MSc by Research in Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)

Programme structure

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.

Our programme is full-time for twelve months, beginning in September and ending in August the following year. You are expected to be on campus from week one. Successful MSc and Diploma candidates graduate in November/December of the following year.

Students will carry out two 20-week long research projects selected from the themes available. An assessed research proposal is also required based on the topic of one of two projects.

Research themes

You will normally specify preferences for two research themes before the programme begins.

Core skills week

The programme begins with a core skills week designed to explore areas relevant to a career in the biomedical sciences through a series of lectures, tutorials, and workshops.

Research projects

After core skills week, you will choose a research theme and meet supervisors and discuss the research projects available. A diverse choice of projects is offered specifically to provide experience in a wide range of experimental techniques and research laboratories.

You will also study a taught component connected to this theme. This will comprise seminars, workshops, Journal clubs, lab meetings, presentations and tutorials.

Research project one (first 20 weeks)

At the end of the first research theme, you will again meet supervisors and discuss the projects available for the second research theme. You will carry out a research project based on this theme, as well as studying a taught component relevant to the project in parallel.

Research project two

Skills development

Throughout the year, you will also study transferable and research skills.

Skills development

Teaching breaks

Teaching breaks for 2024/5 include:

13 December 2024 - 6 January 2025

3 March 2025 - 7 March 2025