Working in the lab

If you're thinking about studying a Life Science course then you're probably already familiar with working in laboratories, but if you chose to study with us you could be working across a variety of specialist labs including workshops, biomedical science labs, and food labs. So, we wanted to give you an insight into the different types of environments you could be learning in and what we provide for you to help you prepare.

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. 

Specialist labs at City South 

Students across Biomedical Science, Food and Nutrition and Biomedical Engineering will all spend time in our specialist labs, based our new £41 million campus extension 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 as needed 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 keep all your belongings in. The labs also have sinks dotted around to wash your hands before and after your sessions. 

Biomedical Engineering labs at City Centre

Biomedical Engineering students will work across a number of labs - mechanics, civil, geotechnics and a workshop, from year one at City Centre's Millennium Point. 

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 1, 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 - and it's yours to keep throughout your time studying, and beyond! 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. 

Why we love our new 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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