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Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences) MScR

University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Medical School

Full time September MRes 1 year full-time

About the course

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:

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.


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Student Profile(s)

Deepti Chichula

Deepti's experience on the MSc Biomedical Sciences has inspired her to pursue a PhD in cancer biology.

I had a fantastic experience being a part of many renowned research centres in the university. A lot of breakthrough research is being carried out in vast number of subjects where I got the chance to decide on what interests me and what could actually be my career goal.

My research themes were cell communication and inflammation research for both semesters and the lab faculty are extremely helpful and friendly to be with. I have also received a great support from the programme coordinators during hard times which is very necessary for an international student.

This course has showed me what my research interests are and I am very much interested in pursuing a PhD in cancer biology. This lab rotation programme has given a flexible selection criteria for a student to choose their interested theme and lab in which we could work. Both my mini and maxi-projects have helped me decide my career path.

Manu Verma

This course provided me with an excellent opportunity to explore and experience the ongoing biomedical research in diverse fields.

For my first mini project, I opted for cancer biology module; I investigated the etiology of Wilms’ tumor suggested to be caused by deregulation of developmental pathways.

During my second mini project, I choose genetics and diseases module and moved on to validate mice model developed to investigate developmental origin of diseases or fetal programming in context of fetal glucocorticoids overexposure.

Lastly during my maxi project, I continued in my previous laboratory and explored the effect of pro-inflammatory cytokines on transcriptional activity of 11β-HSD1, one of the two enzymes regulating intracellular glucocorticoid levels, in context of metabolic syndrome and obesity using an in vitro system.

Hence this course provided me with ample research experience in diverse areas of biomedical research as well as hands on experience in numerous different analytical techniques involved in those research areas, giving me a head start in my research career.

Currently I am working for my PhD at Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, QMRI, University of Edinburgh; investigating the underlying mechanisms by which cardio-metabolic diseases, age-related cognitive decline and chronic inflammation are linked by the role of 11β-HSD1, one of the two enzymes regulating intracellular glucocorticoid levels, in obesity, atherogenesis and ageing respectively.
Where are you hoping to go next?

My long term goal after obtaining my PhD and a post-doc experience is to join industrial biomedical research and development domain focusing on development of novel molecular targeted therapeutics for cardiometabolic disorders.

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