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London Metropolitan University

Biosciences - Biological, Biomedical and Forensic Science


There are many UK and international learned and professional bodies that offer membership and networking opportunities. Listed below are some of the key organisations (these offer discounted rates for students)

  • The Biochemical Society
    UK learned society in the field of biochemistry, including all the cellular and molecular biosciences. Membership gives personal online access to Biochemical Journal and Biochemical Society Transactions.
  • British Pharmacological Society
    Student membership available. Undergraduate membership is free for the duration of the course.
  • British Society for Immunology
    The BSI promotes and supports excellence in research, scholarship and clinical practice in immunology.
  • The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)
    An international scientific society promoting activities in biochemistry, molecular biology and molecular biophysics in Europe.
  • Health and Care Professions Council
    Sets standards of conduct, performance and ethics for health (biomedical scientists, clinical scientists), psychological and social work professionals.
  • Institute of Biomedical Science
    The leading UK professional body for biomedical scientists, support staff and students. It aims to support its members in their practice of biomedical science, sets quality standards for the professional through training, education, assessments, examinations and continuous professional development.
  • Health and Care Professions Council
    Sets standards of conduct, performance and ethics for health (biomedical scientists, clinical scientists), psychological and social work professionals.
  • Microbiology Society
    Membership includes electronic access to the Society's quarterly magazine - Microbiology Today.
  • Royal Society of Biology
    "Single unified voice for biology" (biological sciences/life sciences/biosciences) "advising Government and influencing policy"; supporting its members, and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.

Other academic libraries with relevant materials can be access via the .

  • British Library
    Access to material unavailable elsewhere. The British Library has a growing collection of e-resources now available within the reading rooms. Certain forms of ID are needed to register for a reader pass. See the website for further details.

  • Wellcome Library
    Become a member of the Wellcome Library by applying for a Library Card. Membership is free.


  • Brenda: The Comprehensive Enzyme Information System
    Maintained and developed at the Institute of Biochemistry and Bioinformatics at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Brenda is the most comprehensive of enzyme repositories. It includes information on enzyme nomenclature, structure, function and molecular properties.
  • British Medical Association
    The library has access to the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
  • Cancer Research UK
    Leading UK cancer research and awareness charity. Pioneers research. Of particular interest are the 'Our Research' and 'About Cancer' sections.
  • Entrez
    "Global query cross-database search system" produced by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). It provides integrated access to nucleotide and protein sequence data, gene-centred and genomic mapping information, 3D structure data, PubMed and more.
  • International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB)
    An international non-governmental organisation; it publishes standards on biochemical nomenclature, including enzyme nomenclature. Also publishes journals: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, Biofactors, Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Molecular Aspects of Medicine.
  • IUBMB Nomenclature Home Page
    Biochemical nomenclature, including enzyme nomenclature published by IUBMB.
  • National Cancer Institute
    NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of 11 agencies that make up the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NCI leads, conducts, and supports cancer research. See also NCI publications.
  • National Institute for Health Research, UK Clinical Trials Gateway
    "Be part of research" is the UKCTG's information site about clinical trials running or completed on a wide range of medical conditions, e.g., diabetes, cancer, infectious diseases, and heart and kidney conditions.
  • World Health Organisation: WHO
    Established in 1948, WHO is an agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health.