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1 Faculty of Medical Sciences School of Biomedical Sciences Dr Edwin Williams Director of Studies

2 Open Day Programme Applicants 1.15pmDegree Information 2.00pm Question and Answer session 2.25pmLaboratory ‘Exercise’ 3.15pmTour of Medical School (Students) 3.45pmRefreshments

3 Laboratory ‘Exercise HIV Simulation of the spread of HIV virus (AIDS) and the research and development roles for graduates in ‘Biomedical Sciences’

4 Open Day Programme Parents 1.15pmDegree Information 2.00pmQuestion and Answer Session 2.25pmTalk on Pastoral Care, Skills, Employability 2.45pmStudent Finance 3.05pmTour of Medical School (by Staff) 3.45pmRefreshments

5 BSc programmes on offer in Faculty of Medical Sciences Biomedical Sciences (B940) Biomedical Sciences with Medical Microbiology (BC95) Biomedical Genetics (B901) Biochemistry (C700) Pharmacology (B210) Physiological Sciences (B100)  MSci in Biomedical Sciences (B900) (4 year course)  Medical Sciences (B902) Deferred choice of above degrees

6 Biochemistry Discusses the molecular basis of living processes, & the principles underlying biological events Emphasis on understanding cellular processes in health and disease and how biochemically based diseases arise and can be treated. Topics include:  Protein structure and function  Biochemistry of chronic diseases  RNA, genetic disease and development  The molecular basis of cancer

7 Biomedical Genetics The study of inheritance The study of genetic material, and how mutations can lead to a wide range of inherited diseases. Considers how genes behave in populations and how genetic diseases can be diagnosed and predicted from genome analysis. Topics include:  The genome: cell cycle, organisation, expression and function  The molecular basis of cancer  RNA, genetic disease and development  Diagnostic medical genetics  Genetic variation in common disease

8 Biomedical Sciences with Medical Microbiology The study of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites Covers the structure and behaviour of medically important microbes and their interaction with humans. Discusses a wide range of infectious diseases, the role of the body’s immune responses in protecting against disease, and the use of antibiotics and vaccination.

9 Physiology Investigates how cells, tissues and organs function and integrate to form a healthy human body. The control mechanisms and how the body responds to changes in the environment. Discusses exercise physiology Topics include:  Blood & lymphatic systems  The nervous system  The gastro-intestinal system  Cardiovascular system  Respiratory system  Renal system

10 Pharmacology Pharmacology investigates the action of drugs on the body & how the body acts on drugs How drugs exert their therapeutic effects The mechanisms of toxicity Topics include:  Drugs of abuse e.g. cocaine, ecstasy  Carcinogenesis and anti-cancer drugs  Drugs acting on the nervous system  Clinical pharmacology & drug trials  Toxicology

11 Biomedical Sciences How the body functions in health and disease Multidisciplinary: combines the various disciplines to help us understand human health and disease Topics include: Anatomy, diseases of the nervous and respiratory systems, clinical Immunology, viral diseases, ageing and associated diseases, genetic and biochemical diseases, and cancer biology and therapy

12 Programme Structure 2 semesters per year 120 credits per year Modules are taught using lectures, seminars and labs Students can change degrees at the end of Phase 1 Phase 1: common to all programmes - Semester 1, 2 and 3 Phase 2: programme- specific taught modules Semester 4 and 5 Semester 6 is a research semester Research project Stage 3 finals then graduation

13 Major features of First Year Semester 1 Biochemistry Cell Biology Genetics Practical skills Pass Semester 2 Microbiology & Immunology Physiology Pharmacology Practical skills Stage 1 marks do not count to the degree All stage 2 & 3 do count in the ratio of 1:2

14 Second Year ( ⅓ of degree marks) Semester 3, common modules:  Molecular medicine  Cell and molecular medicine  Infectious disease: the immune response and anti-microbial chemotherapy  Practical skills in biomedical & biomolecular sciences Semester 4, subject-specific modules Vary according to degree chosen see brochure for details

15 Third Year ( ⅔ of degree marks) Semester 5, taught subject- specific modules  See brochure for details Optional module – vocational focus Semester 6, research semester  Supervised 10 week project Final exams at the end of semester 6

16 Final year modules  10 credit vocational module in semester 5:  Research in Biosciences  Business for the Bioscientist  Health Care Policy, Practice and Organisation  Science Communication  Bioethics  40 credit research module in semester 6:  Laboratory  Clinical audits & trials

17 School of Biomedical Sciences Institute of Health and Society (IH&S) Institute for Genetic Medicine (IGM) Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR) Institute of Neuroscience (IoN) Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH) Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology (ICaMB) Institute of Cellular Medicine (ICM) Teaching on all of our programmes is delivered by staff from our world leading Research Institutes

18 4 year integrated Masters programme Leads to M.Sci Either direct entry (Code: B900) or transfer to this programme is possible up to the end of year 2 Increased focus on laboratory skills: two thirds of final year spent on research project Study advanced Masters-level research-based modules Aims to prepare students for research and other laboratory-based careers

19 Transfer to Medicine or Dentistry A transfer at the end of first year may be possible, entry is competitive and based on first year performance, personal statement and an interview Need a minimum average Stage 1 mark of 80% across Semester 1 modules (none below 65%) & 75% across Semester 2, (none below 65%) Note that a UKCAT score will be required to apply for transfer Alternatively graduate entry for medicine is available


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