- 1. Human Physiology
This module outlines the principles of homeostatic control mechanisms operating at molecular,
cellular, tissue, organ and whole body levels. It also explains cellular homeostasis, nutrient and energy
balance, thermoregulation and cardiovascular homeostasis. The module aims to investigate
homeostatic principles applied to selected physiological systems, to illustrate mechanisms and
processes through which the human body maintains the constancy of the internal environment
- 2. Cell Biology
This module aims to provide an introduction to cellular components and processes involved in the
birth, life and death of cells. It also looks at a range of biological analytical techniques used for
elucidating cellular structure and function. The role of abnormal cellular function in pathology is also
highlighted in this module.
- 3. Biomedical Key Academic, Skills statistics and research methods
This module aims to develop a range of skills related to medical science and research. This includes:
enabling students to identify appropriate research designs and analysis of protocols to answer specific
research questions; familiarising students with techniques to avoid plagiarism and its importance in
research; allowing students to analyse secondary data through the use of appropriate statistics; and
developing in students the ability to critically evaluate primary literature.
- 4. Molecular Biology
This module aims to provide an introduction to the identity of genes, the nature and properties of
nucleic acids and proteins and to explain how these molecules work together in gene expression and
DNA replication. In this module, basic level chemistry will be used to explain how the structure of
these biological macromolecules results in their activities. Experimental evidence will also be
provided to demonstrate how our current knowledge was derived. Emphasis will be placed on the fact
that molecular biology is still an experimental science.
- 5. Immunology
This module aims to provide a sound understanding of the immune system as an integrated system of
tissues, cells and molecules. It also focuses on clarifying the functions of the immune system in health
and disease. The concept of how dysfunction of the immune system is associated with disease is also
explored in this module. Through this module students are made to critically examine current and
future therapeutics for these diseases.
- 6. Medical Biochemistry
This module aims to consolidate students’ understanding of the application, value and limitations of
biochemical tests in clinical medicine. Through this module, students are exposed to how biochemical
tests are selected and how they are interpreted. In this module students are encouraged to examine
statistical procedures relevant to interpretation of clinical biochemical data and to quality control.
- 7. Metabolism
This module aims to discuss the layout of major pathways of intermediary metabolism and to
understand their regulation and integration. It also focuses on consolidating understanding of
metabolic adaptations to acute and sustained exercise and to fasting.
- 8. Molecular Pathology
This module aims to examine molecular mechanisms of cellular adaptation to environment and to
study examples of disease arising from dysfunction at the genetic, transcriptional or translational level
- 9. Cellular Pathology
This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the key concepts, techniques
and current laboratory practice in Cellular Pathology (Histopathology and Cytopathology). The module
will allow students to develop an understanding of the role this biomedical science discipline plays in
the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of disease
- 10. Applied Molecular Biology
This course aims to give an in-depth understanding of research methodologies applied in modern
molecular biology. It is intended primarily as preparation for postgraduate research, but also serves to
highlight and consolidate understanding of the key processes applied within the biotech industry.
- 11. Molecular Genetics
This module take students through a study of molecular genetics as associated with prokaryotes and
eukaryotes. On completion of the module students should have a comprehensive understanding about
the nature and character of prokaryote and eukaryote genomes, aspects of their continuing evolution,
protocols for their manipulation and associated consequences.
- 12. Microbiology
The aim of this module is to introduce the subject of microbiology and to demonstrate the importance
of microbes in human infection. It also aims to equip the students with the knowledge of methods
used to isolate and identify microbes causing infection and to select appropriate antibiotics for the
treatment of infections.
- 13. Clinical Microbiology and infectious disease
A. Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
The aim of this part of the module is to provide an overview of microbiology and infectious diseases
within the community and hospital setting.
B. Food Microbiology
The aim of this part of the module is for the student to develop an appreciation of the relationship
between food and health, and an understanding of the role of a biomedical scientist in the isolation of
foodborne pathogens from food and clinical samples implicated in outbreaks of foodborne disease.
- 14. Biomedical Research Project
This is an individual project involving the preparation of a project proposal and research work within a
key biomedical sciences discipline. The research will involve generation, critical review and analysis of
- 15. Biological Basis of Human Disease
The aim of this module is to equip students with advanced theoretical knowledge of aspects of the
biological basis of human disease (pathobiology). Students should be able to reflect on and integrate
information learned in specific clinical modules.
- 16. Endocrinology
The aim of this module is to impart sound, advanced knowledge of the human endocrine system in
both health and disease. Students will gain considerable knowledge of diagnostic and research
methods as applied to the endocrine laboratory.
- 17. Biomedical Technology
This module is designed to discuss detail some of the more important biological techniques and how
they are applied at the basic level by laboratory researchers and how they are exploited in industrial
processes. The module draws heavily on in-vitro tissue culture and enzymes. There are also
discussions on gene therapy, modern genetic engineering methodologies and monoclonal antibodies.
- 18. Advanced Immunology
The aim of this course is to equip students with advanced theoretical knowledge of the role of the
immune system in health and disease. It also highlights the modern day techniques used for the
- 19. Clinical haematology and transfusion sciences
The module aims to teach the biology underlying the pathophysiology of haematological disorders
and the interpretation of clinical data. Upon completion of the module, the student is able to describe
the normal functioning of haematological systems; describe the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of
haematological disorders; describe the preparation and uses of blood products, and the risks
associated with their use.
1. Human Physiology
2. Cell Biology
3. Biomedical Key Academic Skills – Statistics and Research Methods
4. Molecular Biology Block 2
7. Medical Biochemistry
8. Metabolism Semester 2
9. Molecular Pathology
10. Cellular Pathology
11. Molecular Genetics Block 4
13. Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Semester 3
14. Biomedical Research Project
15. Biological Basis of Human Disease
16. Clinical Haematology and Transfusion Science
17. Applied Molecular Biology Block 6
18. Advanced Immunology
19. Biomedical Technology