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Biomedical Science MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Start Date(s): January 2023 / September 2023; January 2024
  • Duration: One year full-time / Two years part-time / Two years full-time with one year with placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This accredited Biomedical Science postgraduate degree will provide you with a biological understanding of human disease processes, the treatment principles of such diseases, and the underlying biological disciplines that enable their study and explanation.

You will benefit from our extensive links with BioCity Nottingham, the city's groundbreaking healthcare and biosciences centre. One of the largest innovation and incubation centres of its kind in Europe. Not only will you be able to demonstrate your understanding of the biological basis of disease, its investigation and treatment, you will also demonstrate expertise in highly specialised and advanced research.

You will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 100% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact. (REF 2014).

You may also be interested in MSc Biomedical Science by Flexible Learning - distance learning option.

  • If you choose the sandwich-route, you will be given the opportunity to do a work placement to develop your professional experience.

Course accreditation

  • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science logi

What you’ll study

If you are part-time or a sandwich student, you will continue to study the second year from the modules listed below.

Core modules

Cell Culture and Antibody Technology (20 cp)

You'll explore the scientific basis of cell culture and antibody technologies, and assess how they're used to solve problems in biotechnology, molecular biosciences, and biomedical sciences. You'll look at the relationship between cell and antibody technologies, as well as other technologies, particularly recombinant DNA technology and how these may develop in the future.

Research Methods and Bioethics (20 cp)

This module encourages you to think beyond your own subject, and interact accordingly. You'll gain a solid foundation in literature review, research design and planning, data analysis and a poster presentation by focusing your studies on a related ethical issue. Ethical issues in research will also be explored, as you discover when and how to obtain ethical clearance in accordance with ethical governance at NTU.

Research Project (60 cp)

In consultation with a supervisor at NTU, you'll select a research topic comprising an original, defined research question (or series of such questions), and develop a written research proposal for the Project. You'll then present this proposal as part of the Research Methods and Bioethics module.

Optional modules

You can choose a further 80 cp from the following modules:

Pharmacology (20 cp)

In this module, you’ll see how genes can influence our physiology, and hence our pharmacological response to drugs used to treat pathological conditions. You’ll develop the concept of tailoring therapeutic drugs as the future of drug design, enabling physicians to prescribe personalised medical treatments based on an individual’s genome.

Biology of Disease (20 cp)

You’ll gain an understanding of the pathogenesis of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and kidney fibrosis. The lectures and seminars examine cancer aetiology, the genotypic and phenotypic properties associated with tumour progression, metastasis, and the current approaches to cancer gene therapy and immunotherapy.

Microbial Diagnostics (20 cp) 

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the rationale and process of designing modern microbial diagnostic assays. Furthermore, you'll explore the theory and rationale of techniques such as culture-based diagnosis, serology, PCR, real-time PCR, microarrays, and sequencing for infectious disease diagnostics. You'll gain practical experience of performing real-time PCR detection from a sample.

Molecular Biology (20 cp) 

During this module, you'll consolidate your knowledge of the molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and how to prove hoe genomes are mutated, analysed and manipulated in the detection, study and therapy of disease. You'll study the control of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the control at transcriptional, post-transcriptional (RNAi, microRNA) and translational levels.

Medical Microbiology (20 cp) (Blended delivery)

Interactive and interesting eLearning material will be the basis for the module. You’ll develop an appreciation of the importance of medical microbiology in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease, and gain a high-level of understanding of the subject.

Cellular Pathology (20 cp) (Blended delivery) 

Through distance learning, you’ll explore the key topics in cellular pathology, with particular relevance to current medical and diagnostic practice. You’ll apply your specialist knowledge to critically analyse data and information. This will include an appreciation of the laboratory role in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, alongside the fundamental issues associated with modern laboratory.

Haematology and Transfusion Science (20 cp) (Blended delivery) 

This eLearning module aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the key topics in haematology and transfusion science. You’ll develop an appreciation of the importance of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease, and a high-level of understanding of the subject with particular relevance to current medical and diagnostic practice.

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) - choose to study 60 credit points (cp) of taught modules
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) - choose 120 cp of taught modules for the award, does not include a research project
  • Masters of Science (MSc) - full 180 cp of taught modules and research project, accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science

If you are unsuccessful in completing the 180 cp required for MSc, you will be awarded PG Cert if you have passed at least 60 cp, or PG Dip if you have passed 120 cp. All PG Cert, PG Dip and Masters students are taught together.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Jessica Bengone Abogourin

Being awarded an NTU international scholarship and securing a placement in a prestigious cancer research institution has been a real highlight for me.

Tung On Yau

NTU was my first choice for postgraduate study because of its links with industry, and the potential for industrial placements.

Charlie Lavilla Jr

Studying at NTU has provided me with the confidence that I am on the right path to becoming an academic researcher within my chosen discipline

Terri Shaw

If I could relive my time at NTU, I would do it in a heartbeat. Definitely the best choice I ever made!

How you’re taught

Teaching methods

  • lectures and guided reading
  • supported by the University’s virtual learning portal and other electronic facilities
  • seminars
  • given extensive guidance and practice in written and oral presentation skills
  • delivery of the programme by using professional practitioners in the teaching team

Assessment

  • written assignments
  • computer-aided learning packages
  • dissertation
  • oral presentation
  • laboratory reports
  • formal examinations.

Contact hours

Lectures / seminars / workshops (20%) and independent study (80%)

Staff Profiles

Luigi De Girolamo

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Luigi De Girolamo

How you’re assessed

Coursework (65%) and written (35%)

Careers and employability

Successful completion of this course positions students for high-level employment in the biosciences sector, or further research at PhD level and beyond.

Placements

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

The school of Science and Technology will work closely with you to help find a placement and strengthen your CV and interview techniques. You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement and submit your placement report, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice.

Please note that placements are not guaranteed and the process is competitive through an application and interview process.

If you take the sandwich route, and start this course in September / October you will complete your placement following your taught modules and research project. If you start in January you will complete one term of taught modules and your project, then go on placement before returning to NTU for your final term of modules.

Our recent students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including the NHS, Pfizer and Public Health England. They secured varied roles such as Trainee Biomedical Scientists (Immunology), Biomedical Science Assistant and Volunteer Mentor.

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NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • a UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as biology, biomedical science, pharmacology or microbiology.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.
  • NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need one of the following:

  • a UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as biology, biomedical science, pharmacology or microbiology.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

For guidance, course fees for September 2022 and January 2023 entry are:

Study routeUK International / EU
Full-time £8,800 £15,850
Full-time with placement year £8,800 + £1,385 £15,850 + £1,385
Part-time £4,400 £7,925*

*For part-time study please check your student visa regulations.

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

For guidance, course fees for September 2022 and January 2023 entry are:

Study routeUK International / EU
Full-time £8,800 £15,850
Full-time with placement year £8,800 + £1,385 £15,850 + £1,385
Part-time £4,400 £7,925*

*For part-time study please check your student visa regulations.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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