Biomedical Sciences is a programme that develops understanding of the functioning of the human body at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels in health and disease. It develops knowledge that is necessary for the analysis of disease mechanisms and fundamental for new developments and innovation in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Students in years 1 and 2 study a general curriculum that provides a broad scientific foundation in the Biomedical Sciences. Students expand their understanding of the main cellular, molecular and genetic principles that relate to the function of the whole body and interplay between the major body systems. This is embedded in the context of the research activities that continue to challenge and advance these foundational principles. Integrated within this discipline-based learning is the introduction and continued development of core researcher skills - introducing the scientific literature and developing skills in literature searching and analysis of published scientific papers.
Year 3 of the Biomedical Sciences programme retains a breadth of study through choices from a spectrum of optional courses including physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, infectious diseases, reproductive biology, endocrinology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and developmental biology. This choice exists in parallel with a compulsory course where students learn about the scientific method, structured reasoning, inferences from data, design of experiments and about the range of experimental techniques currently available in the Biomedical Sciences. Emphasis is placed on developing understanding of how key discoveries arise through experiment, how our understanding is labile and changes as new findings arise and how new technologies enable new findings to emerge. The Biomedical Sciences Senior Honours (Year 4) is orientated to research in practice - the process of learning by experiment employing the skill base developed across the programme. A research project is a key element of the final year pairing students with research active staff to pursue a novel research question in a research group environment. Core and elective courses are linked directly to cutting edge research issues in biomedical sciences led by staff actively engaged in that, or a closely related, research area.
The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh has a long established reputation for excellence in biomedical research and teaching. Academic staff, involved in cutting-edge biomedical research programmes rated as internationally-excellent or world class, bring a breadth and depth of research-based knowledge and expertise to their teaching and supervision, providing an outstanding student learning environment that fosters individual intellectual development. By harnessing this research expertise the Biomedical Sciences programme aims to enhance the academic experience of learning through enquiry in a research-rich environment, to encourage a questioning and critical approach to the development of new knowledge, and foster an appreciation of the role of science in society and the role of the University in developing knowledge, the exchange of knowledge and in understanding and harnessing its impact.