Biomedical Sciences

MScBiomedical Sciences

Why this course?

You'll receive the highest-quality teaching in the leading Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences in Scotland.

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences was ranked No 1 on Research Power in Scotland and 4th in the UK (REF 2014).

Our course will provide you with a comprehensive three-part postgraduate life sciences training.

Firstly, unlike many MSc courses, we offer you dedicated training in a broad suite of bioinformatics and practical laboratory skills. They will not only be great preparation for future research careers, but also a way to make the most of your summer research project.

Secondly, our taught classes capture the excitement of cutting-edge research fields.

The substantial choice of classes means that you'll get to select a clinical-oriented or basic life science research pathway to suit your future aspirations.

Together, the course provides the perfect springboard to future training at PhD level or gives you a range of experience that will prove attractive to employers from industry or the health-care provision sector.

You’ll study

This course will provide training on fundamental techniques for the four disciplines:

  • biochemistry
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • pharmacology

Aligned with the taught component of this course, these disciplines will form the grounding for your summer project.

You'll also learn vital transferable skills in statistics, communication, ethics, science writing and critical analysis of data – the perfect way to prepare for any future career.

Facilities

The course is taught in the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences. It’s located in our new building with state-of-the-art laboratories.

Take a tour of our facilities.

Course content

This is a new course design and so there may be minor adjustments to content before September 2016. 

Our aim is to provide you with classes that present the cutting-edge of our subject area, delivered using exciting and engaging teaching methods matched to the needs of postgraduate-level students. Please feel free to contact us if you want further details in the meantime.

Compulsory classes

Generic Skills for Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Students
Refine your core skills in statistics, data presentation and career development while also learning about the ethical choices and dilemmas that you might face in your scientific careers.
Entrepreneurship

Find out from the experts what it takes to translate bright ideas in biomedical sciences into patents, business plans and spin-out companies.

Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Research 1 & 2

These two compulsory laboratory classes expose you to the key research skills relating to the biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology fields, help develop your skills in data analysis and report writing, and pave the way for a smooth transition into your Summer Research Project Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research.

A unique and innovative class designed with three outcomes in mind:

  • become an expert in the field that you will study for your research project and learn how to write a review paper that aims to be publication quality
  • learn how a scientific research career really works from the experts and then write the outline of a hypothetical research grant application
  • enhance your teamwork on a project to develop a hypothetical therapy from idea through to licensed drug treatment. You'll not only learn how to manage a project’s timelines and targets, but also enter the world of big data manipulation and analysis

Elective classes

In Vivo Biology
This is one of three optional practical classes offered. Gain real practical experience in the safe and ethical application of in vivo research by being trained to Home Office Personal License standard. Discover how in vivo biology has driven the development and testing of new drugs and medical techniques that save and improve human lives.
Drug Discovery
This is one of three optional practical classes offered. The pathway from pathology or biological pathway to small molecule drug candidate is explored in this unique class. Become familiar with the modern laboratory assays and screening approaches used by Big Pharma to develop their blockbuster drugs.
Toxicological Analysis
This is one of three optional practical classes offered. Discover how toxins in the body and environment are detected and characterised using the latest analytical separation and chemistry approaches.
Postgraduate Studies in Microbiology
In this elective class students will be exposed to the key concepts of bioreactor and process design including the importance of downstream processing and process monitoring. This module will also introduce the importance of systems and synthetic biology in advanced IB and will also introduce the roles of microorganisms in wastewater treatment, bioremediation and biofouling. Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops.
Postgraduate Studies in Haematology
In this elective class students will explore the science and regulation of blood and blood products within the National Health Service. Study material includes immunodiagnostics, immunohaematology and transfusions, and immunopharmacology. Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops – many of which are delivered by expert clinicians from the National Health Service.
Postgraduate Studies in Clinical Biochemistry

In this elective class students will explore the range of diseases and disorders afflicting human body systems – and discover how they are diagnosed by clinical biochemists working within the National Health Service.

From the liver to the heart and kidney – by way of cancer, pregnancy and poisons – this wide-ranging class delivers a fantastic clinical overview of human illness.

Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops – many of which are delivered by expert clinical biochemists from the National Health Service.

Postgraduate Studies in Pathology

In this elective class students will examine progress in cytogenetics, molecular diagnostics, and histopathology in the diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of human disorders.

Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops – many of which will be given by external experts from the National Health Service.

Postgraduate Studies in Biochemistry

In this elective class students will study new approaches to understand protein structures through crystallography and bioinformatics, learn how commercial biochemistry is producing the products and therapies of the future, and discover how cell/animal models are used in research and development, and, finally, gain insights into the futures of genome editing and biological engineering.

Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Postgraduate Studies in Pharmacology
In this elective class students will study cutting-edge research on adverse drug reactions, chemotherapy, malaria treatment, bacterial and viral chemotherapy, and gastrointestinal disorders. Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops.
Postgraduate Studies in Immunology
In this elective class students will study the state-of-the-art research relating to immunotherapies, production of immunological reagents, immunological assays, and vaccination. Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.

If you successfully complete the required taught classes you may undertake a laboratory project for the MSc.

Assessment

Assessment of taught classes is through multiple choice tests, computer quizzes, problem solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams. The laboratory project is assessed through a written thesis.

Entry requirements

We look for a first or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a biological or chemical discipline.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.5 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English Language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.5. Please see ELTD for full details.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2016/17 - £5,000

Rest of UK

  • 2016/17 - £6,000

International

  • 2016/17 - £17,500

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

Biomedical scientists work in healthcare to diagnose disease and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment through the analysis of fluids and tissue samples from patients.

They work at the heart of modern medicine, with 70% of diagnoses based on the pathology results provided by laboratory services.

After graduating you should be ideally qualified for positions in biomedical and pharmaceutical industries as well as hospitals and universities.

You may wish to continue studies for an MPhil or PhD.

This course provides the background training for a career in:

  • clinical biochemistry
  • pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry laboratory research posts
  • laboratory technical support
  • medical/pharmaceutical/life science sales
  • academia – following a further PhD route

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Biomedical Sciences

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Biomedical Sciences

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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