Our experienced teaching team have worked within cardiovascular and respiratory pharmacology, clinical toxicology, NHS pathology laboratories. Staff will bring their professional and research expertise into their teaching through the use of contemporary clinical case studies as the basis for problem based learning activities. We have excellent links with domestic and international pharmaceutical companies who enhance our course through guest lectures and site visits. Many also offer professional placements, with opportunities to spend a year in industry in the UK or overseas; past students have worked at John Radcliffe Hospital and companies like Binding Site, Astra Zenica and Pfizer as far afield as Canada, Spain and the Netherlands. We also offer sponsored summer studentships in a variety of areas, including anticancer, cardiovascular, antimicrobial drug discovery, toxicology, and projects in schools to enhance your employability. There is a focus on developing laboratory and other scientific skills, so laboratory sessions form a substantial component of the learning experience, enabling you to learn key experimental techniques and the chance to develop essential experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological and other careers. Other scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics are integrated within the course. Our practical approach has resulted in high levels of student satisfaction – 97% for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 – and 100% of students felt staff are good at explaining things. Key Course Benefits
- Teaching links with the local National Health Service (NHS) cardiac rehabilitation team and with staff in hospital diagnostic laboratories.
- Extensive industry links with a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Proctor and Gamble and Astra Zeneca, and collaborative research links with World Precision Instruments.
- Access to a well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you will get hands on experience using industry standard techniques, such as flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, and confocal microscopy.
- Opportunities to attend guest lecturers from current practitioners in the pharmaceutical industry, laboratory research and other jobs in science in areas including pharmacogenomics, neuropharmacology, pharmacovigilance and drug transport and development.
- Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences research centre, which focuses on the themes of: cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity.
Your main study themes are: Human Physiology in Health and Diseases The science behind the structure and functions of the human body and the way it adapts to its environment. You will study cause-and-effect mechanisms, integrating comparisons between healthy and disease states. You’ll be introduced to laboratory techniques for the measurement of physiological variables, such as. metabolic rate, heart rate, blood pressure and spirometry. Pharmacology The study of the mechanisms by which drugs interact with biochemical, cellular and physiological systems. This includes principles of how drugs produce beneficial effects in a variety of disease states how drug action is quantified. The mechanisms and clinical uses of drugs which act to modify or mimic peripheral nervous system function will also be considered. Skills in Biomolecular Science Equips you with essential professional and practical laboratory skills, including sessions on experimental design, simple quantitative manipulation of laboratory data and the use of bioinformatics resources. Cell and Molecular Biology Provides an understanding of the structure and functions of mammalian cells and the metabolic processes that occur within them. You will cover cell division mechanisms, energy metabolism, cell communication and cell defence, in particular looking at cancer cells. You will learn about genetic inheritance patterns linked to the understanding of DNA replication, transcription and translation, investigating complex genetic disorders such as heart disease and dementia. Biochemistry and Microbiology The structure of biological molecules and their functional properties within the cell, including the action of enzymes, bacterial cell structure and growth. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.
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All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
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|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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