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.
As an NHS scientist, you're already contributing to the common good – making a positive impact through meaningful work. Now you're ready for the next step: you're ready to lead.Designed for working scientists, the MSc Biomedical Science is the only one of its kind in the city of Glasgow. This part-time programme enables biomedical scientists currently employed in NHS pathology service labs to attain greater expertise and advance to the next stage of their careers.GCU's MSc Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). With part-time study, the programme takes two to three years to complete.
Through this programme, hospital laboratory employees can progress through Agenda for Change bandings and fulfil the required qualifications to become a Chartered Scientist (CSci).
The curriculum uses an integrated systems approach to study disease. You'll build a strong foundation through broad inquiry:
You'll also undertake an extensive hands-on research project, gaining practical experience and enhancing your expertise. This project should be chosen with input from your employer to support your career goals.
In GCU's MSc Biomedical Science, you'll find a welcoming community of colleagues and classmates, your fellow NHS scientists – all working together to find new ways to excel and change the world for the better.
Pathobiology A, B and C; Quality and Laboratory Management; Preparation for Project; Research Methods for Biomedical Science; Specialist Portfolio and Research Project.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.
We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.
This career-focused programme helps working scientists advance to a leadership level. You'll learn about the latest developments in the field, explore cutting-edge findings and their implications for the future and gain hands-on skills in quality and laboratory management.
The programme's real-world relevant curriculum means graduates are fully prepared for success as top-level leaders. Our alumni bring a global outlook – and a focus on the common good – to make meaningful change wherever they go.