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MSc Biomedical Sciences

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Study with us

  • opportunity to select a clinically-orientated or basic life science research pathway
  • develop skills in statistics, communication, ethics, science writing and experimental data analysis
  • gain experience in the research funding process
  • a comprehensive three-part postgraduate life sciences training
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Why this course?

Firstly, unlike many Biomedical Sciences Masters courses, we offer you dedicated training in a broad suite of bioinformatics and practical laboratory skills. These 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.

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.

What 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.

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Course content

Choose one 10-credit and two 20-credit elective modules across semesters one and two.  

Compulsory modules

Essential Skills and Employability for Masters Students (20 credits)

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 (10 credits)

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

Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Research 1 (10 credits)

This is a two-semester compulsory laboratory module. Both modules will help develop your skills in data analysis and report writing. This will help pave the way for a smooth transition into your summer research project, Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research.

This first module, which is delivered in the first semester will provide you training in key research skills in a range of standard techniques to be applied to specific problems in molecular biology research.

Elective modules

In Vivo Biology (10 credits)

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.

Postgraduate Studies in Pathology (20 credits)

In this elective module you'll 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 (NHS).

Compulsory modules

Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Research 2 (10 credits)

This is the second part of the two-semester compulsory laboratory module. This module will expose you to various assay procedures used widely in biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology fields through hands-on laboratory exercises and further develop your analytical skills through workshops.

Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research (20 credits)

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

  • become an expert in the field that you'll study for your summer research project & learn how to write a review paper that aims to be publication quality
  • learn how a scientific research career really works from the experts & then write the outline of a hypothetical research grant application
  • enhance your teamwork on a virtual project to develop a hypothetical drug from high-content screen, through in vivo testing in models, to transcriptomics & human clinical trials & pharmacogenomics. You'll not only learn how to manage a project’s timelines & targets, but also enter the world of big data manipulation and analysis

Elective modules

Drug Discovery (10 credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce you to practical skills required to set up robust drug discovery assays in both academic and industrial settings. The pathway from pathology or biological pathway to small molecule drug candidate is explored in this unique module. Become familiar with the modern laboratory assays and screening approaches used by Big Pharma to develop their blockbuster drugs.

Postgraduate Studies in Haematology (10 credits)

In this elective module you'll 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 (20 credits)

In this module you'll 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 (NHS).

Postgraduate Studies in Clinical Immunology (20 credits)

The aims of this module are:

  • to give you an understanding of the immune responses associated with Immune responses associated with transplantation
  • to give you an understanding of the immune responses associated with cancer
  • to give you an understanding of the immune responses associated with autoimmunity
  • to give you an understanding of the immune responses associated with immune responses associated with allergy
  • to give you an understanding of the immune responses associated with immunodeficiency
Postgraduate Studies in Applied Microbiology (20 credits)

This module explores modern industrial biotechnology (IB), enabling you to understand microbial process development and how molecular biology is revolutionising the IB sector. You'll address the key concepts of bioreactor and process design including the importance of downstream processing and process monitoring.

This module also introduces the importance of systems and synthetic biology in advanced IB, and the roles of microorganisms in wastewater treatment, bioremediation and biofouling.

60 credits

Choose from a selection of research project topics on clinical-oriented or basic life-science research pathways, to suit your future aspirations. Aligned with the taught component of this course, these disciplines could include that of biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, and pharmacology, which will form the foundation for your summer project. You can choose from four type of projects:

Laboratory-based experimental projects

These aim to develop a range of skills required for performing experimental research in a laboratory and generating novel data. The type of skills acquired are project-specific. These projects are appropriate if you're interested in a career in experimental laboratory research in industry or academia, e.g. PhD/research assistant/biology-based industrial company, where lab skills are of importance.

Critical analysis

These aim to develop a range of skills required for carrying out analysis of data reported in scientific literature. Skills include finding appropriate peer-reviewed studies, critically analysing the methods used and the data presented and coming to a clear conclusion whether the data support or refute a hypothesis. These projects develop skills in reading technical literature, formulating hypotheses, synthesising and critically appraising information and developing new ideas.

Data analysis

These aim to develop a range of skills required for carrying out analysis of scientific data. This could be data previously generated in the supervisor’s laboratory or data collected from previously published literature. They may involve generating and using spreadsheets and specialist data analytical packages. These projects develop skills in working with data, using statistical analyses, creating models, critically appraising information and developing new ideas.

Data-mining

These aim to develop a range of skills required for carrying out analysis of scientific data present in databases, e.g. genomic sequences. They may involve using spreadsheets and specialist data analytical packages. These projects develop skills in working with databases, data, using statistical analyses, creating models, critically appraising information and developing new ideas.

Learning & teaching

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

If you successfully complete the required taught classes, you'll undertake a research project for the MSc.

Part-time study is available. You can choose to take your classes that would fit your work schedule. Module supervisors will be able to discuss this with you and help you with your timetable.

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.

Teaching staff

The following staff are all involved in the teaching and research project supervision on the MSc Biomedical Sciences (project availability may vary year-to-year).

Staff member

Research expertise

Dr Callum Wilson

Dr Wilson’s research interest is on endothelial calcium signalling, which plays an important role in monitoring impaired hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases.

Dr Lian Tian

Dr Tian’s research interest is cardiovascular physiology, biomechanics and biology, particularly in pulmonary hypertension. His group has recently focused on right ventricular fibrosis and function in pulmonary hypertension.

Prof Gwyn Gould

Studies in Prof Gould’s group seek to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms which regulate glucose transport in adipocytes, cardiomyocytes and skeletal muscle. Studies focus upon identifying the molecular machinery that control GLUT4 function, defining how this machinery interacts with the insulin signalling system, and defining how these processes are impaired in disease.

Dr Robert Drummond

Dr Drummond’s current focus is on understanding the mechanisms whereby pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes generate spontaneous electrical activity, and in particular the role that intracellular Ca²+ plays in this process. He is also interested in determining how electrical activity is propagated along the pulmonary vein to the atria, where it can then trigger atrial fibrillation. Since current drug treatments for atrial fibrillation are of limited efficacy, identification of potential novel therapeutic targets for future drug development is extremely important.

Dr Dino Rotondo

Dr Rotondo’s research interests have centred on the pivotal role that monocytes play in coordinating immune responses by releasing cytokines, prostaglandins and fatty acids.

 

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class (2:2) Honours degree or overseas equivalent in a biological or chemical discipline.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0. Please see ELTD for full details.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests in addition to IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests here.

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

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Fees & funding

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

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Scotland

£9,050

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

£9,050

International

£22,400

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course materials

Lab coats and safety goggles approximately £30. All recommended textbooks are available in the library (and some freely available as online resources), however you may wish to purchase your own copies at approximately £60-180 for second hand to new prices.

International students

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Other costs

  • £10 returnable deposit for entry keycard
  • £10 returnable deposit for locker (depending on project location within SIPBS)
  • printing and binding costs of project dissertation (soft-bound so estimated £10)

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Careers

We work closely with the University's Careers Service. They offer advice and guidance on career planning and looking for and applying for jobs. In addition they administer and publicise graduate and work experience opportunities.

Our graduates

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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Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3623

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