Year 1 (Level 4)
- Cell Biology and Microbiology
This unit will provide a basic understanding of Cell Biology, Molecular genetics and Microbiology. You will study a variety of topics such as ultra-cell structure, cell transport, structure and function of DNA plus the growth of microorganisms. The unit is practically based and uses laboratory experimentation to inform learning.
- Basic Concepts in Chemistry
The aim of this module is to provide the basic principles of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, enabling you to apply these chemical principles throughout all areas of chemical analysis.
This unit will cover organic chemistry including carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Students will look at metabolic pathways, enzyme structure, function and kinetics.
- Introduction to Biotechnology
This module will include the principles of separation, identification and quantification of biological molecules, protein purification, enzyme assays and gel electrophoresis
This module will introduce and develop a wide range of mathematical and statistical skills which will enable you to properly collate, present and analyse statistical and mathematical data generated in the course of your studies.
You will develop skills which enable you to be reflective, this will allow you to assess you progress and identify areas that you need to develop.
This module develops your academic skills to enable them to meet the requirements of study for higher education courses in a variety of contexts and to develop the specialist study skills relevant to your course of study and professional aspirations.
This module is intended to allow you to identify, address and experience the demands of the science industry within negotiated boundaries, completing the project under the supervision of the module leader.
Year 2 (Level 5)
This module is concerned with the application of chemical methods, techniques and theories to the study of biological processes at a molecular level, for example, Membrane Chemistry - Cell signalling, Receptor-ligand binding, Signal transduction and Drug targeting.
- Immunology and Pharmacology
This module will include: Response to Infection, antibody structure and function, antigen processing and presentation, MHC complex, tolerance and auto-immunity and immunoassay techniques. It will also cover pharmacodynamics, drug biochemistry, biological mode of drug action, dose response selectivity and specificity, and drug metabolism & pharmacokinetics.
- Production and Analysis of Proteins
This will be a practically based module, examining methods of protein production, and their subsequent analysis.
- Ensuring Quality – Legislation and Statistics
This module will cover quality standards used in industry, such as GLP, ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and cGMP. The module will include the statistics required to ensure quality is maintained.
The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of an appropriate work context and apply your knowledge and skills to a work place issue or problem which you have identified.
You will develop the transferable skills and professional requirements necessary for your proposed career. This will include preparing a portfolio demonstrating how the meet a job specification and a mock interview for this job.
Year 3 (Level 6)
This module is designed to enable you to explore emerging scientific research and technologies, assessing the potential value of the next generation of products for society and for business.
- Advanced Biochemical Techniques
This module is designed to provide you with background theory to advanced techniques and instrumentation used in industry. These skills will improve your employability .
- Science and the Environment
In this module, you will develop an appreciation of the analytical approaches required in environmental analysis of air, water and soil samples. It will provide the you with knowledge of state-of-the-art analytical techniques available to solve/assess current environmental problems and also emerging technologies in environmental analysis.
- Laboratory Operations and Management
This module is designed to provide you with the tools to supervise the operation and management of a laboratory. These will include the soft skills required by the sector.
This module aims to develop your skills in research, analysis, and project management via an extended vocationally-relevant project. You will investigate a well-defined problem and, through both practical and literature-based research, analyse the context and nature of the issue, then develop, critically appraise and justify strategies to address the problem.