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Study Molecular Basis of Health and Disease at Otago

Molecular Basis of Health and Disease provides a broad, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the science of health and disease.

You will have the opportunity to pursue this fascinating topic at undergraduate (Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences), postgraduate (Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours), and research level (Master of Biomedical Sciences).

The BBiomedSc degree allows you to pursue a flexible programme of study that equips you with a comprehensive grounding in the principles and ideas that underpin current biomedical science.

Why study Molecular Basis of Health and Disease?

The key answer is because you are interested in, and motivated by, the science that will allow us to improve human health. Our Molecular Basis of Health and Disease students have a reputation for excellence and are sought-after by a wide range of employers both here in New Zealand and overseas.

This major explores the molecular mechanisms underpinning cellular communication as they relate to human health and disease.

Some of the topics covered include pathways of cell growth, cell survival and death, protein interactions in cell signalling pathways, dysregulation of metabolism, and the expression of disease phenotypes.

Career opportunities

Your working life might begin with an innovative biotechnology company or with a more established company in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, or agricultural sectors.

Alternatively, you might be employed by a research institute, in a university, government agency or local authority and use the scientific skills you have learned during your studies to provide policy, technical, or diagnostic advice.

A significant number of our BBiomedSc graduates are also successful in obtaining PhD positions or gaining postgraduate entry into professional health programmes such as Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy.

Is the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) degree different from a Bachelor of Science (BSc)?

Yes. The BBiomedSc allows you to retain an interdisciplinary diversity throughout your three years of study.

In the final year of a BSc, most students are required to take four 300-level papers in their major subject. In contrast, final-year BBiomedSc students have the opportunity to select two of their required papers from outside their major.

Throughout your university studies, advice will be available to help you structure your programme of study.

It is often possible, for example, to switch between a BSc and BBiomedSc degree.

How do I structure my BBiomedSc degree?

Most students enter the BBiomedSc programme having successfully completed Health Sciences First Year (HSFY), although it is also possible to enrol in a BBiomedSc from the start of your studies.

While the interdisciplinary nature of Biomedical Sciences is the key feature of our degree, we aim to ensure that you obtain a coherent programme of study by selecting one of our specific majors.

The BBiomedSc majoring in Molecular Basis of Health and Disease incorporates a greater diversity of study than the equivalent BSc.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages:

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) majoring in Molecular Basis of Health and Disease

Year Papers Points
1st year

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

PHSI 191  Biological Physics

18 further points

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

2nd year

ANAT 241  Human Biology: Cells to Systems

BIOC 221  Molecular Biology

BIOC 223  Cellular Biochemistry and Metabolism

PATH 201  Foundations in Human Pathology

At least 36 points from ANAT 243, BIOC 222, GENE 221, GENE 222, GENE 223, HUNT 241, HUNT 243, MICR 221, MICR 223, PHAL 211, PHAL 221, PHSL 232, PHSL 233

18 further points

18

18

18

18

36

 

18

3rd year

Three of:
BIOC 352  Advanced Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
BIOC 353  Molecular Basis of Health and Disease
PATH 301  Applied Pathology
PATH 302  Cancer Biology

At least one further paper from ANAT 332, BIOC 351, BIOC 352, BIOC 353, GENE 313, GENE 314, GENE 315, MICR 332, MICR 334, MICR 337, PATH 301, PATH 302, PHAL 304, PHAL 305, PHAL 306, PHSL 343, PHSL 345

36 further points

54

 

 

 

18

 

36

Total   360

*Further information will be available for these papers in early September.

Key information for future students

Contact us

School of Biomedical Sciences
Email biomedsc@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/bms/undergraduate/biomedical-sciences