BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from www.bic.org.uk.

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
M Medicine
See also: VFD “Popular medicine and health”
MQ Nursing and ancillary services
MQC Nursing
MQD Midwifery
MQF First aid and paramedical services
MQH Radiography
MQK Chiropody and podiatry
MQP Pharmacy / dispensing
MQR Optometry / opticians
MQS Physiotherapy
MQT Occupational therapy
MQU Medical counselling
MQV Rehabilitation
MQW Biomedical engineering
MQZ Mortuary practice


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