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Biomedical Science

MSc

School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Biomedical Science

Start Date(s): September; January

Duration:

One year full-time or up to three years part-time

Fees:

Part-time - £1,332 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,992

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • Research-led teaching by international experts with final projects providing experience of the research environment in practice.
  • We provide graduates with comprehensive, multi-disciplinary training in specialist subject areas, which are integrated with applied clinical laboratory skills.
  • Provides learning opportunities based on cutting edge experimental techniques and direct collaborative engagement with clinical, industry, business and academic biomedical communities.
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Increased life expectancy will fuel increases in the incidence of age-related conditions such as heart disease, dementia, stroke, pulmonary disorders, and cancer. This MSc in Biomedical Science will allow you to explore key topics in these fields and engage in advanced research into the underlying causes of these diseases as well as understand current and novel diagnostics and current and novel treatments of the disorders.

A key focus of the degree programme is on personalised medicine, which represents a move away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the treatment and care of patients with a particular condition, to one which uses new approaches to better manage patients’ health and targets therapies to achieve the best outcomes in the management of a patient’s disease or predisposition to disease.

This programme is led by academics with track records in world-leading research.

Biomedical Research at the University of Salford

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Course Details

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising of three, 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively.

For the full-time study option:

Semester 1 - October to February
Semester 2 - February to June
Semester 3 - June to September

Course Details      

This module will provide you with the key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the current ‘big issues’ in the life sciences and will understand how ethics and bioethics can enhance critical thinking in often controversial subject areas.            
You will review the cellular basis of diseases including cancer, endocrinology, clinical genetics and pharmacology as well as the current diagnostic methods and novel trends using -omics technologies towards development of personalised medicine approaches. You will develop your critical analysis skills by presenting and discussing several aspects of disease, using specific examples from clinical medicine and by describing disease causes and therapies and further develop theoretical and practical knowledge of the use of range of cutting edge laboratory based research technologies including omics, modelling, molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics techniques and being able to work with pharmacokinetic parameters and to employ bioanalytical techniques.            
You will build a systematic understanding of whole genome sequencing technologies and the field of genomics  and develop a general understanding of sequence assembly, annotation and analyses using different types of sequence data.The module will demonstrate a range of medical applications of genomics, and genetics counselling, and describe future directions of the field, including employment opportunities and the skills required for research in this field.            
You will develop an up-to-date advanced theoretical knowledge base of haematological disorders relating to and underpinning the laboratory diagnosis and clinical management of disorders of the haematological system. You will understand the clinical significance of stem cell research and the possible problems that need to be overcome when working with haematopoietic stem cells in clinical laboratory and gain an understanding of transfusion science into a critical awareness of the disease process and its investigation and treatment. Ultimately you will gain a strong understanding of Immune response of human body in disease.            

Semester 2    

This module will enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research and to apply appropriate analysis of research results, it has a strong focus on acquiring laboratory skills prior to undertaking the final research project module and as such will develop your practical skills beyond that of a standard MSc programme.It will provide opportunities for you to develop essential research skills in the discipline and allow you to undertake project work broadly aligned to the focus of your dissertation.              
This module will enable you to assess the inflammatory disorders and critically evaluate biomarkers of inflammatory disorders, you will evaluate pharmacokinetics of anti-inflammatory drugs with focus on clinical trials and have opportunities to evaluate mechanism of cardiovascular biology and cutting-edge research that is providing breakthrough in these diseases.            
You will gain understanding of detailed information about the major impact of infectious disease on global health and the factors that contribute towards their outcomes. This module will discuss the latest technologies used to investigate key infectious diseases and the current developments in diagnostics and treatment options. We will discuss the limitations of current diagnosis; treatment and control options in light of increasing antimicrobial resistance and genetic mutation and develop practical knowledge and skills in the application of basic and molecular microbiology techniques.            
This module provides the opportunity for you to use research skills acquired in the applied context of ‘real world’ project work in a variety of professional settings (companies, charities etc) and develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes. You will design, plan and execute a programme of research through active enquiry and to apply appropriate analysis of research results.            

