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This module introduces the fundamental laboratory and research techniques that underpin the study of biological sciences. Skills introduced in this module include observations and note taking; data handling, analysis and presentation; safe working practises and the ability to communicate scientific ideas in a variety of formats. The module will enable you to develop these skills within your degree programme and facilitate recognition of these skills in relation to employability.
The main aim of this module is to introduce and familiarise yourself with the key metabolic pathways of energy metabolism. This includes the study of photosynthesis, cellular respiration and bioenergetics, and the structure and function of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and their derivatives.
This module explores the cell as the basic functional unit of life investigating the structure and function of cell components and introducing the cell cycle and the biology of disease. Concepts of evolution and the principles of inheritance are explained at the molecular level.
This module is an introduction to the scope of microbiology, the nature and importance of micro-organisms and factors influencing their growth and survival. The module explores the field of microbiology and its applications and importance in biotechnological processes, the environment and in health and disease.
This module provides you with the skills and knowledge of chemistry that will underpin your future studies in biochemistry. Emphasis is placed on building a knowledge base around key academic concepts in chemistry and biochemistry using examples from health and the environment to reinforce ideas. You will acquire a range of laboratory practical skills and learn how to analyse and interpret experimental results and put these into context with theoretical concepts.
This module aims to provide the knowledge of human anatomy and its hierarchical organisation from cell to organ system. An understanding of how the main body systems and mechanisms involved maintaining a "state of health" will be developed along with an introduction to how these systems can malfunction. Grounding in practical anatomy will be provided which includes “hands on” practical work in identification and recognition of the main anatomical features of organs and structures of the body.
This module provides the knowledge of biochemical molecules and their physiological functions. Emphasis is placed on the molecular structure and its relationship with the biological function. Reaction mechanisms and kinetics of biochemical reactions will be explored with a particular emphasis on enzyme kinetics.
This module will reinforce and expand on the Year 1 module Cell Biology and Genetics. The overall aim is for the you to obtain understanding of the molecular processes occurring in organisms. In addition, you will gain experience in the principles, practice, quality assurance and application of commonly employed molecular methods and genetic tools and techniques.
This module aims to introduce the concepts and language of immunology that are, or may be, applied clinically. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the different cellular and molecular communication processes. Laboratory skills will be developed in using immunological and endocrinological techniques and interpreting data.
This module aims to provide the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work, with the focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills include analytical techniques appropriate to individual programme requirements.
This module introduces pharmaceutical chemistry. It examines the essential biochemistry on which understanding of medicinal chemistry is built and discusses strategies involved in developing an effective drug.
The module will provide an understanding of the medical diagnostics techniques used in diagnosis of hereditary disorders, infectious diseases, blood disorders and oncology. A comprehensive range of current techniques that are used will be covered. An overview of the future potential of genomics, metabolomics and proteomics will be given. The module will have a strong practical component.
This year-long placement is an opportunity for you to work in an industrial, field or laboratory based setting, gaining important and relevant skills related to your programme. The module aims to enhance your employability skills, embed transferable and graduate skills, and you’ll be encouraged to reflect on how the knowledge gained is relevant to your degree programme and the field of biology. Through the work placement you will gain experience of working in a team, facilitate your understanding of the workplace and enhance your skills of self-reliance and communication, communication, self-expression and co-operation.
The module will develop key concepts in specialist areas of biochemistry in relation to human diseases. Advanced topics on molecular basis of disease will be delivered, based primarily around the research specialisations of staff within the biochemistry teaching group.
This module aims to provide an understanding of processes involved in regulation of gene expression and current laboratory methods available for investigation. It also aims to provide an understanding of how gene expression may be modulated according to changes in the cellular environment, how environmental conditions can trigger changes in these processes and how aberrations in gene expression can lead to disease.
This module aims to provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the clinical disorders of major organ function, along with the biochemical laboratory methods used in diagnosis and management. You will gain experience of the interpretation of patient results in a variety of clinical settings and of evaluation of novel methodologies for use in a clinical setting.
This module discusses pharmacology, from a cellular and molecular perspective, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of drug action and metabolism, clinical applications, toxicology and pharmacokinetics.
This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous modules and from the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme. Further development of research skills, analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted in completing a dissertation.
This module will introduce bioinformatics and aims to give an overview of the computational tools that are commonly used. The module will follow a hands-on approach. Genome and proteome data will be retrieved from public repositories and analysed for biological patterns using command line and graphical user interface tools.
The module considers current approaches to genetic manipulation and the widening fields of their applications. Ethical issues and regulations of the field of gene technology will be explored.
The module gives you an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of a current topic within a biological sciences subject area of interest to them. You will be guided towards independent research of an appropriate topic of your choosing and then present your findings orally and in writing.
This module will enable you to gain credits for work experience related to your programme. It aims to link academic learning to a placement organization. The experience provides opportunities for you to work in a relevant organisation and enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, co-operation and self-reliance.
The module aims to develop your skills in the planning and execution of an analytical, laboratory-based study and critical evaluation of real research results drawing on your acquired knowledge from other modules. In addition, the module aims to develop your communication skills to enable you to communicate your findings in written and oral form.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Marium Reshum Chaudhrey
BSc/MSci Clinical Biochemistry, 1st year student
I applied for this course because I didn’t just want to study Biology; I wanted to combine this with Chemistry as I am really interested in both. This is a five year course so I’m just at the beginning. I’m particularly looking forward to the placement year where ideally I’d like to go abroad to Dubai.
The environment here is very friendly, there are so many places to eat across campus and I like the surrounding area of Hendon. Academically speaking, there has always been someone to go to if I’ve needed help and revision sessions are available before exams. The facilities here are so good and hands on learning has been invaluable to me.
To anyone who is considering this course, I would say go for it! It is a truly unique course, very unique in the UK. It is fantastic for anyone who is interested in both strands of science and is looking for both a practical and theoretical insight.
Start: October 2019
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with placement, 5-6 years part-time
Start: October 2019, Entry to Year 2 or Year 3 only
Start: October 2019, EU/International induction: September 2019
Duration: 3 years full-time
Code: BSc: C700, DipHE: B904