Cell biology

Key information

Duration: Duration times vary. Use the contact details below to enquire about this.
Location: Aston University, Birmingham
Fee: £550 per delegate

To register: Please complete an online application form.

The Biomedical Science top-up modules are for people who have a science degree but wish to pursue a career as a Biomedical Scientist. Prior to registering for any top-up modules you need to contact the Institute of Biomedical Science for advice about which modules you require:

Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7713 0214 or email: mail@ibms.org

Further information: Contact LHS Admissions lhs_admissions@aston.ac.uk or telephone 0121 204 3000

Course content information: please contact Dr Corinne Spickett c.m.spickett@aston.ac.uk 

Aims of the Module

This module will provide a basic introduction to cellular components and processes involved in the birth, life and death of cells.  This will include the identity, nature and properties of important cellular organelles and how these organelles function in the physiology and replication of cells.  A range of biological analytical techniques used for elucidating cellular structure and function are described and the role of abnormal cellular function in pathology is highlighted.

Module content

Content of this module is divided into five key headings:

  • The origin and basic structure of cells
  • Cellular components of cells
    • Cell receptors, the cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix
    • Membranes, transport and signalling
  • Cellular organisation & control
    • Organelles – structure, function and inter-relationship
    • Cell birth – cell cycle, mitosis, meiosis
    • Cell death
    • Cancer – improper regulation of cell birth & survival
    • Proteins & glycoproteins - structure, function and synthesis
    • Cell receptors, the cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix,
    • Membranes, transport and signalling
  • Analysis & application of cell biology
    • Analytical and experimental techniques
  • The potential of stem cell biology