biomedical-science

Faculty of Health Sciences

MSc in Biomedical Sciences

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

Biomedical science uses a basis of biological principles to enhance our understanding of human health and the treatment of disease, using a multidisciplinary approach. Knowledge of various disciplines allows the exploration of the normal physiology of the human body. This leads to an appreciation of the processes of disease, which aids advances in disease diagnosis and subsequent therapeutic intervention. Students undertaking this taught MSc programme will gain an understanding of the importance of research and experience advanced techniques, incorporating research design and data analysis.

Facilities include a wide range of instrumentation and up-to-date equipment for proteomic and genomic analysis, as well as studies of cellular processes. The University has an international reputation for research focused on oncology, the cardiovascular system and metabolic diseases. The programme builds upon the research expertise within the School and long-established history of collaboration with clinical scientists within the NHS, as well as our strong relationship with the Institute of Biomedical Science.

What you'll study

Core modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer

    This module covers the cellular and molecular basis of cancer. Topics covered include the molecular and cellular hallmarks of cancer, basic components of carcinogenesis, as well as specialist lectures in the areas of cancer diagnosis, and molecular diagnostic imaging.

  • Optical Imaging and Drug Delivery

    Explore the biomedical application of optical imaging and drug delivery. Topics include the principles of photophysics, FRET, FLIM, microscopy, the role of optical imaging technologies in the study and treatment of disease, principles of drug delivery techniques and theranostics.‚Äč

  • Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences

    Gain the understanding and technical ability to perform laboratory techniques used in biomedical research laboratories. These include Flow Cytometry, RT-qPCR, confocal microscopy, tissue culture, and protein analysis, as well as building transferable technical skills. 

  • Diseases in Biomedicine

    Research in biomedical science underpins our understanding of many human diseases, and provides insight into their effective management and treatment. You'll study selected areas of cardiovascular events, haematological diseases, and explore the role of imaging technologies in the study and diagnosis of disease.

  • Infection and Immunity

    Infections are accountable for many deaths around the world and our immune system critically fights against infecting pathogens. This module explores the overlap between the fields of microbiology and immunology, focusing primarily on pathogen-host interactions, the immune response to infection, pathogenesis, and the mechanisms involved in protection against infection and vaccination. 

  • Current Topics in Biomedical Science

    Choose a topic, within a key aspect of biomedical science, to perform an in-depth review of scientific literature.

  • Biomedical Sciences Research Project

    Take part in a specifically designed research project, and put into practice what you have learned during the taught modules, the research methods module and any workshops. This module will prepare you for your next career move, by giving you relevant experience of work in the lab.

This programme is taught by academic staff from the School, and invited speakers such as clinical staff from local hospitals. You will be allocated a personal tutor and have regular contact with experienced researchers working in the biomedical field.

Students will gain from the MSc Biomedical Sciences programme of study an in-depth understanding of the generic, biological, physiological, and cellular processes with reference to the interconnectedness between health and disease, and discussion of the possible treatments available. You will gain an understanding of the ethical and moral consequences of research in this subject area, and make use of the principles of scientific inquiry in the context of evidence-based practice. Your new knowledge will be acquired through taught lectures and your research, practical real-world problem solving and practical experience that will allow you to interpret and critically evaluate data within the context of biomedical science. You will also undertake a substantive research project on your chosen aspect of biomedical science.

Our teaching staff

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International: £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Hull is home to some of the UK's finest facilities including a £10m centre for cancer and metabolic research.

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Programmes designed in collaboration with NHS professionals to guarantee real-world relevance.

Accredited degrees approved as meeting industry standards by expert academics and professionals.

Excellent links with local biotechnology companies, research units and hospitals.

Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 Honours degree (or international equivalent in Biomedical Science. Applicants with non-standard qualifications may apply, as appropriate experience will be taken into account.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

This MSc will enhance your scientific theoretical and practical abilities, thus providing you with skills at the forefront of medical science research.

The course will aid your preparation for future employment or your advancement to PhD level studies. Employers of biomedical sciences postgraduates include the NHS, Medical Research Council, Government-funded and private pathology laboratories.