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This MSc programme is designed for students wishing to study the biological basis of disease, pathological processes, diagnostic investigation and therapeutic intervention without necessarily wishing to follow a career as a Health and Care Professions Council-registered biomedical scientist working within hospital laboratories.

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in a related subject such as biology or biochemistry for this course, which will expand on your knowledge base through a series of taught modules. You develop expertise in reflective practice, quality control and research in a laboratory setting, learning the necessary skills for careers in diagnostics, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industries and academia.

If you're interested in entering the profession of biomedical science, the modules that make up with course are approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). IBMS is the UK's professional body for those working in the field.


Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.

Course structure

The course is structured around five compulsory modules that stretch across the biomedical sciences and provide the research skills necessary to complete the independent project. These are supplemented by optional modules which you can choose according to personal interest.

Research Methods is run as an intensive workshop week currently in the Christmas vacation. This ensures that you have a solid foundation for your independent project, which runs throughout the programme. You also conduct a literature review for the first semester, and engage in laboratory-based work for the second.


The programme aims to impart a knowledge and understanding of the role of molecular, cellular and organ-level biological processes in the initation and development of disease.

It is also designed to provide you with an appreciation of how intervention in these biological mechanisms may lead to a cure or at least an amelioration of symptoms, and to develop your knowledge and skills in a specialist area of the biomedical sciences.

Away from core subject study, we help you to improve your critical appraisal skills through the examination of contemporary issues in biomedical science and to communicate your findings appropriately.

We also encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and create a basis for lifelong development.


Evaluating Research in Biomedical Sciences
Cell Pathology and Special Topics in Pathobiology
Applied Molecular Biology
Research Methods


Clinical Infection Sciences
Medical Genetics
Diabetes Mellitus
Oxidative Stress and Disease
Biomedical Implants and Medical Devices
Blood Sciences
Clinical and Applied Immunology
Industrial Microbiology
Microbiology and Public Health
Independent Study

Careers and Employability

The course prepares you for careers across the biomedical sciences, for example in biotechnology, academia and the pharmaceutical industries.

Visit the Biomedical Sciences - MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!






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