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Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences at UCL combines a fascinating diversity of interlinked life science topics, spanning anatomy, cell and developmental biology, neuroscience, pharmacology and physiology. Focused academic expertise and an interdisciplinary approach contribute to an inspiring and exciting learning environment.

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Biomedical Sciences

Why study Biomedical Sciences at UCL?

UCL has a pioneering history and distinguished research reputation in biomedical sciences. Teaching and research are closely linked, ensuring you will be exposed to the most-up-to-date discoveries and techniques. You can study a broad range of modules to match your own interests or a more defined set that takes advantage of UCL's international expertise in the biomedical sciences.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You will be taught by research-active academics who pride themselves on providing a friendly and stimulating environment. In addition to the theoretical aspects of the subject, you will learn practical and quantitative skills and techniques required to go forward into further study, research or career opportunities in the biomedical sciences.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching normally involves lectures and, in many but not all cases, laboratory classes and small-group tutorials. Assessment is usually by written examination and coursework assessment, but may also include laboratory write-ups and poster presentations.

Modules in Biomedical Sciences

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ANAT1003 Introduction to Human Anatomy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC1001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR1001 An Introduction to the Mechanisms of Drug Action 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL1001 Mammalian Physiology 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
PHOL1002 Mammalian Physiology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ANAT2008 Developmental Neurobiology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT2010 Human Neuroanatomy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT2051 Human Anatomy and Embryology (Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis) 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT2052 Human Anatomy and Embryology (B: Head and Limbs) 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CELL2006 Cell Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CELL2007 The Principles of Cellular Control 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CELL2008 Integrative Cell Biology 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
NEUR2006 Cellular Neurophysiology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR2001 Drugs and the Mind 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR2002 General and Systematic Pharmacology 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
PHAR2003 Experimental Pharmacology 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
PHAR2005 Introductory Pharmacology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR2006 Practical Pharmacology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL2001 Animal and Human Physiology: Integrative Physiology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL2003 Systems Neuroscience 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL2005 Structure and Function of Nervous Systems 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ANAT3028 The Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT3030 Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT3040 Molecular Basis of Neuropsychiatric Disorders 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ANAT3042 Pain 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CELL3001 Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CELL3003 Mechanisms of Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CELL3005 Mechanisms of Development (with practical) 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
CELL3007 Mitochondrial Biology, Bioenergetics and Metabolism in Human Disease 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CELL3050 Advanced Molecular Cell Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CELL3105 Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CELL3140 Interdisciplinary Cell Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3001 Advanced Visual Neuroscience 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
NEUR3003 Metabolic Neuroscience 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3018 Neural Basis of Motivation and Learning 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3031 The Control of Movement 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3041 Neural Computation: Models of Brain Function 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
NEUR3045 Visual Neuroscience 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR3001 Neuropharmacology 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
PHAR3002 Neuropharmacology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR3003 Molecular Pharmacology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR3004 Receptor Mechanisms 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR3006 Drug Design and Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR3008 Psychopharmacology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR3011 Synaptic Pharmacology: The Synapse - A Major Target for Disease and Drug Action 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAR3031 Pharmacology of Inflammation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL3001 Respiration in Health and Disease 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL3002 Heart and Circulation 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
PHOL3004 Cell Signalling in Health and Disease 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
PHOL3006 The Cellular Basis of Brain Function 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
PHOL3011 Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHOL3016 Cell Polarity and Disease 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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