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Course Overview

  • stem cells and regenerative biology are the future of medicine.  This course provides the core knowledge needed by research-level biomedical scientists, especially in fields of developmental biology, anatomy, and stem cell biology;
  • the University’s leading stem cell researchers provide a comprehensive overview of the current horizons of stem cell technology, from embryonic stem cells, through induced pluripotency (iPS cells) to the use and manipulation of adult stem cells;
  • gene therapy and human reproductive biology (including IVF) are taught to research level;
  • research scientists present in-depth material on core research techniques – transgenic animals, genome editing, biological imaging 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

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Intercalating (Studied) or AN3301 Human Embryonic Development (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


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 and development, stem cells in development and regeneration, human reproductive biology and gene therapy.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc BMS in Anatomy (Intercalating)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Develop'l Biol)
  • BSc Human Embryology & Dev'l Biology
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences in Developmental Biology (Inter)
  • BSc in Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (Interc'g)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Dev Biology & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (Biobusiness
  • MSci in Biomedical Sci (Developm'l Biology) with Ind Placm't
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Anatomy) with Indust'l Placement
  • MSci in Human Embryology & Developmental Bio with Ind Plac't
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy & Bio Bus) With Ip
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Develo Biolo & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

97 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


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

- Practice exam essay allows students to write under exam conditions and receive feedback on their performance. - Case-study exercise with feedback in preparation for summative assessments. - Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen. - Problem-solving sessions.


- Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Written comments will be provided on the mock exam question. - Feedback on problem-based learning exercise.

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