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.
You will study core modules with options to study a specialism from one of four: Cellular Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology and Transfusion Science, and Medical Microbiology. 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.
One year paid work experience option available
This Biomedical Science Masters course benefits from the excellent facilities and equipment available in the School of Science and Technology.
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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.
- 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.
Working individually with the guidance of supervisors, you'll design your experiments and computer-based approaches to address the research questions. A diary-style record of protocols or methods will be used to generate entries for your skills portfolio.
You'll communicate your findings through a written thesis, and a poster presentation. For the MRes course, an interim written report and oral presentation will be assessed after six to eight months of work, in order to review your progress.
You can choose either both Pharmacology and Biology of disease for 40 cp or, Pharmacology or Biology of Disease for 20 cp:
- 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.
Your remaining 40 or 60 cp can be made up with the following modules:
- 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.
- Cellular Pathology (20 cp) - 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) - 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.
- Medical Microbiology (20 cp) - 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.
Learn a new language
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.
Learning a new language can:
- Enhance your communication skills;
- Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
- Boost your career prospects.
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.
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- Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
How you're taught
- lectures and guided reading
- supported by the University's virtual learning portal and other electronic facilities
- given extensive guidance and practice in written and oral presentation skills
- delivery of the programme by using professional practitioners in the teaching team
- written assignments
- computer-aided learning packages
- oral presentation
- laboratory reports
- formal examinations.
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.This course offers you the opportunity to take a one-year placement or several smaller placements. If you start this course in September / October then 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.
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional PracticeTo qualify for the additional qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (PGDIPP) you must submit a work placement portfolio which includes a placement diary, reflective report and updated CV, as well as deliver an oral presentation on your placement experience.Help and supportWe will work closely with you to help you strengthen your CV and interview techniques. During the placement year, an academic member of staff will visit at least twice to check on your progress and offer any advice.