Thanks!!

  8. I'd love to study in UK , and my parents are ready to send me too. But I'm really confused which course to choose? And which course is best to study in UK , I'm from a science background ,I have finished my 12th now. Plz help me out

  9. Hi, I am exactly doing Biomed now as a first year and i also have a chance to specialise next year
    and I am thinking between an option called Pharmacology and Genetics, or specialising in Genetics alone.
    For Pharmacology and Genetics, which I can transfer from BSc Biomed, that's what i am currently doing, into the option of MSci Pharmacology and Genetics (which i am considering transferring to) with a professional placement year (PPY). Coz this sounds like a very attractive and competitive option — in four years i get a master degree as well as a year of work experience. Obviously i didn't just consider this because of it being competitive. I am genuinely interested in both Pharmacology and Genetics.
    I am just not sure if i should continue to do Biomed coz I am just good at all subs and i dont particularly hate any sub; or to do Genetics (or Pharmacology) alone, coz it might be very stressful to do pharmacology and genetics tgt, not to mention it doesn't count as a double degree.
    And the reason i am actually considering specialising is because I figured that I want my course title to be more specific than having just BSc Biomed when I graduate, be it a BSc(Pharmacology/Genetics/both) or the MSci+PPY that i am considering transferring to.
    What do you reckon I should do?
    (edit): and thanks for the video. I really feel that I am right that i honenstly like pharmacology and genetics a bit more than other subs(which is why i consider specialising/change my course title next year in the first place) after watching your video, sorta like a reassurance/confirmation!

  10. I remember watching your A-level and another older video. I was hoping you'd make more videos about applying for Biomed so seeing all these videos made me so happy. I'm applying in the next coming year.

  11. Hello Atousa, i have watched many of your videos and I really like them. There is one question that I would like to ask. What is the difference between a biomedical science degree and a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) degree? It seems to me that MLS degree is just a new name for Biomedical Science? Or are there differences in the modules? Thank you!

  12. hello am a 'o' level student i am amazed by genetics and microbiology , can i know if i get a C or B in biology and chemistry can i applied in a medical school

  13. Hello by any chance do you know about the job opportunities in Australia for a biomedical science graduate and the salary? I thought of studying biomed in Deakin from next July but have many doubts on it.

  14. Hi Atousa, I never usually comment but I just HAVE to let you know how much your more recent vids have helped me! I'm in yr12 now and I'm thinking about studying biomedical sciences at uni. I honestly never knew much about it until recently but your vids have been so Informative!
    I was hoping you'd do a video soon about personal statements for biomed at undergrad level as I've no idea about where to start for my first draft. Also about the kind of person you have to be for the course/profession? I don't really know how to explain this other than when I was researching medicine and people usually give examples about how a doctor needs to be good at problem solving or working well under pressure or communicating with vulnerable people. I don't know if any of this makes sense lol. Hopefully you get what I mean? Like what are the skills you need on a daily basis as a biomedical scientist or anything similar? I feel like thinking about this stuff would make the personal statement and interview process so much easier!
    Thank you so much if you got to the end of the longest comment ever lol, I hope you keep making videos about this stuff as your channel is so helpful for me and and my friends!

  15. Hey , I was wondering what kind of work experience did u do to get into uni ?? I'm in year 12 and I'm thinking of doing biomedical sciences what would you advice me to do?

  16. Honestly I have no known interest in any of this and yet you make it so interesting and accessible. Thank you!! I would love to educate myself more on this in a non-university-course setting haha. 🙂 Such valuable info which I'm sure is helping loads of people!! Thank you for offering all of this information and framing it in such an accessible manner! I do hope we get to meet up when I go to London; you seem so lovely!

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