Life Sciences

Innovation in Bioscience and Medicine

Module code: C7117
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an overview of how research in the Life Sciences can lead to innovation in society, and the factors that shape, boost or inhibit such innovation.

The module explores the applications of bioscience, particularly in medicine, its products and processes, and their patterns of development. It examines the mechanisms through which products and services are commercialised, such as university-industry links, spin-off firms and corporate alliances.

Wider regulatory and ethical debates and the role they play in the development of biotechnology are also explored.

Module learning outcomes

  • To identify and demonstrate understanding of the importance of the non-technical factors associated with the success and failure of commercialisation attempts in the biomedical sector.
  • To identify key institutions and organisations that are associated with bioscience and medical innovation.
  • To select and appropriately apply conceptual tools from the social sciences to structure arguments related to the dynamics of bioscience and medical innovation.
  • To critically discuss evidence that can inform debate on bioscience and medical innovation from a broad range of sources spanning the science, social science, and policy domains.