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This exciting new four year MBiol courses combines course material and content from undergraduate and postgraduate levels, giving you a Masters-level qualification.
Why choose this course?
If you have drive and ambition to progress into a professional scientific career in industry or academia or onto a PhD, then this course is ideal for you. It provides tailored knowledge, technical skills and research expertise to help you stand out in the jobs market. During this course you will:
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What you'll study
The course begins by giving you an understanding of how pharmacology and physical principles are integrated in, and used to investigate broad living processes from cells to organisms. The course is designed to give you a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the action of drugs on the body.
Major concepts include the pharmacology of cells, tissues and organ systems and a study of substances that are used for medicinal reasons, as well as those that are used for pleasure and illicitly. You'll study the key aspects of drug action both in practical and theoretical concepts and outcomes are used when considering the positive and negative effects of pharmaceutical products.
Introduces levels of biological organisation from molecules to cells and ecosystems, providing a platform of knowledge and skills upon which other modules are developed.
Practical Techniques for Biology
Considers the principles of experimental design, data collection and analysis, including techniques in centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, microscopy and radiobiology.
Genetics and Immunology
Develops genetic concepts and introduces basic aspects of the immune system, including the molecules, cells and
Introduction to Biochemistry
Study the key aspects of macromolecules, cell structure and function, and interrelationships in both practical and theoretical contexts.
Introduces the physiology of human organ systems (respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, urinary, endocrine and muscular) and examines the process of homeostasis.
Introduction to Pharmacology
Considers the principles of how drugs work, including factors that affect the magnitude of the response to drugs, specificity of drug
action, drug interactions and side effects of drugs.
Bioinformatics and Biomathematics
Develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of bioinformatics using web-based resources, database structures and Bayesian and maximum likelihood theories.
You'll look at the processes involved in maintaining normal physiology in renal, cardiovascular and nervous systems and how the same processes are affected by disease.
Considers disordered cellular and tissue physiology resulting from disease and drugs that can treat those diseases. You'll
develop an understanding of health and common illnesses.
Gain an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study required for an undergraduate project. Formulate a
research question, search literature, practice experimental design and practice data collection and statistical analysis.
Drugs of Addiction and Abuse
Develop an understanding of the use of drugs for non-medical purposes, including effects other than those desired by the
users. It also introduces the legislation controlling the use of substances.
Neuroscience or Physiology
Explore the functions of the different brain regions and neuronal cell types, or develop concepts of physiological control systems and the link between changes in cellular and systemic function.
Placement year (optional)
You have the opportunity to take a work placement during your third year. The below modules would be Year Four for placement students.
Learn practical research techniques, including a review of scientific writing and critical appraisals of published work, as well
as oral presentations and plagiarism.
Considers sources, types and mechanisms of action of selected natural and synthetic toxic chemicals. It also covers how toxicity can be assessed.
Learn about drug development and the mode of action of selected drug types. You'll also look at diseases of the human endocrine system and the advances in cellular and molecular techniques.
Current Topics in Pharmacology
Study recent advances and developments in pharmacology and the research techniques used to study molecular pharmacology.
Current Topics in Neuroscience
With reference to new research techniques and equipment, discuss current hot topics in molecular and cellular neuroscience,
including learning and memory, stem cells, and the molecular basis of human neurological and psychiatric illnesses.
Current Topics in Physiology
Discuss advances in molecular, cellular and organ physiology and gain an appreciation of the research techniques used to study
processes such as signaling, hormonal regulation and cardio-protection.
The below modules would be Year Five for placement students.
Prepare for engagement in medical and science writing, education and policy making, where communicating knowledge
to national and international audiences is key.
MBiol Research Project
This substantial independent research project runs for the whole of your final year giving you the opportunity to explore and
expand your research skills in an area that interests you.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Careers and employability
Your career development
As well as the Masters-level practical laboratory skills, this course will equip you with transferable skills in critical analysis and understanding, qualities and attributes necessary for a wide range of careers in industry, commerce, teaching, and research.
Our graduates usually seek research and development positions in the pharmaceutical and related industries including universities and hospitals. They also work in non-laboratory based activities such as:
Recent graduates are now working in the following roles:
Many of our graduates also choose to study further on an MPhil or PhD research degree.
Excellent placement opportunities
After Year Two, you have the opportunity to undertake a one years' work placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice.
You will be assessed throughout the year and will be required to write a reflective report and diary. On completion of a successful placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award - the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice, an excellent addition to your CV.
Recent Pharmacology and Bioscience students have secured placements in the following companies:
Notes about fees for this course
Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.
Getting in touch
For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.
Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494
While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.
We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.
What are we looking for?
Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.
We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.
Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.
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