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Applied Bioscience (MSc)

Course Description

Our MSc Applied Bioscience course will develop your skills within several major areas of applied bioscience, including molecular cell biology, biomedical genetics and specialised topics in medical diagnostics. You'll focus on the rapidly evolving research into the applications of bioscience in healthcare, to diagnose and treat diseases. You'll also develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theory and practice of advanced analytical techniques as used and applied in bioscience.

Throughout our course you'll develop advanced knowledge and skills in the diverse areas of applied bioscience, emphasising on medical applications. Upon completion you'll be able to confidently design, execute and critically analyse both independent and group based scientific research in an appropriate area of applied bioscience.

You'll be immersed in an environment that mirrors a modern laboratory setting and benefit from the expertise of our Biomedical Science team and their intimate knowledge and collaborations within the field of bioscience. Using our purpose-built laboratory facilities, you'll be in the heart of our rapidly evolving scientific environment.

Our course is suitable for candidates who wish to specialise in the current medical applications of bioscience such as molecular and cell biology as a progression from a relevant first degree and for candidates with a strong background in ‘traditional’ analytical science (chemistry or biology).


Healthcare is a rapidly growing and constantly evolving sector. MSc Applied Bioscience course encourages the development of specialist cross-disciplinary laboratory skills, such as molecular genetics and bioinformatics, accompanied by an emphasis on professional practice. Graduates from the MSc Applied Bioscience course will have training to progress into a wide range of careers within the sciences, including industry and academic research, clinical trials, product development, production and quality assurance.

Cambridge is the home of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Babraham Research Institute. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to attend seminars or events with Cambridge’s many local biotechnology companies. Graduates from the course are also in the perfect position to continue an academic career and move up to our Biomedical Science PhD.

MSc Applied Bioscience is the right course for you if you:
•Want to develop a wide array of practical and conceptual scientific skills which are vital for a career in Biosciences
•Find the biosciences fascinating and want to deepen your understanding of the applications in healthcare
•Are interested in pursuing a career in research – either academic, clinical or industrial

Core modules

Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics
Modern Medical Diagnostics
Research Methods and Preparation
Laboratory Techniques in Bioscience
Professional and Ethical Practice
Major Project


We use a range of assessment methods to enable both you and the university to check your progress during your studies and then to ensure that you meet the required standards when you complete the course.

Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and analytical thinking as well as your problem-solving skills. The assessments will enable you to demonstrate that you can synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge, and will evidence the development of your professional practice. Some examples of assessment include poster and oral presentations, essays and portfolios of evidence. In addition, you will undertake practicals in many of the modules, developing your technical laboratory skills.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Visit the Applied Bioscience (MSc) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess or expect to possess when commencing the course a first or second class Honours Degree (2:1 or 2:2), based in a science related degree or cognate subject, from a UK Higher Education Institution, or its equivalent, or the equivalent in experiential learning (a minimum of five years of qualifying employment). All applicants will be required to demonstrate their preparedness for the modules on the Biotechnology course, including providing written evidence of practical work undertaken.

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