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Advance your career by broadening your understanding of research methods and their applications within biomedical sciences. You will enhance your specialist expertise in a specific area and develop your professional ability as a research-oriented scientist with excellent communications skills. Read more
Advance your career by broadening your understanding of research methods and their applications within biomedical sciences. You will enhance your specialist expertise in a specific area and develop your professional ability as a research-oriented scientist with excellent communications skills. Your study will focus on an in-depth research project working alongside experts from our Centre for Biomedical Research.

You'll get to discuss and appraise the latest biomedical science research which will become the basis for taught modules during this course. Your analytical, data handling and presentation skills are developed predominantly in the laboratory environment by carrying out a series of experiments and statistics exercises.

With our new biomedical sciences research laboratory you will be able to conduct project work in a dedicated research environment and will benefit from an enhanced range of equipment.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/appliedbiomedicalresearch_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will be well prepared to go on to study for a PhD or to follow a career in biomedical sciences research.

- Biomedical Scientist
- Medical Research Scientist
- Microbiologist

Careers advice:
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

With our new dedicated biomedical sciences research laboratory (opened in 2013) you will be able to conduct project work in a dedicated research environment and will benefit from an enhanced range of equipment. You will develop the skills needed for a successful research career.

Your research project will be closely linked to the areas of our research expertise with the opportunity to explore topics such as:

- the use of molecular methods to detect adulterated food
- studies on protein expression in bacteria
- pain science and non drug approaches to pain relief
- nutritional biochemistry
- development and validation of ELISA techniques
- the interactions of pyocyanin with host biochemistry
- the Effects of Bacterial Metabolism on pH of Simulated Wound Conditions
- development and Testing of New Smart-Bandage Sensing Technologies.

As a postgraduate student you will work alongside many other students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and be closely linked to active research work in biomedical sciences. Our teaching team is often highly commended by students and staff for their innovative teaching methods and support for students.

Margarita Gomez Escalada

Senior Lecturer

"Our courses are heavily research orientated - we teach research methods, laboratory techniques and students undertake an extended research project."

Margarita recently produced internationally-recognised research treating acne with herbal compounds. Working with a student, she discovered that an extract of thyme was more effective than traditional chemical-based creams.

Facilities

- Biomedical Research Laboratory
The latest scientific testing equipment lets you put your learning into practice and break new ground in biomedical research.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Food Inspection Laboratory
Our hygienic laboratory can be used to develop practical food specimen inspection skills.

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This programme brings together expertise from across the many subject areas in the biomedical sciences to provide you with training in several key areas of current research interest. Read more
This programme brings together expertise from across the many subject areas in the biomedical sciences to provide you with training in several key areas of current research interest. The programme focuses on experimental science and it is research-informed. It will provide you with practical laboratory-based experience with access to specialist techniques, in state-of-the-art facilities.

It is a flexible programme: you will select three units of your choice during your studies, giving you the opportunity to investigate a range of different topics within the biomedical sciences. For your final research project, you again have the flexibility to choose your research area from a wide range of suggested projects or you can design your own research project, working with academic staff. You can also choose a project offered at an off-campus site, such as Southmead Hospital, Bristol Dental School or the Bristol Heart Institute.

You will learn in small teaching and tutorial groups. The taught and research elements of this MSc are carefully balanced: your research project, for example, runs over a 12-week period free of lectures, allowing you to focus solely on your project.

The skills you can develop during this programme include presentation, report-writing and work-planning. Several students have contributed to published papers and many go on to study at PhD level.

Programme structure

Core skills
-A series of practical classes, lecture-based teaching sessions and tutorials that prepare you for the practical project, provide a foundation for further studies and develop a range of transferable skills.

Literary project
-An extended essay on a subject chosen from an extensive list supplied by the unit organiser. You work independently under the guidance of a member of staff.

Project proposal and research project
-Each school provides a number of research project topics within the themes described below. You work independently under the guidance of a member of staff to produce a written project proposal. This is followed by a 12-week research project investigating your chosen topic. The research project forms the basis for a dissertation.

Lecture-based units
You will study three lecture-based units from:
-Cancer Biology
-Cardiovascular Research
-The Dynamic Cell
-Infection, Immunology and Immunity
-Pharmacology
-Neuroscience

Each taught unit is assessed independently by written examinations, or - in the case of Core Skills - by written examinations and coursework. The literary project, project proposal and practical projects are presented as written dissertations.

Careers

Approximately one third of our students have gone on to PhD-level studies at the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Plymouth, among others. The next largest group of students are those that have gone on to study medicine. Others have gone on to research assistantships, teacher training, biomedical scientist training or non-scientific careers, such as accountancy.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Medicine and Life Sciences at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Medicine and Life Sciences at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The MRes in Medicine and Life Sciences provides an ideal opportunity and environment in which to gain practical training in Research Methods and to join a thriving research team within Swansea University Medical School. The Medicine and Life Sciences course has been developed with an emphasis on providing students with a research-oriented approach to their learning.

