MSc in Biomedical Sciences

Why choose this course?

  • Provides a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of human physiology from the molecular to the body/systems level.
  • Offers an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments.
  • An ideal foundation for entering the pharmaceutical industry, the Scientific Civil Service or for further studies leading to a PhD

Entry Requirements

This programme is open to suitably qualified international and UK graduates. Potential students must hold at least a 2nd class honours degree in a biological, biomedical or biochemistry based subject from a UK University, or, when outside the UK, a degree or qualification deemed to be at least of equivalent standing.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements

If students do not meet these requirements in their language tests, they can potentially take one of the pre-sessional courses offered by the School of Languages and Social Sciences.

English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country.

Course information

Duration of programme: Full-time: 12 months

Start date: late September

Application deadline:

1st August for International students

31st August for UK/EU students

If you are applying close to the deadline, please ensure you have all supporting documentation ready for the application. If the deadline has passed, we may still be able to consider you, so please contact us.

Distance learning available: No

Intake: Approximately 10 per year


Fees for 2016 entry:

UK/EU students: £6,900
International students: £16,850

International scholarships - We have scholarships for African & South American students

Aston Alumni discount - 20% discount



Course outline 

This taught MSc Biomedical Sciences programme is designed to provide training and experience in Biomedical Sciences. The specific aims are to:

  • provide a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of disease processes from the molecular to the body/systems level
  • develop an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments in relation to diagnostic laboratory pathology
  • enable students to gain, through a research project, additional specialist knowledge and practical expertise
  • prepare students for a broad spectrum of career opportunities spanning academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of biomedical sciences. The course is also an excellent foundation for further studies leading to a PhD. 

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The programme is based around a core of six modules and a research project that provide detailed study and practical experience in key areas of biomedical sciences and in the development of professional skills.

The taught topics include: outlines of major human diseases, immunology, stem cells and regenerative medicine, research methods, and how to exploit your research.

The supervised research project will last for four months and be at the level expected for the first year of PhD studies. Examples of projects include mechanisms of cancer cell migration; interactions between hormones and cells in diabetes; production and purification of membrane proteins and understanding endothelial cell dysfunction in conditions such as pre-eclampsia.

Modules are as follows: This module includes lectures on atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and cancer.
This is aimed at understanding the cellular and molecular basis of immunity and how these may be controlled and develop a more detailed knowledge of the functioning of the immune system in health and disease.
This course is aimed at those with little background in chemistry, but a predominantly biological experience. The course begins with an overview of the major structure of Toxicology as an area, followed by a view of the summarized routes whereby toxins damage cells. The second part of the course outlines the impact of biotransformational and direct toxicity on the lungs.
This modules provides an in-depth understanding of the normal human endocrine system, diseases associated with abnormalities with this system, the molecular causes of some of these abnormalities and how the diseases are treated.
The aims of this module are to allow you to examine the mechanisms and processes through which the body achieves and maintains homeostasis. At the end of this modules you should be able to understamd the principles of homeostatic control which operate within cells, between cells, within tissues and organs and between tissues

The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work, oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defense of a poster.

The MSc in BMS provides an ideal foundation for entering the pharmaceutical industry, the Scientific Civil Service and is a valuable qualification to apply for a PhD. 

It must be emphasised that the course is NOT accredited by an outside organisation.

Follow one of our graduates: 

Course Director: Dr. Lindsay Marshall 

Dr Marshall's research interests lie in respiratory disease and in developing in vitro culture models using human cells in order to make accurate models of human airways in the laboratory. Dr Marshall is interested specifically in cystic fibrosis airways, airways damaged by cigarette smoke and also normal, healthy airways; her overall aims are to try and understand the disease mechanisms in these human models so that we can use the models, instead of animals, to make better treatments for people with respiratory diseases.

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Sarah Sherrington
Graduated in 2013
I really enjoyed carrying out my final lab based project and I would recommend Aston University to others, especially the biology courses as I feel they offer a wide range of modules with relevance to current scientific research.



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