The web of life
Biomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary degree that promotes understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease in humans, providing students with a sound and comprehensive grounding in the key principles underpinning modern biological and medical research and their potential applications in biotechnology.
Ultimately, human health depends on the normal functioning of the cells, tissues, and organ systems of the body. Understanding of disease in turn rests upon knowledge of the pathological processes on these systems.
The Functional Human Biology major provides an overview of the mechanisms of functioning of all systems of the human body and explores specific areas in depth, with a research-informed focus.
What does a degree in Biomedical Sciences involve?
Biomedical Sciences is the degree that links the papers relevant to an understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease in humans.
The degree aims to equip graduates with the skills required to meet the constantly changing boundaries of modern biosciences.
The following papers are required to major in Functional Human Biology:
BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry
CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1
HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2
36 further points
PHSL 232 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
PHSL 233 Cellular, Gastrointestinal and Renal Physiology
18 further points
PHSL 343 Cellular and Epithelial Physiology
PHSL 345 Physiological Aspects of Health and Disease
36 further points
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Postgraduate study in Biomedical Sciences
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons)) degree is a one-year postgraduate programme.
With its focus on hands-on biomedical research, it is widely regarded as an excellent choice for students wishing to continue on to PhD studies.