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Biomedicine (MSc by Research)

Course Description

This exciting course will provide you with broad research training to prepare for a career in biomedical research.

This course is suitable preparation for subsequent PhD studies and for students planning a research career in industry or academia.

You will spend the first term undertaking a number of taught modules to prepare you for your research project. This includes a research skills module in which you will gain hands-on training in advanced techniques such as confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, cloning, in situ hybridisation and bioinformatics. You will then choose research projects to pursue for the rest of the course in areas such as cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, stem cells and regenerative biology, microbiology and genetics.

Modules include:

• Research techniques and experimental design
• Research planning and project management
• Advanced topics in biomedicine
• Research Project.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

All our Master’s courses emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc courses include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our new biomedical MSc courses go on to pursue PhD studies and work in the pharmaceutical industry.


Learn from enthusiastic and friendly academics with a real passion for their subject; draw on their advice and experience gained from years of teaching and research expertise in both biomedical and evolutionary biology/ecology.

Our research interests span the broad scope of modern biology, from individual molecules to global biodiversity and sustainability, and we emphasise cross-disciplinary and quantitative approaches.

The Cole Museum of Zoology and the Herbarium: research and teaching facilities containing over 4,000 zoological specimens and around 300,000 plant specimens.

Modern, well-equipped laboratories will support your learning and research. These include automated DNA sequencers and real-time PCR machines for molecular work; a state-of-the-art imaging suite with confocal and super resolution microscopes; dedicated microbiology laboratories for the study of bacteria and viruses; excellent computing facilities for computer intensive work in phylogenetics, bioinformatics, protein structure, evolution and population biology; and Controlled Environment suites for the study of invertebrates and plants.

Visit the Biomedicine (MSc by Research) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree in biological science (such as biomedical sciences, biological sciences, biochemistry or microbiology) or equivalent from a university outside the UK. If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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