In the first and second years, a range of taught courses will provide an in-depth knowledge of the immune system, molecular biology, genetic disease, toxicology, endocrinology, energy metabolism, parasitology, virology, bacterial pathogenicity, and biopharmaceutical analysis. In the second year, you gain research experience via a laboratory-based or literature-based research project.
Topics include: immune responses to disease (basic immunology, cell biology, inflammatory responses, cancer, HIV, TB, how to control emerging diseases); molecular biology and genetic disease (techniques of molecular biology, genetic susceptibility to disease, prions, BSE and CJD, inherited disorders of metabolism, the moral issues of gene tampering); toxicology and phytotherapy (environmental hazards and remediation, adverse reactions to drugs, metals and ageing); endocrinology (chemical signalling); synthesis, release and mechanisms of action of hormones; disorders of the endocrine system; microbial pathogenicity; how humans can protect against bacterial diseases; antimicrobials; antibiotic development; mode of action of chemical antibiotics and bacterial resistance to antibiotics; modern concepts in parasitology and virology; statistics (data analysis techniques); human genetics; plant products for health and nutrition.
Lectures combined with laboratory practicals, problem-solving sessions, computer simulations, poster presentations, seminars and oral presentations. The degree involves using computer packages and the Internet, for which training is provided.
Coursework assessed throughout the two years; written, unseen examinations at the end of the degree; a written project report; and a viva voce examination.