Professional/Short course Infection and Disease

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Applied Sciences
Nine months
Online and practical sessions
Course Director
Dr Shona Nelson

BSc(Hons) Biomedical Top-up

Page last updated 12 October 2023


Modules can be offered either individually or collectively if you have had your first degree evaluated by the IBMS and require further Top-up studies in order to complete the educational requirement for IBMS accreditation.

This 30 credit Infection and Disease module aims to introduce the main disciplines in biomedical science: cellular pathology, clinical biochemistry, clinical immunology, haematology, transfusion science, clinical genetics and medical microbiology.

As well as developing an understanding of specific diseases and their laboratory investigation, you will be encouraged to integrate your knowledge in these core areas, providing a solid foundation for future system-led learning.

For an applicant looking to top-up an undergraduate degree to obtain an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) accreditation, please refer to the Biomedical Science module top-up for IBMS/HCPC accreditation for more information.



The outline syllabus for this module typically covers:

  • Disease
  • Haematology
  • Diseases of the liver and diabetes
  • Carcinogenesis and neoplasia
  • Acute and chronic inflammation
  • Cells and tissues of the immune system
  • Cellular injury and death
  • Cytogenetics and disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Introductory microbiology
  • Microbial interactions
  • Medical microbiology

Learning and Teaching

The module will be delivered as a series of key online lectures, online tutorials and practical classes (online and in laboratories).

Self-directed study will be used to encourage you to develop your understanding of the biology and pathology of disease.


Assessment will include the following:

  • Examinations (online with a 24 hour window for completion):
    Two online examinations, one at the end of semester 1 and the other at the end of semester 2, will assess the material covered in their respective semesters.
  • Poster based on the interpretation of an extended simulated case study and essay (500 words).


Study facilities

The College of Health, Science and Society has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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How to apply

How to apply

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Extra information

If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

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