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MSc Medical Bioscience

Alisha is studying MSc Medical Bioscience after completing her Biomedical Science undergraduate degree at Bradford.

This is her story:

Career goals

“The course has armed me with the tools I need to pursue my dream.”

“When I graduate, I want to move into the legal side of science and focus on the legalities behind getting medicines to market, so I will probably become an IP and patent lawyer in the pharmaceutical industry.

“My Master’s has provided me with the foundations I need to pursue this goal, and I will now go on to gain more work experience in the sector and complete a Graduate Diploma in Law, which is a conversion course.

“One reason I chose my course was because it offers an Innovation In Life Science Industry module, which focuses on the legal and business side of science, and how concepts and innovations are brought to market.

“It provided me with a sound knowledge of this specialist area, and it was taught by industry experts who had worked in the sector I want to go into. It was great to be able to ask them about their experiences."

The tutor who taught the module has contacts in the industry and has been able to get me some work experience. This has given me valuable hands-on experience and really helped to boost my employability.

Facilities at Bradford

“The University has cutting-edge facilities.”

"When I started, it was only one of a few universities in the whole country to have an anatomage table. It also has an iStan - a life-sized doll that is controlled by technology.

"You can programme it to make it any age, give it any disease and administer any medication, and it produces the exact reaction you would expect to see in the real human body.

"It's a really great way to learn how disease and age affect the body, and how different approaches and medicines can be used to treat different diseases."

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The lab we use is one of the best I have ever seen. It's full of top-of-the-range, industry-standard equipment, so you get to learn in an environment like the ones you’ll work in, in the future.

Choosing modules to match my goals

“I was able to tailor my study.”

“My course has a wide range of modules to choose from, which allowed me to tailor my learning to fit my interests.

“I chose the modules that best fit my ambitions, so I’ve been able to gain the knowledge and skills that will be most beneficial in helping me to pursue my future career goals.”

The support I have received from my teachers has been fantastic, and the interaction between students and academics was amazing. The teachers are all really friendly and helpful, and offer you so much support.

Learning and research experiences

“Completing my research project was a brilliant experience."

“The breadth of things I have learnt whilst completing my Master's has been huge.

"I was able to study several specialist areas, including skin science, which was interesting, particularly as Bradford has a specialist Centre for Skin Sciences.

"My research project involved spending a minimum of nine weeks in the lab working on a completely new research project.

"I was able to work alongside active researchers and specialists."

The research project allowed me to learn from people who are already established in their fields, which was hugely valuable.

Personal development

“My confidence has grown.”

“Studying my Master’s has increased my confidence, and I now feel much more comfortable working independently.

"My time-management skills have also improved, as I had to be super organised to ensure I could fit everything in and meet my deadlines.”

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There are so many opportunities to gain new skills when you study for a Master’s, and completing one arms you with the traits that employers are looking for.

It's not just about studying

“I got the opportunity to represent other students.”

“While I was studying, I became a student ambassador, which is a really rewarding role. I was responsible for showing students around on open days, answering their questions, and sharing my own student experience.

“I was also voted in by other students to become a student representative, which meant I became a non-academic point of contact for students who had a problem or needed some advice.

“I also managed to work part-time while I was doing my Master’s. Although it has been hard fitting it all in, it can be done if you find a flexible employer and are really organised.

"I went for a job with a flexible contract and weekend hours, so I could balance it with my studies and concentrate on university work through the week.”

I felt really lucky to be able to help other students and ensure they got the support they needed.

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