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MSc Biomedical Science

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Entry requirements

Honours degree in a biological, biomedical or biochemistry based subject with a least a 2:2 

This course is for you if you wish to prepare yourself for a broad spectrum of career opportunities, spanning the academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of biomedical sciences.

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Gain a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of human physiology from the molecular to the body/systems level
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Ideal route towards unlocking a career in the pharmaceutical industry, the Scientific Civil Service or for further studies leading to a PhD
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2nd in Subjects Allied to Medicine (2017 Sunday Times University Guide)
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Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (REF 2014)

Mode of delivery: Full time, on campus, (distance learning not available)

Duration: 12 months

Intake: Approximately 10 students per year

Entry requirements:

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • Applicants must posses a good honours degree (minimum lower 2nd class) from a recognised university in a biological, biomedical or biochemistry based subject.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Start dates: September (13 September 2017 for international and EU students; 18 September 2017 for UK students).

 How to apply: 

  • Apply here 
  • The application deadline for UK / EU students is 1 August 2017. 
  • The application deadline for international students is 31 August 2017.
  • 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.

  • UK/EU students: £7,500
  • International students: £17,200

Aston alumni can benefit from a 20% discount on their tuition fees. Discover our range of scholarships, including the Ferguson Foundation Scholarship for students from Africa and South America.

This taught MSc Biomedical Science course is designed to provide training and experience in Biomedical Sciences. It offers an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments. 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.

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.

Modules are as follows:

  • Human DiseasesThis module includes lectures on atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and cancer.
  • ImmunologyThis 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.
  • ToxicologyThis 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.
  • Clinical and Molecular EndocrinologyThis 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.
  • Human Physiology: 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.
  • Research MethodsThis module focuses on developing your research methods and how to exploit your research.
  • Research ProjectThe 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.

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.

This course provides an ideal foundation for entering the pharmaceutical industry, the Scientific Civil Service or for further studies leading to a PhD. Many of our graduates have found this course to be a valuable qualification when applying for a PhD. Recent graduates have gained roles such as:
  • Research Scholar, Symbiosis International University & Chest Research Foundation
  • Biomedical Scientist, St George's Hospital (NHS)
  • Administrative and Funding Coordinator, Access to Basic medical Care (ABC) Foundation
  • Assistant Lecturer, Unspecified university
  • Lab Technician, PROLIVFIC
  • Lab Technologist/Army Officer, Military Hospital
  • PhD, Institute of Inflammation and Repair, The University of Manchester
  • Research Assistant, Aston University
  • Research Consultant, Environmental sector
  • Research Laboratory Technician, University of Birmingham.

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

The exceptional quality of research in the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) has been confirmed in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results – with research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions. 94% of our research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading.

Course Director: Professor Roslyn BillProfessor Bill joined Aston University in 2002. She is currently the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Life and Health Sciences, and Professor of Biotechnology. Her research focus is the pivotal role membrane proteins play in cellular functions.

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