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Application for the Major Subject is part of the Part II Allocations Procedure. The  application needs to completed by the second week of the Easter term. Some departments ask for additional information - check the Allocations Procedure website. Those who want to study BBS should select their preferred Department for their major subject, and then select 'BBS' in the consecutive question. Places will be allocated after the exams, and students should know if they have a place before the summer vacation.

On this page you will find information to help you choose your Major Subject:

Departments offering BBS Major Subjects

Click on the tiles below to access the respective departmental webpages relating to the Major Subjects on offer.

 
 
 
 
 

Major Subjects Course Format for AY23-24

Subject

Course format

Modules offered
Pathology (402-407 and 424-426)

Choose 2 Modules out of 5 (Subject to change due to course restructure)

Module A: Cancer and Genetic Diseases
Module B: Immunology
Module C: Microbiology and Parasitology
Module D: Virology
Module E: Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Pharmacology (408)

(Maximum 15 candidates)

Same lectures as the single subject.

The course typically covers:

Drug Discovery
Cancer
Metabolic diseases
Cardiovascular diseases
Neurotransmission and chronic pain
Receptors and ion channels
Cellular signalling
Controlling the cell proteome

Psychology (409)

(Maximum 20 candidates)

Students must have taken MVST Part IB or NST Part IB Experimental Psychology to take this Major Subject.

Same lectures as the single subject Paper 1: General Courses
Paper 2: Cognitive and Experimental Psychology
Paper 3: Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience
Paper 4: Developmental Psychopathology, Advances Topics in Social and Applied Psychology or The Family

Biochemistry (411)

(Maximum 7 candidates)

The course is grouped into four 24 lecture modules, one of which has a branched structure to provide internal choice Module A: Structural and Chemical Biology
Module B: From Genome to Proteome
Module C: Stem - The Dynamic Cell
plus either:
Branch 1 - Bioenergy OR
Branch 2 - Molecular Microbiology of Infectious Disease
Module D: Cell Cycle, Signalling and Cancer
Plant Sciences - Cellular (412) Four modules from the single subject PLM1: Plant Signalling Networks in Growth and Development
PLM2: Microbes: Evolution, Genomes and Lifestyle
PLL1: Plant Genomes and Synthetic Biology
PLL3: Frontiers in Plant Metabolism
Plant Sciences - Ecological (413) Four modules from Plant Sciences and Zoology PLM3: Evolution and Ecosystem Dynamics
Zoology ZM2: Conservation Science
PLL2: Responses to Global Change
Zoology ZL4: Applied Ecology

Genetics (414)

(Maximum 10 candidates)

Four modules from the single subject Module 1: Genomes, Chromosomes and the Cell Cycle
Module 2: Early Development & Patterning: Genetic and Cellular Mechanisms 
Module 3: Human Genetics, Genomics and System Biology
Module 4: Evolutionary Genetics and Adaptation

Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (415)

(Maximum 22 candidates)

Choose any four modules from the list

Michaelmas:

N1: Developmental Neurobiology
N3: Neuroscience: Circuits and Systems
N4: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience 
P1: Cellular Physiology
P3: Fetal & Placental Physiology
P4: Early Development & Patterning: Genetic and Cellular Mechanisms
P9: Cell Assembly and Interactions

Lent:

N6: Higher Order Brain Functions and Dysfunctions 
N9: Modulation, Plasticity and Behaviour
P2: Development and Stem Cells
P5: Bioinformatics
P6: Development: Cell Differentiation & Organogenesis
P7: Pathophysiology of Cancer
P8: Systems and Clinical Physiology

Zoology (427)

(Maximum 30 candidates - TBC for AY23/24)

Choose two modules for Michaelmas Term and two modules for Lent Term. (The majority of combinations are available but please check with the Zoology Teaching Office for all permissible combinations)

Michaelmas:

ZM1: Vertebrate Evolution
ZM2: Conservation Science
ZM5: Evolution and Behaviour: Genes and Individuals
ZM6: Cell Assembly and Interactions [Shared with PDN]
ZM7: From Genome to Proteome [Borrowed from Biochemistry]
ZM9: Developmental Neurobiology [Shared with PDN]
ZM10: Early Development & Patterning: Genetics & Cellular Mechanisms [Shared with Genetics and PDN]
PLM3: Evolution and Ecosystem Dynamics [Borrowed from Plant Sciences] 
 

Lent:

