Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

International Summer School Bioscience for Global Disease BIOL2049

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The Bioscience for Global Disease summer course consists of lectures, tutorials, group work projects and practical laboratory work. Students will develop an understanding of current research in Bioscience with specific emphasis on the following research themes:

■ Cancer biology; primary research, detection and emerging treatments

■ Infection biology; virology, parasitology and bacteriology

■ Stem cell research

■ Cardiovascular disease and fitness


Full time between mid-July and mid-August (4 weeks). In total, there will be approximately 46 contact hours comprising lectures, tutorials, group work, laboratory practical sessions and guided learning.

Requirements of Entry

Eligible students must have completed 2nd year of the Undergraduate Degree, majoring in a Biological Science (e.g. Molecular and Cell biology, Biochemistry, Immunology). It would be beneficial to have some background knowledge of each of the four topics covered (Oncology, Infectious Diseases (what are viruses, bacteria and parasites), Stem cells and Cardiovascular diseases). A good grasp of written and verbal English is required. A GPA of 3.0 for American Students or a B grade average equivalent. 

Excluded Courses





The course will be assessed through a series of closed book quizzes (30%) and a written examination at the end of the course (25%) plus course work consisting of written assignments and an oral presentation (45%).

Main Assessment In: August

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No


Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop and build on their knowledge of bioscience and global diseases, through interpretation and discussion of current research findings relevant to the individual themes.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ describe the process of infection by major human pathogens;

■ describe disease pathology of the cardiovascular system;

■ describe the relationship between physical activity and public health; 

■ explain the latest developments in stem cell technology and issues surrounding ethics and regulations;

■ describe the molecular basis of cancer and metastasis; 

■ appraise and communicate experimental scientific literature.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.