- Start date: September
- Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time
24 months part-time
Ranked: 3rd in UK for Biomedical Sciences (Complete University Guide 2022)
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
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:
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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Generic Skills for Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Students
Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research
A unique and innovative class 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
Find out from the experts what it takes to translate bright ideas in biomedical sciences into patents, business plans and spin-out companies.
Choose from a selection of project topics in Semester 1, engage with your supervisor to plan the work, and then enter the laboratory at the end of May.
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.
In Vivo Biology
Postgraduate Studies in Haematology
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 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 Clinical Immunology
The aims of this class are:
- To give students an understanding of the immune responses associated with Immune responses associated with transplantation
- To give student an understanding of the immune responses associated with cancer
- To give student an understanding of the immune responses associated with autoimmunity
- To give student an understanding of the immune responses associated with immune responses associated with allergy
- To give student an understanding of the immune responses associated with immunodeficiency
Postgraduate Studies in Clinical Pharmacology
The aims of this class are:
- to develop understanding of neurodegenerative disorders & the common themes of protein aggregation & inflammation in the brain
- to develop understanding of the pharmacological control of global activity within the nervous system: epilepsy, anaesthesia & analgesia, use of sedatives & hypnotics
- to develop understanding of psychiatric disorders
- to develop understanding of drug dependence
- to develop understanding of endocrine disease & oral contraceptives
Postgraduate Studies in Applied Microbiology
This class explores modern industrial biotechnology (IB), enabling students to understand microbial process development and how molecular biology is revolutionising the IB sector. Students 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 also introduces the roles of microorganisms in wastewater treatment, bioremediation and biofouling.
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 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.
Minimum 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 6.0 (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.
We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.Visit our international students' section
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
|England, Wales & Northern Ireland|
Lab coats and safety goggles approximately £30. All recommended textbooks are available in the library (and some freely available as online resources), however students may wish to purchase their own copies at approximately £60-180 for second hand to new prices.
International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.
Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my course?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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Please note there is no deadline for submitting applications.
Start date: Sep 2022
Start date: Sep 2022
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