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Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences MSc

Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biophysics Molecular Biology

Course type


Course Summary

Programme overview

Biophysics provides structural and mechanistic insights into the biological world and uses this knowledge to create solutions for major global problems, such as food production, environmental damage and drug discovery. It spans the distance between the vast complexity of biological systems and the relative simplicity of the physical laws that govern the universe.

Our Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences MSc provides interdisciplinary training by bringing together concepts from chemistry, physics and the life sciences. It is taught by staff who are actively pursuing research in these areas and members of BrisSynBio, a flagship centre for synthetic biology research in the UK.

The programme gives you an opportunity to gain knowledge and practical experience by studying molecular interactions and mechanisms from the level of the cell to that of the single molecule. Topics for study include molecular structure determination, dynamic molecular mechanisms, molecular simulation, molecular design and single-molecule technologies. You can also choose an additional unit that reflects your personal interests, allowing you to broaden your knowledge of biomedical subjects while focusing on biophysics. You will learn about the commercialisation of research outcomes, including intellectual property, setting up a business, getting investment, marketing and legal issues.

Graduates from this programme will be well-prepared for a PhD programme in biophysics or related fields. Additionally, the numerical, problem-solving, research and communication skills gained on this programme are highly desired by employers in a variety of industries.

Robust evidence is the cornerstone of science and on this programme you will gain research experience in laboratories furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, including facilities for atomic force and electron microscopy, biological and chemical NMR, x-ray crystallography and mass spectrometry. Your learning will be supported throughout the programme by regular, small-group tutorials.


Typically, biophysics careers are laboratory-based and involve conducting original research within academia, a government agency or private industry. However, the transferable skills gained on the course are ideal for many other careers outside of science, including business and finance.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The unit consists of approximately 20 lectures or workshops that cover more specialised topics and techniques, such as protein folding, ion-channels, molecular simulations and single-molecule techniques (smFRET, total internal reflection microscopy, atomic force microscopy, optical and magnetic tweezers). Teaching is supported by small group tutorials. By the end of the unit the students should be able to describe the experimental techniques in practice and theory, and how they can be applied to studying molecular mechanisms in the life sciences. Students will also understand how these techniques are being used in both an academic and industrial context.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Preferably a first or upper second-class honours degree in biochemistry, biophysics, life sciences, chemistry, physics or an equivalent subject, plus a minimum grade B in A-level Chemistry (or equivalent qualification). Applications from students with a lower second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) and practical experience will also be considered.