Based around a core structure of practical training in cutting-edge molecular biosciences –including CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technologies – the course provides an advanced training in the research and transferable skills that are valued by employers.
An impressive range of optional modules in diverse areas of biomedicine – infection, cancer, reproductive technology, neuroscience, ageing, bioinformatics, drug development and biotechnology – allow you to develop your own specific biomedical interests. An extended research project in the summer months allows advanced, independent investigation in an area that relates to your programme of study.
Biomedicine is a particular research strength at the University of Kent, and the curriculum has been designed by world-leading experts within their fields. Connections with the clinical community ensure that you have access to the interface between biological science and medicine, and a true insight into how biomedical research improves patient care and changes lives.
The programme offers a progression route to PhD level of study for those wishing to pursue a research career, while transferable skills development supports access to careers in clinical trials, public engagement, scientific writing, industrial research, and many other career structures within and outside the laboratory.
As a Biomedicine student you join a vibrant, ambitious and friendly academic community of around 150 postgraduate students, and a School ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research intensity by the Times Higher Education, based on data from the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Kent and Medway Medical School
Kent is moving forward with the Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS), due to take the first cohort of students in September 2020.
KMMS will be a significant addition to the University, with exciting opportunities for education and research in the School of Biosciences.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
- principles, application and the critical context of key techniques in modern molecular bioscience and its application to biomedicine
- the mechanisms by which scientific knowledge and research is disseminated to different stakeholders eg media, policymakers and public
- research ethics and academic integrity, and the application of related principles and procedures in an advanced biological research context.
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- Research skills: how to formulate original research questions and hypotheses to address current scientific issues
- Analytical skills: scholarly interpretation of data, marshalling information from published sources, critical evaluation of own research and that of others
- Information technology: use of appropriate technology to retrieve, analyse and present scientific information
- Statistical evaluation: the use of appropriate statistical analysis methods in handling and critically interpreting scientific data
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- Experimental skills: how to design experiments to address specific research questions and hypotheses
- Practical skills: key techniques in modern molecular biology and their application in molecular bioscience to solve research problems
- Data handling: how to record experimental procedures and data appropriately using good laboratory practice
- Presentation of scientific research: how to write research articles in an appropriate scholarly style in keeping with high-impact-factor scientific journals, and posters and oral presentation for conferences and symposia
- Science writing: how to present scientific information to scientific and non-scientific audiences
- Careers: a recognition of career opportunities for scientists outside of the laboratory
- Principles and procedures for health and safety in the laboratory research environment
You gain the following transferable skills:
- Communication: ability to organise information clearly, present information in oral and written form, adapt presentation for different audiences
- Reflection: make use of constructive informal feedback from staff and peers and assess own progress to enhance performance and personal skills
- Self-motivation and independence: time and workload management in order to meet personal targets and imposed deadlines
- Team work: the ability to work both independently and as part of a research group using peer support, diplomacy and collective responsibility
The programme aims to:
- provide an excellent quality of postgraduate-level education in the field of biomedicine
- promote engagement with research into biomedicine and inspire students to pursue scientific careers inside or outside of the laboratory
- provide a research-led, inspiring learning environment
- provide a regional postgraduate progression route for the advanced study of biomedical science
- provide a flexible programme that allows a range of specialisms within biomedical science
- develop subject-specific and transferable skills to maximise employment prospects
- promote an understanding of the impact of scientific research on society and the role for scientists in a range of professions.