Cell Biology is concerned with how cells function, both individually and within organisms. It integrates other Biological Sciences such as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to explain the structure and function of cells.
It also considers how cell diversity arises and how cells co-operate and communicate with each other in normal tissues and in developing embryos. Cell Biology is one of the major growth areas of Biological Sciences in the 'post-genomic' era and uses new technologies including cell culture, manipulation of genes, monoclonal antibodies and advanced light and electron microscopy. These developments support the existing and future needs of society in many areas of medicine including cancer research, the control of auto-immune disease, and the study of birth defects, and in other fields such as plant breeding and environmental monitoring.
The aim of the course is to present a contemporary view of Cell Biology, with particular emphasis on the application of a wide range of modern technologies.
Specialist final year teaching in Cell Biology currently includes topics such as Control of Cell Division, Advanced Immunology, Genes and Development, Cell Signalling, Molecular Biology of Cancer, and Protein Trafficking.
- with a Modern Language
The joint language degrees involve a course in which approximately two-thirds of your time is spent studying one of our single honours courses in bioscience. The remainder of your time is spent studying a language such as French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese or Spanish.
- with Industrial/Professional Experience
These degree courses include a year spent in a professional setting. This setting is usually an industrial or international research organisation, undertaking pure or applied research and development.