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    Study the science of saving lives

BSc Biomedical Sciences - what you'll learn

Biomedical Sciences is a very practical discipline, and you will be learning in the lab from the beginning. A whole world of biological mysteries and solutions will be revealed as you progress.

Our Biomedical Sciences degree will teach you about the systems that hold life together, from the cellular level to the whole body and encompassing tissue and organs. You will learn about the ways that diseases affect the body and how we can enhance the body's ability to fight back against them. Your academic teachers will be the same world-class experts who are conducting research on the forefront of biomedical science. In both the lecture theatre and the laboratory, you will be learning from passionate experts with a great breadth of knowledge and skills. The wide range of modules we offer represents the diverse expertise of our staff. This variety of modules means that you can tailor your degree to whatever interests you.

Exciting and varied modules

Below you will find details of a small selection of the diverse modules that make this course so popular.


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This module provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the role of the endocrine system in regulating the activities of the major organ systems of mammals, with emphasis on man. You will learn about the way that cells, tissues, organs and the integrated response of an organism to changes in environment are regulated by the endocrine systems. You will also learn to understand the anatomy and physiology of major endocrine organs and how they work - including the way that they elicit receptor-mediated responses from tissues with hormones and other mechanisms.

You will understand the roles of individual hormones in maintaining health, as well as the pathophysiological consequences of disordered hormone secretion.


Cardiovascular Disease

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This module describes the medical importance of coronary heart disease and strokes. The latest theories for the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis are discussed, followed by the mechanisms that lead to thrombosis, heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. The pharmacological treatment of cardiovascular disease is described in terms of lipid-lowering drugs, antithrombotic drugs and drugs to treat arrhythmias and heart failure. You will also find out about the impact of diet and other risk factors upon coronary heart disease - and how these effects work.


Cancer and Cell Communication

biomedical image3This module provides a detailed study of current knowledge and understanding of the biology of cancer and how this can be used to clinical benefit in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. No person is left untouched by cancer at some stage in their lifetime in the modern world, but fear can be dispelled by knowledge and it is hoped that in addition to offering this as an academic module that the knowledge gained may prove of personal lifetime benefit. The importance of signal transduction pathways inside cells in the causes and potential routes to treatment of cancer are emphasised.


Find out more about BSc Biomedical Sciences

For information about this course, entry requirements and funding, take a look at our course specifications page.

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