Course Structure

We have the study type best suited to your aspirations.


Research degrees

Biomedical and Life Sciences MPhil/PhD

Taking between three to four years to complete, most doctoral students at Lancaster work on a traditional PhD by research. This includes research training and an emphasis on conducting original research leading to a written thesis. The degree is examined by submission of the thesis (max 80,000 words) and a viva voce examination.

An MPhil normally takes two years of full-time study, with an emphasis on conducting original research and writing up a research project that is of similar quality but smaller in size and scope than a PhD thesis.

Postgraduate research students are directly involved in the mainstream research of the Faculty. In addition to receiving specialised training relevant to your research topic and methodology you will be encouraged to take part in the graduate training programme. This programme offers a range of more generic courses such as teaching skills, statistical methods, computing and languages. You will also be encouraged to attend and present lectures and posters at conferences externally and within the Faculty.

Applications are welcomed in all of our main research areas.

Biomedical Science MSc by Research

This degree enables you to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular area of biomedical research while becoming familiar with general and specific research methods and laboratory practice.

It differs from our similarly named taught MSc in Biomedicine in that the degree format includes nine months of full-time laboratory work as part of an established research group, direct learning of research methods through the graduate training programme, and a three month writing up period, in which you will produce a dissertation. Your dissertation (which is examined by a viva voce) is the means by which the degree is assessed.

Biomedicine MD

The Doctor of Medicine degree scheme provides opportunities for clinically qualified candidates to undertake a two year Doctoral level research project at Lancaster.

Our links with the Lancaster Medical School and many NHS trusts provide a wide range of opportunities for medically related research. You will be supervised by a clinical supervisor and a member of academic staff in Biomedical and Life Sciences or the Medical School.

Assessment is by production of and original research thesis and viva voce examination.


Taught programmes

Our taught postgraduate degrees normally involve a combination of taught modules, course work and a research dissertation.

Biomedicine MSc

The MSc in Biomedicine provides you with the opportunity to acquire a greater understanding of practical and theoretical biomedical science at a leading university in this field.

The course provides the knowledge and skills required for subsequent progression to PhD study, a career in biomedical/pharmaceutical research (industry or university based) or hospital-based employment. Our scheme provides focus on, and training within, several hot topics in biomedicine, while still retaining elements of flexibility and choice.