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Miss Jenni Todd

Email: biomedsci-msc@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 4057

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£11,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Biosciences (Division of)

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Biomedical Sciences MSc

The Biomedical Sciences MSc provides opportunities for a broad learning experience in biomedical sciences and to experience research training that will enhance students' ability to continue learning in their future employment and/or develop a research career in this field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

You will develop an advanced understanding of the development, structure and function of biological systems, together with an understanding of the mechanisms underlying normal function and dysfunction at molecular, cellular and systems levels. You will also acquire and put into practice the research methods skills necessary to investigate mechanisms and develop knowledge in this field.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL is recognised as one of the world's best research environments within the field of biological and biomedical science.

The Division of Biosciences is in a unique position to offer tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of Biosciences research.

You will have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty university with a long tradition of excellence, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits) optional 15 and 30-credit modules available in the Biosciences Division (to a total of 90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • The Practice of Science


  • Molecular Basis of Disease and Carcinogenesis
  • Advances in the Neurosciences
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease
  • Advances in Human Genetics
  • Cell Signalling
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Statistics


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

Taught modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical exercises, computer simulation, data analysis exercises and self-directed learning. Assessment is through coursework (including projects, reports and presentations), unseen written examination, dissertation and oral presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or related subject area, or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification or relevant work experience may also apply.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for application for 2013/14 is 31 May 2013 for overseas applicants and 30 June 2013 for UK/EU applicants. Once you have submitted your UCL application it is essential that you email biomedsci-msc@ucl.ac.uk. Online applicants should include in their email their name, application number, and date of application plus a CV and statement of why they wish to take this MSc.

Applicants unable to apply online, and thus using the downloadable form, should submit the form to UCL Admissions but additionally email us and include with their email a copy of any attachments.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences or related subject area who wish to develop an advanced understanding in the broad subject area of Biomedical Sciences.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Biomedical Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Biomedical Sciences at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a this rigorous programme
  • what your career plans are following your Master's
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The Biomedical Sciences MSc provides opportunities for a broad learning experience in biomedical sciences and to experience research training that will enhance your ability to continue learning in your future employment and/or develop a research career in this field.

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