The Biomedical Sciences MSc provides opportunities for a broad learning experience in biomedical sciences and research training that will enhance students' ability to be competitive in the biomedical employment field, continue their learning if already in employment and/or develop a research career in this field.
The overall aim of the programme is for students to develop an advanced understanding of the development, structure and function of biological systems, together with an understanding of the mechanisms underlying normal function and dysfunction at molecular, cellular and systems levels. Students will acquire and put into practice the research methods skills necessary to investigate mechanisms and develop knowledge in this field.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (30 credits) optional 15- and 30-credit modules available in the Biosciences Division (to a total of 90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Optional modules include:
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
Taught modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical exercises, computer simulation, data analysis exercises and self-directed learning. Assessment is through coursework (including projects, reports and presentations), unseen written examination, dissertation and oral presentation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Biomedical Sciences MSc
The Biomedical Sciences MSc provides opportunities for students to develop and broaden their knowledge and research skills and better prepare for future employment or specialist postgraduate research.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Biomedical Sciences MSc graduates significantly enhance their employability by developing their subject-specific knowledge in the field of biomedical science and their analytical and research skills. Students gain an appreciation of how important biomedical science is to global healthcare and can approach international employers with confidence. In addition, the programme enhances student presentational and key skills enabling students to compete effectively in the job market.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is recognised as one of the world's best research environments within the field of biological and biomedical science.
The Division of Biosciences is in a unique position to offer tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of biosciences research.
You will have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty university with a long tradition of excellence, situated at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Biosciences
82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Biomedical Science uses the 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, leading to an appreciation of the processes of disease, aiding our advances in disease diagnosis and subsequent therapeutic intervention. Students undertaking this 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, coupled with the 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, in addition to the School’s strong relationship with the Institute of Biomedical Science.
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.
The modules taken by all students during taught semesters are:
You will also undertake a substantive research project on your chosen aspect of biomedical science.
From the MSc Biomedical Science programme of study students will gain an in-depth understanding of the generic, biological, physiological, and cellular processes with reference to the interconnectedness between health and disease. 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 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.
* All modules are subject to availability.
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.
This one-year, full time programme provides an excellent grounding for PhD or other academic study in the Biomedical Sciences. You will learn valuable research skills, biomedical laboratory techniques and a wide range of other transferable skills that will give you an advantage for the rest of your career. You can also choose two themes that best suit your interests and career goals.
The programme includes seminars, taught modules and two research projects in our world-recognised research laboratories. We will also cover a range of valuable transferable skills including critical analysis of research papers, learning how to write a project grant application and literature review, and data presentation and statistical analysis.
The programme includes core skills, seminars, taught modules and laboratory projects in our well-resourced laboratories which are at the cutting-edge of Biomedical research.
Students will carry out two 20-week long research projects selected from the themes available. An assessed research proposal is also required for the second project.
Project 1 (September to February)
Project 2 (April to August)
Students may also be able to undertake projects in Integrative Neuroscience or in other areas of Biomedical Sciences, with the permission of the Programme Director. These students would be required to attend the taught element of one of the above Themes as appropriate.
Students are also required to attend the taught element of another theme as appropriate.
In March, students submit a research proposal based on the work to be performed for Project 2. This takes the form of a grant application, as would be prepared for a research organisation, and is assessed.
This programme is an excellent stepping-stone to a PhD, or a career in Biomedical research or industry.
In addition, every year there are vacancies for PhD studentships in the School of Biomedical Sciences and staff are always on the lookout for the outstanding postgraduate students who are on this Programme to encourage them to apply.
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In the first semester of the programme, graduates from a range of backgrounds are brought up-to-speed on core knowledge in engineering, biology and research practice.
This is followed by specialist modules in the second semester on human movement analysis, prostheses, implants, physiological measurements and rehabilitation, as well as numerous computer methods applied across the discipline.
The course makes use of different approaches to teaching, including traditional lectures and tutorials, off-site visits to museums and hospitals, and lab work (particularly in the Human Movement and Instrumentation modules).
The core lecturing team is supplemented by leading figures from hospitals and industry.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a research project.
All modules are taught on the University main campus, with the exception of visits to the health care industry (e.g. commercial companies and NHS hospitals).
