Clinical Investigation of Disease (C7165)

30 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module introduces clinical investigation of disease. You will integrate theoretical knowledge with practical application, develoingp professional skills in the biomedical arena. This module includes a specific focus on clinical biochemistry and haematology.

Clinical biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of the human body and how it is affected by disease. You will learn the chemistry of the human body in health and disease, through clinical case studies that investigate the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of selected pathologies using contemporary lab techniques.

You will also develop a knowledge of normal and abnormal haematology. This will include:

  • the functions of bone marrow
  • the different blood cells and their role
  • haemostasis
  • common haematological disorders such as anaemias
  • leukaemias
  • disorders of clotting 
  • discussion on blood grouping and transfusion.

You’ll develop your professional biomedical skills, including:

  • quality assurance
  • experimental design
  • protocol development
  • working in accordance with good laboratory practice
  • teamwork
  • problem solving
  • analysis
  • numeracy
  • data processing
  • data presentations.


63%: Lecture
37%: Practical (Online laboratory, Practical, Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)
70%: Examination (Distance examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 57 hours of contact time and about 243 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: