The Postgraduate taught MSc Biomedical Sciences programme aims to provide a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of disease processes from the molecular to the body/systems level and develop an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments in relation to diagnostic laboratory pathology. It will enable students to gain, through a research project, additional specialist knowledge and practical expertise and produce students who will be able to contribute to a broad spectrum of career opportunities spanning academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of biomedical sciences. The course is also an excellent foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.
Outline of programme
The programme is based around a core of six compulsory modules and a research project that provide detailed study and practical experience in key areas of biomedical sciences and in the development of professional skills. The topics include outlines and profiles of major human diseases, topics in infection, immunology, clinical and molecular endocrinology, research methods and exploiting research. The supervised research project will last for four months and be at the level expected for the first year of PhD studies. Examples include diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, mechanisms of immunity, studies on key human diseases.
The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work, oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defense of a poster.