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Nanomedicine MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert

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  • Objectives
    Due to the interdisciplinary aspect of nanomedicine it is imperative that professionals working within this field or related fields possess the appropriate knowledge and skills required of both nanotechnology and medicine. This unique course has been designed to precisely fulfil this requirement. The course will equip students with advanced knowledge, skills and practical experience of the principles, technology and applications within the exiting field of nanomedicine. Students will learn how nanotechnology impacts upon new medicinal products, drug discovery and delivery and acquire an understanding of the practice of medicine utilising nanotechnology. For successful graduates the timely course will open up a variety of career opportunities. The broad but in-depth nature of the course will provide you with knowledge and skills in a number of specialist areas including: * Nanotechnology & microsystem * Nanobiosensors * Nanomaterials * Nanopharmaceuticals * Nanotoxicology & risk perception * Bioinformatics * Medical diagnostics & devices * Medical marketing & business * Clinical research * Human biology * Disease states & biomarkers On successful completion of the MSc course a student will be able to: * Apply a conceptual understanding of, and make use of, the current tools and practices used in the medical community to monitor disease states with particular reference to the use of nanotechnologies * Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of science, the scientific method and research in the modern world * Demonstrate a critical awareness of, and make use of, the principles of biology and nano-scale materials, and the appropriate techniques for analysis, monitoring and assessment of human disease states, with particular reference to nano-scale devices * Demonstrate a critical awareness of the relationships between human health and exposure, including risk assessment and communication * Summarise the main issues concerned with the use and regulation of nanotechnology, with specific emphasis on nanomedicine, in modern society * Demonstrate ability and effectiveness in decision making, problem solving and self-teaching * Identify appropriate practices and strategies within their chosen professional areas which promote environmental best practice and sustainable development. * Recognise, describe and discuss the use and impact of nanomedicine in modern society and life * Critically evaluate the published literature in the discipline * Carry out appropriate research using the correct techniques and draw justifiable inferences from the data obtained. Produce a high quality written thesis, being able to critically evaluate and defend the interpretations of the data * Critically evaluate the published literature within the discipline, where necessary by synthesising information from other disciplines You will also develop a set of indispensable transferable skills including communication skills, team working, problem solving, independent research skills and data analysis.
  • Entry requirements
    1st or 2nd class UK honours degree, or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as a science or technology related subject. Candidates with appropriate professional experience wishing to develop their careers are also invited to apply. Where applicable, students must demonstrate competency in English, such as a minimum International English Language Testing System Score (IELTS) of 6.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 580. Our Academic Summer Programme offers pre-sessional training in English.
  • Course description
    Available full or part time
    Fee bursaries available

    About the course

    The application of science and technology at the nano-scale is revolutionising medicine in the 21st Century – enabling us to understand many diseases leading to new insights in diagnostics and therapy and contributing to the development of new generations of medicinal products.

    Increasing demand and awareness of applications of nanotechnology in medicine has resulted in the emergence of a new discipline, namely nanomedicine which is now growing at a rapid rate – already solving many challenges faced within various professional bodies, such as healthcare systems, government agencies and industrial companies.

    Developed in response to industry and society demand – Cranfield’s Nanomedicine course, is a highly unique course in that it bridges the gap between nanotechnology and medicine, providing students with advanced knowledge, skills and practical experience of the principles, technology and applications within this exciting area.

    The course will provide essential training for new graduates in the nanotechnology and medicine arena – naturally following on from a first degree in a science or technology related subject. The course will also provide advanced in-post training for professionals already working in a variety of related industries. Available on a full and part-time basis the course offers flexibility and support for those who wish to study whilst remaining in employment.

    The MSc course comprises a formal taught ten-module course and a five-month research project and thesis.

    Students can benefit from an industry project placement, encouraging them to make contact with potential employers before even completing their degree. Part time students normally carry out their project at their place of work allowing them to apply their learning and make a difference in their own environment.

    Duration of course:

    Full time – one year
    Part time – up to three years

    Award type:

    MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert

    Course start date:


    Course Structure

    The course is divided into two parts:

    Taught modules

    A formal MSc taught component comprising ten modules, each of two weeks duration and consisting of one week of lectures, practical work, site visits and one week for private study. This element constitutes 50% of the overall mark.

    The marks for each of the ten modules are obtained from a piece of coursework which may take the form of a portfolio, essay, exam, lab report, poster or oral presentation. The pass mark for all components is 50%.
    Research project and thesis

    This element constitutes the remaining 50% of the overall mark. The marks are obtained from a combination of a submitted thesis, application and initiative shown during the project which is assessed by the day-to-day project supervisor, and assessment of an oral presentation of the project.

    The research project can be undertaken in industry or academia. It acts as a fantastic opportunity for you to meet potential future employers and practically apply your new knowledge. Part time students normally carry out their project at their place of work allowing them to apply their learning and make a difference in their own environment.

    Course Content

    The content of this course has been designed to give you the knowledge, skills and practical experience of Nanomedicine you need for a successful and bright career.


    1. Introduction to Nanomedicine

    2. Research Design and Methodology

    3. Functional Materials

    4. Nanotechnology I

    5. Nanobiology in Medicine

    6. Nanotechnology II & Medical Nano-Devices

    7. Nanopharmaceuticals

    8. Nanotoxicology

    9. Risk Communication and Perception

    10. Nanomedicine as a Business Venture


    Research project and thesis

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