MSc in Medical Bioscience


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Biomedical Sciences involves a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human health and disease.

This range of biological and molecular sciences underpins the scientific basis of investigating the human body in health and disease, enabling diagnosis and therapeutic intervention.

There is a demand for graduates with advanced biomedical training able to apply their skills to research, education, regulatory approval, diagnostic services and the commercialisation of biomedical information.

This Medical Bioscience course is designed to allow students to specialise in one key area of human disease from Cancer Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Cell Biology or Medical Microbiology.

Overall, the course will equip graduating students for careers in the private (e.g. pharmaceutical, biotechnology or food industry, forensic/veterinary laboratories) or public (e.g. academia, National Health Service (NHS)) sectors.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above in a related scientific discipline

English language requirements

  • IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

This programme will provide opportunities for students to experience modern biomedical techniques and to study alongside established research teams in their state-of-the-art research laboratories. Students will be expected to develop key skills that are required by scientists to investigate the pathophysiology of human disease and there is considerable student choice in which biomedical science disciplines are studied during the programme. Through these choices, it will allow students to map a path through the programme that allows them either to cover a greater number of biomedical subject areas or to develop a greater specialism within either cancer biology, medical biochemistry, medical microbiology or medical cell biology. A substantial research project will be undertaken in a contemporary area of the student’s chosen biomedical discipline.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.



  • Maths and Quantitative Methods (ARC7001-A)
  • Personal and Professional Development in Biomedical Science (BIS7009-C)
  • Applied and Diagnostic Pathology (BIS7008-B)
  • Research and Analytical Methods (BIS7006-B)
  • Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in the Biomedical Sciences (BIS7015-B)
  • Experimental Design (BIS7007-B)
  • Research Project (BIS7005-E)

Learning and assessment

A wide variety of teaching methods, appropriate to the learning outcomes of the individual modules, are employed throughout the programme and are supported by formative assessment.

The teaching methods progressively focus on student-centred approaches to learning, thus you will be expected to take increasing responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the programme.

In this way, you are expected to develop the attributes needed for life-long learning and continued professional development.


You will work in a research-focused environment in laboratories that have recently undergone extensive refurbishment and provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home/EU: £8,570 per year
  • International: £19,890 per year


Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Many students go on to study for PhDs either at Bradford or elsewhere.

Some graduates take up positions as teaching assistants in Biomedical Sciences in their home countries.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.

Our support services include:

  • Personal tutors
  • Disability services
  • Counselling services
  • MyBradford student support centres
  • The Students’ Union
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers
  • An on-campus nursery
  • Halls wardens

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.


Our research expertise covers a range of areas including microbiology, cancer research, skin sciences and cardiovascular disease research. You can find out more about two of our research areas below:

  • Centre for Skin Sciences
  • Institute of Cancer Therapeutics
Last updated Mar 2020

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