Postgraduate MSc

Biomedical Science

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





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Three year

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September 2020

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In a nutshell

Increased life expectancy will fuel increases in the incidence of age-related conditions such as heart disease, dementia, stroke, pulmonary disorders, and cancer. This MSc in Biomedical Science will allow you to explore key topics in these fields and engage in advanced research into the underlying causes of these diseases as well as understand current and novel diagnostics and current and novel treatments of the disorders.

A key focus of the degree programme is on personalised medicine, which represents a move away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the treatment and care of patients with a particular condition, to one which uses new approaches to better manage patients’ health and targets therapies to achieve the best outcomes in the management of a patient’s disease or predisposition to disease.

This programme is led by academics with track records in world-leading research.

You will:
  • Learn the key topics in biomedical science from international experts
  • Learn the latest research based on cutting edge experimental techniques and direct engagement with biomedical communities
  • Develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary expertise in specialist subject areas, integrated with applied clinical laboratory skills

students accepted

This is for you if...


You are interested in the future of medicine and biomedical science


You want to get hands-on with clinical lab work


You are fascinated by the latest research outcomes

Course details

All about the course

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising of three, 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively.

For the full-time study option:

Semester one - October to February
Semester two - February to June
Semester three - June to September

Semester one

Postgraduate Scholarship Skills

This module will provide you with the key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the current ‘big issues’ in the life sciences and will understand how ethics and bioethics can enhance critical thinking in often controversial subject areas.

Pathologies of Human Disease

You will review the cellular basis of diseases including cancer, endocrinology, clinical genetics and pharmacology as well as the current diagnostic methods and novel trends using -omics technologies towards development of personalised medicine approaches. You will develop your critical analysis skills by presenting and discussing several aspects of disease, using specific examples from clinical medicine and by describing disease causes and therapies and further develop theoretical and practical knowledge of the use of range of cutting edge laboratory based research technologies including omics, modelling, molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics techniques and being able to work with pharmacokinetic parameters and to employ bioanalytical techniques.


You will build a systematic understanding of whole genome sequencing technologies and the field of genomics and develop a general understanding of sequence assembly, annotation and analyses using different types of sequence data.The module will demonstrate a range of medical applications of genomics, and genetics counselling, and describe future directions of the field, including employment opportunities and the skills required for research in this field.

Immunology and Haematology

You will develop an up-to-date advanced theoretical knowledge base of haematological disorders relating to and underpinning the laboratory diagnosis and clinical management of disorders of the haematological system. You will understand the clinical significance of stem cell research and the possible problems that need to be overcome when working with haematopoietic stem cells in clinical laboratory and gain an understanding of transfusion science into a critical awareness of the disease process and its investigation and treatment. Ultimately you will gain a strong understanding of Immune response of human body in disease.

Semester two

Research Design and Delivery

This module will enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research and to apply appropriate analysis of research results, it has a strong focus on acquiring laboratory skills prior to undertaking the final research project module and as such will develop your practical skills beyond that of a standard MSc programme. It will provide opportunities for you to develop essential research skills in the discipline and allow you to undertake project work broadly aligned to the focus of your dissertation.

Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disorders

This module will enable you to assess the inflammatory disorders and critically evaluate biomarkers of inflammatory disorders, you will evaluate pharmacokinetics of anti-inflammatory drugs with focus on clinical trials and have opportunities to evaluate mechanism of cardiovascular biology and cutting-edge research that is providing breakthrough in these diseases.

Infectious Disease Control

You will gain understanding of detailed information about the major impact of infectious disease on global health and the factors that contribute towards their outcomes. This module will discuss the latest technologies used to investigate key infectious diseases and the current developments in diagnostics and treatment options. We will discuss the limitations of current diagnosis; treatment and control options in light of increasing antimicrobial resistance and genetic mutation and develop practical knowledge and skills in the application of basic and molecular microbiology techniques.

Professional Practice

This module provides the opportunity for you to use research skills acquired in the applied context of ‘real world’ project work in a variety of professional settings (companies, charities etc) and develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes. You will design, plan and execute a programme of research through active enquiry and to apply appropriate analysis of research results.

Semester three

Research Project

Following successful completion of semesters one and two, you will undertake a laboratory-based research project for a minimum of four months. Set projects are available but you are welcome to propose your own project, providing you choose a supervisor and discuss the project with them.

Examples of staff research interests and potential projects:

· Effect of individual and combined therapies on cancer cells

· Alterations in protein degradation in Alzheimer's disease

· Ageing and Metabolic Rejuvenation

· Translational Medicine: Evaluating FDA-approved Drugs as Inhibitors of Cancer Stem Cell Propagation

· Giving drugs a second chance; restoring promising cancer biopharmaceuticals using antibody-drug conjugates

· Designing novel therapeutic strategies to overcome drug resistance caused by tumour heterogeneity in medulloblastoma

· Exploring the link between adipose tissue inflammatory status and hypertension

· Alternative medicines for heart disease

· A clustered MiRNA profile in lung cancer samples

· 1 Screening of SRFBP1 gene as a novel candidate gene for glaucoma

· Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry: free radical chemistry, asymmetric synthesis of anticancer agents

· Development of spectrometry-based techniques to measure biomarkers of DNA, protein and lipid damage and DNA repair

