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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 a two-week introductory foundation course followed by three five-week taught modules and either a research project or a specialist course (two five-week modules).

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 are split into Parts A, B and C. Parts A and B run from September until February and comprise teaching on the BSc course topic. Part C, which runs from March until May, gives students the opportunity to undertake a project.

The BSc project is a ten-week research project, which gives students a valuable opportunity to learn about scientific research. The project is assessed via an oral presentation of the project (25% of Part C marks) and a 5000-word project write-up (75% of Part C marks). Examples of the type of projects available can be found in this list of past BSc project titles (PDF).