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Course Overview

  • the core professional knowledge you need, to be able to contribute to research-level biomedical science, especially in fields of pharmacology and physiology;
  • active research scientists explain the latest developments in our understanding of brain function in health and disease, hormone and steroid signalling systems, epithelial biology and cellular homeostasis;
  • small group practical classes in working laboratories introduce core research and data analysis techniques;
  • research scientists present in depth material on core research techniques – transgenic animals, genome editing, biological imaging, patch clamp analysis and ‘omic’ technologies

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Martin Collinson

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Course Description

This course provides (1) a recap and extension of third year material and (2) a more advanced account of some selected topics related to the research interests of the individual academic staff of Biomedical Sciences. The topics for study will include: methods for cell imaging, electrophysiology and genetic manipulation, endocrine signalling; neuronal growth, epithelial transport, calcium signalling, psychophamacology, development of animal models of neurodegenerative disease and oxidative stress in neurovascular dysfunction.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 1 laboratory report, 1 viva & 1 essay (2000 words).

Formative Assessment

Student-led presentations on aspects of using animals in biomedical sciences.


- Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments. - Viva examination with comments and recommendations from the examiner.

Course Learning Outcomes


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