What you'll study
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
First year modules
How does metabolism work? On this module, we illuminate the biochemical pathways that utilise sugars, proteins and lipids for energy generation by our cells and our bodies.
Cell Structure and Function
Gain an understanding of cell organisation. In practical sessions you’ll learn how to use a light microscope, produce clear scientific figures and measure the size and number of cells.
Principles of Genetics
Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms.
Microbiology and Immunology
Examine the wonderful world of microorganisms and the defence against "bad" microbes (pathogens) by the intricate human immune system.
Skills for Biomedical and Human Biology Sciences
Discover and master the skills necessary to be a successful scientist. This module introduces you to essay writing and the scholarship skills you’ll use in your career.
Explore topics including: the circulatory system, blood and cardiac muscles; the nervous system; reproduction; respiration; the gastro-intestinal system: and the endocrine system.
Second year modules
Molecular Genetics and Proteomics
Gain practical laboratory skills as you develop your understanding of how genetic information encoded by the DNA is regulated in health and disease.
Blood science is the study of blood as a marker of disease. Through lab sessions and lectures, you'll explore clinical biochemistry, haematology and hospital transfusion practice.
Clinical Microbiology and Immunology
Explore healthy and disordered human immunobiology, including autoimmunity, allergies, transplantation. You'll also learn the techniques used to study these themes.
Professional and Research Skills for Biomedical Scientists
Alongside developing your research skills in biological disciplines, you'll complete assessments such as applying for a job by submitting a CV and cover letter.
Biological Basis of Disease
In this module, you will gain an understanding of the biological, biochemical and genetic basis of several diseases including cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Molecular Cell Biology and Histopathology
Discover the important role histopathology plays in the diagnosis of disease, prognosis and treatment. Explore the journey that tissue biopsies take from the patient to the microscope.
Final year modules
Independent Research Project
You'll have the opportunity to work on your own lab-based project. For many students, this is the highlight of their degree, as it's a chance to show off their skills in a real-world environment.
Examine human disease and the underlying genetic causes. Learn about cytogenetics and genetic counselling, as well as the inheritance of recessive and dominant diseases.
Explore the pathological presentation of several major diseases and their impact on society. Input from NHS clinical staff allows you to explore the benefits of population screening.
In this module, you will gain knowledge about theoretical and practical aspects of routine clinical biochemistry analysis, including contact with NHS clinical biochemists.
Investigate the mechanisms at the core of human haemostasis, haemotological mailgnancy and life saving transfusion science. This module is extensively taught by specialist practitioners alongside senior colleagues from the NHS and industry.
Explore pathogen-host interactions, the latest research developments and changing treatment options for some of the most important infectious diseases affecting our society.
Muscle Fitness and Failure
You'll study physiology and pathophysiology during muscle failure at cellular and biochemical level. You'll also explore how cardiovascular research informs clinical practice.
Molecular and Medical Parasitology
Explore a range of medically important parasites which have a major impact on the morbidity and mortality of populations around the globe. And develop practical skills in parasitology.
Gain an understanding of the key concepts in cancer biology. You'll learn how current research impacts diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.