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It's an absolutely fantastic subject! Easily my favourite I've ever done, although there is a lot of content and it's quite in depth it's generally very very interesting and each topic complements the others really well. My advice would be to attend all your lectures. There are 7 a week, and if you skip one before you know it you're really far behind. Remember that lecture capture is very unreliable, and if it goes down it's extremely difficult to catch up before the next lecture. I'd also recommend doing weekly summaries to try and condense it all into a page or two, and start preparing for it over the summer by learning amino acid structures and characteristics!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

MCB was definitely the most challenging subject I have done so far, but it was also the most rewarding. The content is really interesting and I found it to be really well taught. The coordinators somehow managed to integrate the 5 core study areas pretty well, and I found it really interesting to view issues such as cancer through the lens of each area. MCB covers biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, microbiology and immunology, and pathology, so there is a lot to take in. Having said that, it really is worth the effort, and I came out of MCB thoroughly satisfied. I came out of this subject with a solid understand of the basis of a number of diseases, as well as a great base knowledge of the functioning of the body.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

A subject which covers interesting topics but requires dedication as the content is enormous but manageable. Time must be allocated as if it was two subjects. Somewhat organised structure in the subject and intriguing lecturers. Lecture notes were decent (although quite content heavy) and the textbook readings are not required (unless further understanding is desired) Most assessment in multiple-choice format, though it is often difficult to discern the correct response, unless great care is paid to the wording of the question and keywords. An enjoyable subject nonetheless.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2014

6 lectures a week requires you to keep on top of the workload! I recommend attending lectures and working consistently. Although a difficult subject, it was great having the 5 topics - Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology and Immunology and Pathology - to get an understanding of each. In depth concepts such as Cancer were very interesting to study. It is hard because of the huge amounts of content you have to memorise, but interesting nonetheless.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2014

Don't believe the hype about how bad this subject is. If you are able to keep up with lectures(this is hard though) and study adequately then it's not too bad at all. Pretty much you need to treat it as two subjects(as that's what it really is). The lecturers for MCB are the best in their fields and are mostly very clear in their explanations of the course material as well as assessment. What I enjoyed most was probably the integration of the 5 separate topics(Biochem, Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunology and Pathology) into broader areas of medicine and their applications. They really weave it all together to show you the bigger picture, rather than memorising lots of tiny little facts.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2014
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