Topic outline

    • Programme Specifications & Diet

    • Who's Who in Biological Sciences?

    • Biology Society & Student Representatives

    • Module Specifications

    • Recommended reading

    • Employability

      Throughout your degree you should be thinking about what the next step in your career will be and how you will achieve that step.  You also need to have an alternative plan because career paths are rarely straight forward!

      To help you find out more about opportunities open to you during your degree and after graduation, SBBS organises:

      • Regular email updates listing opportunities available to you,
      • Events for you to meet employers or find out more about your careers options, 
      • QMplus page of careers information specific to SBBS, and
      • One-to-one appointments with SBBS's Careers Consultant.

      In addition, there is the QMUL Careers & Enterprise Service which organises a range of events for students across the university.   Did you know that you can access QMUL Careers services for two years after you graduate?

      Remember: a successful career will not happen by accident and the perfect opportunity will not just fall at your feet.  You have to be in charge of your career, look out for opportunities and make your career happen.  What will you do with yours?

      • How to read a scientific paper

      • Plagiarism notes and referencing guide

      • Academic Advisor

        The role of the Academic Advisor is to provide support and guidance to help you realise you academic potential.

        You will meet your Academic Advisor during Induction week and that person will be your Advisor throughout your studies.  In the event that your advisor leaves QMUL then you will be reassigned to another Advisor.  If you are unsure of who your Advisor is, you can check your MySIS record.

        SBCS recommends that Advisors meet with their students in one-to-one meetings throughout the degree programme.  In addition, you can contact your Advisor outside of these meetings with study-related queries (note that module-specific queries should be directed to the Module Organiser in the first instance).  It's usually best to email your Advisor and, if necessary, arrange a meeting with them.

         Note that your Advisor will also be your tutor in the first year Essential Skills module (BIO100).  This will give you opportunity to get to know each other.  These tutorials also enable your Advisor to get to know your academic work so that they can write references for you when you apply for jobs and/or further study.  Students should allow their Advisor five working days to provide a reference.


        WIth your Advisor you can talk about your studies or issues that may impact on your ability to study.  Your Advisor is not a trained counsellor but they are able to listen to your concerns.  They should be able to answer questions directly related to your studies and direct you to appropriate specialised support for all other questions and concerns.  Your Academic Advisor cannot take responsibility for, or solve, your problems - but they should be able to listen to you and provide you with support and guidance.


        In the first instance, you will usually speak with your Academic Advisor.  However, there may be situations where you want to contact a Programme Tutor.  For example, you may have an issue relating to your Academic Advisor, or your Academic Advisor may be away from QMUL and unable to deal with an urgent and/or serious issue.  In Biomedical Sciences we have several Programme Tutors:

        • Dr Jayne Dennis
        • Dr Chris Faulkes
        • Dr Paul Hurd
        • Dr Joanne Littlefair

        • Peer Assisted Study Support

          PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) is a programme RUN BY STUDENTS, FOR STUDENTS!

          PASS mentors cover a broad range of SBCS subjects and are here to help you overcome your daily academic struggles (and non-academic as well). We can provide some insight into how you can survive the year (whether you’re a 1st year that needs help easing into uni life or a 2nd year panicking over essay writing under exam conditions etc…)

          Come along to a session and discover how they can help you succeed! 

        • Dyslexia and Disability services

          Queen Mary has a central Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) that offers support for all students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and mental health issues. The DDS supports all Queen Mary students: full-time, part-time, undergraduate, postgraduate, UK and international at all campuses and all sites.  


          Students can access advice, guidance and support in the following areas:

          • Finding out if you have a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia,
          • Applying for funding through the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA),
          • Arranging DSA assessments of need,
          • Special arrangements in examinations,
          • Accessing loaned equipment (e.g. digital recorders),
          • Specialist one-to-one "study skills" tuition,
          • Providing educational support workers (e.g. note-takers, readers, library assistants),
          • Ensuring access to course materials in alternative formats (e.g. Braille), and
          • Mentoring support for students with mental health issues and conditions on the autistic spectrum. 

        • Advice and Counselling Service

          Queen Mary has an Advice and Counselling Service (ACS), based in Geography Square, that offers free support for all students at all stages of their degree studies.  The full range of services offered by the ACS is detailed on their website (link below).  On their website, you will find a series of self-help and guidance booklets covering such diverse issues as adapting to life as a student at university through making a claim for extenuating circumstances to requesting an interruption of studies or withdrawing.