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.
Learn more about MSc in Biomedical Sciences by watching a subject presentation with course leader Dr Sandra Jones here.
Student places available on this programme are limited, and the application process will close early if this number is reached.
What you'll study
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.
Medical Imaging and Drug Delivery
Explore the biomedical application of medical imaging and drug delivery. Topics include the physical principles of medical imaging, the role of nuclear imaging technologies (PET and SPECT) in the study and treatment of disease, the principles of drug delivery techniques and the latest advances in theranostics.
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 human diseases and provides insight into their effective management and treatment. In this module, you will study selected areas of cardiovascular and haematological diseases and discuss possible treatments.
Infection and Immunity
Explore the overlap between the fields of microbiology and immunology, focusing primarily on pathogen-host interactions and the immune response to infection.
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, 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.