Students are able to tailor their studies towards a career in one of the School's internationally recognised research themes:

– Biomarkers and Genes,
– Devices,
– Microbes and Immunity,
– Patient & Population Health and Informatics.

Key Features

The Medicine and Life Sciences programme is committed to supporting the development of evidence within the areas of Health, Medicine and Life Science through the training of researchers whose findings will directly inform their own understanding and that of others. The ethos of this programme in Medicine and Life Sciences is to produce graduates with the research skills and knowledge to become effective researchers, who will contribute to the body of knowledge within their chosen area of interest that will have an impact upon the health and well-being of all.

The advantage of an MRes over other formats is that it provides a structured yet in-depth approach, taking the taught component of FHEQ Level 7 teaching as a framework for conducting research on the candidate's own practice.
Innovative and integrated curriculum that reflects the various aspects of the research process.
Multidisciplinary teaching team with vast experience and expertise in conducting high quality research.
Research informed teaching.
Teaching is supported by online learning and support.
Flexibility for you to gain specialist knowledge.
A one year full-time taught masters programme designed to develop the essential skills and knowledge required for a successful research career.
This Medicine and Life Sciences course is also available for two years part-time study.
The opportunity to conduct an individual research project with an interdisciplinary team within a supportive environment.
Students will be assigned a research-active supervisory team

The aim of the MRes Medicine and Life Sciences is to provide students with broad research training to prepare them for a research career in Medical and Life Science research with emphasis on: Biomarkers & Genes, Devices, Microbes & Immunity, Patient & Population Health and Informatics. The course has been developed to enable graduates to pursue a variety of research careers in Medical and Life Sciences. The Medicine and Life Sciences programme comprises both taught and research elements.

By the end of the programme students will have:

Developed necessary skills to critically interpret and evaluate research evidence; Gained experience in analysis and interpretation of research data; Advanced knowledge at the forefront of Medical and Life Science research, with the ability to integrate the theoretical and practical elements of research training; Developed the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a research project for the generation of new evidence that informs Health, Medicine and Life Science; Developed practical research skills by working with an interdisciplinary research team; The ability to confidently communicate research ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences; Acquired transferable skills which enhance your employability and future research career.

Course Structure

Students must complete 3 modules of 20 credits each and produce a 120 credits thesis on a research project aligned to one of the School’s research themes. Each taught module of the programme requires a short period of attendance that is augmented by preparatory and reflective material supplied via the course website before and after attendance.

The Medicine and Life Sciences programme is designed in two phases:

Phase 1 – Training and Application (October – January; 60 credits)

Taught modules in Research Methods and their application to Medicine and Life Science. Personalised education and training relevant to student’s research interests. Identification of research questions and how they might be addressed. Focus on students' existing knowledge and research skills.

Phase 2 – Research Project (February – September; 120 credits)

The project is selected by the student in combination with an academic supervisory team. Focussed on one of the School’s four main research themes: Biomarkers and Genes, Devices, Microbes and Immunity, and Patient & Population Health and Informatics. At the end of Part 2 students submit a 40,000 word thesis worth 120 credits leading to the award of Master of Research in Medicine and Life Science.

Modules on the MRes Medicine and Life Sciences typically include:

Critical Appraisal and Evaluation
Data Analysis for Health and Medical Sciences
Research Leadership and Project Management OR any topic specific FHEQ Level 7 module from the Medical School's portfolio

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Biomedical scientists want to minimise the impact of diseases for humans and humankind. Smart, global visionaries are needed who want to solve health care issues in the lab and in the field. Read more
Biomedical scientists want to minimise the impact of diseases for humans and humankind. Smart, global visionaries are needed who want to solve health care issues in the lab and in the field.

Radboud University aims to educate the best biomedical scientists with not just a thorough understanding of the molecular, individual and population aspects of human health and disease, but also with unique areas of expertise. To do this we have constructed a Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences that gives students the opportunity to construct their own programme based on personal academic and professional interests. Students choose one of three specialisations belonging to one of the research institutes and combine that with one of three career profiles. The research institute will be your learning environment, and a mentor of the institute will help you design your programme.

Biomedical Sciences specialisations and research institutes

For Molecular and cellular research, chose Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS)
For Intervention, clinical and population research, chose Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS)
For Medical neuroscience, chose Donders Centre for Neuroscience
The programme provides students with a solid base in research methodology, statistics and biostatistics, laboratory research and communication skills. Leading scientists in fields ranging from metabolism, membrane transport, neuromuscular disease and inflammation to screening efficacy, clinical interventions and evidence-based medicine are involved in the teaching programme as lecturers and tutors.

