Prospective students

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Excellence in teaching


We teach all aspects of cancer biology, immunology, bacteriology, virology, regenerative medicine and stem cell biology to our own science undergraduates, those from other schools in the University and to medical and dental students. Our science courses are designed in order to provide students with a variety of choices, allowing them to specialise as their interests develop.

The high quality of the undergraduate teaching that the school carries out was recognised when we scored a maximum 24 out of 24 in the last national Teaching Quality Assurance assessment. These external markers of achievement highlight that the school very successfully balances its aims, which are to teach and to carry out high quality research into the processes underlying human disease, its treatment and prevention.

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In the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine postgraduate degrees (PhDs) are available by research. A taught MSc course is available in Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences. A separate taught/research MSc in Biomedical Sciences Research is also offered within Medical Sciences.

Postgraduate research students can register for a PhD or MSc by research degree depending on prior academic experience. Students studying for one of these postgraduate degrees will become members of a research group. They will be expected to complete the necessary laboratory project and produce their written thesis within four years (PhD) or two years (MSc by research). Registration for the second and subsequent years of study for a PhD is dependent upon satisfactory progress.

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Our staff; who they are, their area of expertise, location and how this benefits our students

We are located in the Medical Sciences Building in the heart of the city of Bristol and central to the University precinct. We also have practicing clinical staff working in the major Bristol hospitals. As a result, the scientific research and teaching of the school is conducted with a focused clinical perspective. Our undergraduate students are taught both by scientists and clinicians, and our research ranges from studies of basic biological processes to work addressing acute clinical needs.

The school belongs to the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences with our staff based in the medical sciences building and in the hospitals in and around Bristol. Staff members follow various research interests that fall into our key research themes: cancer biomarkers, infection and immunity and tissue engineering and stem cell therapies. Our academics are able to draw upon their research expertise to ensure that the teaching enjoyed by our students reflects the cutting edge of the subject matter. Indeed, a key element of our undergraduate courses is a major final year research project carried out within one or other of the internationally recognized research teams in the school. This gives our students hands on experience of the research process and provides them with a competitive edge when applying for higher degrees or future employment. The projects allow our students to contribute to important problems in contemporary cellular and molecular medicine. Research in the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

Living in Bristol

The city of Bristol is an exciting place in which to live and study and the University of Bristol is one of the top universities in the UK. Set against this very attractive background, the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine aims to provide a stimulating and enjoyable environment where students and staff can achieve their teaching, learning and research goals in the fullest possible sense.