MSc by Research in Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)

Research themes

Research themes are delivered through a 'taught element' including lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab meetings, presentations and journal clubs, as well as a 20 week practical research project.

We are particularly keen to encourage student presentations and stimulate interactive discussion with staff and your research groups.

Theme selection

Before the Programme begins, for Project 1,  you will be asked to identify two preferred themes from the following list of options:

Project 1 (September to February)

Project 2 (April to August)

Choices for themes associated with Project 2 are made around February from the following list:

Biological Architecture

Biomedical Imaging

Cancer biology

Genes and Disease

Genomic Technologies

Molecular & Cellular Mechanism of inflammation

Reproductive Sciences 2

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 will receive a detailed Project Portfolio that will describe the Projects available under the various themes. During the first couple of weeks of term, students will meet supervisors and the Programme Director, and discuss the portfolio of projects and the particular area the student wishes to study. You will then prioritise projects that interest you and following discussions, will be allocated to a Theme and Project for Project 1.

Research project one

Research project two

Theme allocation

The final decision on research theme allocation will be at the discretion of the Programme Director, and there are minimum and maximum numbers needed for each theme. As far as possible we will try to accommodate students' interests.

To undertake projects within the available themes, it is of benefit if you have a background in molecular cell biology. Additional laboratory experience is useful but not essential.