Life Sciences are a group of sciences which focussed on the study of living organisms whether sub-cellular, cellular, organism or systems level. Here at Swansea we are serious about life science and the transformative nature of this sector to the health, wealth and wellbeing of our communities globally, and we have made bringing our scientific knowledge to bear on improving patient health outcomes our mission.
Degrees Designed for your Career Aims
Our undergraduate degrees in life science have embedded within them a careers focus. Whether you want to follow a Pathways to Medicine and achieve your dream of becoming a doctor, or you wish to pursue one of our MSci research intensive undergraduate degrees and set yourself up for further study or a career in research, our degrees and our lecturers have your career in mind.
Our undergraduate BSc and MSci degrees offer you the opportunity to specialise in different fields of life science, understand how the body functions, how it reacts to different stimuli and how with better understanding of these reactions we can deliver healthcare targeted at the individual, explore and overcome the greatest challenges we face as a species and prepare our students to meet these challenges head-on as a scientist.
Life Science Research Preparing the World
You will be taught by world leading academics at the forefront of pioneering life-science research exploring the global problems we face in health. Here is a taste of our cross cutting research which inform the teaching on our Genetics, Biochemistry, Medical Sciences and Pharmacology degrees.
DNA Damage and the Safety of Nanomaterials
How do we assess the safety of nanomaterials? DNA damage in particular is a concern as it can lead to cancer development and so, assessing the DNA damaging capacity of a substance we are exposed to is vital. Professor Shareen Doak and her team have been developing tailored safety testing methods for nanomaterials and new, advanced non-animal tissue models. Our research has been utilized in numerous international regulatory risk assessment policy documents world-wide to adapt the DNA damage testing methodology so that it is appropriate for evaluating nanomaterials.
Fighting Substance Misuse with Advanced Drug Detection Tools
The prevalence of new psychoactive substances, or NPS is ‘an area of growing concern’. Dr Guirguis joined us in March 2019, with a specific research focus on NPS. Together with a new team, she is setting up a research unit to analyse the properties and effects of NPS and other substances of misuse, to increase understanding of them, and, crucially, to offer advice to the medical profession.
Targeting Tumours with Bacteria
Certain bacteria will only grow in a tumour, not in healthy tissue. This is because a tumour cell’s metabolism is different to that of healthy cells. The bacteria use the nutrients provided by the tumour to grow. In addition, the tumour evades the host immune system by supressing it. So the bacteria not only hijack a tumour’s nutrients, but they also use the tumour to hide from the immune system. We use these tumour-targeting cell-invasive bacteria to deliver therapeutic payloads directly into tumour cells. Consequently, only tumour cells stop multiplying, not healthy cells.