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Working in the lab

We have state-of-the-art labs, technology and facilities across both our City South and City Centre Campuses, to replicate real-life facilities that you could go on to use in the workplace and to give you the best opportunity to develop practical skills while studying. 

Specialist labs at City South 

If you're interested in studying Biomedical Sciences, Food and Nutrition or Biomedical Engineering, you will spend time in our specialist labs, based within our recently extended £41 million campus at City South. These include our Biomedical Science, Microbiology and Nutrition labs. 

When you have practical sessions in these labs, you are required to tie your hair back (if you have hair long enough to tie), so please bring a bobble with you or tie it up beforehand, to ensure you're ready to go when you get to class. 

We provide white lab coats in a variety of sizes for you to wear during practical sessions, as well as goggles and gloves - so you do not need to worry about having any of these items yourself, we've got it covered. 

There is a strict policy of no food or drink in the labs, apart from food that might be involved in your studies, and there will be lockers for you to safely store all your belongings. The labs also have sinks dotted around to wash your hands before and after your sessions, as well as eye washes just in case you need to rinse your eyes. 

Biomedical Engineering labs at City Centre

Our Biomedical Engineering students work across a number of labs in our City Centre Millennium Point building, including Mechanics, Civil Engineering, Geotechnics and a workshop.

In these environments, students are required to have their own lab coats and safety shoes to wear in the labs and workshops at all times. During semester one, you can borrow lab coats and safety shoes to take part in the classes but after this, it is advised that students bring their own to attend these sessions. 

You can purchase lab coats, safety shoes and any other items you may need using your £150 credit in our online shop. These items are essential for practising in a safe manner - and look out for the health and safety notices in the labs and workshops that contain important information that must be followed at all times. 

We offer all students £150 free credit to spend in our online shop once you enrol, which you can use for things such as course materials, stationery resources or BCU merchandise - so anything you need for your course will be available to be purchased with this credit. 

Why we love City South Campus

We've recently invested £41 million into our City South Campus, in Edgbaston, where all of our Life Sciences courses are based. Find out seven reasons why we love it! 

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