Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)
The MSc in Biomedicine at Lancaster offers an intensive, 12-month programme in a world-class environment with teaching and supervision by research-active staff. We aim to develop your intellectual, practical and transferable skills as you obtain a highly sought-after postgraduate qualification.
We are passionate advocates of academic curiosity and lifelong learning. The programme combines taught modules with a substantial dissertation research project, each making up half of the required points for assessment. This dual approach consolidates crucial skills whilst offering the flexibility to pursue a semi-independent research agenda.
The MSc lectures and workshops are aligned with the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences core research themes and showcase the wide diversity of biomedical research; we use them to explore its application to human health and disease.
The course focuses on several hot topics in biomedicine including global health, cancer biology, diseases of the brain, infectious disease, drug discovery and biomedical ethics – these provide a springboard for your independent research project. Your dissertation provides you with the opportunity to produce a robust scientific argument, to formulate and test hypotheses and to assess contrasting scientific theories.
As well as obtaining practical experience of cutting-edge techniques during your research project, you will improve your autonomous problem-solving and decision-making skills. Throughout the degree, you will be applying the principles of biomedical ethics, and learning techniques that will enable you to experiment during scientific problem-solving exercises. Our academic staff will also encourage, support and guide you to ensure that you graduate with increased competence and confidence.
Our graduates are highly-regarded for their communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and their competence in interpreting data in a biomedical context. This opens doors to careers in the NHS, industry, government, and charities. Our MSc programme also provides an excellent grounding for those who wish to pursue further academic research at PhD level.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
The research project, which accounts for 50% of the overall MSc credits, provides students with experience in planning and executing a successful research project. Project titles and supervisors are assigned in Michaelmas Term, allowing students to commence background reading at the start of their MSc course; however laboratory work takes place after Easter with a deadline for submission of a 12,000 word dissertation in August. Research projects are also examined by viva voce examination. The research project allows students to apply, and enhance, scientific skills learnt during research skills modules, and also provides experience in the presentation of scientific data in written, oral and poster formats. Projects are typically offered in the areas of infection (including tropical diseases), the molecular and cellular basis of cancer, neurobiology, and healthy ageing.
This module provides students with an understanding of the tools and methods routinely used by biomedical researchers. Students are also taught skills in experimental planning, equipment operation, data capture and analysis. There are no credits associated with this compulsory module, however, students are required to produce: (i) a short literature review; (ii) short report on laboratory practical work undertaken; and (iii) demonstrate competency in the use of statistical analysis software.
This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of a range of pathogens and their impact on human health, and to understand how the human body responds to these challenges. Students are also introduced to the new challenges faced by healthcare systems including emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance and so develop an awareness of the challenges and realities of controlling infectious diseases. Students also develop an appreciation of the role of epidemiological and mathematical modelling in predicting and controlling pathogenic organisms.
This module puts biomedicine in context and considers how it both shapes, and is shaped by, social, political and economic factors. The module explores a range of issues in biomedical research, for example, global health inequalities, gender relations, human and non-human animal experimentation, and the role of multinational companies. The module introduces a range of methods and approaches offered in the social sciences to understand the place of biomedicine in society.
The aim of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of the different types of model systems used in research on human diseases, an appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of each model, and an awareness of some major discoveries that have been made using these disease models.
This module introduces the concept of protein misfolding disorders, and expands this through consideration of two major neurodegenerative diseases; Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The role of oxidative stress and proteases in neurodegenerative diseases is covered in detail, before examining the role of lipids in various brain disorders. The module also considers how animal models can be used to study both normal brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
This module provides insight into the underlying molecular events in the development of cancer, how cancers spread through the body and explain how an understanding of the molecular basis of cancer has led to the development of novel cancer treatments. Workshops allow students to study the aetiology and progression of one particular type of cancer in depth, and also to understand how cancer is studied in practice.
This module introduces principles involved in the discovery and development of a new drug from initial concept to the identification of a candidate compound to first use in man. This knowledge is extended by learning how the pharmaceutical industry and small biotech companies use contemporary scientific advances to identify drug targets and develop new drugs. How new drug entities are tested, developed and ultimately reach the market is examined using ‘real life’ examples in the form of case studies.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Director of Studies: Dr Nigel Fullwood
Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
Entry requirements: Ideally an upper second class honours degree or above, or its equivalent, in an appropriate subject. Applicants with a lower second class honours degree will be considered on an individual basis
IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (minimum element scores apply).
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