Postgraduate study

Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences) MScR

Awards: MScR

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

This programme is designed in such a way that it builds your skills and techniques, beneficial for both an academic or an industrial career, irrespective of your background.

Nithya Nair Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)
Nithya Nair               Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)

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

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.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScRBiomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

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:

The best part about our programme is that it is completely research oriented, which gives us a picture of how a career in Biomedical Sciences would be. I had no previous research experience; however, both my lab supervisors and the school helped me learn the basic essentials and built a strong base, along with my projects.

This programme is designed in such a way that it builds your skills and techniques, beneficial for both an academic or an industrial career, irrespective of your background. It also gives you the valuable experience of meeting and interacting with various renowned scientists from across the biomedical sector.It gives us opportunities to explore the various branches of Biomedical Sciences and helps us to decide which one would be the most appropriate for our future career.

I was pretty much confused if I should go for a career in academics or industrial work. This programme gave me the chance to work with two projects, one which related more to an academic lab-based environment and the second one was based on clinical research and had an industrial environment. This helped me to decide which one would work the best for me along with building my skills for both academic and industrial careers.

Nithya Nair, Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)

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

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: 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

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

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.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScRBiomedical Sciences (Life Sciences)1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate School
  • The Chancellor's Building
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SB
Programme start date Application deadline
14 September 2020 31 July 2020

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.

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

  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate School
  • The Chancellor's Building
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SB