MSc Nanomedicine by Research

Year of entry: 2023


Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 Months Full Time
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum upper second) or overseas equivalent:

  • biological sciences
  • pharmacy
  • medical sciences
  • biomedical materials
  • chemistry
  • bio/chemical engineering

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. For information and guidance, see: How to apply

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Understand the role of nanomedicine within healthcare innovation, particularly focussing on the delivery of therapeutics (including COVID-19 vaccine and cancer therapies), biomarker discovery, bioimaging and for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Develop your research skills through a 25-week lab-based research project.
  • Prepare for a PhD, specialist clinical training or careers in pharmaceuticals or biotechnology.
  • Study at a top ten UK university for biosciences and medicine (QS 2022).

Open days

Sign up for an on-line Biosciences information session on Wednesday 1 February 2023 , where our academic colleague will explain the courses available, their structure and content, as well as answer your questions.  You will also have a chance to attend general information session on how to apply, employability, fees and funding, and student support.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £13,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £32,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 529 4563
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum upper second) or overseas equivalent:

  • biological sciences
  • pharmacy
  • medical sciences
  • biomedical materials
  • chemistry
  • bio/chemical engineering

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries. Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 overall (6.0 or above in each component)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 or above in each component).

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are: Minimum 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6) Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each component plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10).

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. For information and guidance, see: How to apply

Course details

Course description

Combining interdisciplinary teaching with cutting-edge laboratory-based research, our MSc in Nanomedicine by Research provides a robust scientific understanding of this highly competitive and fast-growing research area. This course is aligned with two of the main research beacons at Manchester: Advanced Materials and Cancer.

Nanomedicine uses nanotechnology to bring innovation to healthcare, for example encapsulating drugs and enabling more precise targeting with controlled release. It also has the potential to enable early detection and improve diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of many diseases including, but not limited to, cancer.

Currently, nanomedicine has hundreds of products under clinical trials, covering all major disease areas including cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders. Enabling technologies in all healthcare areas, it is already accounting for approximately 80 marketed products, ranging from nano-delivery systems (including mRNA vaccines against SARS-CoV2) and pharmaceuticals to medical imaging, diagnostics and biomaterials.

This course has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience. You will learn practical skills through both taught units and a 25-week laboratory-based research project.


This course aims to enable you to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the use of nanomaterials in medicine, with emphasis on nano-bio interactions, principles of nanosafety and nanotoxicology, the use of nanotechnology to improve detection and treatment of disease, nanomedicine-enhanced cancer immunotherapy, biomedical imaging and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. 
  • Develop critical appraisal skills through critical analysis of peer reviewed articles and reviews. You will be able to analyse current advances, issues and controversies in the field, critically analyse the data, formulate and defend scientific opinion and develop academic writing skills.
  • Perform an extensive lab-based project that will prepare for PhD study, specialist clinical training or a career in related industries, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology and tissue engineering sectors.

Teaching and learning

This course is structured around taught elements and laboratory-based research projects, with an emphasis on the research-based element.

You will gain hands-on laboratory experience through both the laboratory skills unit and research placements (nanomedicine focussed) at the University lasting for 25 weeks.

You will experience the interdisciplinary nature of the field during the course and gradually increase the depth and complexity of your research through the Introduction to Nanomedicine and Advances in Nanomedicine Research units.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed continually during the year through:

  • oral presentations;
  • group participation;
  • written reports;
  • a final dissertation;
  • assessment of research performance;
  • multiple choice questions and self-reflections

Each project is written up and assessed separately when submitted during the year.

Research placements will be assessed by a literature review, research proposal and a dissertation.

Your final research project will be assessed by submission of a dissertation (moderated, 80% weight), oral presentation and examination (15% weight) and an assessment of research performance (5% weight).

Course content for year 1

The course consists of four core compulsory taught units (4 x 15 credits) and two research projects:

  1. Introduction to Nanomedicine - 15 credits
  2. Advances in Nanomedicine Research - 15 credits
  3. Laboratory Skills Unit - 15 credits
  4. Research Methods Unit - 15 credits
  5. Research Project 1 (literature review and project proposal) - 30 credits
  6. Research Project 2 (research project) - 90 credits

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Laboratory Skills Unit MEDN66111 15 Mandatory
Research Methods MEDN69910 15 Mandatory


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Career opportunities

After the course, most students continue their studies and register for a PhD in a related field of research. However, the course is also of value to students wishing to progress in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology sectors or go into specialist clinical training.