Biomedical Technologies MSc

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Biomedical technologies have developed vastly in recent years with the advance of new technologies in the context of genomics, systems biology and other ‘omics’ technologies, which have become an important counterpart to the well-established structure based approaches to drug development. Demand for these technologies will increase with the establishment of new genomic, proteomic and metabolomics biomarkers that underpin intelligent use of drugs through stratified or personalised medicine.

This postgraduate level programme offers broad interdisciplinary training addressing these technologies in an exciting framework covering the clinical challenges in the biomarker field. This programme is ideal for those wanting to go on to do a PhD leading onto a research career in the biomedical field.

Please note: this course was previously titled MSc Translational Medicine: Interdisciplinary Biomedical Technologies

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start date: September

Contact

For further information please contact: 

e: biomedicaltechnologies@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Professor Ulrich Guenther:

e: u.l.gunther@bham.ac.uk 

t: +44 (0)121 414 8361

Dr Peter Searle

e: p.f.searle@bham.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)121 414 4487 

Details

This innovative Masters course offers an introduction to the technologies required to develop drugs and genomic, proteomic and metabolomics for use in the context of stratified or personalised medicine. It is uniquely designed to link bench and bedside through the inclusion of clinical and basic science.

Aiming to allow you to understand the research processes involved in current mollecular biomedical research, this programme focuses on technologies to develop drugs and biomarkers in a translational medicine context.

A key part will be the planning, execution and reporting of an independent research project chosen by you after discussion with your allocated supervisor, leading to the submission of a Masters level dissertation.

Why study this course

 This course:

  • builds on a broad range of expertise in the School of Cancer Sciences, a clinical trials infrastructure, and close links between the University of Birmingham, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and other regional hospitals
  • will give you an understanding of the new ‘omics’ technologies in a systems biology context, along with well-established structural approaches to drug discovery
  • is unique in combining biomedical technologies with a broad spectrum of lectures taught by clinical scientists displaying the needs and challenges in today’s translational medicine
  • is taught by experts in their field within the University of Birmingham and prestigious regional hospitals, and will highlight research in cutting-edge laboratories in the University of Birmingham
  • will give you an opportunity to develop the research skills required to compete in a rapidly developing international biomedical sector.

Modules

Year 1

The taught component will comprise of core modules covering:

  • Clinical challenges in biomedical research
  • Genomics
  • Epidemiology and statistics
  • Translational research in a clinical trials context
  • Molecular approaches to drug development 
  • Proteomics
  • Metabolomics
  • Systems biology
  • A dissertation in a student chosen project

Please note: programmes evolve continually to keep them up to date so please check the website regularly for any changes

Fees and funding

2015/16 course fees

UK/EU students

Full-time MSc - £7290

Non UK/EU students

Full-time overseas fee: £19,250

Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students

Entry requirements

A relevant undergraduate degree (e.g. in Biochemistry or Medical Science) at 2.1 level or equivalent and at least a grade B in GCSE maths. Exceptionally, lower qualifications may be considered if suppported e.g. by relevant work experience or subject to the successful completion of a probationary period.

Overseas candidates must meet the University’s English Language requirements eg, IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band).

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Contact

For further information please contact: 

e: biomedicaltechnologies@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Professor Ulrich Guenther:

e: u.l.gunther@bham.ac.uk 

t: +44 (0)121 414 8361

Dr Peter Searle

e: p.f.searle@bham.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)121 414 4487 

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Learning and teaching

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Our facilities

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences houses state-of-the art facilities to support a range of teaching, learning and research activity. 

Our facilities ensure that students receive the best possible learning experience by working in a modern environment. Among our most recent developments include a refurbishment of the Medical School foyer, Barnes library and Wolfson Centre for Medical Education.

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Assessment methods

  • Unseen examinations
  • essays, oral presentations
  • computer-based exercises

Contact

For further information please contact: 

e: biomedicaltechnologies@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Professor Ulrich Guenther:

e: u.l.gunther@bham.ac.uk 

t: +44 (0)121 414 8361

Dr Peter Searle

e: p.f.searle@bham.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)121 414 4487 

Employability

Covering a broad spectrum, this programme opens avenues for careers in biomedical sciences, the biotech industry, the industry of manufacturers of analytical instruments, clinical laboratories and clinicians interested in developing trials to progress these technologies into clinical practice, or in moving towards a scientific career.

This programme offers training in a broad range of relevant and state-of-the-art technologies in a context of medical challenges. We expect graduates to move into PhDs and also to build careers in industry or in the context of clinical trials.

Find out more about where our postgraduate students go

Careers Support for Postgraduates

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career.

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

  • Careers Networking opportunities
  • Effective careers strategy toolkit
  • Year planner for all postgraduate students
  • Masters Career Coaching Workshops
  • One to one careers guidance

The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.

“We have hired some fantastic Birmingham graduates and postgraduates in the past, and believe that they have the experience and intelligence to understand the challenges of working with Procter and Gamble.”

In an independent survey, over 75% of employers regarded a postgraduate Masters-level qualification as ‘essential’ or ‘preferred’ when recruiting.

‘Talent Fishing: What Businesses want from Postgraduate’ A CIHE Report for Department of Business Innovation and Skills, March 2011.

For more information visit the Careers Network website.

Contact

For further information please contact: 

e: biomedicaltechnologies@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Professor Ulrich Guenther:

e: u.l.gunther@bham.ac.uk 

t: +44 (0)121 414 8361

Dr Peter Searle

e: p.f.searle@bham.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)121 414 4487