The programme provides in-depth training in the multidisciplinary fields of biophysics and biochemistry, with particular emphasis on subfields in which KU Leuven's research expertise is internationally recognised: the determination of molecular structures, molecular and supramolecular modelling, the spectroscopy of biomolecules, the physical modelling of complex systems and the study of these models, the transport through ion channels in membranes, and the study of molecular interactions and physical principles in vitro, in complex biological machineries and in the living cell.
This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
Students may select one of two tracks - Biophysics or Biochemistry and Biotechnology. The track Biochemistry and Biotechnology has three orientations: Physiological, Molecular and Cellular.
Alternatively, students who are not considering a research career can opt for Applied Biophysics.
Students choose courses from an additional list, which are different from their research orientation. Students may select courses from the entire programme offered by the university if they have the approval of the programme director. Students have to make sure that the entire programme of the master contains at least 120 credits.
We encourage students to complete part of their Master's training at another European university, preferably during the second year, when they can work on their Master's thesis or take specific subjects at one of the universities in our Erasmus exchange programme.
The Department of Biology is committed to excellence in teaching and research and is comprised of four divisions with diverse research activities ranging from molecular and physiological research at the level of cells and organisms to ecological research on populations, communities, and ecosystems. Although many research groups conduct in-depth analyses on specific model organisms, as a whole the department studies an impressive diversity of lifeforms.
Our research is internationally renowned and embedded in well-established worldwide collaborations with other universities, research institutes, and companies. Our primary goal is to obtain insight into patterns and processes at different levels of biological organisation and to understand the basis and evolution of the mechanisms that allow organisms to adapt to their constantly changing environment. This knowledge often leads to applications with important economic or societal benefits. The department attracts many students and hosts approximately 250 staff members.
Upon completing the programme, the graduate will have acquired:
A range of career options are available in the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, where structure determination, modelling and the direct study of molecular interactions in the living cell play a major role. Because of the growing importance of the bioscience industry in today's society and the increasing need for sophisticated high-tech instruments and research methods, the demand for biophysicists and biochemists is expected to exceed supply in the near future.
Graduates may also pursue a career in medical sciences research or academic research. A considerable number of graduates, particularly those who choose for a research route, go on to undertake a PhD at one of our associated research laboratories.
Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Nanomedicine at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented growth in research in the area of nanoscience. There is increasing optimism that nanotechnology applied to medicine will bring significant advances in the diagnosis treatment and prevention of disease. Increasing demand and awareness of applications of nanotechnology in medicine has resulted in the emergence of a new discipline, namely nanomedicine.
This 12-month course (starts in October) is suitable for graduates with experience in disciplines of biology, life sciences or engineering who wish to develop their understanding of the application of Nanotechnology in healthcare and to undergo training in experimental design and experimental practice in a novel research topic.
This innovative programme in Nanomedicine combines a multidisciplinary approach of nanotechnology and medical science that promises to bring significant advances in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
- The opportunity to study specialised modules including Bionanotechnology, Bioinformatics, Diagnostics, Molecular Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Nanomedicine, and Nanotoxicology , taught by leading researchers in the field
- Develop research skills by working with an interdisciplinary research team
- Use state-of-the art laboratory equipment in the Centre for NanoHealth
- Engage with clinicians through established links with local hospitals and Health Board
Carry out collaborative research with Industry, including hi-tech medical device companies based in the College of Medicine‘s Institute of Life Science.
The Nanomedicine programme is modular and structured in three levels, each building on the next. You can elect to take either the full Master's programme or the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, depending on need and circumstances.
The programme is designed to allow you to complete either as full time or part time study. For part-time students, each of the three components are scheduled to take a year each to complete.
The Nanomedicine programme will give you generic evidence based practice training with additional modules exploring:
Principles of Nanomedicine
Diagnostics and Imaging
Physiology and Disease
Nanomedicines and Therapeutics
Research Design and Ethics
The Medical School offers the following M Level modules as standalone opportunities for prospective students to undertake continued professional development (CPD) in the area of Nanomedicine.
You can enroll on the individual modules for this programme as either an Associate Student (who will be required to complete the module(s) assessments) or as a Non-Associate Student (who can attend all teaching sessions but will not be required to complete any assessments).
How to Apply
For information and advice on applying for any of the continuing education opportunities, please contact the school directly at [email protected].
Postgraduate study has many benefits, including enhanced employability, career progression, intellectual reward and the opportunity to change direction with a conversion course.
From the moment you arrive in Swansea, specialist staff in Careers and Employability will help you plan and prepare for your future. They will help you identify and develop skills that will enable you to make the most of your postgraduate degree and enhance your career options. The services they offer will ensure that you have the best possible chance of success in the job market.
The student experience at Swansea University offers a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development through involvement in many aspects of student life.
Co-curricular opportunities to develop employability skills include national and international work experience and study abroad programmes and volunteering, together with students' union and athletic union societies, social and leisure activities.
For the MSc Nanomedicine programme, we are in the process of identifying opportunities for our students to complete placements with a number of our collaborative partners.
The material sciences form the foundations that allow technological innovation and the development of pioneering technologies. In the interdisciplinary, NAWI Graz degree programme Advanced Materials Science, offered in the English language, you gain an understanding of materials and their properties. You learn the physical and chemical fundamentals as well as the engineering skills needed to develop new materials. As a trained material scientist, you are able to tackle a wide variety of complex tasks in industry and research.
Barbara Glanzer, master's degree student in Advanced Materials Science:
"What I particularly like about my degree programme is that it offers the opportunity to acquire both a theoretical understanding of the characteristics of materials, as well as of their practical applications."
Graduates work nationally and internationally in: