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Claire Wade

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The BSc in Gastroenterology and Hepatology allows a science-based study of the physiology, cell biology, pathology and pharmacology of the gastrointestinal tract and liver in health and disease. Gene-environmental interactions, including metabolic, genetic and nutritional disorders, principles underlying diagnosis and therapy, with the emphasis on the science underlying imaging and neoplasia, and infective, immunological and inflammatory mechanisms as applied to the gastrointestinal tract and liver will be studied.

The Course Director is Professor Julian Marchesi (j.marchesi@imperial.ac.uk).

Aims and objectives

The course aims to give a firm grounding in the scientific basis of gastroenterology and hepatology. Students will acquire a wider, more generally applicable knowledge of genetics, immunology, metabolism, infectious disease and pathology.

After taking this course students will have:

  • A broad knowledge of the physiology of the GI tract and liver in health, and the pathophysiological mechanisms which lead to disease
  • An appreciation of various genetic and environmental influences on disease including nutritional science and metabolism
  • A knowledge of the scientific principles underlying diagnostic techniques and modern therapies
  • Familiarity with epidemiology, mechanisms and treatment of neoplasia in the GI tract and liver
  • An understanding of immunological, infective and inflammatory mechanisms in general and in specific GI and liver diseases
  • Specific Skills
  • Students will gain a practical knowledge of gastrointestinal investigation. Students will have a more general understanding of scientific method and experience in literature searches, assessment of publications and presentation of scientific reviews will be gained

Further Information and Application Guidance

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 15 week research project within their specialism.

More information about applying for/undertaking an intercalated BSc course at Imperial College London and also the structure of our courses can be found in the downloadable Imperial College London Intercalated BSc Guide - 2022-23 Entry (PDF).

If you have any queries about the application process, please email the Faculty Education Office (BSc Team) at feo.bsc@imperial.ac.uk.