A majority of our graduates become researchers in government departments, research organisations, universities and medical or pharmaceutical companies. Graduates also opt for careers as communication advisors or scientific consultant/advisor with a background in biomedical science, an expertise that is much in demand.

Why study Biomedical Sciences at Radboud University?

Possibility of specialising in any aspect of biomedical sciences from molecule (2 specialisations) to man (1 specialisation) to population (3 specialisations).
You can design your own programme so you can make it truly fit your academic and professional interests. A tutor will help you set up the best possible programme.
The programme has a strong career-driven focus with embedding in a research institute as a starting professional, room for long internships and the possibility to choose between a career profile in research, communication or consultancy.
Health care issues and biomedical research are placed in context. In the programme links are made between research and patient care (from bench to bedside), and vice versa.
Biomedical Sciences at Radboud University has a great reputation and graduates are highly valued by research institutes and health-care organisations all over the world.
Each of the three research institutes has its own mentors that are responsible for maintaining the quality of the programme as well as for coaching students in their specialist area. This system provides intensive career consultancy – an extremely valuable feature which is often lacking in other educational programmes in this field.

Change perspective

Thanks to the flexibility of designing a personal programme, graduates of the Radboud University’s Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences will have developed a truly unique expertise in the field of biomedical science. You can broaden your view from molecule to man to population, or go in-depth into just one of these areas. Either way, you will have gained a new and refreshing perspective. And the intensive internships will guarantee you are prepared to enter the work force so that you can quickly start to play a vital role in improving human health.

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This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research by enhancing your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the scientific method and practical experience in an area related to your interests. Read more
This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research by enhancing your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the scientific method and practical experience in an area related to your interests. Taught units provide intensive training in research methodology, experimental design, statistical analyses and data interpretation. Skills training in verbal and written communication is also emphasised.

The core of the programme is an eight-month research project, conducted within one of the University of Bristol's internationally recognised research groups in either the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. Opportunities will be available in laboratory or clinical-based investigations.

The programme is suitable for medical, dental and veterinary students interested in pursuing a research-intensive intercalation option after three years of study. It is also suitable for graduates in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and bioscience subjects who wish to develop their research skills.

Programme structure

This programme is delivered by research scientists and clinicians through lectures, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials.

Unit 1: Introduction to Research Methods in Health Sciences Research (10 credits).
This unit introduces a variety of research methods used in basic and applied clinical research including: finding and reading relevant research information; presenting research results; basic statistical analysis; data interpretation; ethics; public engagement; and commercialising research.

Unit 2: Further Research Methods in Health Sciences Research (20 credits).
This unit aims to develop further knowledge and practical experience in statistical analyses, experimental design and laboratory methods and includes training in the use of a statistical software package and practical experience in several laboratory techniques.

Unit 3: Project Proposal in Health Sciences Research (20 credits).
This unit involves planning and writing a research project proposal (4500 words), which includes a literature review, aims, impact, research plan, ethical considerations, contingency plans, timetable and references.

Unit 4: Research Club in Health Sciences Research (10 credits).
This unit aims to develop your ability to present, critically evaluate and discuss scientific findings by contributing to journal clubs, attending and summarising research seminars and presenting your own research.

Unit 5: Research Project in Health Sciences Research (120 credits).
During this unit you will gain extensive experience in scientific/clinical research by conducting an independent project related to an area of interest to you. You will write up your research in the form of a thesis (10,000 words), and present and discuss your work in a viva and research symposium.

Careers

This programme is suitable for those with a clinical or biosciences background who wish to develop their research skills before embarking on a research/clinical career in academia or the pharmaceutical industry. It provides the ideal foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.

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The MSc/MRes incorporates a lecture based module (Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Sciences), skills module (Scientific… Read more
The MSc/MRes incorporates a lecture based module (Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Sciences), skills module (Scientific, poster and oral presentations), practical classes in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, generalist workshops (statistics, bioinformatics, patenting), a choice of over 20 specialist Bioscience workshops and either a 6 month (MSc) or 9 month (MRes) research project.

Key benefits

- The programme offers advanced practical experience and supervised training together with an in-depth research project within an active research group.

- Each student can choose a number of expert led workshops focused on teaching specialised technical skills.

- This programme offers a lead into a research career; approximately 40 per cent of graduates from this degree progress to a PhD.

- Our external examiner noted that "This course provides an ideal training for biomedical students hoping to pursue a career in research and sets a gold standard nationally in this area."

- Many students publish their results in top tier journals.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/biomedical-and-molecular-sciences-research-msc-mres.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This programme provides firm theoretical and practical training in fundamental and specialist technical skills as well as the opportunity to carry out an in-depth laboratory-based research project.

