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, and support for your work from a team of specialist laboratory and IT technicians.
At Roehampton you will be a short train ride away from 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