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Respiratory Science introduction

Respiratory Science introduction
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Respiratory disease is common, reflecting environmental, occupational and inherited factors. Respiratory patients have a significant clinical and economic impact on the NHS and respiratory conditions have a substantial personal impact on the affected individuals and their families. This course gives students an opportunity to study in depth the science underlying a number of respiratory conditions and their management.

This course will comprise three core teaching blocks, a self-directed learning block involving independent and group work, and a 12-week research project. 

The Course Director is Professor Louise Donnelly (l.donnelly@imperial.ac.uk).

Aims and objectives

The aim of this course is to provide a scientific basis for the practice of, and research into, respiratory medicine.

The course content will include a broad range of respiratory sciences including physiology and pharmacology, pathophysiology, genetics and epidemiology of lung diseases and pulmonary diagnostics. Importantly, students will have the opportunity to attend clinics and observe novel diagnostic procedures in a research-active environment, thus relating their newly acquired scientific knowledge in a variety of clinical contexts.

Our BSc students will be encouraged to attend grand rounds and seminars, often from prestigious international visiting scientists and will attend a national conference. By the end of the BSc, students will have an understanding of the scientific basis of lung diseases, the aetiological factors involved, the investigation of these processes, and novel treatments not yet in routine practice.

With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses run from September until May. The courses comprise a 12 week teaching block where the students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their research training of core research knowledge and skills. All students also perform a 12 week research project within their specialism.