- Course purpose -

Gain a firm theoretical and practical training in fundamental and specialist technical skills and carry out an in-depth laboratory-based research project in your chosen field of specialisation. Designed for careers in a research environment or further study to PhD level.

- Course format and assessment -

The programme includes a 10-week laboratory experimental training period in fundamental research techniques required for biomedical and molecular biological scientists. In addition, workshops will focus on transferable and specialist technical skills which are complemented with lectures detailing recent advances in cardiovascular biology, neurobiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology. Assessments take the form of written examinations, workshop reports, practical write-ups, a research project, poster and oral presentations.

Finally, you will undertake a 6 month (MSc) or 9 month (MRes) laboratory-based research project within a research team. Research projects are offered by over 50 approved research active laboratories spread across the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine to capture a comprehensive scope of topics to suit a wide range of career aspirations.

Career prospects

Alumni from our MSc/MRes in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research have been very successful in securing UK or international PhD positions after graduation. The vast majority have remained in Science or enrolled on a PhD, medical or dental programme. This is largely due to the extended experimental research project in world-leading research laboratories. Our external examiner noted that "This MSc course provides an ideal training for biomedical students hoping to pursue a career in research and sets a gold standard nationally in this area”.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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If you’re an international fee-paying student you could be eligible for a £3,000 discount when you start your course in January 2017. Read more
If you’re an international fee-paying student you could be eligible for a £3,000 discount when you start your course in January 2017.
http://www.shu.ac.uk/VCAwardJanuary2017

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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-biomedical-sciences

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) who commended us on:
-The excellent scientific content of our courses
-The supportive nature of the staff which provides a positive student experience
-The laboratory and teaching facilities, which provide an excellent learning environment

Course structure

Full time – 14 months to Masters. Part time – typically 2 years to Masters. The certificate and diploma are shorter January and September intakes.

Course structure
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Core modules
-Biomedical laboratory techniques (15 credits)
-Evidence based laboratory medicine (15 credits)
-Cell biology (15 credits)
-Molecular diagnostics (15 credits)
-Research methods and statistics (15 credits)
-Research project (60 credits)

Optional modules
45 credits from
-Applied biomedical techniques (15 credits)
-Cellular and molecular basis of disease (15 credits)
-Cellular and molecular basis of cancer (15 credits)
-Human genomics (subject to approval) (15 credits)
-Blood sciences (30 credits)
-Cellular pathology (30 credits)
-Microbiology and immunology (subject to approval) (30 credits)

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.

Assessment
Assessment methods include written examinations and coursework such as: problem solving exercises; case studies; reports from practical work; presentations. Research project assessment includes a written report, presentation and portfolio.

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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. Read more

Research profile

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.

Programme structure

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)

Cardiovascular Biology
Cell Communication
Genomics & Biological Pathways
Mechanisms of Inflammatory Disease
Reproductive Science 1
Infectious Diseases
Stem Cells, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine - new theme for September 2017

Project 2 (April to August)

Biomedical Imaging
Genes & Disease
Genomic Technologies
Molecular & Cellular Mechanism of Inflammation
Reproductive Science 2
Cancer Biology
Biological Architecture

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.

Research proposal

In March, students submit a research proposal based on the work performed for Project 2. This takes the form of a grant application, as would be prepared for a research organisation, and is assessed.

Career opportunities and 'Follow-on PhDs'

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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The MPhil degree offered by the Department of Oncology is a 12 month full time programme and involves minimal formal teaching; students are integrated into the research culture of the Department and the Institute in which they are based. Read more
The MPhil degree offered by the Department of Oncology is a 12 month full time programme and involves minimal formal teaching; students are integrated into the research culture of the Department and the Institute in which they are based.

Each student conducts their MPhil project under the direction of their Principal Supervisor, with additional teaching and guidance provided by a Second Supervisor and often a Practical Supervisor. The role of each Supervisor is:

- Principal Supervisor: takes responsibility for experimental oversight of the student's research project and provides day-to-day supervision.
- Second Supervisor: acts as a mentor to the student and is someone who can who can offer impartial advice. The Second Supervisor is a Group Leader or equivalent who is independent from the student's research group and is appointed by the Principal Supervisor before the student arrives.
- Practical Supervisor: provides day-to-day experimental supervision when the Principal Supervisor is unavailable, i.e. during very busy periods. The Practical Supervisor is a senior member of the student's research team and is appointed by the Principal Supervisor before the student arrives. For those Principal Supervisors who are unable to monitor their students on a daily basis, we would expect that they meet semi-formally with their student at least once a month.

