Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences

MSc Biomedical Science (by Research)

This degree provides an opportunity for students wishing to undertake original laboratory based research focussed on understanding human disease at a fundamental molecular and cellular level. Research topics are offered in cancer biology, neurodegenerative disease, microbiology and cell biology/biochemistry. The Masters (by Research) programme allows students to undertake 9 months laboratory research followed by a 3 month write up period.Students work in well equipped laboratories, and are supervised by two members of academic staff who are specialists in the research area.

We welcome applications for entry on this course throughout the year.

Course Duration

12 months full time

Entry Requirements

At least a Second Class Honours degree, or its equivalent, in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or a related subject.
Candidates holding other academic qualifications may also be considered for admission provided they have substantial relevant professional experience. Interviews and/or qualifying essays may be used to determine the suitability of applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above.

If English is not your first language an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required (with no less than 6.0 in each element). Alternative qualifications are accepted.

Course fees

For full time UK/EU students the fee range is 3828-8828 per annum inclusive of bench fees, which are determined according to the requirements of the research project to be undertaken. The basic fee exclusive of bench fees for UK/EU students is 3828 per annum and for Overseas students 13990 per annum.

A project-specific bench fee of 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 or 5000 per annum will be charged in addition to the basic fee. Applicants will be informed of the bench fee in their offer letter. In circumstances where a research project requires the use of exceptionally expensive materials, a higher bench fee may be charged.

Please ask if you require information about part-time fees.


Dr Paul McKean
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Furness College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1524 593936

Student Testimonial

"Working in the laboratory alongside my academic supervisors, postdoctoral researchers and fellow postgraduate students provided an invaluable network of knowledge and support. I feel that the Masters by Research better equipped me with the skills needed for laboratory research and PhD study"

Amber Lynch, former student


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