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MSci in Biomedicine (Full Time)

Lancaster University

Masters Degree , Medicine

Course Description

Our four-year MSci Biomedicine is for those with a broad interest in human life processes and disease. Lancaster University is ranked fourth in the UK for biosciences in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and is in the top ten in the UK for biological sciences in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

The MSci is a four-year integrated master’s with three years of undergraduate study followed by a year of study at master’s level. The additional year of study and higher qualification can enhance your job prospects, or give you the experience to decide whether a research career might be for you. 

Our biomedicine courses offer more flexibility than our IBMS-accredited BSc Biomedical Science by allowing you to tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests within the field of biomedicine. You will study biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and physiology - which are at the heart of modern medical and health research. These subjects are taught with a particular emphasis on the molecules and mechanisms fundamental to life processes and how these are disrupted by disease.

In your first year, you will gain a through grounding in the general areas of biomedicine through the study of 15 wide-ranging core modules, including Biomedical Science in Practice, Infection and Immunity, and Protein Biochemistry.

In your second and third years, you will study a small number or core modules such as Medical Microbiology and Medical Genetics. You will then select your remaining modules from a wide range of options including: Cellular Pathology, DNA Technology, Clinical Immunology, and Tropical Diseases. At the end of your third year you can either choose to graduate with a BSc or, if you achieve the necessary criteria, to proceed to the fourth year of the MSci.

During your degree, you will conduct your own laboratory-based projects and benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academics. You will also receive in-depth training in the key techniques associated with modern biomedical practice.

The facilities for studying biomedicine at Lancaster University are excellent. We have invested over £4 million in new life science teaching laboratories, which you will use for practical learning and your dissertation project.

Our four-year MSci Biomedicine is for those with a broad interest in human life processes and disease. Lancaster University is ranked fourth in the UK for biosciences in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and is in the top ten in the UK for biological sciences in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. The MSci is a four-year integrated master’s with three years...

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Course Content

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1

Core

Anatomy and Tissue Structure

Biomedical Science in Practice

Biomedicine and Society

Biotechnology

Cell Structure and Function

Diagnosis in Biomedical Science

Experimental Design and Data Analysis

Genetics

Hormones and Development

Human Physiology

Impact of Microbes

Infection and Immunity

Molecules of Life

Protein Biochemistry

Skills in the Life Sciences

Year 2

Core

Biochemistry

Cell Biology

Employability Skills

Genetics

Medical Microbiology

Optional

Biochemical Techniques

Bioinformatics

Cell Biology Techniques

Cellular Pathology

Clinical Biochemistry

DNA Technology

Haematology and Transfusion Science

Microbiological Techniques

Practical Physiology

Year 3

Core

Biological Sciences Research Project

Cancer

Medical Genetics

Optional

Biology of Ageing

Cell Signalling

Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease

Clinical Immunology

Environmental Pathogens

Ethics in Biomedicine

Genetics

Innovation in the Biosciences

Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology

Neurobiology

Pathobiology

Proteins: Structure, Function & Evolution

Tropical Diseases

Year 4

Core

MSci Project Literature Review

MSci Research Project

Optional

Bioinformatics

Diseases of the Brain

Drug Development (from concept to clinic)

Emerging Therapeutics in Immunology

Microbes and Disease

Models of Disease

Molecular Basis of Cancer

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at...

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Entry Requirements

A Level AAA

Required Subjects A level Biology and one other science subject from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics

GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Biology and 6 in one further HL science subjects from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics

BTEC Only considered for entry to the BSc Hons course variant. Subject to academic progression students can transfer to the MSci Hons course.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via [email protected]

A Level AAA Required Subjects A level Biology and one other science subject from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade C or 4 IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we...

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Assessment Methods

A broad range of assessments methods will be used throughout the degree. As a guide, 65% of assessment is by coursework over the duration of the course.

A broad range of assessments methods will be used throughout the degree. As a guide, 65% of assessment is by coursework over the duration of the course.