Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Our flexible courses offer a broad training in biomedical sciences through the study of the cellular and molecular basis of human disease.

Taught by world-class research scientists and clinicians, you will have the opportunity to complete your own research project which reflects our research interests in cancer biology, stem-cell biology and regenerative medicine, or infection and immunology.

Our outstanding facilities include state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, well-equipped lecture theatres and a specialist library.

Why study Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Bristol?

Cellular and molecular medicine courses are flexible and you can transfer between them as your interests develop. Most courses are available as four-year degrees with Study in Industry, allowing you to spend your third year on a placement that you will secure during your second year.

Lectures are at the forefront of knowledge about the mechanisms of human disease. Our teaching reflects our research, which aims to translate laboratory discoveries into clinical application.

Tutorials in small groups provide opportunities to improve your communication skills, strengthen teamwork and gain confidence in data handling and interpretation.

Laboratory sessions underpin learning during the first two years and are integrated with eBiolabs, a dynamic laboratory manual. Through project work you will develop experimental design and problem solving skills.

Your academic personal tutor will follow your progress and is available to give you advice and support throughout your time at Bristol.

International students who are offered a place on courses within the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine can apply for an Undergraduate International Scholarship.

What kind of student would this course suit?

You will be well suited to this course if you are interested in the causes and mechanisms of human disease and you enjoy practical laboratory and project work. There are also project opportunities for those who prefer reading and exploring a specific subject in depth.

We welcome applications from those of you applying also for medicine.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Each first and second year unit involves lectures, small-group tutorials and laboratory practicals as well as independent study. There are chances for group work and opportunities to present a topic in detail.

Assessment occurs throughout the year and includes essays, data handling exercises, oral presentations in tutorials, laboratory practical write-ups, eBiolabs pre-lab and post-lab work and unit assessments.

You will also take written exams during the January and May to June exam periods.

The final year includes research project work which you will write up as a dissertation. You will also take advanced lecture units which are assessed in final exams.

What are my career prospects?

Many of our graduates go on to study for an MSc or PhD prior to a career in biomedical research, or go on to study medicine. Other graduates find employment in industrial, academic or clinical laboratories, or choose to use their transferable skills in non-scientific careers. Our graduates are highly sought after and most find employment quickly.

Read more about what students from Cellular and Molecular Medicine go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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