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Course summary

This course offers you an ideal opportunity to enhance your career prospects in a range of specialist areas within biomedical science. You will enrich and update your knowledge, gaining a postgraduate qualification which will help you achieve progression at work. 

This course is carefully tailored to maximise your employability within bioscience and offers an unrivalled range of professional expertise and top class facilities. You will learn both practical and theoretical aspects of clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, cellular pathology and haematology. It will offer you the chance to study a core MSc alongside a specialisation within different areas of Biosciences. 

Teaching will be based on lectures, seminars, workshops, independent web-based learning and laboratory-based learning in our state-of-the-art facilities. The broad field of learning also suits people who are simply interested in furthering their knowledge of the subject. The course can be worked around a full-time job and there are intermediate awards available – a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate.

Start date

Attendance

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Learning

  • On campus

Length

  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Fees

Sept 2016 UK/EU/Full-time
£8,340
Sept 2016 International
£12,100
1

The course is tailor-made to the specialism of your choice.

2

This is the ideal course if you are already working in biomedical science and seeking career progression or if you are in a related profession and are looking for a change of direction.

3

Bioscience made a big contribution to the figure of 86 per cent of our Allied Health research that was rated either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This makes us the top modern university in London for our area of research and eighth in the country.

What we're researching

We have two research groups, one working to develop new medicines and treatments, the other in infections and immunity. We’re also involved in research that tries to model and predict new drugs using bio-informatics. This uses computers to process and study biological data to help predict what a new drug structure would look like before making it.

We often carry out research in collaboration with other leading research universities in London, including University College London and King’s College London as well as overseas institutions. Our Phyto-Pharmaceutical scientists have close links with researchers at Kew. Students studying at all levels have an opportunity to get involved in our research work.

Bioscience research played a major part in our successful performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework - the six-yearly national review of research quality in higher education. The work of our researchers was rated the best in London among modern universities. The expert panel rated 67 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and 19 per cent of it as ‘world-leading’, the highest possible accolade.

Key researchers in our Medicines Research Group include Professor Corcoran, whose work on wound-healing, smoking-related cancer and natural products with significant economic potential in low-income economies has been internationally acclaimed.

Other prominent researchers include: Dr Mukhlesure Rahman (antimicrobial natural products); Dr Samir Ayoub (inflammation, pain and thermoregulation); Dr Stefano Casalotti (molecular neuroscience); Dr Winston Morgan (toxicology of natural products and synthetic drugs); Dr Barbara Pendry (cancer and mental health); Dr Michael Seed (preclinical models of inflammation and immunity); Dr Sue Outram (the immune response); Dr Sally Cutler (zoonosis); Dr John George (targeted drug design); Dr David Guiliano (microbiology) and Dr Geoffrey Webb (diet and nutrition).

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

From the academic year 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan for postgraduate Masters study. The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) will provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards Tuition Fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are open for the 2016/7 academic year and are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Loans will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who:

  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course;
  • are most recently resident in England;
  • have not moved to England from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course

Students may be eligible if they are an EU national or they have residency status as:

  • EEA or Swiss migrant worker
  • as a family member of any of the above or;
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans policy summary for an overview of the main features of the new loans.

Receive a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees!

You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent
UEL graduates automatically receive a 15 per cent discount on tuition fees. Whether you graduated last year or 30 years ago, why not come back and continue your studies at UEL. To see our full eligibility criteria click here.

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent
If you pay your fees in full before 23 September 2016, we'll give you a 5 per cent discount.

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500
Open to some part-time students from a low-income household. To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL.

  • Online payment facilities
  • By telephone
  • In person at Docklands or Stratford campus
  • Bank transfer

Full information on making payments can be found here.

If you wish to discuss payments to the university, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK/EU
£8,340
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

From the academic year 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan for postgraduate Masters study. The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) will provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards Tuition Fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are open for the 2016/7 academic year and are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Loans will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who:

  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course;
  • are most recently resident in England;
  • have not moved to England from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course

Students may be eligible if they are an EU national or they have residency status as:

  • EEA or Swiss migrant worker
  • as a family member of any of the above or;
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans policy summary for an overview of the main features of the new loans.

Receive a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees!

You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent
UEL graduates automatically receive a 15 per cent discount on tuition fees. Whether you graduated last year or 30 years ago, why not come back and continue your studies at UEL. To see our full eligibility criteria click here.

