Topics in Medical Biosciences

Neurobiology and neurotransmitters, pharmacology and anaesthetics, blood constituents and haemostasis, complement and immunity.


  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Human Biology


Year Two

20 Credits

In this module you will study 3 key areas:

Blood constituents and their functions. You will learn about the types and roles of blood cells, haemogloblin synthesis and degradation, blood coagulation and homeostasis, blood lipids, and immunology methods.

Neurobiology. You will learn about molecular neurobiology and neurotransmitters and how they affect brain functions such as memory and how the brain responds to opiates.

Pharmacology. You will learn about anaesthetics, antibacterial and antiviral agents, cancer chemotherapy and immunosuppression. In addition, cardiovascular and CNS pharmacology will also be considered.

In the practical classes you will perform and develop skills in a number of immunochemical procedures that are commonly used clinically and in research. The action of drugs on their enzyme target will also be investigated.  This module builds upon aspects of biochemistry, cell biology and physiology learnt in year 1 and will be useful for a number of advanced modules such as cell signalling, neurobiology, cancer biology and immunology taken in years 3.


Lectures, seminar, practical Classes and workshops, guided independent study


Coursework (40%); Exam (60%)