This course equips you with a wide range of knowledge and transferable skills. It is a sensible choice if you know you are interested in biomedical subjects but do not want to decide on specialisation, at least in the first year.
Introduction to the range of topics making up the medical sciences, including essential anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pharmacology, as well as endocrinology and neuroscience.
You’ll also develop the fundamental pracitcal laboratory skills and techniques that will underpin the rest of your studies.
At the end of year 1, our flexible degree structure offers you the opportunity to transfer from medical sciences to another degree course such as pharmacology, neuroscience and human physiology.
Gain a more detailed exposure to the systems of the body through core modules that will build on your knowledge.
Modules are taught in an integrated way that brings together normal structure and function with changes in disease and treatment. You’ll have a range of optional modules to choose from, including human diseases, toxicology and bioinformatics, and develop your understanding of research methods and experimental skills. You will further develop your critical reasoning skills, and learn how to apply your knowledge to evaluate scientific evidence.
Choose one area to specialise in from:
At the end of year 2 you will have the opportunity to complete an industrial work placement, study abroad, or combined study and work abroad. This will add an additional year of study to your degree.
The focal point for year 3 is an independent research project that you’ll carry out under the supervision of a field-leading academic, further developing the transferable skills that will set you apart in the graduate job market. Here you will be able to select from a wide range of project types to focus on a subject of your interest and the graduate skills that you aim to develop.
Examples of previous projects are:
Biocompatibility evaluation of novel regenerative devices: in vitro cytotoxicity testing.
Rapid point-of-care tests for disease diagnosis or management.
Systematic Review of ‘metabolic disorders: a modern epidemic’.
Alongside this, choose research-centred modules that build on topics that interested you in earlier years. Advanced topic modules, in particular, allow you to choose from a menu of different research topics so you can focus more on your areas of interest. You can also choose specialist modules such as cancer biology or biomedical nanotechnology.
Integrated Masters (MBiol)
Our integrated Masters MBiol programme shares the same year 1 and 2 studying with our BSc programme, providing a foundation knowledge and skills.
Year 4 (MBiol)
Your extended research project will focus on an original, cutting-edge topic specific to your area of interest that will equip you with the skills necessary for a career in research as well as setting you apart in the general graduate job market. These projects are often linked to the on-going research programmes of academics in our department, thus allowing students to be involved in the active work of their research groups.
Examples of previous research projects include:
The ANO1-activated channel represents a mechanism of amplifying pain signals.
Upregulating Kv4.2 ion channel complexes: a novel therapeutic strategy for dementia.
Investigating modulation of postnatal neurogenesis in the mouse spinal cord.
Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and practicals. Your first and second years will focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge in preparation for your final year research project, which will see you take on independent research and learning with the guidance of leading experts.
Across all years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake private study.
As a guide, a typical week in your first year includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.