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    Full time & Part time available

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    Biological Sciences


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    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

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  • Last Updated

    09 July 2019

Are you a graduate with a degree in cell and molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry, Biochemistry and/or medical biochemistry, pharmacy, medical engineering or physics? Do you have aspirations to apply this knowledge in the medical or life sciences field? Enhance your career prospects by studying Nanomedicine, interfacing with clinical medicine, pharmaceutics, regenerative medicine and nano(geno) toxicology .

Increasing demand and awareness of nanotechnology applications in Medicine has lead to the emergence of Nanomedicine. Capitalising on the 22M infrastructure investment in the Centre for Nanohealth (CNH), the course delivered by a group of world leading research scientists in the number one medical school for research environment in the UK. Joined by clinicians, industry leaders and experts in research innovation and technology transfer, the MSc in Nanomedicine offers a unique opportunity to study and play a role in the significant contributions that nanotechnology is bringing to advances in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

Suitable for anyone with a life sciences facing degree who is targeting industry facing employment in pharma or research careers through PhDs, students will tackle nano-enabled innovation in molecular medicine, drug development, advanced drug delivery and imaging/diagnostics. Pharmaceuticals and advanced therapeutics is embedded across these themes. In addition we have two focus areas, being Regenerative medicine (incorporating biomaterials) and nano(geno) toxicology which map to the core research themes of the School. These areas are furnished by expertise from the colleges of engineering and science, culminating in a multidisciplinary laboratory based research project underpinned by dedicated statistics/informatics modules and research design/ethics.

Why Nanomedicine at Swansea?

  • Top 3 Medical School in the UK (The Guardian University Guide and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st in the UK for Research Environment 2nd in the UK for Research Quality – Research Framework (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • Postgraduate students have access to facilities in the £100 million Institute of Life Science building
  • Medical School hosted programme unique to the UK; world class research environment furnished by academics in engineering, science and medicine (Links to GEM and further PhD programmes here)
  • Engage with clinicians through established links with local hospitals and Health Board
  • Use state of the art equipment during active research projects hosted by CNH – a 22million investment in multidisciplinary infrastructure to ensure Swansea is at the forefront of Nanotechnology applications in medicine (links to CNH page here);
  • Links to the BSNM and opportunities to study abroad for the best students; in line with Swansea strategic partnerships and internationalisation (links to these pages here)
  • Close multidisciplinary links with innovative research projects linked to industry and academia, in the clinical context (PATROLS, CALIN, ILS brand here); link with high tech medical device companies through the ILS infrastructure
  • What Uni? Student Choice Award 2017 Winner – Postgraduate

Your Nanomedicine experience

From the moment you arrive at the Medical School, our specialist staff will help you plan and prepare for your future by identifying and developing skills that will enable you to make the most of your postgraduate degree, and enhance your career options.

You’ll have the opportunity to carry out collaborative research with industry, including hi-tech medical device companies based in the Medical School's Institute of Life Science.

The Nanomedicine programme will give you generic evidence based practice training with additional modules exploring areas in which the Centre for NanoHealth specialises, including; Pharmaceuticals and novel therapeutics, drug development and regulatory considerations, imaging and diagnostics, research design, ethics and implementation, statistical platforms and data analysis for life science applications, nano(geno) toxicology, biomaterials and regenerative medicine, all taught by leading researchers in the field.

As part of the MSc students are encouraged to interact with the wider nanotechnology and nanomedicine community, by becoming members of the British Society for Nanomedicine attending the annual conference/seminars.

Nanomedicine employment opportunities

A postgraduate degree is designed to equip our graduates with transferable skills that are highly valued in the workplace. Our research-led ethos ensures that students explore the frontiers of scientific knowledge, and the intensive practical components provide rigorous training in cutting edge technical skills that are used in the modern biosciences (scientific or clinical research career in the fields of nanomedicine and advanced therapeutics) while working in areas of world-leading expertise within the School.

The nanomedicine course appeals to all sectors in life sciences. We have students who have left the course and gone onto industry, academia (PhDs) and professional vocations. Most do stay on in academia; some do a PhD in a more specific field related to nanomedicine, others go on to Graduate Entry Medicine. Some have gone onto industry, with a range of biopharmaceutical to biotechnology companies in the fields of drug/technology testing and development.

Nanomedicine modules

The MSc in Nanomedicine involves studying for 120 credits of taught modules, as indicated below. The taught component takes place during the autumn and spring terms. A 60-credit research project takes place over the summer months.

Modules on the Nanomedicine course may include:

  • Separation science and sample handling
  • Nano(geno)toxicology
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Diagnostics and Imaging
  • Research Design and Ethics
  • Nanomedicines, pharmaceuticals and advanced therapeutics
  • Postgraduate Taught Masters Dissertation
  • Data Analysis for Health and Medical Sciences

How you're taught on the Nanomedicine course

The Nanomedicine programme is modular and structured to encourage continuous learning toward the research project, and is available as a full masters programme or the postgraduate certificate or diploma based on need and circumstance.

Taught by a mixture of classroom (large group), laboratory (small group) and tutorial sessions designed to maximise student-learning experience. Assessments are constructed of essays, case studies, multiple choice questions and laboratory demonstrations, constructed to ensure continual learning and interactive assessment opportunities. 

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Visit the Nanomedicine MSc/PGDip/ PGCert page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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