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Full time | Plymouth University | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biomedical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

Biomedical science focuses on the understanding of human health and disease, developing diagnostics and treatments that inevitably save and improve lives. Our research-informed MSc Biomedical Science programme aligns to the research disciplines within our newly formed Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (replacing the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine – ITSMed), allowing you to focus your MSc in either cancer, neuroscience, or infection & Immunity.

Our programme provides you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and practical skills and supports those interested in pursuing research at postgraduate level.

Key features

  • Select a specialist pathway focusing on Cancer Biology, Clinical Neuroscience* or Infection and Immunity.
  • Dedicated content covering genomics, proteomics and transcriptomics.
  • 50+ hours of practical-based learning per pathway.
  • 15-week, independent practical- or dry-laboratory research projects available, supported by a dedicated supervisor.
  • An international reputation in translational research; ranked 1st in the UK for Research Output in Clinical Medicine.
  • Significant financial investment in laboratory infrastructure including the newly constructed Derriford Research Facility.
  • Programme professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

The MSc Biomedical Science programme enables you to specialise in one of three areas through our research-aligned, biomedical pathways:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Infection and Immunity

Each pathway comprises two discipline-specific modules covering specialist and application teaching, along with three core modules in molecular genetics and proteomics, project design and development, and a research dissertation project aligned to your pathway choice. All modules are assessed through a variety of coursework types, including written elements, presentations and timed/practical elements, and a written project dissertation. This enables you to gain broad, transferable skills and experience.


This module is comprised of independent self-directed study under the guidance of a project advisor. It includes the development of a research question and associated design and execution of a research study.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree, or equivalent, awarded by a UK institute of higher education in a biomedical or biological-related subject. Those with a lower second-class honours degree, an alternative subject qualification, or relevant work-based experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. This programme accepts applications from medical, dental and veterinary students who wish to intercalate their studies.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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