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent
If you pay your fees in full before 23 September 2016, we'll give you a 5 per cent discount.

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500
Open to some part-time students from a low-income household. To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL.

  • Online payment facilities
  • By telephone
  • In person at Docklands or Stratford campus
  • Bank transfer

Full information on making payments can be found here.

If you wish to discuss payments to the university, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK/EU
£1,390

Per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay at least 50 per cent deposit of their tuition fees prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, you will need to show that you have a minimum of £9,180 for living costs for one academic year. This is a figure estimated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

The International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100


Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

From
Degree
Minimum 2.2 Honours in a relevant subject with a significant component of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or Genetics or a related Biological Science.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY
Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

    The modules which make up the programme are listed below

  • Biology of Disease (core)
  • Research Skill (core)
  • Immunology (option)
  • Bioinformatics (option)
  • Research Project (core)

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed using a mixture of practical coursework and a theory exam. Coursework can take a variety of forms, including laboratory work, data analysis, essays and oral presentations. The Research Skills module is assessed by coursework including a presentation and research proposal, while the Research Project is assessed mainly on a final written report, plus a poster presentation and portfolio.

Course specification

How you'll learn

The focus of the course is not simply on acquiring a depth of current knowledge in the subject but also on the methodology used in obtaining that knowledge. We make use of recent research papers to inform class discussion.

In addition to taught modules in the field, we will give you training in research processes, including the generic techniques of data analysis and presentation, literature searching and the study of statistics.

If you are doing the MSc, this will lay the groundwork for your individual research project which will give you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your individual skills and abilities.

We provide you with the best possible setting for your studies. Bioscience has contributed to outstanding results in the recently published Research Excellence Framework, the six-yearly review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Some 86 per cent of our research was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The course requires two days of study per week, from 9am to 5pm, or one day a week part-time.

We arrange visits to major drug companies, hospitals and other potential employers. Representatives from these organisations also deliver lectures on site.

Your learning environment will involve lectures, seminars, workshops, independent web-based learning and laboratory-based learning in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Small projects and group work exercises are a highly enjoyable feature throughout the programme. 

Course Leader and Principal Lecturer Dr Winston Morgan says, “This course is either a good way for people with degrees that don’t tick all the boxes to tick the boxes so they can progress, or for people who have already done an accredited first degree and gone into working as a biomedical scientist who want to hitch their careers up. After a few years’ working, you can refresh and update your knowledge of the subject.

“We’ve had lots of students who are employed full-time whose employers don’t sponsor them or give them time off, so they do the programme part-time using their holiday allowance. They book off annual leave every Thursday and do the course that way over two years.”

What you'll learn

This IBMS-accredited course equips you with knowledge of the practical as well as the theoretical aspects of specialist areas of biomedical science: clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, cellular pathology and haematology.

As in other areas of biology, the cutting edge of research in medicine is primarily focused at the molecular level, using the recently developed – and constantly improving – techniques in molecular biology, genomics and proteomics.

For your MSc, you will need to complete the three core taught modules – Biology of Disease 1 and 2, and Research Skills – plus one optional module. You will then complete a research project.

For the PG Diploma, which can also be studied either full or part-time, you will need to complete four taught modules including one optional.

To obtain the PG Certificate – one year part-time – you must complete both the Biology of Disease modules.

The optional modules are Immunology and Bioinformatics, though you will need to take them if you have not already studied Immunology at degree level.

Your future career

Our broad-based course spans the whole area of biomedical science, offering elements that include immunology, clinical chemistry and microbiology.

This equips you with valuable extra knowledge for working in the sector, or a wide choice from which to pick a direction for further research.

As a graduate of this course you could expect to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist in the National Health Service. Such posts are available in hospitals and NHS ancillary services such as the Health Protection Agency and the National Blood Transfusion Service throughout the UK.

The NHS is rapidly improving the career structure in these jobs. And we have excellent connections in this area.

Biomedical scientists are also sought after by industry and many also work in academic research in universities or research institutes.

Many of our students go on to careers in areas such as scientific sales and management, or clinical data management.

The preparation of your individual research project and subsequent dissertation involves the demonstration of abilities that will be essential to you in your professional life, such as research, presentation and written communication skills.

And, of course, students who have less specific career aspirations but enjoy the challenge of scientific study at this advanced level will also benefit from this degree.

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