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Postgraduate Biomedical Sciences 2023-2024

BM5003: CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH AND DISEASE

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The aim of this programme is to develop a rigorous scientific approach to understanding of cardiovascular health and the underlying causes of cardiovascular disease. This will be achieved through a series of lectures, laboratory practical, case study sessions and interactive clinical demonstrations. This will be delivered by academic staff from the Institute of Medical Sciences and clinical staff from NHS Grampian. This will equip you with the full range of academic, critical thinking, research and investigatory skills necessary for laboratory research and/or PhD study.

BM5502: DIABETES AND METABOLISM

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The aim of this course is to develop a rigorous scientific approach to understanding (1) glucose and nutrient homeostasis and the fundamental causes of diabetes; (2) the long-term complications and other metabolic diseases associated with poorly controlled diabetes, poor nutrition, obesity, lifestyle, and ageing. Finally, (3) depending on the type of diabetes, different approaches e.g. healthy diet, regular physical activity and various medications may play important roles in treating and managing diabetes. 

This will be achieved through a series of lectures, small class tutorials, case study sessions with research scientists and nutritionists from the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute and clinicians from NHS Grampian. 

The course is naturally complimented by BM5003: Cardiovascular Health and Disease and, also, by conducting an independent and original research project in term 3, working alongside experienced diabetes researchers.

This will equip you with the full range of academic, critical thinking, research and investigatory skills necessary for laboratory research and/or PhD study.

MB5026: PRINCIPLES OF REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will provide an interdisciplinary approach to understand normal and abnormal human reproduction, fertility and pregnancy. Assisted reproductive technologies and the surrounding ethical issues will be covered in detail. All students will have the opportunity to visit and experience the day-to-day running of the Aberdeen Fertility Centre. 

MB5524: APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will provide a thorough understanding of the mechanisms regulating embryonic and fetal development. Factors influencing normal and abnormal development, including, genes and the environment, will be discussed. The impact of developmental biology upon reproductive and regenerative medicine, including stem cells, cloning, gene editing and genetic manipulation technologies, as well as the ethical considerations, will be evaluated.

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