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Applied Biomedical Science Research
Postgraduate course
MSc

Applied Biomedical Science Research

*This course is newly validated and is currently being considered for external accreditation. Module provision may be subject to change in light of this.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Designed for those wishing to pursue a PhD in biomedical sciences and related areas, this research-focused course will advance your research skills as well as your understanding of research methods and data analysis. You will learn how to communicate science effectively by designing posters, developing your presentation skills and using social media to disseminate your findings. From January until September you will concentrate solely on an extended research project, working alongside staff from our Centre for Biomedical Science Research to develop your practical expertise to an advanced level. You will have a wide variety of research options to choose from within molecular biology, microbiology, pharmacology and biochemistry.

This course will provide you with the scientific foundation required to undertake a PhD qualification in biomedical sciences and related areas. It offers a minor taught element offering transferable skills including communicating science, promoting yourself as a scientist using digital channels, how to apply for research funding and navigating the PhD application process.

Your independent research project forms a major part of this course, and your peers will include a wide variety of researchers from an array of backgrounds and experiences. You will engage with our Centre for Biomedical Research, a community of expert scientists investigating a range of disciplines including molecular biology, yeast genetics, biochemistry and biophysics, virology, microbiology and antimicrobials, toxicology, and DNA repair.

Our teaching team is often highly commended by students and staff for their innovative teaching methods and support for students, and many of our staff feature regularly as biomedical experts in print, TV and radio.

Depending on your research, there may be the chance to present your study at international conferences, enhancing your scientific portfolio and developing your networking opportunities. 

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Play MSc Applied Biomedical Sciences Research - Dr Andrew Paterson, Course Leader Video
MSc Applied Biomedical Sciences Research - Dr Andrew Paterson, Course Leader

Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in a cognate subject, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in a cognate subject, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email
internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Esther Tagarira

Careers

Teaching and learning

Focus on the applied laboratory skills that are widely used in biomedical sciences, as you combine theory and practice for many modern experimental techniques used in biological, medical and chemical analysis. By completion of this module, you will have a better understanding of analytical methods, and also how they can be optimised, assessed and practical experience in the development of these skills.

You will receive a grounding in the different approaches to research, including quantitative data and collection methods. Students will be introduced to COSHH and carrying out risk assessments, as well as research ethics. The skills you will develop will allow you to plan your own research, effectively search for and evaluate research literature and be able to apply and analyse research data using appropriate statistical tests.

Study the importance of communicating scientific ideas to a range of audiences. You will discuss the different routes for dissemination and their use to reach different types of audience.

Explore the concepts of project management and leadership and how these apply to your own professional development and practice. You will critically evaluate and reflect upon your own skills and practices in the context of your research project, and use this information to identify needs associated with career development.

Undertake an extensive independent research project within the remit of the course team's expertise. You will work independently on your research, with guidance from the supervisor and you may be working as part of a research team, alongside PhD and MSc students.

Leeds Beckett University
Dr Donna Johnson
Course Director
Donna is the MSc course director for Biomedical Sciences.

Students get the opportunity to choose from a wide range of interests for their research projects, and work with staff actively engaged in research.
Play MSc Applied Biomedical Sciences Research - Dr Andrew Paterson, Course Leader Video
MSc Applied Biomedical Sciences Research - Dr Andrew Paterson, Course Leader

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

 

Course specific

Access to the Biomedical Sciences Laboratories housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

 

Course specific

Access to the Biomedical Sciences Laboratories housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Biomedical Research Laboratory
    Biomedical Research Laboratory

    The latest scientific testing equipment lets you put your learning into practice and break new ground in biomedical research.

  • Biomedical Sciences Laboratories
    Biomedical Sciences Laboratories

    Housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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