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The MSc in Experimental Medicine offers advanced research training in a broad range of laboratory based biomedical sciences.

The MSc in Experimental Medicine is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in experimental medicine, whether it is in academia, clinical practice, industry or government. The programme will also provide an excellent platform for progression to PhD programmes either in Queen’s or worldwide. 

The MSc in Experimental Medicine will develop a strong fundamental understanding of high quality biomedical research, including experimental design and execution, data management and interpretation, and scientific communication, including publishing, presentation, and use of social media. 

The programme offers comprehensive research training with access to over 40 research groups and the state-of-the-art research facilities at the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM). Research facilities include Central Technology Units for Imaging and Genomics which are leading the way in research excellence and innovative healthcare. 

Experimental medicine aims to identify mechanisms of pathophysiology of disease, and demonstrate proof-of-concept evidence of the efficacy and importance of new discoveries or treatments. There is an increasing need for graduates who can undertake basic and clinical research, and translate it into improved medical treatments for patients.

This research-intensive MSc programme in Experimental Medicine will equip you with the rigorous research skills, and the innovative mentality to tackle the major medical and therapeutic challenges of the 21st century.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Fundamental Research Skills in Experimental Medicine:

This module will teach the skills that embed excellence and rigour into the scientific approach to a research question. Active researchers will teach students the core skills of designing and methodological approaches to testing a research hypothesis. Taught elements will include database searches and approach to systematic reviews, basic principles of laboratory and clinical research design, regulatory requirements governing research, public involvement with science, data analysis, presentation, dissemination and communication of science.

You will specialise in one of these two optional research streams:

1. Diabetes & Cardiovascular Medicine Stream

The Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease stream is a specialised pathway within the MSc in Experimental Medicine which builds on our major strategic research strength in this globally significant area. This stream contains two complementary taught modules focusing on fundamental, experimental and translational principles of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, thereby providing good understanding of the pathophysiology of the diseases as well as current and experimental treatments.

2. Infection & Immunity Stream

The Infection and Immunity stream is another specialised pathway within the MSc in Experimental Medicine programme and exposes students to exciting concepts and their application in the field of infection biology, antimicrobial resistance, inflammatory processes and the role of immunity in health and disease.

Semester 2

The remaining period will provide a unique opportunity to focus on an extensive research project chosen from a large panel of projects offered by Principal Investigators in the CEM in one of the above themes. This period will be interspersed with monthly training to develop project-specific transferable skills, such as oral and poster presentation, and scientific writing.

You will write up your dissertation during the summer months

Learning and Teaching

Queens University Belfast (QUB) has an international reputation in experimental and translational medicine, achieved through the recognised metrics of high impact peer review publications, significant international research funding, the generation of exploitable novel intellectual property and the establishment of successful spin-out companies. Recognising the need for the development of a cohort of appropriately qualified scientific and medical graduates, we are offering a research intensive, student-oriented MSc Programme in Experimental Medicine that will provide high quality candidates with the research rigour, the innovation culture and the leadership skills to be at the forefront of global biomedical revolution.

We do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. 

Class times vary throughout morning and afternoon, and through a combination of course lectures, practical experiences and Self-directed study to enhance employability. 

Students perform their research project throughout the programme, with complete dedication to the projects following completion of the taught modules.


Assessment is by a combination of oral presentations and written assignments. The research project is written up as a dissertation.

Experimental Medicine Highlights

The strong links between the Centre for Experimental Medicine and the biotech or biopharmaceutical sectors provides a stimulating experimental and translational environment, while also expanding your career opportunities.

Professional Accreditations

You will have an opportunity to obtain a formally accredited certificate of training in good clinical practice (GCP) via the Inflammation, Infection and Immunity module. Students working with animal models of disease will also receive official training in animal handling, leading to a UK official animal handling personal license.

World Class Facilities

You will be taught and mentored within the Centre for Experimental Medicine: a brand new, purpose-built institute at the heart of the Health Sciences Campus, boasting state-of-the-art research facilities. The programme offers comprehensive research training with access to over 40 research groups and the state-of-the-art research facilities at the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM). Research facilities include Central Technology Units for Imaging and Genomics which are leading the way in research excellence and innovative healthcare.

Student Experience

A strength of this MSc incorporates transdisciplinary elements throughout the degree programme, which contribute to the delivery of innovative postgraduate education and research training. Central to this programme is a multi-disciplinary team of academic and clinical specialists, with expertise ranging from molecular disease phenotyping, functional genomics, infectious disease biology, vascular biology, genetic epidemiology, imaging, immunology, stem cell biology and exploitation, unique pre-clinical models of disease, and patient-based investigation and clinical trials. The transdisciplinary expertise provided is complemented with programme access to state-of-the-art research facilities, including a diverse range of new and emerging technologies in genomics, advanced imaging, and patient-orientated research tools

How to Apply

Apply using the online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Visit the Experimental Medicine (MSc) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!





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