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At UEL, our focus is on the human biosciences. Our course topics range from researching the molecules that control cells through to studying the body as a whole – and how it reacts to disease and treatment.

About Bioscience

Why choose us?

1. World-class facilities
In 2015 we won a £1.2 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England for a new teaching lab. The new lab is proving a major resource and will have a great impact on your student experience as well as increase the University’s reputation with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) employers and industries.
2. Hands-on education
You won’t sit around watching from the back of the lecture hall at UEL. We think the best way to explain the way in which the body works, and how to make it   better, is through ‘hands on’ experience. So you’ll be immersed in practical work from the very start of your degree – either in our suite of newly refurbished           laboratories or working in a hospital pathology lab.
3. Invaluable placements
We’ll give you the opportunity of invaluable placements in hospitals, research laboratories and the commercial world which will enhance your chances of employment. Your research projects in areas such as pharmaceutical science and pharmacology could make a real difference, and you’ll have the chance to present your findings to leading scientists at national research meetings.

Facilities and resources

The learning experience of UEL students enrolled on bioscience courses will be greatly enhanced following the opening of new laboratory facilities at Stratford Campus.

Last year UEL were awarded a £1.2 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to build a new high-tech super-lab. This was match-funded by the University, making an overall investment of £2.4 million.

Phase one of the redevelopment has now been completed with the new lab coming on stream. Phase two will involve an adjoining room being knocked through to make a single giant lab.

The new facilities are set to have a major impact on the student experience at UEL and boost the University’s reputation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Head of Bioscience Dr Joanne Tocher said, “In our previous labs we could only accommodate 40 or so students at a time.  Once the second phase is completed, over a hundred students will be able to work in the lab.”

“We’re not just spreading out the old equipment into a bigger space.  We have also purchased a lot of new equipment for the lab, and whole new workstations for students, so they will have more access.”

The new facilities will be of benefit to postgraduate researchers as well as undergraduates.

What we're researching

We have two research groups, one working in medicines and the other in infections and immunity. We’re also involved in research that tries to predict new drugs - or bio-informatics as it's known. We use computers to study and process data to help predict what a new drug structure would look like before making it.

We often carry out research in collaboration with other leading research universities in London, including University College London and King’s College London, as well as overseas institutions. Students studying at all levels have an opportunity to get involved in our research work.

Bioscience research played a major part in our recent successful research assessment in Allied Health. The work of our researchers was rated the best in London among modern universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the six-yearly national review of research quality in higher education.

An expert panel rated 67 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and 19 per cent of it as ‘world-leading’ – the highest possible accolade.

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