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High quality, specialised scientists are essential for the success of a country’s research and development policies. Postgraduate biomedical education directly serves the dual societal purpose of creating specialist scientists (largely at the master and PhD level) and of extending and updating the competencies of existing scientists through their life-long continuing professional development.

on-course® presents courses recorded from over 30 countries. There is huge variation both in the number of courses offered by European states and the master/CPD ratio.

There are an increasing number of master courses being developed where the course modules can also be taken as CPD. This essentially attracts both master students and those already working in the biomedical sector, thus increasing the long-term success of the course.

Number of masters (yellow) and short courses (blue) (log) in EU and associated states (Face-To-Face courses only)

(Data prepared at Oct. 25, 2019, 12:44 p.m.)

(Data prepared at Oct. 25, 2019, 12:44 p.m.)

Our Recommendation

Continuing professional development (CPD) is important for your future career and should begin when you start work and end when you retire. Biomedicine is constantly changing due to rapid developments in new technologies and research areas. CPD will help you maintain a successful career by keeping pace with these changes. Switching between biomedical areas is also possible through CPD, should you want to change your career aspirations. Indeed, in a difficult economic climate flexibility is important in order to stay ahead.

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Distribution of masters-research courses across Europe (Face-To-Face courses only)

(Data prepared at Oct. 25, 2019, 12:44 p.m.)

Masters courses are considered masters-research (as oppose to masters-taught) if more than 50% of the course is practical (laboratory) based. In the UK they are generally referred to as MPhil courses (generally 100% practical based) although some MRes courses can also be predominantly practical based.