MSc in Biomedical Sciences - modules

  • Human Disease - This module covers the basic biological principles underlying the development of diseases in humans. The major diseases covered include cancer, diseases of the GI tract, atherosclerosis, clotting disorders, brain diseases (Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, anxiety disorders), rheumatoid disease, growth and in some disorders.

  • Immunology - To understand the cellular and molecular basis of immunity and examine how these may be controlled and develop a more detailed knowledge of the functioning of the immune system in health and disease. The practical course includes the major techniques applicable to immunology: radial immunodiffusion; enzyme linked immunosorbent assay; phagocytosis and the respiratory burst; immunofluorescence microscopy; flow cytometry; tissue culture; analysis of an inflammatory response generated in vitro.

  • Toxicology
    This course is aimed at those with little background in chemistry, but a predominantly biological experience. The course begins with an overview of the major structure of Toxicology as an area, followed by a view of the summarized routes whereby toxins damage cells. How cells protect themselves then leads into biotransformational toxicity, whereby cellular systems convert exogenous chemicals to metabolites. The second part of the course outlines the impact of biotransformational and direct toxicity on the major organ system (liver, gut, kidney, lung and CNS). The student grasps the main tenets of human molecular toxicology.

  • Clinical and Molecular Endocrinology - This module provides an in-depth understanding of the normal human endocrine system, disease associated with abnormalities with this system, the molecular causes of some of these abnormalities and how the disease are treated. Practicals are designed to help the student gain hands-on experience of laboratory techniques in diagnostic and research endocrinology. Real case studies, from initial presenting systems to full Clinical work-up and treatment will help the student gain a deep understanding of endocrinology as applied in Endocrine Clinics. In Parallel, lectures on cell receptors and second messenger systems will be provided and lead to a sound understanding of how endocrine therapies have been developed.

  • Human Physiology - The aims of this course are to allow you to examine the mechanisms and processes through which the body achieves and maintains homeostasis.  Throughout the course, you will use different examples of homeostatic mechanisms from physiology and will investiage the pathophysiology that may be a consequence of the dysregulation of homeostasis.  At the end of this module, you should be able to understand the principles of homeostatic control which operate within cells, between cells, within tissues and organs and between tissues and organs.  You will also begin to appreciate, in detail, the homeostatic control of cellular signalling, integration and response-coupling; thermoregulation; nutrient and energy balance; and cardiovascular function. The practical part of this course allows you to measure your own metabolism, to investigate your somatotype and to consider thermoregulation of the human body under various different extremes of temperature, following exercise, etc. 


  • Research Methods
    This module includes the following: critical analysis of published work, reviewing papers; writing abstracts, writing research papers, preparing poster presentations and oral presentation skills.

  • Research Project
    The research project involves experiential learning with the completion of a comprehensive literature review appropriate to the project. This involves the preparation of a detailed project plan including resourcing and costing of materials and appreciation of experimental design, power calculations where appropriate for study design, ethical and logistic considerations. In addition, an individual research project that includes practical work that involves data production, processing and analysis. The preparation of a detailed final project report (mini-thesis) and the preparation of a poster to illustrate the main findings from the project to an audience of fellow students and staff.