The subject of the research project is determined during the application process and is influenced by the research interests of the student’s Principal Supervisor, i.e. students should apply to study with a Group Leader whose area of research most appeals to them. The Department of Oncology’s research interests focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatments of cancer. This involves using a wide variety of research methods and techniques, encompassing basic laboratory science, translational research and clinical trials. Our students therefore have the opportunity to choose from an extensive range of cancer related research projects. In addition, being based on the Cambridge Biomedical Research Campus, our students also have access world leading scientists and state-of-the-art equipment.

To broaden their knowledge of their chosen field, students are strongly encouraged to attend relevant seminars, lectures and training courses. The Cambridge Cancer Cluster, of which we are a member department, provides the 'Lectures in Cancer Biology' seminar series, which is specifically designed to equip graduate students with a solid background in all major aspects of cancer biology. Students may also attend undergraduate lectures in their chosen field of research, if their Principal Supervisor considers this to be appropriate. We also require our students to attend their research group’s ‘research in progress/laboratory meetings’, at which they are expected to regularly present their ongoing work.

At the end of the course, examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written dissertation (of 20,000 words or less), followed by an oral examination based on both the dissertation and a broader knowledge of the chosen area of research.

Course objectives

The structure of the MPhil course is designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are exceptionally well-equipped to go onto doctoral research, or employment in industry and the public service.

The MPhil course provides:

- a period of sustained in-depth study of a specific topic;
- an environment that encourages the student’s originality and creativity in their research;
- skills to enable the student to critically examine the background literature relevant to their specific research area;
- the opportunity to develop skills in making and testing hypotheses, in developing new theories, and in planning and conducting experiments;
- the opportunity to expand the student’s knowledge of their research area, including its theoretical foundations and the specific techniques used to study it;
- the opportunity to gain knowledge of the broader field of cancer research;
- an environment in which to develop skills in written work, oral presentation and publishing the results of their research in high-profile scientific journals, through constructive feedback of written work and oral presentations.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/cvocmpmsc

Format

The MPhil course is a full time research course. Most research training provided within the structure of the student’s research group and is overseen by their Principal Supervisor. However, informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring by fellow students and members of staff. To enhance their research, students are expected to attend seminars and graduate courses relevant to their area of interest. Students are also encouraged to undertake transferable skills training provided by the Graduate School of Life Sciences. At the end of the course, examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written dissertation, followed by an oral examination based on both the dissertation and a broader knowledge of the chosen area of research.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of their MPhil course, students should:

- have a thorough knowledge of the literature and a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research;
- be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- the ability to critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems;
- be able to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and
- have developed skills in oral presentation, scientific writing and publishing the results of their research.

Assessment

Examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written dissertation of not more than 20,000 words in length, excluding figures, tables, footnotes, appendices and bibliography, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculties of Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. This is followed by an oral examination based on both the dissertation and a broader knowledge of the chosen area of research.

Continuing

The MPhil Medical Sciences degree is designed to accommodate the needs of those students who have only one year available to them or, who have only managed to obtain funding for one year, i.e. it is not intended to be a probationary year for a three-year PhD degree. However, it is possible to continue from the MPhil to the PhD in Oncology (Basic Science) course via the following 2 options:

(i) Complete the MPhil then continue to the three-year PhD course:

If the student has time and funding for a further THREE years, after completion of their MPhil they may apply to be admitted to the PhD course as a continuing student. The student would be formally examined for the MPhil and if successful, they would then continue onto the three year PhD course as a probationary PhD student, i.e. the MPhil is not counted as the first year of the PhD degree; or

(ii) Transfer from the MPhil to the PhD course:

If the student has time and funding for only TWO more years, they can apply for permission to change their registration from the MPhil to probationary PhD; note, transfer must be approved before completion of the MPhil. If granted permission to change registration, the student will undergo a formal probationary PhD assessment (submission of a written report and an oral examination) towards the end of their first year and if successful, will then be registered for the PhD, i.e. the first year would count as the first year of the PhD degree.

Please note that continuation from the MPhil to the PhD, or changing registration is not automatic; all cases are judged on their own merits based on a number of factors including: evidence of progress and research potential; a sound research proposal; the availability of a suitable supervisor and of resources required for the research; acceptance by the Head of Department and Degree Committee.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Department of Oncology does not have specific funds for MPhil courses. However, applicants are encouraged to apply to University funding competitions: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding and the Cambridge Cancer Centre: http://www.cambridgecancercentre.org.uk/education-and-training

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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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. Read more
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.

Degree information

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).

Core modules
-The Practice of Science

Optional modules - optional modules include:
-Advances in the Neurosciences
-Physiology in Health and Disease
-Advances in Human Genetics
-Cancer and Personalised Medicines
-Cell Signalling
-Neurodegenerative Diseases
-Statistics

Dissertation/report
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.

