Why study at Roehampton
- Students gain knowledge and skills such as standard laboratory practice, handling equipment,
- recording results and critical evaluation of experiments.
- Up-to-date modules to reflect current issues.
- Well-equipped laboratories with facilities for DNA analysis, high performance liquid chromatography, image analysis, cell culture facilities, ELISA and fluorescence plate readers.
This course offers a practical approach to studying the life processes of health, disease, treatment and prevention. You will learn about the fundamentals of life from cell biology and immunology to the relationship between nutrition and health. The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will gain experience in laboratory practices, instrumentation and analytical techniques.
You take core modules in biomolecular science, cell and molecular biology, physiology, and human disease, preparing you for honours-level study. A module on practical methods introduces a wide range of biological and biochemical techniques and develops laboratory skills, including the use of computer systems to present and analyse data.
In the second year, modules focus on subjects such as pharmacology and toxicology, molecular biology, neurobiology, physiology and immunology.
You undertake a research project and study modules in subjects such as medical microbiology, molecular genetics, and practical methods in haematology, microbiology, histology and biochemistry.
You will have access to modern, well-equipped laboratories with facilities for DNA analysis, high performance liquid chromatography, electrophysiology, microbiology, light and electron microscopy.
You will have free access to computer suites equipped with subject specific software. Your work will be underpinned by the support of a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians.
Roehampton is close to the many world-class facilities in London, including: Wellcome Collection and Library and the British Museum
Research links with many of London's hospitals and medical schools facilitate visits, projects and access to specialist libraries.
Examples of final-year project titles
- Microbial load of kitchen sites in student accommodation.
- Smoking and salivary IgA.
- Epigenetic control of neurogenesis by the brain endocannabinoid system.
- Glycaemic index and exercise.
Recommended first year reading
- Campbell, N.A., J.B. Reece & L.G. Mitchell (2005) Biology, 7th edition, New York: Addison-Wesley
- Or: Purves, W.K., D. Sadava, G.H. Orians & H.C. Heller (2004) Life: The Science of Biology, 7th edition, Sunderland, USA: Sinauer
- Cell Biology
- Advances in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Our graduates work in different areas of biomedical sciences such as microbiology, haematology, immunology, cellular sciences, drug discovery, genetics, or neuroscience. Some graduates choose further academic study at postgraduate level.