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MSci Biomedical Sciences / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Our MSci Biomedical Sciences course will enable you to achieve an integrated master's degree while you study for a BSc, giving you significant research experience that will be invaluable for a PhD and a career in research.
The first three years of the course will give you a grounding in a range of medically related disciplines, including physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, cell biology, microbiology, anatomy and histology, genetics, biochemistry and immunology.
You will learn how to apply biology-based science for medical use through research, health monitoring or treatment, benefiting from the course's strong focus on practical experience.
In Year 4, you will undertake a major research project in one of the University's more than 200 research labs to achieve your undergraduate master's award.
Our course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology , which recognises academic excellence in the biosciences and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.
Please note, this degree is not accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. We have chosen not to have our degree accredited to give you maximum flexibility in your choice of course units. If you are interested in a career as a biomedical/healthcare scientist in the NHS, you can undertake the NHS Scientist Training Programme after you have completed this Biomedical Sciences degree.
A range of study options
It is possible to broaden your degree by taking units from the University College , Business and Management for all Programmes or the University Language Centre in exchange for a few units from your degree.
Foundation year available
You can prepare for the full degree course if you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry by undertaking our foundation course first.
Flexibility to transfer between courses
You can transfer between most of our bioscience courses at the end of your first year or, in some cases, later.
Teaching and learning
You will benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods that suit the content and aims of each course unit.
These range from lectures and tutorials to practicals and research projects.
Find out more about how you will learn and see a typical Year 1 timetable on our teaching and learning page.
Coursework and assessment
Assessment methods vary widely to suit the nature of the course unit and each level of study.
- Lecture units are usually assessed by written exam (multiple choice or essay-based), which are held at the end of an academic semester in either January or May/June.
- Field courses are usually assessed via oral and written presentations, group work and/or projects.
- Practical units are usually assessed by experimental report and/or short written assignment and/or written exam.
The proportion of independent study assignments increases during each year of study.
Lecture units are usually assessed by e-learning activities during the unit and multiple choice exams at the end of the semester. Year 1 contributes 6% to your overall degree mark.
Lecture units are usually assessed by essay-based exam, and some units also include a coursework element.
Year 2 contributes 19% to your overall degree mark.
Lecture units are usually assessed by essay-based exam. Students also take two 'honours' papers: degree programme-specific examinations comprising essays and data-handling problems. On the MSci programme, students take several MSci specific courses, including a group-based practical unit, a literature review and a written research proposal. Year 3 contributes 37.5% to your overall degree mark.
The final year is based on a 7-month research project (120 credits), carried out in a research laboratory or fieldstation run by University staff. The project is assessed by a written assignment, a scientific talk, a written report, a poster and presentation and your performance during the project. Year 4 contributes 37.5% to your overall degree mark. In order to progress on the MSci degree, you must fulfil certain progression criteria. Students that do not meet these criteria are transferred to the 3-year BSc.
Course unit details
This course is modular. You will study compulsory course units and choose some optional units.
Most units are assigned 10 credits and you will take 120 credits each year.
Course content for year 1
You will gain a broad introduction to biological sciences, covering key concepts such as:
- the cells of the nervous system
- molecular biology
Year 1 also provides an introduction to the essential data handling and laboratory skills required for all biological scientists.
Course units for year 1
|Academic Tutorials Year 1||BIOL10000||10||Mandatory|
|From Molecules to Cells||BIOL10232||10||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Laboratory Science||BIOL10401||10||Mandatory|
|Microbes, Humankind and the Environment||BIOL10532||10||Mandatory|
|Writing and Referencing Skills (online unit)||BIOL10741||0||Mandatory|
|Drugs: From Molecules to Man||BIOL10822||10||Mandatory|
|Excitable Cells: the Foundations of Neuroscience||BIOL10832||10||Mandatory|
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Course content for year 2
You will continue your studies in greater depth and begin to specialise. You will also undertake a Science Communication unit.
In the Research Skills unit, you have the opportunity to carry out techniques that are widely used in current biological science research.
Course units for year 2
|Academic Tutorials Year 2||BIOL20000||10||Mandatory|
|Human Sciences EDM||BIOL21061||10||Mandatory|
|Genome Maintenance & Regulation||BIOL21101||10||Optional|
|The Dynamic Cell||BIOL21121||10||Optional|
|Cell Metabolism & Metabolic Control||BIOL21132||10||Optional|
|Cell Membrane Structure & Function||BIOL21141||10||Optional|
|`Omic Technologies & Resources||BIOL21152||10||Optional|
|Principles of Developmental Biology||BIOL21172||10||Optional|
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Course content for year 3
You will take two synoptic papers and up to six lecture units specific to biomedical sciences.
You will prepare for the papers through tutorials with current BSc students.
The remaining 40 credits will come from the following MSci units:
- Research Project Proposals (10 credits)
- Bioinformatics Tools and Resources OR Computational Approaches to Biology OR Reproducible Data Science (10 credits each)
- Experimental Skills (20 credits)
Course units for year 3
|Academic Tutorials Year 3||BIOL30000||0||Mandatory|
|MSci Project Literature Review and Research Proposal||BIOL33000||10||Mandatory|
|MSci Experimental Skills Module||BIOL33012||20||Mandatory|
|Post-Genome Biology (L)||BIOL31301||10||Optional|
|Protein Assembly, Dynamics & Function (E)||BIOL31311||10||Optional|
|Glycobiology: Glycan Function in Health & Disease (E)||BIOL31321||10||Optional|
|Biochemical Basis of Disease (E)||BIOL31332||10||Optional|
|Macromolecular Recognition in Biological Systems (L)||BIOL31341||10||Optional|
|Current Topics in Microbiology (E)||BIOL31351||10||Optional|
|Advanced Immunology (E)||BIOL31371||10||Optional|
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Course content for year 4
You will undertake a 120-credit research project over a period of six to seven months in research laboratories or a field station run by University staff to complete the work needed for your MSci award.
Course units for year 4
|MSci Research Project||BIOL40010||120||Mandatory|
What our students say
It is great to have the opportunity to plan my fourth year project alongside academics that I have personally approached, according to my research interests.
My project will be investigating either secondary hyperparathyroidism and calcium homeostasis, or lipid storage in the placenta, both in the context of clinical disease. I am quite proud in that I have been actively involved in writing an initial protocol for each project.
Soon, I'll be deciding which project I would like to proceed with next year for seven months - equally exciting and terrifying! I feel that my master's year will be extremely telling of whether I want to pursue a career in research.
Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .
Our modern teaching labs are equipped for a range of biological and biomedical techniques. The following are just a few of the techniques you could undertake during your degree:
- polymerase chain reaction (PCR);
- DNA sequencing;
- gel electrophoresis;
- dissection and histology;
- electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG);
- immunofluorescence microscopy.
Our computing facilities include access to over 200 PCs in dedicated clusters and e-learning tools including online lecture notes, discussion boards, lecture podcasts and quizzes.
You will also have access to the University's other facilities for undergraduate students.
As a final year student, you will have the opportunity to undertake a project in the labs of our world-class bioscience researchers.To support our research, we have extensive research facilities equipped with high-quality technology.