Postgraduate study

Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)

Awards: MScR

Study modes: Full-time

This one-year, full time programme provides an excellent grounding for PhD or other academic study in the Biomedical Sciences. You will learn valuable research skills, biomedical laboratory techniques and a wide range of other transferable skills that will give you an advantage for the rest of your career. You can also choose two themes that best suit your interests and career goals.

The programme includes seminars, taught modules and two research projects in our world-recognised research laboratories. We will also cover a range of valuable transferable skills including critical analysis of research papers, learning how to write a project grant application and literature review, and data presentation and statistical analysis.

The Programme includes core skills, seminars, taught modules and laboratory projects in our world-recognised research laboratories. Students will carry out two 20 week long research projects selected from the themes available; a research proposal is prepared for the second project. It should be noted that if there is not enough interest in a theme if may not run. Students will in addition participate in transferable skills courses (effective presentations, writing up science, project planning and ethics in scientific research).

Project 1 (September to February) Cardiovascular Biology Cell Communication Genomics & Biological Pathways Mechanisms of Inflammatory Disease Reproductive Science 1

Project 2 (April to August) Biomedical Imaging Genes & Disease Genomic Technologies Molecular & Cellular Mechanism of Inflammation Reproductive Science 2

Students may also be able to undertake projects in Neuroscience, Infectious Diseases, Cancer Cell Biology, or from ovum to organism: how bodies build themselves with the permission of the programme director. They would also be required to attend the taught element of another theme as appropriate.

Research proposal (March) You submit your research proposal, prepared for Project 2, in March. The proposal takes the form of a grant application.

This programme is an excellent stepping-stone to a PhD or a career in biomedical research or industry.

The programme includes core skills, seminars, taught modules and laboratory projects in our well-resourced laboratories which are at the cutting-edge of Biomedical research.

Students will carry out two 20-week long research projects selected from the themes available. An assessed research proposal is also required for the second project.

Project 1 (September to February)

  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Cell Communication
  • Genomics & Biological Pathways
  • Mechanisms of Inflammatory Disease
  • Reproductive Science 1
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Stem Cells, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine - new theme for September 2017
Project 2 (April to August)
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Genes & Disease
  • Genomic Technologies
  • Molecular & Cellular Mechanism of Inflammation
  • Reproductive Science 2
  • Cancer Biology
  • Biological Architecture - new for 2017

Students may also be able to undertake projects in Integrative Neuroscience or in other areas of Biomedical Sciences, with the permission of the Programme Director. These students would be required to attend the taught element of one of the above Themes as appropriate.

Students are also required to attend the taught element of another theme as appropriate.

Research proposal

In March, students submit a research proposal based on the work to be performed for Project 2. This takes the form of a grant application, as would be prepared for a research organisation, and is assessed.

Career opportunities and 'Follow-on PhDs'

This programme is an excellent stepping-stone to a PhD, or a career in Biomedical research or industry.

In addition, every year there are vacancies for PhD studentships in the School of Biomedical Sciences and staff are always on the lookout for the outstanding postgraduate students who are on this Programme to encourage them to apply.

Read testimonials from some of our successful students:

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological, chemical or physical sciences.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies. For guidelines on living costs see:

Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:

  • Biomedical Teaching Organisation
  • Medical School (Doorway 3)
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit two references with your application.

When completing the online application form you are not required to complete a research proposal. You will select your first research theme and project at the beginning of the programme. (Please ignore any automatically generated emails requesting this information from you during the application process.)

You may be formally interviewed (in person, by video-conferencing or Skype).

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Biomedical Teaching Organisation
  • Medical School (Doorway 3)
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG