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Specialist facilities

We have recently had £41 million invested in our City South campus to give you access to state-of-the-art facilities, classrooms, laboratories and social spaces. 

Zeiss Laboratory

We are the very first University in the UK to install a Zeiss interactive digitally-connected microscope system in our life sciences laboratories. 

The microscopes are connected to our IT network and everything that students can see in a microscope can also be accessed via an app on our iPad's and large screens, giving our lecturers and students a totally new way to share and discuss microscopy images.

Students are provided with iPads during teaching sessions to enable them to see what is visible under their microscope. The dedicated Zeiss software enables students to take high-definition photographs and videos of the samples on the microscope as well as make accurate measurements of microorganisms or human cells.

Then, using another iPad, the lecturer can also see what is visible under each microscope and display interesting examples on projection screens to discuss with the class. Students can save their HD photos and incorporate them into lab reports or research projects.

This allows for greater interaction between students and it also allows staff to pick out special features in cells and tissues that they want to highlight to students and to explain sample preparation, staining of living cells and other techniques.

Microbiology equipment

In addition to the new microscopes, our Life Science labs are equipped with modern equipment for teaching many of the molecular biology techniques that underpin modern clinical and research labs such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines (including real-time PCR), protein and DNA electrophoresis equipment, ELISA, a variety of cell-analysis and cell-culture tools, to name just a few.

DNA sequencing equipment

The department also has Next-Generation DNA sequencing equipment so that students interested in advanced projects involving genomics will be able to undertake projects and develop in this area.

Browse our courses

Our Life Sciences department includes Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Science. Take a look at our course pages and find out which is right for you.

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