Modules in the first year
The first two years of your MSci Biomedical Science course are identical to the 3-year BSc Biomedical Science course and will build a detailed understanding of how the human body functions and what can go wrong in disease. The content extends from the single cell to the whole body. You will begin to learn about major pathologies such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, arthritis and diabetes, and the genetic basis of inherited disorders. You will take a common set of key subjects which will provide you with the core knowledge to understand the importance of each of the major disciplines of medical science. This forms a strong foundation for transitioning onto the MSci.
- Cellular Biochemistry and Biology - 20 credits
- Digestion and Renal Sciences - 20 credits
- Fundamentals of Life Science - 20 credits
- Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Pharmacology - 20 credits
- Professional and Academic Development - 20 credits
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences – Fundamental Principles - 20 credits
Modules in the second year
During your second year there will be an opportunity to specialise in a scientific area of your choice, linked to the College's major research themes. This student selected component will allow an in-depth exploration of the area under the guidance of one of our subject experts. Themes include cancer, neuroscience, infection and immunity, pharmacology and cardiovascular science. This provides a platform for further specialisation in your third year. Within this module you can also select a business and enterprise project which develops entrepreneurial and communication skills with external business partners.
At the end of your second year there is the possibility of taking a year out to gain work experience, by securing a placement. If you opted to undertake a summer research project, you will present your findings at a student symposium through conference-style posters. This event is a great way for students to showcase their hard work and findings, gaining valuable research experience along the way.
Students who enrol on to the 4-year MSci course are able to switch to the 3-year BSc course at the end of year 2 should they wish to.
- Year 2 Personal and Academic Development - Non credit-bearing
- Cancer and stratified medicine - 20 credits
- Immunity and Infection - 20 credits
- Cardiorespiratory Physiology & Pharmacology - 20 credits
- Stem cells and Genetic Inheritance - 20 credits
- Neuroscience, Endocrinology and Reproduction - 20 credits
- Student Selected Science Project - 20 credits
Modules in the third year
During your third year you will specialise further by selecting a single taught option from over 10 specialist modules in a wide range of subject areas, including different aspects of neuroscience, cancer, virology, cardiovascular science, pharmacology, endocrinology, stem cell biology, ageing and immunology. You will learn about the latest findings and be exposed to advanced research techniques, guided by internationally recognised experts in these fields. You will then undertake a compulsory module in Experimental Data Interpretation that re-enforces your statistical knowledge to handle the analysis of large data sets.
These taught options lead on to a translational research module which is underpinned by understanding the legislative process required when moving treatments from the bench to the bedside. This module has a substantial practical element, requiring you to demonstrate advanced competencies within the laboratory and to demonstrate and acquire a Good Clinical Laboratory Certificate. The final module in year 3 is the Global Challenge, allowing team work to develop your creativity and innovative thinking to resolve a biomedical issue using modern technology.
- Experimental Data Interpretation - 10 credits
- Global Challenge - 20 credits
- Translational Research - 50 credits
- Year 3 Personal and Academic Development - Non credit-bearing
- Biology of Ageing - 40 credits
- Immunity & Inflammatory Disease 40 credits
- Cancer Pathogenesis & Treatment - 40 credits
- Cardiovascular Science (Integrated Regulation) - 40 credits
- Cell Communication in health & Disease - 40 credits
- DNA damage pathways in Human Disease - 40 credits
- Experimental Immunology - 40 credits
- From Genes to Therapy - 40 credits
- Hypoxia in Health & Diseases - 40 credits
- Infection: Bacterial Threats & Defence - 40 credits
- Liver Function in Health & Disease - 40 credits
- Metabolic Aspects of Inflammatory Disease - 40 credits
- Molecular & Integrative Pharmacology - 40 credits
- Molecular Medicine (Endocrinology of Metabolic Disorder) - 40 credits
- Neuropharmacology - 40 credits
- Neurotrauma: Degeneration & Regeneration - 40 credits
- New Targets & Drugs in Cancer Therapy - 40 credits
- Reproductive Medicine - 40 credits
- Stem Cells, Differentiation & Disease - 40 credits
- Vascular Biology & Pathology - 40 credits
- Viruses, Society & Future Medicines - 40 credits
Modules in the fourth year
In your final year of the MSci Biomedical Science course you will choose from a selection of optional modules around emerging technologies within the biomedical field (e.g. omics, bioinformatics). The final module is the extended individual research project, which in most cases is laboratory based within one of our leading research active laboratories. You will work independently, under supervision, for 15 weeks full-time on an original piece of research, acquiring and analysing your own data. The project develops and enhances not just your practical and analytical abilities, but also a range of other skills that will be a key to success in whatever career path you choose.
- Research project - 80 credits
- Year 4 Personal and Academic Development - Non credit-bearing
- Scientific writing - 20 credits
- Omics Techniques and Technologies and their Application to Genomic Medicine - 20 credits
- Foundations of Computing Practices in Health Data Science - 20 credits
- Clinical Haematology - 20 credits
- Cell Communication in Health and Disease - 20 credits
- Molecular and Integrative Pharmacology: from molecules to man - 20 credits
- Precision and regenerative medicine - 20 credits
- Tumour Virology - 20 credits
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.