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Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences) MScR

Course Description

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.

Visit the Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences) MScR page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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.

(Student Profile)

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.


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in the biological, chemical or physical sciences.

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