Biomedical science allows us to understand how the body functions and how diseases progress at a cellular and molecular level. With this knowledge, we have the key to better diagnoses, specialised treatments and future cures.
With personalised medicine, stem cells and the prospect of gene editing at the forefront of healthcare research, it has never been more exciting to be a biomedical scientist.
This MSc combines cutting-edge theory with the practical, applied skills you will need to become an effective researcher or industry specialist. Our teaching draws directly from our research, meaning you will be working with academics who are leading in the field. You will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities in the York Biomedical Research Institute, and expertise spanning several areas relevant to molecular medicine, including cancer, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience and parasitology.
This course is an ideal next step for students with a BSc who are interested in pursuing a career in research or industry.
We are ranked first in the UK for research impact outside academia - our research has a major influence on environmental policy, industry and health. (Time's Higher Education's most recent ranking of the Research Excellence Framework, 2014)
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You will complete a mix of research-led taught modules, a group project, and valuable skills training to prepare you for the Independent Study Module, in which you will join one of our research teams to carry out a laboratory research project.
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
You will complete an independent study project during the summer, which is designed to give you experience in managing and completing a project in a cutting-edge research context.
This is an opportunity to further develop and apply your skills to a current research question, and specialise in a particular area or research technique.
Most students choose to complete a project in collaboration with an academic supervisor within the University, but you may opt to complete this project as an external placement.
You will have full access to our dedicated Masters workspace while completing your project.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
Construct critical evaluations and summaries of scientific literature that demonstrate a deep understanding of the concepts and approaches at the forefront of research in Biomedical Sciences.
Competently undertake the design of experiments for the collection, analysis and modelling of data, and carry out research tasks in Biomedical Sciences with autonomy and independence.
Evaluate state-of-the-art experimental and analytical approaches in Biomedical Sciences, drawing upon first-hand practical experience working in research laboratories.
Work with a minimum of guidance and supervision as an individual, team member or leader in collaborative groups, and use their initiative and originality to investigate molecular mechanisms enabling the prevention, diagnosis, intervention and treatment of disease.
Critically evaluate and communicate Biomedical Sciences research and its application in a variety of written and spoken formats.
Apply their technical expertise, practical experience and other transferable skills to a wide range of working environments including research laboratories, industries and enterprises relating to Biomedical Sciences.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£11,770||£27,200|
Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
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We will provide you with a lab coat and safety goggles. You may wish to buy other personal protective equipment (PPE) and any textbooks used in your modules, although the latter is not compulsory.
Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work. You'll have the opportunity to work closely with academics, who will present a problem and demonstrate how their research may provide a solution. This will allow you to gain in-depth knowledge of current research and developments in the field.
The Department of Biology is located on Campus West - nearly all of your teaching will take place within the Department. The majority of departments, colleges and facilities are based nearby.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including:
Your research project will be 50 per cent of your final mark.
This course is an essential step into biomedical research or the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry for students with a BSc in the biosciences. Around half of our students will pursue further study, while the other half go into industry.
You will develop the following transferable skills:
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in bioscience. We also consider applicants who have a 2:2 degree with substantial industry experience. If you have completed an integrated Masters, this course is not suitable for you.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 169 in each component|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 100 in all other components|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 55 in each component|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all requirements|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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