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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MBiol, BSc Medical Sciences (Integrated Masters)

Programme code:MBBS-MED-SCIUCAS code:B109
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Michael Harrison Contact

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

A-level: AAA, including Biology or Chemistry, plus another science or science-related subject (Science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, PE and physics OR Science-related subjects: geography, psychology, use of maths and statistics) . Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded. Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or the Cambridge International Project Qualification (Cambridge IPQ) this can be considered alongside A-levels and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A-levels, this would be ABB at A-level and grade A in the EPQ (BSc applicants) or AAB and grade A in the EPQ (MBiol applicants).
GCSE: Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.
- IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component or equivalent English language qualification.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The three year BSc programmes upon which the Integrated Masters are built meet the QAA Benchmarks and meet the QAA expectations for integrated masters programmes. .
There are no specified QAA Benchmarks for Integrated Masters degrees in Bioscience, however the principle of such programmes in other subject areas is to ensure coverage of Honours level Benchmark requirements plus ensure that the higher Masters levels objectives are met including:
Research training
Project-specific experimental skills
Accessing literature
Planning, including evaluation of hazards and environmental effects
Making oral presentations, writing reports, including critical evaluation
Participating in colloquia

Research project
Implementation of planned experiments
Recording of data and their critical analysis
Outcome potentially publishable

Advanced studies
In area of specialism to support research topic
Complementary studies outside, but cognate to, area of specialism

Problem solving
Development of general strategies including the identification of additional information required and problems where there is not a unique solution
Application of advances studies to the solutions of problems

Professional studies
Ethics and societal responsibilities
Environmental impact


It is important to note that for students who may elect not to complete the fourth year of the programme, or who are advised that their performance makes it unlikely that they would be successful in completing the programme will have met the QAA benchmarks for the BSc and so they will be able to graduate after 3 years.

Programme specification:

Distinctiveness on of the Medical Sciences programme from the other programmes in the Biomedical Sciences area is brought about by a combination of the unique modules to this programme and the broad range of topics covered across the modules and widespread choice of modules available, external to the School of Biomedical Sciences, to students eg HSPC3312 History of the Body, BIOC3900 Cancer Biology and BIOL3111 Biomedical Nanotechnology. There are 20 credits at level 2 (BMSC2229 Experimental Skills in Medical Sciences and BMSC2233 Topics in Medical Sciences), and 40 credits at level 3 (BMSC3146 Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences I and BMSC3236 Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences II) that are unique to the Medical Sciences programme.

The MBiol, BSc Medical Sciences programme is distinctive because it develops an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge in the programme area together with an exceptional experience of advanced research delivered through an integrated research project.

The most important values which inform the MBiol, BSc Medical Sciences programme are to provide excellent students with the opportunity to gain substantial research training and experience through engagement with an individual research project conducted as part of a research team in an internationally recognised research laboratory.

The academic content of the MBiol, BSc Medical Sciences programme concentrates on developing an understanding of research through the delivery and active engagement in taught components, practical skills development, data analysis and problem solving elements culminating in a major research project supported by further research and transferable skills training and career planning opportunities.

The most important intellectual skills developed in the MBiol, BSc Medical Sciences programme are appreciation of the fundamental underpinning principles of how we collect, analyse and report data to generate new knowledge in the subject area leading through to the current state of the field informed by the research-based ethos of teaching and investigation.

The most useful practical skills, techniques and capabilities developed will be those underpinning the subject specific nature of the programme area, together with advanced level research skills expected of early stage PhD students.

Competency will be developed in a broad range of topics associated with the Medical Sciences , combined with competency in research methodology, the development of hypothesis driven research, the approach to the analysis of data and ability to solve problems, appropriate practical skills in the design and execution of suitable experiments, the production of publication quality outputs and the ability to communicate effectively.

The most important ways in which a student will learn are dependent upon the level of the students as they progress through the course. Initially delivery will be more research-informed teaching in lecture and seminar/tutorial and practical class settings leading to more independent research-based learning through lectures and independent study, small class teaching and project team or individual mentoring. Students will progress from the development of research-based practical skills in teaching labs to the design and execution of independent research work.

On completing the MBiol, BSc Medical Sciences programme we want students to know and understand their programme specialist subject from basic principles through to cutting edge research, and to appreciate the process of research and to be able to demonstrate implementation of these principles.

On completing the MBiol, BSc Medical Sciences programme we want students to be able to compete worldwide with other students for high quality research opportunities within appropriate industries or for PhD positions to pursue research careers.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology
Pre-requisite for: BMSC2125
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC1214Human Endocrinology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC1301Introductory Academic, Experimental and Professional Skills40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FOBS1125Introduction to Physiology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BMSC2117Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BMSC2225Physiology of Absorption and Excretion10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC2310Intermediate Skills for Professional and Academic Development20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from one of the following optional modules:

BMSC2341Experimental Skills in Pharmacology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BMSC2342Experimental Skills in Neuroscience20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BMSC2343Experimental Skills in Human Physiology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BMSC2344Experimental Skills in Medical Sciences20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates must take either BMSC2118 or BMSC2123. Candidates who take BMSC2123 may also take either BMSC2121 or BMSC2125.

BMSC2118Neurobiology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BMSC2123Sensory and Motor Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BMSC2125Molecular Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates will be required to take a minimum of 20 credits and a max of 40 credits from the list below:

BIOL2210Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL2211Human Diseases10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC2121Cognitive Neuroscience: The process underlying cognition10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC2223Neuropharmacology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC2235Molecular Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC2237Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Essentials10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOOD2165Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR2220Medical Bacteriology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SPSC2221Exercise Physiology in Special Populations10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules by agreement with the Programme Leader.

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BMSC3101Inherited Disorders10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BMSC3393Advanced Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BMSC3398Practical Research Skills20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC3399Extended Research Project Preparation20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 50 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL3215Cancer Biology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC3126Integrative Biomedical Sciences20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC3138Cellular Cardiology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BMSC3139Systems Neurophysiology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BMSC3146Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences I20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BMSC3148Drug Discovery and Development10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BMSC3236Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences II20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC3315History of the Body20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MEDM3221Reproductive Medical Science20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates may replace up to 20 credits of these with discovery modules, with the agreement of the programme leader, and subject to timetabling constraints.

Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BMSC5301MAdvanced Research Topics30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Jan to 31 May
BMSC5382MExtended Research Project90 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Last updated: 03/08/2020 17:46:10


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