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Gastroenterology and Hepatology introduction

Gastroenterology and Hepatology introduction
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Introduction

The BSc in Gastroenterology and Hepatology allows a science-based study of the physiology, cell biology, pathology and pharmacology of the gastrointestinal tract and liver in health and disease. Gene-environmental interactions, including metabolic, genetic and nutritional disorders, principles underlying diagnosis and therapy, with the emphasis on the science underlying imaging and neoplasia, and infective, immunological and inflammatory mechanisms as applied to the gastrointestinal tract and liver will be studied.

This course will comprise a two-week Introductory course followed by three 5-week taught modules and either a research project or a specialist course.

The Course Directors are Professor Julian Walters (julian.walters@imperial.ac.uk) and Dr Shahid Khan (shahid.khan@imperial.ac.uk).


Aims and objectives

The course aims to give a firm grounding in the scientific basis of gastroenterology and hepatology. Students will acquire a wider, more generally applicable knowledge of genetics, immunology, metabolism, infectious disease and pathology.

After taking this course students will have:

  • A broad knowledge of the physiology of the GI tract and liver in health, and the pathophysiological mechanisms which lead to disease
  • An appreciation of various genetic and environmental influences on disease including nutritional science and metabolism
  • A knowledge of the scientific principles underlying diagnostic techniques and modern therapies
  • Familiarity with epidemiology, mechanisms and treatment of neoplasia in the GI tract and liver
  • An understanding of immunological, infective and inflammatory mechanisms in general and in specific GI and liver diseases
  • Specific Skills
  • Students will gain a practical knowledge of gastrointestinal investigation. Students will have a more general understanding of scientific method and experience in literature searches, assessment of publications and presentation of scientific reviews will be gained

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).