MSc Biomedical Sciences Research

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Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

This programme brings together expertise from across many subject areas in the biomedical sciences to provide you with training in several key areas of current research interests. The programme focuses on experimental science and is research informed. It will provide you with practical laboratory-based experience with access to specialist techniques in state-of-the-art facilities.

It is a flexible programme: you will select three lecture-based units and a literature project of your choice, giving you the opportunity to investigate a range of different topics within the biomedical sciences. For your final research project, you again have the flexibility to choose your research area from a wide range of suggested projects or you can work with academic staff to design your own research project. 

The skills you can develop during this programme include presentation skills, report-writing skills and work-planning skills. Several students have contributed to published papers and many go on to study at PhD level. Others have taken a wide range of career pathways, including research in industry, teaching and medical training.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£12,000
Overseas: full-time
£23,500

Additional fees

Bench fee
£2,000

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2022/23

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The Core Skills unit comprises a series of practical classes, lecture-based teaching sessions and tutorials that prepare you for the practical project, provide a foundation for further studies and develop a range of transferable skills. You will also choose three lecture-based units.

Each taught unit is assessed independently by written examinations, or - in the case of Core Skills - by written examinations and coursework.

You will complete a literary project, which is an extended essay on a subject from an extensive list supplied by the unit organiser.

You work independently under the guidance of a member of staff to produce a written project proposal. This is followed by a 12-week research project investigating your topic. The research project forms the basis for a dissertation.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Biomedical Sciences Research.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics or similar. Applicants with a lower second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) may be considered if they have relevant practical experience. 

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Approximately one third of our students have gone on to PhD-level studies at the University of Bristol, or another leading university. The next largest group of students are those that have gone on to study medicine. Others have gone on to research assistantships, teacher training, biomedical scientist training or non-scientific careers, such as accountancy.

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Find out how to apply

Application deadline:

29 July 2022 for international applicants. 12 August 2022 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

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REF 2014 results

  • Biological Sciences:
  • 33% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 51% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 15% of research is recognised internationally (2*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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