Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£660 per 20 credits* (2018/19)

International fee

£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

This masters will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of the biomedical regulation of the human body and how this is impacted by disease.

As with other Biomedical Master degrees your academic knowledge will be supported by the practical applications of biomedical science, particularly in relation to modern molecular biology and infectious disease methods.  

However what is unique about this masters is that you can also look to develop a more in-depth understanding of public health and how we look to protect people from the national and international threats to their health.

You’ll explore how the biomedical regulation of the human body can be affected by a person’s physical wellbeing, their lifestyle choices, the environment they inhabit, and also the infectious diseases to which they can be exposed.

You will get the opportunity to further develop your laboratory skills in our newly-upgraded facilities and be introduced to scientific instrumentation being used in biomedical research and NHS facilities.

We also deepen your awareness of the social and governmental driving forces which are transforming Global public health to strenghten the Global health focus.

What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • Society and Human Health - Looks at how life style choices, global location and social-economic influences human health and will investigate key diseases
  • Independent Scholarly Activity in Biosciences - This research module can be lab based or questionnaire based studies. It will involve looking into using people for data collection

You’ll choose up to five of the following modules:

  • Bioinnovation - Covers Biotechnology and research knowledge such as research law and intellectual property
  • Health Protection and Intervention Strategies - Develop an appreciation of natural and man-made hazards present in the environment and their impact on public health
  • Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease - Investigates key diseases such as oncology, diabetes, dementia, obesity and bacterial and viral infection
  • Essential Public Health (online) - Introduces public health and public health policies
  • Global, Environmental and Public Health Issues (online) - Covers the key environmental and public health issues that are influencing global health e.g. water purity, air pollution, noise pollution, but also global disease such as malaria and ebola
  • Translational Oncology - Explores oncology to a masters level and then covers how clinical trials are conducted, such as NHS ethics, understanding correct sample size, methodology development, clinical trial data analysis
  • Cell signalling in Health and Disease - Introduces how cells communicate with each other in health and how issues with this communication can causes disease to occur such as cancer and dementia
  • Oncology and Immunology - Explores the causes of cancer, how it is treated and what directions are currently being undertaken by cancer research scientists, and explains how immunology plays a key role in cancer development
  • Biomedical Biotechnology - Takes the Bioinnovation module to masters levels. Continues with the importance of intellectual property (IP) and research development. This will cover key biomedical lab techniques, such as qPCR, western blotting and molecular cloning, but also how microbial laboratory techniques are undertaken to push forward the fast moving area of bioinnovation
  • Practical Training Based Placement Module - Provides links between theory and problem-solving through practical applications at host organisations

Please note that modules are subject to change 

How you will learn

You'll be taught through a mixture of lectures, guest lecturers, workshops, practical sessions in the field and laboratory and tutorials. This course also uses a blended learning approach incorporated though online modules.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) in a Biosciences related subject. 

International students should have the above or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£660 per 20 credits*

£660 per 20 credits*

International

£13,500 for the full programme

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

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How to apply

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Information for international applicants

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Careers

As a biomedical health graduate, you’ll be equipped with skills which put you at the forefront of advances in medical health – the MSc qualification adds real substance to your CV, giving you an edge in the job market.

You’ll be well prepared for careers in medical research, health charities, medical and biotechnology industries, and the government health sector. Your knowledge will also be invaluable in areas such as analytical consultancy, biological sales and scientific writing.

In addition, you’ll have a full complement of transferable skills – such as critical thinking, data analysis, report writing and communication – which are valued by employers and will stand you in good stead in any profession.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Gillian Carleton-Boylan (Programme Leader) G.Carleton-Boylan@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591719
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

* This course is subject to validation.

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