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-PhD in Biomedical Science, McGill University
-PhD in Biomedical Sciences, University of Oxford
-PhD in Gene Discovery, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)
-Healthcare Assistant, Ealing Hospital (NHS)
-Trainee Biomedical Scientist, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Employability
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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

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This programme is based at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which is world renowned for the translation of biomedical research into new therapeutic advances in eye disease. Read more
This programme is based at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which is world renowned for the translation of biomedical research into new therapeutic advances in eye disease. Students will be embedded in the research environment, have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project, and to work alongside world-leading experts.

Degree information

Students will develop key transferable personal and professional skills to independently conduct an extended empirical research project supervised by world-leading experts in the field of vision research. Students will also learn about the fundamental biology of the eye in health and disease, providing key knowledge to support their research project.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (105 credits).

Core modules
-Bioscience Research Skills
-Research in Practice

Optional modules - students choose three of the following:
-Genetics and Epidemiology of Ocular Disease
-Ocular Cell Biology
-Ocular Development in Health and Disease
-Ocular Immunology

Dissertation/research project
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 18,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, journal clubs and workshops. Assessment is through essays, oral presentations, problem-based tasks and a research dissertation.

Careers

The Vision Research MRes will develop the necessary competitive skills to pursue a research degree at PhD level in the field of biomedical sciences. Graduates will offer prospective employers skills in research development and practice, suitable for further research careers in academia, industry or business.

Employability
A unique feature of the Vision Research MRes is the delivery of key elements that are essential for the development of an internationally-competitive career in biomedical research. The research expertise at the institute will be fully harnessed to prepare students for a new era in research in the global employment market. Students will develop critical understanding of a range of research-related knowledge and skills, including quantitative and qualitative tools for the implementation, management and dissemination of research. The programme will give students both the fundamental knowledge and skills base to address complex issues of global significance in health and wellbeing.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is recognised globally for its outstanding record in basic biomedical research, much of which has been translated into important advances in novel and innovative therapies.

The Vision Research MRes is a unique programme that will combine existing high-quality research-informed teaching at the institute with a substantial empirical research project.

The opportunity to participate fully in academic life as part of a research team will provide networking opportunities across the spectrum of biomedical research taking place at the institute, UCL and elsewhere, thereby increasing exposure to further opportunities in research.

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The Master’s Programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences is a research-oriented programme which covers almost the entire area of drug research. Read more
The Master’s Programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences is a research-oriented programme which covers almost the entire area of drug research. The programme offers seven specialisations, three of which correspond to major research themes in the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences: Drug & Target Discovery, BioTherapeutics and Systems Pharmacology.

Visit the website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/bio-pharmaceutical-sciences/en/introduction

Admission to the Master’s in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences is possible throughout the year. International students who need a visa or housing are advised to start the programme in February or September.

Course detail

Leiden University has a rich tradition in pharmaceutical sciences. During the last 30 years, there has been a clear change in focus from traditional (bio-)pharmaceutical teaching to a more research-oriented training in bio-pharmaceutical sciences. This research orientation in the teaching programme is unique in Europe and enjoys a highly international profile.

The Master’s programme is designed and organised by the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) at Leiden University. The LACDR is a leading institute dedicated to world-class research and education in drug design, discovery and development. The LACDR operates in close collaboration with the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) and the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). The mission of the institute is to advance the discovery of future medicines through cutting-edge research and training of bio-pharmaceutical scientists.

Specialisations

- Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Education
- Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science Communication and Society
- Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science-Based Business
- BioTherapeutics
- Drug & Target Discovery
- Industrial Pharmacy
- Systems Pharmacology

Format and assessment

- This Master’s programme is strongly research-oriented and covers almost the entire area of drug research.

- The examination programme is designed on an individual basis and offers a high degree of freedom of choice.

- Students participate actively in research projects of excellent quality.

Reasons to Choose Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in Leiden:

1) The programme is offered by the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, a leading institute dedicated to world-class research and education in drug discovery and development.

2) The institute is surrounded by a Science Park which includes several biomedical research institutes and biotechnological companies.

3) The institute is located at the Leiden BioScience Park, the largest life sciences cluster in the Netherlands with numerous biomedical research institutes and biotechnological companies.

4) In Leiden, education in drug research at Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences can be combined with training in education, science communication, or science-based business.

Careers

- Students enrolled in the Master’s programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences work within a multinational environment and are able to operate on the international market.

- Excellent career opportunities at universities, government or (bio)pharmaceutical industry.

