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Biomedical Science MSc / PgDip / PgCert    Back

University of East London Course Type: Master taught Start Date: February, September
Location: London, United Kingdom Duration: see details Fees/total cost: EUR 3,597.50 (GBP 2,666.00) - EUR 15,787.98 (GBP 11,700.00)

Description

Course summary

This one-year course (or two years part-time) offers you an ideal opportunity to enhance your career if you are already working in the sector of biomedical science.

You will enrich and update your knowledge, gaining an accredited postgraduate qualification which will help you achieve progression at work.

The course will also give you the qualification you need to become a biomedical scientist if your first degree was not IBMS-accredited. We advise you to check first with the regulatory body before embarking on the course, and check back with them once you have completed it.

We offer broad-based teaching across the full range topics areas within biomedical science. It is invaluable if you want to study a range of topics with a view to going on to undertake research in a specialist area.

The broad field of learning also suits people who are simply interested in furthering their knowledge of the subject. The course can be worked around a full-time job and there are intermediate awards available – a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate.

What we're researching

We have two research groups, one working to develop new medicines and treatments, the other in infections and immunity. We’re also involved in research that tries to model and predict new drugs using bio-informatics. This uses computers to process and study biological data to help predict what a new drug structure would look like before making it.

We often carry out research in collaboration with other leading research universities in London, including University College London and King’s College London as well as overseas institutions. Our Phyto-Pharmaceutical scientists have close links with researchers at Kew. Students studying at all levels have an opportunity to get involved in our research work.

Bioscience research played a major part in our successful performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework - the six-yearly national review of research quality in higher education. The work of our researchers was rated the best in London among modern universities. The expert panel rated 67 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and 19 per cent of it as ‘world-leading’, the highest possible accolade.

Key researchers in our Medicines Research Group include Professor Corcoran, whose work on wound-healing, smoking-related cancer and natural products with significant economic potential in low-income economies has been internationally acclaimed.

Other prominent researchers include: Dr Mukhlesure Rahman (antimicrobial natural products); Dr Samir Ayoub (inflammation, pain and thermoregulation); Dr Stefano Casalotti (molecular neuroscience); Dr Winston Morgan (toxicology of natural products and synthetic drugs); Dr Barbara Pendry (cancer and mental health); Dr Michael Seed (preclinical models of inflammation and immunity); Dr Sue Outram (the immune response); Dr Sally Cutler (zoonosis); Dr John George (targeted drug design); Dr David Guiliano (microbiology) and Dr Geoffrey Webb (diet and nutrition).

What you'll study

Modules

The modules which make up the programmes are listed below

  • Biology of Disease (core)
  • Biology of Disease (core)
  • Research Skill (core)
  • Immunology (option)
  • Bioinformatics (option)
  • Research Project (core)
  • Biology of Disease (core)

How you'll learn

The focus of the course is not simply on acquiring a depth of current knowledge in the subject but also on the methodology used in obtaining that knowledge. We make use of recent research papers to inform class discussion.

In addition to taught modules in the field, we will give you training in research processes, including the generic techniques of data analysis and presentation, literature searching and the study of statistics.

If you are doing the MSc, this will lay the groundwork for your individual research project which will give you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your individual skills and abilities.

We provide you with the best possible setting for your studies. Bioscience has contributed to outstanding results in the recently published Research Excellence Framework, the six-yearly review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Some 86 per cent of our research was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The course requires two days of study per week, from 9am to 5pm, or one day a week part-time.

We arrange visits to major drug companies, hospitals and other potential employers. Representatives from these organisations also deliver lectures on site.

Your learning environment will involve lectures, seminars, workshops, independent web-based learning and laboratory-based learning in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Small projects and group work exercises are a highly enjoyable feature throughout the programme.

Course Leader and Principal Lecturer Dr Winston Morgan says, “This course is either a good way for people with degrees that don’t tick all the boxes to tick the boxes so they can progress, or for people who have already done an accredited first degree and gone into working as a biomedical scientist who want to hitch their careers up. After a few years’ working, you can refresh and update your knowledge of the subject.

“We’ve had lots of students who are employed full-time whose employers don’t sponsor them or give them time off, so they do the programme part-time using their holiday allowance. They book off annual leave every Thursday and do the course that way over two years.”

What you'll learn

This IBMS-accredited course equips you with knowledge of the practical as well as the theoretical aspects of specialist areas of biomedical science: clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, cellular pathology and haematology.

As in other areas of biology, the cutting edge of research in medicine is primarily focused at the molecular level, using the recently developed – and constantly improving – techniques in molecular biology, genomics and proteomics.

For your MSc, you will need to complete the three core taught modules – Biology of Disease 1 and 2, and Research Skills – plus one optional module.

You will then complete a research project.

For the PG Diploma, which can also be studied either full or part-time, you will need to complete four taught modules including one optional.

To obtain the PG Certificate – one year part-time – you must complete both the Biology of Disease modules.

The optional modules are Immunology and Bioinformatics, though you will need to take them if you have not already studied Immunology at degree level.

Full time - PgDip

Start date:
February, September
Duration:
1 Year
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
London, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 7,195.00 (GBP 5,332.00)
Additional Information:
UK/EU: £1333 per 30 credit module.

Part time - PgDip

Start date:
February, September
Duration:
2 Years
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
London, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 7,195.00 (GBP 5,332.00)
Additional Information:
UK/EU: £1333 per 30 credit module.

Part time - PgCert

Start date:
February, September
Duration:
1 Year
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
London, United Kingdom
EU-Fees:
EUR 3,597.50 (GBP 2,666.00)
Additional Information:
UK/EU: £1333 per 30 credit module.

Masters - Full time

Start date:
February, September
Duration:
1 Year
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
London, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 10,795.20 (GBP 8,000.00)
Non-EU-Fees:
EUR 15,787.98 (GBP 11,700.00)

Masters - Part time

Start date:
February, September
Duration:
2 Years
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
London, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 10,795.20 (GBP 8,000.00)

Course Provider Details

Course contact information


Admissions/Applicant Enquiries
study@uel.ac.uk

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University accredited:
Credits:
PgCert: 60 CATS
PgDip: 120 CATS
Masters: 90 ECTS
Masters: 180 CATS
Last update: 17/11/2015
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