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Increased life expectancy will fuel increases in the incidence of age-related conditions such as heart disease, dementia, stroke, pulmonary disorders, and cancer. This MSc in Biomedical Science will allow you to explore key topics in these fields and engage in advanced research into the underlying causes of these diseases as well as understand current and novel diagnostics and current and novel treatments of the disorders.

A key focus of the degree programme is on personalised medicine, which represents a move away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the treatment and care of patients with a particular condition, to one which uses new approaches to better manage patients’ health and targets therapies to achieve the best outcomes in the management of a patient’s disease or predisposition to disease.

This programme is led by academics with track records in world-leading research.

You will:

  • Learn the key topics in biomedical science from international experts
  • Learn the latest research based on cutting edge experimental techniques and direct engagement with biomedical communities
  • Develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary expertise in specialist subject areas, integrated with applied clinical laboratory skills

This course is for you if:

  • You are interested in the future of medicine and biomedical science
  • You want to get hands-on with clinical lab work
  • You are fascinated by the latest research outcomes

Course Details

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising of three, 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively.

For the full-time study option:

  • Semester one - October to February
  • Semester two - February to June
  • Semester three - June to September

Visit the website for further information on modules.

Teaching and Assessment

The MSc Biomedicine offers you an opportunity to undertake intensive study in eight core 15 credit modules, which focus on several hot topics in the field such as genomics, infectious disease, immunology, haematology, transfusion sciences, inflammation and cardiovascular disorders as well as the study of disease pathology (including cancer). These modules provide a springboard for an independent 60-credit research project. The dissertation stage provides you with the opportunity to produce a robust scientific argument, to formulate and test hypotheses and to assess contrasting scientific theories. This dual approach consolidates crucial skills whilst offering the flexibility to pursue a semi-independent research agenda.

As well as obtaining theoretical and practical skills from taught components and practical experience of cutting-edge techniques during the research project, you will improve your autonomous problem-solving and decision-making skills. Three of the 15-credit modules focus on advanced scholarship, advanced research, and real-world professional skills.

These modules aim to develop your communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and your competence in interpreting data in a biomedical context. The Professional Practice module will provide opportunities for you to use research skills in the applied context of a ‘real world’ project in a variety of professional settings and develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes.

Assessment strategies in this programme are authentic and designed for both assessment of and assessment for learning. There are numerous opportunities for feedback that promotes learning and aims to develop your skills towards both employability improvement and assessment success. You have regular opportunities to receive feedback and communicate with staff.

Learning styles (% can not be given as learning style is not confined to a single module, i.e. total can not be 100%):

  • Problem based learning (in five modules)
  • Group work (in five modules)
  • Practical work (in seven modules)
  • Individual report writing (in six modules)
  • Scientific communication (in three modules)
  • Peer review (one module)
  • Reflective writing (one module)

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.


In a fiercely competitive job market, we believe that a qualification from the University of Salford will give you the edge over rival job applicants. We aim to produce graduates who meet the needs of their future employers: highly skilled practitioners and excellent communicators who are seeking to push the boundaries in the rapidly growing biomedicine sector.

Many of our biomedical science graduates are employed in roles such as research assistants and research laboratory technicians, across various sectors including clinical and research laboratories and pharmaceutical and biotechnology organisations. Some have gone on to pursue the field of education, working as lecturers and teachers in universities and schools.

A number of our graduates choose to continue their education by pursing PhD studies, with areas of research including microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, cancer and cell biology- to name a few. Furthermore, graduates of this course have been accepted into medical schools as students on completion of this degree.

Visit the Biomedical Science - MSc page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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