How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission

Funding

For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships

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This MSc programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth working knowledge of the principles and practice related to Oral Sciences. Read more
This MSc programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth working knowledge of the principles and practice related to Oral Sciences. The major strength of this programme is that the programme is aligned to and delivered by internationally renowned members from the Oral Sciences Research Group located within Glasgow Dental School. Students will experience and participate in cutting edge research within the theme while learning techniques widely relevant to biomedical sciences. This programme will be of particular interest to those interested in pursuing or furthering careers in oral and dental related occupations, as well as laboratory scientists or academics. This programme also enables graduates to gain experience in research before applying to a doctoral programme.

Why this programme

◾If you are passionate about oral sciences and keen to learn through an in-depth, evidence based, critical approach, and enthusiastic about specialising in a particular area – oral disease pathogenesis or infection control and decontamination, then this programme is for you.
◾Our staff are internationally experienced researchers and academics with both clinician and science backgrounds, experts in biofilm infections, oral inflammation and infection control.
◾There is a long tradition of excellence in Oral Sciences at the University of Glasgow, with pioneering research by MacFarlane, Samaranayake and Bagg, and other current Glasgow academics continue to make important contributions in the field of Oral Sciences.
◾A range of transferable skills are integrated and embedded into this programme, which will improve possibilities in the job market.
◾You will undertake research alongside pre- and post-doctoral researchers and learn how to work as a team and improve technical skills and communication.
◾Students can learn first-hand within a dedicated oral sciences research laboratory infrastructure linked directly to clinical research facilities.
◾There is a direct link with our doctoral research programme.

Programme structure

◾Translational research approaches
◾Evidence based medicine and statistics
◾Laboratory techniques in oral sciences
◾Principles of oral sciences
◾Research methods in oral sciences
◾Research dissertation in oral sciences

Core and optional courses

Core

Statistics 1

Evidence based medicine

Translational medical research approaches

Medical research and ethics

Principles and critical interpretation of laboratory methodologies

Research methods

Research Dissertation

Optional

Microbes in medicine

Translational immunology

Pathogenesis in oral disease

Decontamination and infection control

Career prospects

Graduates are well placed for a variety of employment opportunities in the oral and dental industries, as well as a wide array of the biomedical science sectors. This course provides a sound basis from which to apply for employment in laboratory positions in industry or in academia, or to continue professional training in dentistry and oral hygiene, or for further doctoral-level research training for academic or teaching careers.

A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete PhDs in Glasgow or other high quality institutions across the world. Careers of some of our recent graduates include:
◾Clinical research scientist (NHS)
◾Senior clinical scientist (GlaxoSmithKline)
◾Laboratory scientist (BluTest Laboratories)
◾Assistant professor (Khyber Medical University)
◾Associate professor (University Sains Malaysia)
◾Postdoctoral research fellows (University of Glasgow)
◾Scientist (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency)

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The programme is a full-time taught postgraduate degree course leading to the degree of MSc in Biomedical Engineering. Read more
The programme is a full-time taught postgraduate degree course leading to the degree of MSc in Biomedical Engineering. It has an international dimension, providing an important opportunity for postgraduate engineers to study the principles and state-of-the-art technologies in biomedical engineering with a particular emphasis on applications in advanced instrumentation for medicine and surgery.

Why study Biomedical Engineering at Dundee?

Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles and design methods to improve our understanding of living systems and to create new techniques and instruments in medicine and surgery.

The taught modules in this course expose students to the leading edge of modern medical and surgical technologies. The course also provides concepts and understanding of the role of entrepreneurship, business development and intellectual property exploitation in the biomedical industry, with case examples.

The research project allows students to work in a research area of their own particular interest, learning skills in presentation, critical thinking and problem-solving. Project topics are offered to students during the first semester of the course.

UK qualifications are recognised and respected throughout the world. The University of Dundee is one of the top UK universities, with a powerful research reputation, particularly in the medical and biomedical sciences. It has previously been named 'Scottish University of the Year' and short-listed for the Sunday Times 'UK University of the Year'.

Links with Universities in China:

This course can be taken in association with partner universities in China with part of the course taken at the home institution before coming to Dundee to complete your studies. For students from elsewhere it is possible to take the entire course at Dundee.

What's so good about Biomedical Engineering at Dundee?

The University of Dundee has had an active research programme in biomedical engineering for over 20 years.

The Biomedical Engineering group has a high international research standing with expertise in medical instrumentation, signal processing, biomaterials, tissue engineering, advanced design in minimally invasive surgery and rehabilitation engineering.

Research partnerships:

We have extensive links and research partnerships with clinicians at Ninewells Hospital (largest teaching hospital in Europe) and with world renowned scientists from the University's College of Life Sciences. The new Institute of Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT) at the University has been established as a multidisciplinary research 'hothouse' which seeks to commercialise and exploit advanced medical technologies leading to business opportunities.

This course has two start dates - September or January, and lasts for 12 months.