· Pharmacology: biological evaluation of novel anticancer agents

· Genomics, analysis of microbial genomes (including clinically relevant studies)

· Genome editing (CRISPR/Cas) for therapeutic treatment

· Cancer Studies: DNA repair mechanisms, , protein – protein interactions

· Cancer Studies: glycobiology, anticancer drugs

· Microbiology, antibiotics, anti-microbials

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


The MSc Biomedicine offers you an opportunity to undertake intensive study in eight core 15 credit modules, which focus on several hot topics in the field such as genomics, infectious disease, immunology, haematology, transfusion sciences, inflammation and cardiovascular disorders as well as the study of disease pathology (including cancer). These modules provide a springboard for an independent 60-credit research project. The dissertation stage provides you with the opportunity to produce a robust scientific argument, to formulate and test hypotheses and to assess contrasting scientific theories. This dual approach consolidates crucial skills whilst offering the flexibility to pursue a semi-independent research agenda.

As well as obtaining theoretical and practical skills from taught components and practical experience of cutting-edge techniques during the research project, you will improve your autonomous problem-solving and decision-making skills. Three of the 15-credit modules focus on advanced scholarship, advanced research, and real-world professional skills. These modules aim to develop your communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and your competence in interpreting data in a biomedical context. The Professional Practice module will provide opportunities for you to use research skills in the applied context of a ‘real world’ project in a variety of professional settings and develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes.


Assessment strategies in this programme are authentic and designed for both assessment of and assessment for learning. There are numerous opportunities for feedback that promotes learning and aims to develop your skills towards both employability improvement and assessment success. You have regular opportunities to receive feedback and communicate with staff.

Feedback is regularly given and can take form of personal written communication, online notes, group based feedback. You are trained to assess real life situations and provide measures that would lead to improved professional practice. Project planning; laboratory practical skills, data analysis and interpretation along with oral communication of science to a non-scientific audience; and scientific poster communication of conference material are crucial skills that are encouraged.

Learning styles:

  • Problem based learning
  • Group work
  • Practical work
  • Individual report writing
  • Scientific communication
  • Peer review
  • Reflective writing

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.


The University hosts industry standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

Having access to industry standard technology means that upon graduation, our students are fully prepared and equipped to enter the workplace.

We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

Academic profiles

Dr Natalie Ferry (Programme Lead)

Programme Leader for MSc Biomedical Science, MSc Drug Design and Discovery, and MSc Biotechnology

I took my lectureship in Biotechnology at the University of Salford in 2010 where my research now focuses on identifying plant proteins and peptides for a variety of biotechnological applications.

Professor Marija Krstic-Demonacos

Module lead for Pathologies of Human Disease

Dr Chloe James

Module lead for Infectious Disease Control

Ian Goodhead

Module lead for Genomics

Dr Athar Aziz

Modules lead for Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disorders and Immunology and Haematology

Dr John Hadfield

Module lead for Research Project

Dr Joe Latimer

Module lead for Postgraduate Scholarship Skills

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

In a fiercely competitive job market, we believe that a qualification from the University of Salford will give you the edge over rival job applicants. We aim to produce graduates who meet the needs of their future employers: highly skilled practitioners and excellent communicators who are seeking to push the boundaries in the rapidly growing biomedicine sector.

Many of our biomedical science graduates are employed in roles such as research assistants and research laboratory technicians, across various sectors including clinical and research laboratories and pharmaceutical and biotechnology organisations. Some have gone on to pursue the field of education, working as lecturers and teachers in universities and schools.

A number of our graduates choose to continue their education by pursing PhD studies, with areas of research including microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, cancer and cell biology- to name a few. Furthermore, graduates of this course have been accepted into medical schools as students on completion of this degree.

A taste of what you could become

A biomedical scientist

A laboratory technician

A clinical research assistant

An inspirational teacher

A research scientist

And more...

Career Links

Guest speakers provide a valuable contribution to the course and bring a real-world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. The School of Environment and Life Sciences has a regular Postgraduate Research Seminar Series in which experts from outside the University share their knowledge and latest research findings. This series not only augments scientific knowledge and progresses students’ understanding of effective science communication, it also allows for networking and the formation of valuable academic and industrial contacts.

We work with a wide range of hospitals, charities and companies that all provide briefs for the Professional Practice module.


What you need to know

Applicant profile

If you are a committed to developing your skills in Biomedical Science to a higher, professional level then this course is for you. Your individual agenda for study and personal choice of relevant disciplines will be actively encouraged, selected from the range of practices within the field of Biomedical Science. You will carry out analysis of relevant discussions, practical and research projects. There is an emphasis on identification and development of self-initiated projects. We welcome applications from recent graduates in a wide range of scientific disciplines, as well as those who are working in industry that would like to enhance their skills. This course will suit those students with an enquiring mind, keen to develop their skills in this fast paced and dynamic environment.

Suitable for

This course is for UK and international graduates from a wide range of relevant disciplines who wish to gain knowledge in the field of biomedicine and acquire the career-enhancing skills in the rapidly expanding fields of biomedical research, teaching, and laboratory management.

English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any science-based subject.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,000per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,210per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,500 per 30 credits
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

To find out more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

January 2021

September 2021