ZL1: Evolution and Comparative Anatomy of Mammals
ZL2: Responses to Global Change [Borrowed from Plant Sciences]
ZL3: Evolution and Behaviour: Populations and Societies
ZL4: Applied Ecology
ZL5: Evolutionary Genetics and Adaptation [Shared with Genetics]
ZL6: Development: Cell Differentiation and Organogenesis [Shared with PDN]
ZL7: Cell Cycle, Signalling and Cancer [Borrowed from Biochemistry]
102: Bioinformatics [Borrowed from Genetics]
 

Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (428)

Choose any four modules from nine modules offered by Psychology, PDN and Zoology

(Subject to change due to course restructure)

N2 Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (PDN)
N6 Central Mechanisms of Reward, Punishment and Emotion (PDN)
N7 Neural Circuits and Behaviour
N9 Neuronal Plasticity, Modulation and Behaviour (PDN)
PS1 Emotional Regulation and Motivation (Psychology)
PS2 Memory (Psychology)
ZL3 Evolution and Behaviour: Populations and Societies (Zoology)
ZM5 Evolution and Behaviour: Genes and Individuals (Zoology)

Human Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour (429)

 

Two modules from B2, B3 and B4, and two optional modules among B12-B17

B2: Human Ecology and Behaviour
B3: Human Evolution
B4: Comparative Human Biology

B12: Human Palaeobiology
B13: Evolutionary Medicine
B14: A Technologically Dependent Lineage
B15: Human Sociality: Evolutionary Perspectives on Cooperation, Culture and Cognition
B16: Genomes: Ancient, Modern and Mixed
B17: Our Extended Family: Primate Biology and Behaviour

 

History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (430)

(Maximum 12 candidates)

 

Four modules from the single subject

Early Medicine
Modern Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Philosophy of Science and Medicine
Ethics of Medicine

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Major Subjects Contact Details (AY22-23)

Course code

Course

Course Organiser

Teaching administrator

Email address

402-407, 424-426

Pathology

Dr Nick Holmes

Becky Straw

teach@path.cam.ac.uk

408

Pharmacology

Dr David Bulmer

 Christine Roberts

phar-undergradadmin@lists.cam.ac.uk

409

Psychology

Dr Mirjana Bozic

Richard Sellens

teaching@psychol.cam.ac.uk

411

Biochemistry

Dr Phil Zegerman Heather Platt/ Kiranmai Mogula ug-admin@bioc.cam.ac.uk

412-413

Plant Sciences

Professor Andrew Tanentzap

Rhyanna Halasovski

414

Genetics

Dr Christine Farr

Amy Bains

undergrad.admin@gen.cam.ac.uk

415

Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN)

Dr Hannah Clarke

Professor Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri

Sophie Jones

part2@pdn.cam.ac.uk

427

Zoology

Professor Walter Federle

Francesca Anthony/ Barbara Chase

teaching@zoo.cam.ac.uk

428

Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour

Dr David Belin (Psychology)

Richard Sellens

teaching@psychol.cam.ac.uk

429

Human Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Dr Enrico Crema

Dr Sylvain Lemoine

Josh Giles undergraduate-secretary@arch.cam.ac.uk

430

History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine 

Dr Daniel Margocsy

David Thompson

hps-admin@lists.cam.ac.uk

 

Major Subjects Contact Details (AY23-24)

Course code

Course

Course Organiser

Teaching administrator

Email address

402-407, 424-426

Pathology

Dr Paolo D'Avino

Becky Straw

teach@path.cam.ac.uk

408

Pharmacology

Dr Cathy Wilson

 Christine Roberts

phar-undergradadmin@lists.cam.ac.uk

409

Psychology

Dr Mirjana Bozic

Katherine Leiser

teaching@psychol.cam.ac.uk

411

Biochemistry

Dr Phil Zegerman Heather Platt/ Kiranmai Mogula ug-admin@bioc.cam.ac.uk

412-413

Plant Sciences

TBC

Rhyanna Halasovski

414

Genetics

Dr Christine Farr

Amy Bains

undergrad.admin@gen.cam.ac.uk

415

Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN)

Professor Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri

Sophie Jones

part2@pdn.cam.ac.uk

427

Zoology

Professor Walter Federle

Francesca Anthony / Barbara Chase

teaching@zoo.cam.ac.uk

428

Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour

TBC

Katherine Leiser teaching@psychol.cam.ac.uk

429

Human Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

TBC Josh Giles undergraduate-secretary@arch.cam.ac.uk

430

History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine 

Dr Daniel Margocsy

David Thompson

hps-admin@lists.cam.ac.uk

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