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As a bioscience postgraduate student, you will be working in a superbly resourced and supportive environment within a School that produces top-rated research. Our master’s degrees can help you enhance or re-direct your career, or progress to further study.

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
  • top-quality research

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

  • Pushing boundaries

      Our courses include an innovative Biotechnology and Management MSc as well a unique Phyto-Pharmaceutical MSc. This involves the study of plant-based medicines and ties in closely with new government guidelines on the regulation of herbal medicine and is also at the cutting edge of developing new medicines.


      The majority of our master’s courses are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, so you can be sure they have the official seal of approval.

Why us?

All of our bioscience courses are based at our Stratford campus, which boasts a suite of newly refurbished laboratories.

We’ve also been awarded a £1.2 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England for a new teaching lab. This will provide a major resource and will have a big impact on your student experience as well as increasing the University’s reputation in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and with industrial partners and employers.

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You’ll gain hands-on experience of a range of laboratory techniques that many other universities have replaced with computer programming. These skills are highly valued by employers.

Any research you do will be linked directly to projects already being investigated by our research staff and PhD students, so you’ll be well supported and surrounded by expertise. You’ll also benefit from the support of your student peers as you work on your research projects in small groups.

Graduates typically return to their jobs, perhaps in the NHS, at a higher level or progress to further study at PhD level.

Learning By Doing


The University of East London offered an ideal course in Biotechnology that included plant biotechnology - a subject I was specifically interested in. For an international student, it offered unbeatable value for money and I enjoyed a genuinely multicultural student body.

Sanjeewa , MSc Biotechnology
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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.

UEL Research

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).


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