Biomedical sciences

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Biomedical Sciences

This course provides masters level knowledge and practical skills in the full range of biomedical sciences that will allow graduates to enter scientific jobs in industry, hospitals and universities. The course is flexible and allows students to choose from a wide range of specialist topics. 

Key laboratory skills are developed through an introductory course covering molecular biology, separation techniques and cell biology assays. Students choose two classes in advanced topics and also two classes in advanced techniques and methods that include the following options:

  • Biochemistry
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • In vivo sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology

In addition, in semester 1, an important range of generic skills is covered, including academic writing, statistics, project management, and ethics for the biomedical sciences.  A class in commercialization and entrepreneurship follows in semester 2. 

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Teaching & Assessment  
The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions. Assessment of taught classes is through written assignments and practical reports. Students who successfully complete 120 credits of taught classes may take a 60 credit laboratory project for the MSc. This is assessed through a written thesis. 

Career Prospects
Graduates from this course should be ideally qualified to obtain positions in biomedical and pharmaceutical industries as well as hospitals and universities. Some students may wish to continue studies for an MPhil or PhD.

Course duration
MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time.

Tuition Fees
Standard Faculty of Science tuition fees apply.

UK and EU students may be eligible for a Career Development Loan

Entry requirements
First- or second-class Honours degree in a biological or chemical discipline for entry to MSc.

English Language Requirements:

English language minimum 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. 


Course Administrator:

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MSc biomedical sciences (Admission Code : SIMSC3)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time MSc biomedical sciences (Admission Code : SIMSC4)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

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