Semester 3      

Following successful completion of Semesters 1 and 2, you will undertake a laboratory-based research project for a minimum of four months. Set projects are available but you are welcome to propose your own project, providing you choose a supervisor and discuss the project with them.                

Examples of staff research interests and potential projects:                

  • Effect of individual and combined therapies on cancer cells                
  • Alterations in protein degradation in Alzheimer's disease                
  • Ageing and Metabolic Rejuvenation                
  • Translational Medicine: Evaluating FDA-approved Drugs as Inhibitors of Cancer Stem Cell Propagation                
  • Giving drugs a second chance; restoring promising cancer biopharmaceuticals using antibody-drug conjugates                
  • Designing novel therapeutic strategies to overcome drug resistance caused by tumour heterogeneity in medulloblastoma                
  • Exploring the link between adipose tissue inflammatory status and hypertension                
  • Alternative medicines for heart disease                
  • A clustered MiRNA profile in lung cancer samples                
  • 1 Screening of SRFBP1 gene as a novel candidate gene for glaucoma                
  • Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry: free radical chemistry, asymmetric synthesis of anticancer agents                
  • Development of spectrometry-based techniques to measure biomarkers of DNA, protein and lipid damage and DNA repair                
  • Pharmacology: biological evaluation of novel anticancer agents                
  • Genomics, analysis of microbial genomes (including clinically relevant studies)                
  • Genome editing (CRISPR/Cas) for therapeutic treatment                
  • Cancer Studies: DNA repair mechanisms, , protein – protein interactions                
  • Cancer Studies: glycobiology, anticancer drugs                
  • Microbiology, antibiotics, anti-microbials
  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any science-based subject.

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

    We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

    The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

    English Language Requirements

    International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

    Suitable For

    This course is for UK and international graduates from a wide range of relevant disciplines who wish to gain knowledge in the field of biomedicine and acquire the career-enhancing skills in the rapidly expanding fields of biomedical research, teaching, and laboratory management.

    Applicant profile

    If you are a committed to developing your skills in Biomedical Science to a higher, professional level then this course is for you. Your individual agenda for study and personal choice of relevant disciplines will be actively encouraged, selected from the range of practices within the field of Biomedical Science. You will carry out analysis of relevant discussions, practical and research projects. There is an emphasis on identification and development of self-initiated projects. We welcome applications from recent graduates in a wide range of scientific disciplines, as well as those who are working in industry that would like to enhance their skills. This course will suit those students with an enquiring mind, keen to develop their skills in this fast paced and dynamic environment.

    Fees 2018-19

    Type of StudyFee
    Full-time£7,992
    Part-time£1,332 per 30 credit module
    Full-time International£13,860

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For more information please see our funding section

    Teaching

    The MSc Biomedicine offers you an opportunity to undertake intensive study in eight core 15 credit modules, which focus on several hot topics in the field such as genomics, infectious disease, immunology, haematology, transfusion sciences, inflammation and cardiovascular disorders as well as the study of disease pathology (including cancer). These modules provide a springboard for an independent 60-credit research project. The dissertation stage provides you with the opportunity to produce a robust scientific argument, to formulate and test hypotheses and to assess contrasting scientific theories.  This dual approach consolidates crucial skills whilst offering the flexibility to pursue a semi-independent research agenda.

    As well as obtaining theoretical and practical skills from taught components and practical experience of cutting-edge techniques during the research project, you will improve your autonomous problem-solving and decision-making skills. Three of the 15-credit modules focus on advanced scholarship, advanced research, and real-world professional skills. These modules aim to develop your communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and your competence in interpreting data in a biomedical context. The Professional Practice module will provide opportunities for you to use research skills in the applied context of a ‘real world’ project in a variety of professional settings and develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes.

    Assessment

    Assessment strategies in this programme are authentic and designed for both assessment of and assessment for learning. There are numerous opportunities for feedback that promotes learning and aims to develop your skills towards both employability improvement and assessment success. You have regular opportunities to receive feedback and communicate with staff. 

