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MSc in Biomedical Sciences

Course Description

The MSc Biomedical Sciences programme aims to provide a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of disease processes from the molecular to the whole body level. It is designed to develop in students an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments in relation to diagnostic laboratory pathology. It will enable students to gain, through a research project, additional specialist knowledge and practical expertise. By the end of the course students should be able to contribute to a broad spectrum of career opportunities spanning academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of biomedical sciences. The course is also an excellent foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.

The programme is based around a core of six compulsory modules and a research project that provide detailed study and practical experience in key areas of biomedical sciences and in the development of professional skills. The topics include:

• Human diseases
• Toxicology
• Immunology
• Clinical and Molecular Endocrinology
• Human Physiology
• Research methods

The supervised research project will last for four months and be at the level expected for the first year of PhD studies. Project examples include diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, mechanisms of immunity, studies on key human diseases and extraction of drugs from natural sources.


• Human Disease
• Infection
• Immunology
• Clinical and Molecular Endocrinology
• Research Methods 1: Professional Development
• Research Methods 2: Communication Skills
• Research Project 1

Visit the MSc in Biomedical Sciences page on the Aston University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Sarah Sherrington

I believe my master’s degree and lab experience gained during my final project helped to secure the job placement I am currently undertaking and will help me secure further employment. I am currently carrying out a 10 month paid work placement as a technical assistant within the biosciences team at Aston University. The Biosciences technical team is responsible for preparing and setting up all practical classes carried out by students, as well as demonstrating and supporting learning within the classes.

While deciding what to do after my MSc course several academic members of staff offered helpful advice and provided references for me while looking for a job/ further study. I also found the Aston Futures website useful while looking for jobs.


Ferguson Foundation Scholarship - 7 Awards

The scholarships are available to students applying to on campus programmes offered in the School of Life & Health Sciences. The Ferguson Scholarships apply to the following programmes:MSc in Biomedical Sciences
MSc Molecular Biotechnology
MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
MSc Health and Disease
MSc in Drug Delivery
MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSc in Pharmacokinetics
MSc in Pharmacology
MSc in Health Psychology
MRes in Cognitive Neurosciences If successful, you will receive a scholarship of approximately £12,000 towards the cost of your MSc course fees. You will have to contribute £3,000 (approx) towards your MSc tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £9,000 and £12,000


The School of Life & Health Sciences is offering 7 scholarships to students from Africa and South America. Scholarships are supported by the Ferguson Foundation which is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to consider study in the UK.

Application Procedure

To be considered you must fulfill the following:Be a National from an African or South American country and submit a concise 1,000-1,500 word essay explaining how you and your home country will benefit from the skills and knowledge you will acquire in the MSc course you have applied for.

You must be in receipt of an offer for one of the above programmes prior to applying for the scholarship.Once you have received your offer you can send your scholarship application to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The course is open to suitably qualified international and UK graduates. Prospective students must possess a good honours degree (minimum 2.2) in a biological related subject

Course Fees

£6900 for UK/EU and £16,850 for International students

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