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
The course aims:
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
If you have a background in biomedical science, biology, medicine and life sciences, this course allows you to develop your knowledge in selected areas of biomedical science.
You gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of disease, with focus on the underlying cellular processes that lead to disease. You also learn about the current methods used in disease diagnosis and develop practical skills in our well-equipped teaching laboratories.
As well as studying the fundamentals of pathology, you can choose one specialist subject from • cellular pathology • microbiology and immunology • blood sciences. Your work focuses on the in vitro diagnosis of disease. You develop the professional skills needed to further your career. These skills include • research methods and statistics • problem solving • the role of professional bodies and accreditation • regulation and communication.
This course is taught by active researchers in the biomedical sciences who have on-going programmes of research in the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre together with experts from hospital pathology laboratories.
Most of your practical work is carried out in our teaching laboratories which contain industry standard equipment for cell culture, quantitative nucleic acid and protein analysis and a sophisticated suite of analytical equipment such as HPLC and gas chromatography.
Many of our research facilities including flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and mass spectrometry are also used in taught modules and projects and our tutors are experts in these techniques.
The teaching on the course is split between formal lectures and tutorials, and laboratory-based work. A third of the course is a laboratory-based research project, where full-time students are assigned to a tutor who is an active research in the biomedical research centre. Part-time students carry out their research project within the workplace under the guidance of a workplace and university supervisor.
Three core modules each have two full-day laboratory sessions and the optional module applied biomedical techniques is almost entirely lab-based. Typically taught modules have a mixture of lectures and tutorials. The research methods and statistics modules are tutorial-led with considerable input from the course leader who acts as personal tutor.
The course content is underpinned by relevant high quality research. Our teaching staff regularly publish research articles in international peer-reviewed journals and are actively engaged in research into • cancer • musculoskeletal diseases • human reproduction • neurological disease • hospital acquired infection • immunological basis of disease.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) who commended us on
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
Assessment methods include written examinations and coursework such as
Research project assessment includes a written report, presentation and portfolio.
This course enables you to start to develop your career in various applications of biomedical science including pathology, government funded research labs or the life sciences industry. It is also for scientists working in hospital or bioscience-related laboratories particularly as biomedical scientists who want to expand their knowledge and expertise in this area.
Application period/deadline: November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018
• Interdisciplinary knowledge in medical and health technologies from theoretical and practical perspective
• Capability to design and implement biomedical measurement systems and health applications, and process multimodal biomedical signals and images
• Opportunity to modify personal study profile according to your professional interests
The applicant can select from the two alternatives. Degrees to be obtained:
(1) Master of Health Sciences, with focus on biomechanics, medical imaging and health technology applications
(2) Master of Science (Technology), with focus on biomedical signal and image processing, machine learning, and measurement and analysis of biomedical data
The International Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a two-year interdisciplinary programme focusing on biomechanics and medical imaging as well as biomedical signal and image processing. The programme will give you relevant skills and core knowledge of the latest methods, tools and technologies combined with issues such as:
• Anatomy and physiology
• Biomedical measurements
• Medical physics and imaging techniques
• Biomedical signal and image processing
• Machine learning
• Health technology applications
Finland has impressive health technology industry and its health care system is worldwide known. University of Oulu and the OuluHealth innovation ecosystem offer an excellent platform for research and development (R&D). The BME program is organized by internationally recognized high-quality research groups in close collaboration with the Oulu University Hospital. The program and the international research groups have also cooperation with other health care organizations and health technology industry.
Master graduate from the BME program typically works in different expert duties in industry, research, education, and health care. He/she may work e.g. as designer, developer, researcher, service provider, or entrepreneur. Typically the tasks involve strong international perspective.
Occupational profiles of the graduates:
• Developing and testing products in the industry as well as marketing and post-marketing support and managerial tasks
• Research, education, and specialist duties in academia and research institutes
• Consulting on the use and procurement of products, evaluation of performance, maintenance, customization of appliances to clinical and research needs in health care units
• Public official tasks related to the quality control, and management, and establishment of safety standards
Students applying for the programme must possess an applicable B.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering, biophysics, physics, computer engineering, computer science, information technology, electrical engineering, control engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related fields.