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Medical Bioscience

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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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.

The syllabus will enhance your knowledge and understanding of current biomedical research techniques and their applications. Your experimental design, data analysis and scientific communication skills will be further developed as part of your 60 credit research project. Working under the supervision of our leading research staff, your project work will allow you to explore an area of biomedicine in depth. Projects are available in a variety of areas including Cancer Biology, Skin Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Cell Biology and Medical Microbiology.

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.

Find out more about the School of Chemistry and Biosciences.


"I've had a really great five years. It’s a friendly and tight-knit campus.  I have already gained a position as a Physician Associate which I will start in January."

James Jones
MSc Biomedical Sciences, 2015

Why Bradford?

  • The School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Life Sciences is at the forefront of education in the Biomedical Sciences
  • You will work in a research-focused environment in laboratories that have recently undergone extensive refurbishment and provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities

Entry requirements

Additional 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. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

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 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

Semester 1

  • Maths and Quantitive Methods (10 credits)
  • Applied Pathology (20 credits)
  • Research Analytical Methods (semester 1 & 2) (20 credits)
  • Professional Personal Development (semester 1 & 2) (30 credits)

Semester 2

  • Experimental Design (20 credits)
  • Critical Appraisal for Biomedical Science (20 credits)

Semester 3

  • Research Project (60 credits)

All modules are core.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

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 through 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.


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Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU - £7,960
  • International - £18,480

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.