Biomedical Imaging and Research postgraduate courses

Overview of the Programmes

The MSc in Biomedical Imaging and MRes programmes in Biomedical Research present a fantastic route through which students can develop their knowledge and skills further beyond bachelors level and expand from a traditional single discipline skill set to work at the interfaces where chemistry is applied in biology and medicine. It will be particularly attractive for graduates of chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy and forensic science, though graduates from across a range of science-based subjects are eligible to apply. Undertaking this programme will allow you to expand the breadth of your knowledge and open doors of opportunity in your career.

The courses

  • Will develop your ability to work and communicate across disciplines

    This ability is particularly valued in industry where a flexible skill base allows their researchers to move between different types of research projects in response to breaking developments or changing strategic needs.  These skills will also equip you to make research breakthroughs not possible with single disciplinary skill set; many of the great challenges in modern biomedicine (diagnosing disease, curing cancer, treating alzheimers etc) need such a multi-disciplinary research approach and this is reflected in the make-up of industrial teams engaged in such research.  The skill of communicating with people from different scientific disciplines, that our students develop, is similarly valued by practitioners, as such communicators are the key people that enable multi-disciplinary research teams to operate.
  • Will enable you to grow your knowledge

    You will gain the expertise to develop and exploit novel imaging technologies and molecular probes to solve important problems in life and medical science.   The course will equip you to tackle challenging problems at the cutting edge of biomedical research and prepare you for careers in the healthcare and research industries.
  • Be delivered by academic staff and practitioners in hospitals and industry

    It will also combine trainings in chemistry and physical techniques, in computer science for data modelling and image analysis, and in life science and medicine to develop a knowledge of cellular and molecular biology and bio-systems. The exposure to practitioners gives you an added insight into, and a series of personal contacts with, future potential employers.
  • Is delivered within the EPSRC Research and Training Centre in Physical Sciences for Health.

    The Centre is the UK EPSRC Centre of excellence for postgraduate training in Biomedical Imaging and Research, led by Chemical Biologist Professor Mike Hannon
    . The programmes allow suitable students to pursue further Doctoral (PhD) studies should they wish.

You can learn more about the details of each programme and the differences between them at the following links:

Why Birmingham?

Training in a Centre of Excellence in a dynamic, exciting location

The programme is run by the Research and Training Centre in Physical Sciences for Heath, a flagship Centre of Excellence established at Birmingham by the UK physical science research council EPSRC. The programme is delivered by academic staff from the University, clinical scientists from the Hospital and scientists from our industrial and public sector partners. Our academic expectations and our student achievements are high and to date more than 75% of our masters-level students have obtained distinction grades in their courses, and many have presented their work at international conferences and published papers in top journals.

Birmingham is one of the most exciting places to work and study having been transformed into a city for young professionals and one Europe’s most exciting destinations. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build an exciting future. The city, which is the second largest in the UK, offers culture and diversity and around 40% of our University graduates choose to make Birmingham their home. It is a green and dynamic city with more trees than Paris, more miles of canal than Venice, and a higher proportion of children and young people than any other major European city. Birmingham is home to some of the most famous inventions of the modern world, including the Mini, the steam engine, gas lighting and the very first photocopier. All this in addition to being the UK home of chocolate with the famous Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory, a renowned centre for international cuisine and home of the ‘Balti’ curry, home to a world famous orchestra and ballet company, Test Cricket, Premiership Football, a jewellery quarter, safari park and zoo and celebrated museums and art galleries; a vibrant city surrounded by beautiful rolling green countryside with castles, stately homes, heritage steam railway and traditional English country pubs, all in a location at the heart of the UK’s transport network, less than an hour and half away from London.

The University’s history is interwoven with the history of the great city of Birmingham. As a research-intensive institution, the University is committed to carrying out research that is world leading in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. Our research power derives from the breadth and depth of expertise across disciplines and the opportunities this creates for multi- and inter-disciplinary links. We are proud to be Birmingham's University, developing world-leading research and innovation, and training the brightest and the best from around the world, for more than a century.