    Feedback is regularly given and can take form of personal written communication, online notes, group based feedback. You are trained to assess real life situations and provide measures that would lead to improved professional practice. Project planning; laboratory practical skills, data analysis and interpretation along with oral communication of science to a non-scientific audience; and scientific poster communication of conference material are crucial skills that are encouraged.

    Learning styles (% can not be given as learning style in not confined to a single module, i.e. total can not be 100%):

    Problem based learning (in 5 modules)

    Group Work( in 5 modules)

    Practical Work (in 7 modules)

    Individual report writing (in 6 modules)

    Scientific Communication (in 3 modules)

    Peer Review (1 module)

    Reflective Writing (1 module)

    Postgraduate Staff Profile

    Dr Natalie Ferry (Programme Lead)

    Programme Leader for MSc Biomedical Science, MSc Drug Design and Discovery, and MSc Biotechnology

    I took my lectureship in Biotechnology at the University of Salford in 2010 where my research now focuses on identifying plant proteins and peptides for a variety of biotechnological applications.

    Professor Marija Krstic-Demonacos

    Module lead for Pathologies of Human Disease

    Dr Chloe James

    Module lead for Infectious Disease Control

    Ian Goodhead

    Module lead for Genomics

    Dr Athar Aziz

    Modules lead for Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disorders and Immunology and Haematology

    Dr John Hadfield

    Module lead for Research Project

    Dr Joe Latimer

    Module lead for Postgraduate Scholarship Skills

    "The course structure was very diverse which gave me good understanding about cellular basis of cancer, blood disorders, infections and other diseases. The quality of the teaching was great and the lecturers were approachable and always willing to help. Feedback on lab assessments and exams were useful  and always on time as with emails. The lecture and lab timetable was well structured and flexible for me as a mother of two kids to give a good balance of lectures, lab work, independent study as well as spare time for my family!"

    Olukemi Godsgift Jegede  

    MSc Biomedical Science 2017

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    Employability

    Career Prospects

    At the University of Salford we aim to produce graduates who meet the needs of their future employers: highly skilled practitioners and excellent communicators who are seeking to push the boundaries in the rapidly growing biomedicine sector.

    Many of our biomedical science graduates are employed in roles such as research assistants and research laboratory technicians, across various sectors including clinical and research laboratories and pharmaceutical and biotechnology organisations. Some have gone on to pursue the field of education, working as lecturers and teachers in universities and schools.

    A number of our graduates choose to continue their education by pursing PhD studies, with areas of research including microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, cancer and cell biology- to name a few! Furthermore, graduates of this course have been accepted into medical schools as students on completion of this degree.

    Links with Industry

    Guest speakers provide a valuable contribution to the course, and bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. The School of Environment and Life Sciences has a regular Postgraduate Research Seminar Series in which experts from outside the University share their knowledge and latest research findings. This Series not only augments scientific knowledge and progresses students’ understanding of effective science communication, it also allows for networking and the formation of valuable academic and industrial contacts.

    We work with a wide range of hospitals, charities and companies that all provide briefs for the Professional Practice module.

    Further Study

    There are over 50 fully research-active academic staff and a number of early career researchers engaged in a range of innovative research fields and in advancing the boundaries of theoretical investigation. Research in the School focuses on understanding disease processes and applying this information  to  understand  pathology and develop new diagnostics and treatments. Research areas include microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, rational drug design, cancer, molecular endocrinology, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, proteomics, molecular diagnostics and cell biology. The School offers  several  fully  funded Graduate Teaching Studentships for studying in these areas.  


    For more information about our Biomedical Research Centre visit www.salford.ac.uk/research/brc


    Amy O'Connor
    MSc Biomedical Science graduate

    The small group sizes on the programme enabled me to have a great relationship with the tutors and other students. The highlight of my time at Salford has been making lots of new friends from different backgrounds, as well as the lab experience I’ve gained.

    Biomedical Research at Salford

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