This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and offers a strong scientific foundation in the biological aspects of health and disease, ready for building a career in the health sciences. This accredited degree can lead to State Registration as a professional Biomedical Scientist, by the Health and Care Professions Council.
You will develop your knowledge in the essential functions of life by studying cell biology and molecular biology; and gain an understanding of areas such as pharmacology, the branch of medicine concerned with the use and effect of drugs; and immunology, which studies all aspects of the immune system. There’s also an opportunity to explore the relationship between nutrition and health.
To support your studies, you will have access to modern, well-equipped laboratories, with facilities for DNA analysis, high-performance liquid chromatography, electrophysiology, microbiology, light and electron microscopy. You will have use of computer suites equipped with subject-specific software, and be supported with your work by a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians.
Research collaborations with many of London's hospitals and medical schools facilitate visits, projects and access to specialist libraries.
We offer a wide range of interesting modules such as Introduction to Human Disease and Human Epidemiology and Pathophysiology, which looks at the immune system and patterns for diseases. Other modules include Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, which reviews recent developments and applications in biomedicine together with the commercial and ethical implications of these technologies or The Brain in Health and Disease, where you will be exposed to the latest developments in brain imaging and theories on brain plasticity, the ability for the brain to modify its structure in response to change.
In your third year you’ll undertake a research project where you’ll collect seminal data on a topic of your choice, advancing current knowledge in that area.
You’ll also have the option of undertaking a placement year between years two and three.
This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost their employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.