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Biomedical and Analytical Science MSc

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

19 September 2022

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

About the course

The Biomedical and Analytical Science MSc course will enable you to develop a postgraduate depth of knowledge relating to biomedicine and analytical methodologies utilised in biomedical science. Moreover, you will broaden and develop your ability to deal with complex issues, demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems, function as independent learner and show initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments, all of which represent key skills in the professional employment sector. Specifically, you will study cutting-edge research that is driving forward our understanding of the human genome and how it is expressed alongside the development of new biomedical technology platforms and how these are opening up novel ways to treat human disease. You will investigate the underlying biology, epidemiology and evolution of pathogens, how these are diagnosed and then monitored and the novel approaches being developed to treat emerging viruses and multi-drug-resistant bacteria. Biological aspects of disease processes will also be considered for major human illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and cancer. Alongside this, you will be trained in the development and application of advanced analytical techniques in biomedical sciences, including recent advances in analytical technologies, including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectroscopy (MS), X-ray crystallography and immunohistochemistry.

Course detail

Research Skills

An introduction to key concepts of scientific research, including project planning, using scientific literature, the application of statistical methods, data processing and the process of creating a journal article from writing to submission. Part of the module will contain subject specific material appropriate to the student’s discipline.

Emerging technologies in Biomedicine

Overview of new biomedicine technologies that are riving research and beginning to have an impact on healthcare. Technologies discussed include next generation sequencing platforms, an overview of their respective chemistries and their limitations/advantages. A detailed overview of the CRISPR/Cas platform and how this is being iteratively improved and adapted for use in biomedicine. The emergence of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and organoid systems and their utility in research and healthcare.

Advanced genomics and gene expression

Our understanding of the human genome and how it is expressed has undergone a seismic shift in the past decade. This module will explore our modern understanding of 3D-genomes and how this relates to the complexities of transcriptional activation, post-transcriptional processing of RNA both in the nucleus and cytoplasm, and the explosion of non-coding RNA as regulators of our genes. Also, translation, a process long-thought to be primarily mechanistic, will be discussed in terms of emerging regulation via tRNA-fragments and specialised ribosomes.

Biological Aspects of Disease

Organised by organ system, this module includes the disorders of nervous system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, urinary system, endocrine system, immune system, cancer and concludes in precision medicine. This module provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology of human diseases by investigating the physiological or pathological concepts of biological systems in states of dysfunction. It encourages students to appreciate the inter-relations of the pathological sciences and how, for example, a genetic predisposition can increase an individual's risk of susceptibility to a specific cancer and thereby the associated targeted cancer therapy for the mutated gene(s).

Infectious Disease and Human Health

This module will cover several aspects of infectious disease, including the underlying biology, epidemiology and evolution of pathogens in relation to host immune response in humans. The diagnosis of disease, disease monitoring and novel approaches to treatment will also be covered in addition to emerging technologies to combat multidrug resistance in bacteria and expediated antiviral and vaccine development for emerging viruses.

NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry for Analytical Scientists

This module provides both a broad and in depth coverage of NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. There is a large emphasis on developing your knowledge of the two techniques and you will be exposed to the most recent advances in instrumentation and their applications. You will explore advances in NMR design through a written assignment and you will also be able to demonstrate your ability to interpret spectral data in an exam.

Biochemical Methods

This module provides an in-depth description of many current biochemical methods as applied to analysis. This will include you learning about DNA analysis, in particular PCR and sequencing, immunological analysis techniques and the fundamentals behind them, protein separation techniques and X-ray crystallography. There will be a combination of lectures and computer simulations.

Project

This module will give you research experience in methods of experimental design and either to develop new analytical methods or to solve a novel analytical problem. The research project is carried out over a 50 day period working in the laboratory. Part-time student may carry out their project at their place of employment. You will become familiar with the current analytical literature and gain skills in being able to select and review relevant papers on a particular topic. It will test your ability to handle and interpret analytical data. You will also further develop communication skills in report writing (50% of assessment), poster and oral presentations (10% of assessment each). Further feedback will be provided by regular meetings with your project supervisor on a day-to-day basis (30% of assessment).

On this course you will be exposed to advanced technologies that are driving forward our understanding of the human genome and learn how the development of new biomedical technology platforms are reshaping how we treat human diseases. Moreover, you will learn how technology-driven advances in biological research has altered our understanding of genomics and how our genes regulate cell biology and contribute to disease. Human disease will be further considered via investigation of infectious pathogens, including their underlying biology, epidemiology and evolution in relation to host immune response in humans, multidrug resistance in bacteria and expedited antiviral and vaccine development for emerging viruses. Moreover, the biological aspects of disease processes will be considered for major human illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and cancer. Alongside this, the development and application of advanced analytical techniques in biomedical sciences will be covered, including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectroscopy (MS), X-ray crystallography and immunohistochemistry. Finally, via an integrated professional development plan and research project dissertation, you will also gain expertise in several 'capstone' skills, such as interpretation of experimentally-derived scientific data and presentation of complex concepts to varied stakeholders via diverse media.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • Honours degree (2:2 or above) in an appropriate Biological Sciences discipline, or a similar qualification.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

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