Having studied a broad common first semester, students will undertake specific modules in the area of chemistry, biology, maths and physics. Subsequently, the Bioscience programme will provide you with a strong foundation in the understanding of biochemical systems and microbial technology. With tailored contributions from industry speakers, the degree specific modules will instruct students on host-microbe interactions, immunobiology, new therapeutic approaches, cell biology & cancer, and advance molecular biology – ‘omics’ & bioinformatics.
Core modules include:
Microbiology and immunology – an introduction to the components of microorganisms and the host immune systems and how they interact
Cell communication and regulation - covers basic cell structure, the principles of the cell cycle and cell division, the control of living processes by genetic mechanisms, and cell communication systems
Cell and molecular biology of the immune system - examines the principles of self and non-self-recognition and how these mechanisms are involved in immunity and how aberrant self- regulation contributes to allergy and autoimmunity
Current trends in biotechnology and regenerative medicine – presents concepts such as ‘cell-on-a-chip’ technologies, tissue regeneration, new medicines, and new molecular analysis techniques.
Pharmacology and drug development – presents the biology behind drug target choice, drug screening techniques and the different classes of drugs, including protein based drugs.
Cancer mechanisms, therapeutics and molecular medicine – examines cell cycle controls in relation to cancer biology, and use of modern molecular technologies in targeting cancer and other diseases.
Advanced cell and molecular biology – examines cellular structures (organelles, cytoskeleton, molecular motors), key cellular processes (trafficking, motility, apoptosis), systems biology of organisms and extracting meaningful data from large data sets
Host microbe interactions – presents the key strategies microbes use to establish both beneficial and non-beneficial interactions with the host and the impact of these on health.
The course includes significant laboratory based training and an independent research project. In addition the student will be placed in industry for eight months, giving real-world experience and an introduction to the BioPharma/industrial community.