Undergraduate teaching

Dr Keith Brown,
Head of Teaching

The Head of Teaching for the school is Dr Keith Brown; room G57, phone: 0117 33 12071, email: keith.brown@bristol.ac.uk.

Teaching support materials such as timetables and handbooks are given out to students registered on each unit at the beginning of the academic year; they are also posted on the Blackboard site for the relevant unit. Unit handbooks contain a wide range of useful and important information about course content and assessments so please make sure that you read them carefully.

All honours students should ensure they read the school handbook for honours students:

*First year students, please note: The reading list is in section 9 (v) 'Level 4/C (year 1) textbooks' on page 38 of the handbook.

Please refer to section C of the handbook on teaching which includes information on the organisation of teaching in our school, lectures, tutorials, practical classes as well as the transferable skills you will acquire, what to do in the event of illness, examinations and assessment and degree classification.

General information

Programmes of study: Details of the different level 4/C and 5/I units and level 6/H units offered by the school can be found under the Undergraduate Admissions part of the web site.

Past papers: These are available from Blackboard.

Training and learning resources: See the links page for details on self-help and learning resources available from the University.

Exam results: End of year results for Level 4/C (year 1) and Level 5/I (year 2) are posted by candidate number on the relevant unit on Blackboard. You can also obtain your results by contacting the student admin office in person or by either email (from your UoB email account) or telephone on 0117 33 12009 (please have your candidate number to hand). Results will not be given to any third party or sent by email to non-UoB email addresses.

The level 6/H research project

During their final year students do a research project where either the work is carried out at the bench in a research laboratory, or, for those who do not intend to pursue a research career, a literature or computer based project which does not involve laboratory work. Around the start of the new Academic Year details of the projects available will be passed to students. Further details and guidance notes are available under the "Level H" course on Blackboard.

You can see details of the laboratory projects and details of the literature projects available in the academic year 2013-2014 (Adobe pdf files accessible to UoB computers only) to give you an idea of the scope and range of projects offered. Projects are supervised by members of the school based at both the Biomedical Sciences Building and elsewhere as well as by clinicians and researchers from other locations such as the Dental School, Southmead Hospital and the Health Protection Agency. Students are also able to suggest their own projects.

Student feedback and questionnaires

The school is committed to achieving the highest standards of teaching in all aspects of the courses it offers. So that we can attain this, it is vital that students give their views on all aspects of the courses it offers. Such feedback is very strongly encouraged and is given serious consideration: It has formed the basis of improvements to courses made in recent years. There are two main channels for such feedback; questionnaires and the Staff-Student Liaison Committee. In addition to this, members of staff should always be willing to receive constructive criticisms; in particular, Unit organisers will be happy to discuss any problems within the limit of their responsibility.


These form the most important component of student feedback and students are asked to make every effort to fill these in and return them. We treat the results of such questionnaires (which are anonymous) seriously; results of Questionnaires are collated and then brought to the attention of the necessary individuals and committees for action. The summary of the questionnaires and the outcome of the comments is also presented to the Staff-Student Liaison Committee for their comments.