How you will be taught

The structure of the MSc course is divided into two parts. The taught modules expose students to the leading edge of modern biomedical and surgical technologies. The course gives concepts and understanding of the role of entrepreneurship, business development and intellectual property exploitation in the biomedical industry, with case examples.

The research project allows students to work in a research area of their own particular interest, learning skills in presentation, critical thinking and problem-solving. Project topics are offered to students towards at the beginning of second semester of the course.

What you will study

The course is divided into two parts:

Part I (60 Credits):

Bioinstrumentation (10 Credits)
Biomechanical Systems (20 Credits)
Biomaterials (20 credits)
Introduction to Medical Sciences (10 Credits)
Part II (120 Credits) has one taught module and a research project module. It starts at the beginning of the University of Dundee's Semester 2, which is in mid-January:

The taught module, Advanced Medical and Surgical Instrumentation (30 Credits), exposes students to the leading edge of modern medical and surgical technologies. It will also give concepts and understanding of the role of entrepreneurship, business development and intellectual property exploitation in the biomedical industry, with case examples.
The research project (90 Credits) will allow students to work in a research area of their own particular interest and to learn skills in presentation, critical thinking and problem-solving. Project topics will be offered to students before Part II of the course. We shall do our best to provide all students with a project of their choice.
The time spent in Dundee will also give students a valuable educational and cultural experience.

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed by coursework and examination, plus dissertation.

Careers

An MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in one of many sectors: the rapidly growing medical technology industry, academic institutions, hospitals and government departments.

A wide range of employment possibilities exist including engineer, professor, research scientist, teacher, manager, salesperson or CEO.

The programme also provides the ideal academic grounding to undertake a PhD degree leading to a career in academic research.

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Over the last two decades there has been an explosion of interest in brain science across academia, industry and the media. Read more
Over the last two decades there has been an explosion of interest in brain science across academia, industry and the media. The integration of cognitive brain imaging with neuroscience will play a central part in discovering how the brain functions in health and disease in the 21st century, as illustrated by the Human Brain Project in Europe and The Brain Initiative in the USA. The taught Brain Sciences Degree will help you gain interdisciplinary knowledge “from molecules to mind” and enable you to develop research skills in cognitive brain imaging, fundamental neuroscience and brain disorders.

Why this programme

-You will study the Brain Science Degree in an Institute that strives to understand the brain at multiple levels of function, from cells to cognition using approaches ranging from molecular, cellular and systems level investigations to brain imaging.
-Lectures will be given by staff who are international research leaders and who publish cutting edge research at the forefront of brain sciences.
-You will attend seminars on a wide range of topics given by eminent external speakers visiting the Institute from around the world as part of our Current Research Topics course.
-You will carry out a research project working in labs equipped with technology and expertise at the forefront of brain science research, including: 3 Tesla fMRI system to image human brain function; Magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography to study neural activity; Transcranial magnetic stimulation for non-invasive brain stimulation; 7 Tesla experimental MRI scanner for studying models of disease; Confocal microscopy for high resolution cellular imaging; Models of disease for pharmcolgical, gene and stem cell therapies
-You will receive in depth training in research design and statistical analysis
-The brain science programme allows student choice and flexibility. Through your choice of optional taught courses you can develop in-depth specialist knowledge to enhance further academic research as well as transferable skills for a career outside academia.
-You will join a vibrant community of masters students from other programmes and for your research project you will be based in laboratories alongside PhD students, postdocs and senior researchers.
-Through the range of teaching methods and assessments used you will gain skills in critical appraisal, independent working, presentations, writing scientific documents and time management.

Programme structure

The programme will consist of compulsory taught courses, selected optional courses and a research project spread over 11-12 months.

Core courses and Research Project
-Fundamentals for neuroscience research
-Cognitive brain imaging
-Statistics and research design
-Current research topics in brain sciences
-Neuroscience: animal models of disease and function
-Designing a research project
-Brain sciences research project

Optional courses
-Introduction to Matlab for biologists
-Neuroscience: in vivo models
-In vitro and analytical approaches in neuroscience
-Bioimaging for life sciences
-Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
-Technology transfer and commercialisation of biomedical research
-Neuroinflammation

Teaching and Learning Methods
Taught courses are delivered by lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning and computer-based sessions supplemented by a wide range of electronic resources for independent or group study. You will use the primary scientific literature as an information resource and through project work will develop skills in team-working, experimental design and data interpretation. Through assessment of coursework you will gain skills in oral and written communication.

Career prospects

The University of Glasgow MSc in Brain Sciences provides you with many career opportunities.

Research: MSc students can enter a research career, mainly by undertaking further postgraduate research studies towards a PhD, or by working in research laboratories in academic settings.

Industry: Other options include going on to work in a wide range of commercial sectors including the pharmaceutical or biotechnological industries and scientific publishing.

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