Postgraduate MSc

Biomedical Science

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Three year

Next enrolment

January 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

The COVID-19 pandemic has refocused attention on society's health. With increased life expectancy predicted to fuel age-related increases in heart disease, dementia, stroke, pulmonary disorders, and cancer, the pandemic has brought a greater urgency to understand how we can better manage these conditions.

Available with full and part-time study routes, the highly-relevant Biomedical Science postgraduate course at Salford is designed to guide science graduates and industry professional as they explore the underlying causes of these diseases and expand their knowledge about current and novel diagnostics and treatments of disorders.

Led by academics with track records in world-leading research, a key course focus is on personalised medicine, targeted therapies and medicine, and the move away from a ‘one size fits all’ treatment and care of patients with a particular conditions.

You will:
  • Learn the key topics in biomedical science from international experts
  • Learn the latest research based on cutting edge experimental techniques and direct engagement with biomedical communities
  • Develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary expertise in specialist subject areas, integrated with applied clinical laboratory skills
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You are interested in the future of medicine and biomedical science

2.

You want to get hands-on with clinical lab work

3.

You are fascinated by the latest research outcomes

Course details

All about the course

The Biomedical Science programme is available in flexible study formats, including full and part-time pathways. It comprises eight 15 credit taught modules, followed by a 60 credit research project.

  • Full-time students will take modules in trimesters one and two, and complete the project module in trimester three.
  • Part-time students will spread their studies over trimesters one and two of two years, and complete the project module in year three.
Trimester one

Postgraduate Scholarship Skills

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.

Pathologies of Human Disease

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.

Genomics

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.

Immunology and Haematology

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.

Trimester two

Research Design and Delivery

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.

Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disorders

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.

Infectious Disease Control

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.

Professional Practice

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.

Trimester three

Research Project

Following successful completion of semesters one and two, 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

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

The co-creation of knowledge is an overarching learning and teaching strategy at the University. You are encouraged to see yourself as producers of knowledge and collaborators in your learning experience.

Learning methods are designed to train you to assess real-life situations and provide measures that would lead to improved professional practice. You will experience a combination of lectures, seminars, and laboratory practicals. Seminars are designed to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

Alongside formal teaching, you will also have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment strategies are designed to develop your skills for future employability and assessment success. Feedback is regularly provided in the form of personal written communication, online notes, and group-based feedback.

Typical assessment methods:

  • Problem-based learning
  • Group work
  • Practical work
  • Individual report writing
  • Scientific communication
  • Peer review
  • Reflective writing

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Facilities

During your studies, you will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms and laboratories, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.

As a biomedical science student, you will learn in our cutting-edge Bodmer Laboratories which host industry-standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

Programme Team

The Biomedical Science postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with exceptional research experience and extensive professional connections.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Employment

This programme prepares you for career development in research, academia and related employment fields. With growing interest in biomedical science fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is anticipated that new research and work opportunties will arise.

Many of our biomedical science graduates secure roles working as research assistants and technicians in clinical and research laboratories and at pharmaceutical and biotechnology organisations. Others have been accepted into medical school. We also find that many want share their passion for science with others, working as lecturers and teachers in universities and schools. 

Further Study

Many Biomedical Science postgraduates choose research to further their knowledge in topics such as microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, cancer and cell biology. Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

The Biomedical Research Centre at Salford is home to our vibrant, collaborative community of molecular biologists, biochemists, chemists, clinicians, microbiologists, parasitologists, physiologists, and cell biologists, dedicated to advancing our scientific knowledge.

A taste of what you could become

A biomedical scientist

A laboratory technician

A clinical research assistant

An inspirational teacher

A research scientist

And more...

Career Links

Salford is well-positioned to provide you with access to career networks and research opportunities. Locally, the North West is the fastest-growing employment region outside of London in science and biomedical science-based vacancies.

The University is driven by industry collaboration, and we ensure that your learning is enriched by our partners and networks. Guest speakers provide a valuable contribution to the course and bring a real-world perspective. We also work with a wide range of hospitals, charities, and companies that provide student briefs. 

The School has a regular Postgraduate Research Seminar Series in which experts from outside the University share their knowledge and latest research findings.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

This course is designed for enquiring minds, committed to taking their skills to an advanced level. We welcome applications from recent science graduates and experienced industry professionals who want to gain knowledge in biomedicine, and build career-enhancing skills for biomedical research, teaching, and laboratory management.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from candidates 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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,000per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,210per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,500 per 30 credits
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,180per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,530 per 30 credits
Additional costs

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

 Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

Visit our International Scholarships page for more information.

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Enrolment dates

January 2021

September 2021