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Biomedical Sciences - Course Outline

First Year


  • Numerical and Scientific Skills (Statistics and Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry)
  • Systems (Brain, Behaviour and Body)
  • Molecules and Cells (Molecules, Cells and Genes)
  • Classes, Lectures and practical sessions


Students need to take three papers, which will be assessed at the end of the year.

Second Year

Courses (two terms)

Students need to choose five courses from a broad range of selection of modules. Subject areas offered comprise neurophysiology, processes and disorders, cellular and systems physiology, pharmacology, genetics and developmental biology, cellular pathology and immunology. Students are advised to view full list on the university website.

Term First

In this term, students will work on their research project that is submitted during the third year as a module of the part second exam. The twenty percent of final degree mark is contributed to written exam of this material during the second year.

Third Year


In the third year, students may take either Neuroscience or Cell and Systems Biology. In Neuroscience, two advanced options are offered by the Department of Experimental Psychology. Additionally, students are offered three themes from the Neuroscience option by the Medical School. In Cell and Systems Biology, two advanced options (one minor and one major option) are offered to students by medical School: Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience, Myocardial, Infection and Immunity, Vascular and Respiratory Biology, Signalling in Health and Disease. Each option consists of eight or nine themes. A main option would generally cover five or six themes whereas a minor option may usually cover three or four themes.


Students need to take assessment, which is evaluated by written papers during the third term of the final year. As a part of assignment, students require submitting a project dissertation and present their work orally to their respective examiners. Students do not need to submit any written work while applying for this course.

Written Tests

Candidates should take the Biomedical Admission Test (BMAT) in their own college or school or recognized test centres on the prescribed date. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that they are registered for this test. Students may see the university website for further details.

Tutors seek for receptive and lively minds with the ability to examine evidence critically. Students must be able to consider issues from various perspectives and have a capacity for creative and logical thinking. It must be noted that Biomedical Admission Test (BMAT) results data shall be considered when shortlisting applicants for interview.

Course Schedule

Students in the first year would usually attend six to ten lectures, a three-hour practical class and a mathematics class. Additionally, they would prepare for weekly tutorials that focus upon their subject area. In the first two terms of the second year, the course work is divided between practical classes and tutorials. In the second year, the final term is kept aside for the laboratory research project. In the third year, students need to attend seminars, lectures and tutorials in their chosen specialist area.

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