Innovation in Bioscience and Medicine (C7117)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Gain an overview of how research in the Life Sciences can lead to innovation that addresses social needs. Explore the factors that shape, boost or inhibit these innovations.

You’ll look at the applications of bioscience, particularly in medicine, its products and processes, and patterns of development.

You’ll examine the mechanisms through which products and services are commercialised, including university-industry links, spin-off firms and corporate alliances. You'll also explore wider regulatory and ethical debates, and the role they play in the development of biotechnology.


53%: Lecture
47%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 34 hours of contact time and about 116 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: