National Student Survey 2011 and 2012: Biosciences at Brunel rated 12th out of 83 comparable university science related departments.
Biosciences are an expanding and forward-looking division within the School and promote a commitment and passion to science. We pursue excellence in both teaching and research, and believe that by linking the two we can provide the best education and experience for our students.
The aim of the BSc Biomedical Sciences programme, and subject specific pathways, is to provide students with an understanding of the main subject areas in Biosciences and medically-related research. The programmes seek to develop graduates with good practical, analytical and transferable skills applicable to a wide range of employment opportunities.
The courses with Professional Experience include a one year work placement in a scientific area. Students who undertake a placement are statistically more likely to achieve a higher degree classification than those who study on a full time course. Students gain greater self- confidence, motivation, time management, and personal and social skills.
The MSc courses in Molecular Medicine, and Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research, enable students to gain specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of human diseases and focus on developing research skills. The courses are taught on a one year full-time or two year part-time basis. Biosciences have newly refurbished laboratories with a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and expertise, and broad international and interdisciplinary collaborations. Biosciences academics are internationally renowned in their fields and are making major advances and breakthroughs in human diseases and syndromes including breast, prostate and skin cancer, leukaemia, progeria (premature ageing), tuberculosis, malaria, aspergillus infections, neurodegenerative diseases, aberrations caused by irradiation and normal ageing. Our academics are also involved in the development of 21st century treatments for disease such as novel vaccines, stem cell, gene and antibody therapies, novel drug development and artificial biomaterials. All the research centres in Biosciences focus on human health and disease mechanisms and are involved in translational research: the renowned Brunel Institute for Cancer Genetics and Pharmacogenomics, the Centre for Cell and Chromosome Biology, and the new Centre for Infection, Immunity and Disease Mechanisms. We have attracted over £4 million pounds research grant income over the past 5 years.
Dr Su-Ling Li
Director of Biosciences
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